Wednesday police news 0910

September 10, 2003

No one injured as deer hits car:

LIBERTY - Three people escaped injuries Tuesday when a 1998 Toyota they were in was struck by a deer at the intersection of Red Hill Road and U.S. 127 in Dunnville, said Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman.

James F. McQueen, 2104 Dripping Springs Road, Crab Orchard, was driving with two passengers when the deer struck the left side of the car, causing heavy damage.

Coffman said the deer was not so lucky; it was killed on impact.

Two injured in two-vehicle crash:

BETHELRIDGE - Two people suffered minor injuries Tuesday when their vehicle and another one sideswiped on Ky. 70 near the Bethelridge post office, said Casey County Sheriff Jerry Coffman.


Driver Justin C. Albright, 35, and his wife, Claudya Albright, 42, of 14715 Ky. 39, Eubank, suffered minor injuries.

Mrs. Albright was struck on the head by a side mirror that came into the vehicle, and Justin Albright had cuts on his head from broken glass. Both were taken to Casey County Hospital for treatment.

The accident occurred as the Albright pickup and a Ford Explorer driven by Carol J. Jawat, 46, of 252 S. Ky. 837, Bethelridge, collided.

Escaped inmate captured:

SOMERSET (AP) - A woman charged with attempting to kill her ex-husband by feeding him rat poison and sleeping pills was caught Tuesday morning after escaping from police Sunday, Pulaski County Jailer Mike Harris said.

Melinda Shaffer, 27, of Jamestown fled from an officer who was escorting her from the Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center in Somerset about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Harris said.

Shaffer, who was arrested July 31 in Russell County on charges of attempting to poison her former husband, Joseph, had gone to the emergency room of the hospital for some kind of medical treatment, Harris said.

The Pulaski County jail officer escorting Shaffer was not armed, and Shaffer ran from her as the two women exited the emergency room, Harris said.

Law enforcement officials searched Jamestown and Columbia, where her new husband lives, throughout Sunday night. The two towns are about 30 miles apart.

Shaffer was taken into custody after she surrendered to police.

Exactly how Shaffer escaped from the escort officer leaving the hospital was under investigation, Harris said.|9/10/03***

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