Category Archives: Police & Fire Reports

Flags to Be Lowered to Half-Staff

 In accordance with the proclamation by President Donald J. Trump and Public Law 107-51, both American and state flags at public office buildings will be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

The 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, held in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Sunday, will honor 92 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 and 27 firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years.

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Crimes, domestic violence calls down in September according to Berea police stats

For the second month in the row, the number of reported crimes and incidents of domestic violence were down in Berea, according to Berea Police Department public service statistics for September 2019. The number of citations issued was also down from the previous month. Numbers for September were as follows:

Total crimes: 28 – down from 31.

Total collisions: 35 – same as previous month.

Total citations: 146 – down from 165.

Total courtesy calls: 7 – up from 4 in August.

Total call response: 36 – down from 37.

Total JCS (domestic violence): 6 – down from 12.

Total crisis calls (mental health emergency): 1 – compared to 0 for the previous month.

Berea Fire Department public service statistics for September 2019

September proved to be another busy month for the Berea Fire Department. It began with the testing and certification of ladders by a third-party company, as well as testing and certification of the department’s self-contained breathing apparatus units (SCBA’s), also conducted by a third-party. The equipment is regulated by National Fire Protection Standards.  

The Berea Fire Department re-certified the police department in basic first aid and CPR, and participated in several public relations events at Cross Roads Church, Hyster-Yale, Berea College Child Development Lab, the Berea Spoonbread Festival, Sunshine friends, Berea Community High School Homecoming Parade, and Madison Southern Homecoming Parade. 

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BPD OFFICERS EARN CERTIFICATES

Congratulations to the following Berea Police Officers for earning their Career Development certificates from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council. Officers participating in the program choose a career path and attend classes/training through DOCJT in said career path. Continued training, education and time of service goes towards these certificates.

LT Jake Reed – Law Enforcement Manager

Officer Neal – Intermediate Law Enforcement Officer

Officer Bradley- Intermediate Law Enforcement Officer

Investigator Johnson – Law Enforcement Investigator

Investigator Ballinger – Law Enforcement Investigator

KSP Charges Bell Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

On October 2, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Jason L. Laws, 42, on charges related to possessing or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor in the 1st degree.

Laws was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect uploading images of child sexual exploitation online. 

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KSP Offers Online Access to Civilians for Collision Reporting

The Kentucky State Police is now making traffic collision reporting easier through an online form. Funded through the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, the Civilian Traffic Collision Report can be accessed from an online submission tool. Kentucky law requires that any person involved in an accident resulting in property damage in excess of five hundred dollars, file a written report with the Kentucky State Police no later than 10 days of the accident. These forms only need to be completed when an investigation is not conducted by a law enforcement officer.

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KSP Charges Hardin Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On October 1, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Billy Joe Chesser, 38, on charges related to the use of a minor in a sexual performance.

Chesser was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

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Berea Police Report 10/1/2019

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Assault Arrest:  On 09/30/2019 an officer observed one subject chasing another at Redi Mart on Glades Road. 

One subject got in a vehicle and the second subject broke the driver side window and then began punching the subject in the car. 

Officers arrested 36 year Thomas Lesson of Berea KY and charged him with Assault 4th Degree and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. 

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KSP Charges Hardin Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

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On September 30, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch executed an arrest warrant for Larry R. Oldham, 37, on charges related to prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor.

Oldham was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect communicating with a juvenile online in an attempt to obtain nude images.  Oldham also sent nude images of himself to the juvenile. 

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Fall Wildfire Hazard Season Begins

October 1, is the beginning of the Fall Wildfire Hazard Season, bringing burning restrictions to communities not already under a local burn ban.

The Commonwealth’s 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Burning Law (KRS149.400) prohibits burning before 6 p.m. if the fire is in, or within 150 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.

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KSP Targeting High Crash Zones For Aggressive Drivers

The KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division announced the start of a two-week enforcement blitz targeting aggressive driving behaviors.

The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks campaign, (TACT) begins October 1, 2019 and focuses on violations by motorists (both passenger car and commercial vehicle) who exhibit aggressive behaviors such as improper lanes changes, speeding, following too closely, not leaving enough space to pass and failure to yield the right-of-way.

TACT uses a combination of high visibility messaging coupled with targeted enforcement activities in selected high-risk traffic areas to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division Director, Major Nathan Day, said the TACT campaign is designed not only to enforce, but to educate the motoring public.

“Crashes between commercial vehicles and passenger cars often result in serious or fatal injuries,” says Day. “Along with high visibility enforcement, we will use media outreach to educate drivers, including radio, digital and social media messaging.”

The targeted corridors for this enforcement blitz include Henderson Co., US-41; Hardin Co., I-65; Kenton Co., I-75; Laurel Co., I-75; and Floyd Co., US-23. These areas were identified through KYOPS (Ky. Open Portal Solution) crash data and indicated the highest number of reported crashes over a two-year period.

“It’s not about writing tickets,” adds Day. “It’s about saving lives and at the end of the day, we want everyone to make it home safely.”

TACT enforcement and public information efforts are funded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Kentucky Fire Marshal Promotes Campus Fire Safety Month

The Kentucky State Fire Marshal urges parents and college students to pause this September during Campus Fire Safety Month to implement fire prevention strategies for off-campus student housing.

“Inspecting off campus housing for potential fire hazards saves lives,” said Mike Haney, Kentucky’s fire marshal and director of the Division of Fire Prevention in the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (HBC).

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KSP Charges Christian Co. Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

On September 25, 2019, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Larry “Grover” Stewart, 44, on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and a sexual crime against an animal.

Stewart was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect distributing files of child sexual exploitation online. 

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