Wednesday police news 082703

September 03, 2003

Identity of Mercer wreck victim released:

HARRODSBURG - The identity of the man killed in a traffic accident Tuesday in Mercer County has been released.

John M. Benham, 26, a resident of Meade County who was working at Corning Inc. in Harrodsburg as a contract laborer, was killed in an accident involving three vehicles Tuesday morning at the intersection of U.S. 127 and the Harrodsburg bypass south of Harrodsburg.

Benham was killed at 5:50 a.m. when he attempted to turn left from U.S. 127 on to the bypass. His vehicle was struck by an truck traveling in the opposite direction on U.S. 127. According to Mercer County Deputy Sheriff Chris Kehrt, Benham exited his vehicle in the intersection and was struck and killed by another northbound vehicle on U.S. 127. He was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma injuries, according to Genie Sims at Ransdell Funeral Home.


Information about the other two persons involved in the accident were not available this morning from the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

Arrangements for Benham are by Hager Funeral Home in Brandenburg.

Rite Aid employee arrested:

LANCASTER - A Stanford woman and employee of the Rite Aid store in Pleasant Retreat shopping center is accused of stealing drugs from the store.

According to the police report, Marjorie Shangraw, 39, of 3960 Ky. 590 was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and theft of a controlled substance after being arrested Aug. 20.

The report states that upon her opening the store, Shangraw allegedly gained entrance into the store's safe and took the pharmacy key and entered the pharmacy unlawfully. She is accused of taking nine to 15 Percocet tablets. After being advised of her rights, Shangraw stated the pills were in her purse, according to the police report. After gaining consent to search, police found the pills in the inner side zip pocket of her purse, the report states.

Casey man faces drug charge:

LIBERTY - Brian A. Hines, 24, of 123 E. Doe Creek Road was charged Thursday with cultivation of more than five marijuana plants, state police said.

Trooper Brandon Curlis reportedly found eight marijuana plants growing behind a house trailer on Pee Dee Creek Road.

Hines will appear at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 in Casey District Court.

167 marijuana plants destroyed in Casey:

LIBERTY - Casey County Sheriff's Department destroyed 167 marijuana plants Thursday on Merritt Ridge.

Sheriff Jerry Coffman said the sheriff's department discovered the plants several months ago and had been attempting to find someone in the patch. However, Coffman, Deputy Sheriff Dennis Allen and Constable Freeman Luttrell decided to cut and burn the marijuana.

The plants were in two patches on a hillside in a wooded area in the eastern portion of the county, Coffman said.

Police investigate theft of tool belt:

Danville police are investigating a burglary Monday at 1025 Ridgeway Drive.

According to the police report, Roger Roland of Lawrenceburg reported the theft of a Craftsman tool belt containing several tools. Officer Jonathan Courtwright is investigating.

CD player, CDs stolen from vehicle:

A theft from a vehicle Monday on West Lexington Avenue resulted in the loss of a Kenwood In-dash AM and FM compact disc player and a holder containing several CDs. The victim was Kristin Sherlin of Danville. Officer Greg Hilliard is investigating.

Truck, trailer stolen from Stanford Road:

Dwaine Green of Danville reported the theft of a vehicle Monday from 237 Stanford Road.

City police said the 2000 Chevrolet four-wheel-drive pickup has an extended cab, chrome bed rails and an attached 16-foot black tandem trailer with chrome wheels. The truck and trailer were stolen about midnight. Officer Jonathan Courtwright is investigating.|8/27/03***

Central Kentucky News Articles