Friday police news 0919

September 19, 2003

Escapee, murder suspects held to grand jury:

LIBERTY - The Johnson twins, Ronnie and Rodney, of Malone Cemetery Road, Bradfordsville, who escaped custody of the Casey County sheriff last week, have been held to the grand jury on several charges. The 18-year-olds pleaded innocent to the charges and each is under a $15,000 bond.

Each is charged with second-degree escape, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and first-, second- and third-degree burglary related to four residences in the county.

The Johnsons escaped custody Saturday while attending a funeral of a relative in a remote area in northern Casey County and were captured about 12 hours later in a cabin.


In an unrelated case, Brent Wall, 41, of 1313 Clear Branch Road, Liberty, was held to the grand jury on charges of murder, driving under the influence of intoxicants, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid or assistance, and tampering with physical evidence.

Wall is accused of running over Esaul Hernandez, 19, on Sept. 7 as the victim walked along Ky. 1649. Wall was released on a $5,000 or 10 percent of a $50,000 bond.

Four charged after meth lab raid:

SOMERSET - Four people were charged Thursday after a methamphetamine lab was discovered in Pulaski County.

After a search, state police allegedly discovered the lab, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and numerous stolen weapons inside a residence on Ringgold Road, a mile west of Somerset. A stolen four-wheeler was behind the residence.

William A. Cummings, 36, of Albany, who is wanted on numerous charges in Kentucky and other states, fled the residence but was apprehended immediately.

He is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree trafficking and possession of meth, cultivating more than five marijuana plants, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, receiving stolen property, being a persistent felony offender, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening, fourth-degree assault, second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and theft by unlawful taking over $300.

The other three arrested are:

n Patricia Jones, 35, Albany, and Lois J. Bush, 38, Somerset, each charged with manufacturing meth, cultivating more than five marijuana plants, and possession and use of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

n James S. Grider, 39, Albany, manufacturing meth, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, cultivating more than five marijuana plants, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Casey woman injured in auto crash:

LIBERTY - Amanda Atwood, 31, of Liberty was injured Thursday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Shorttown Road five miles north of here, state police said.

Atwood was taken to Casey County Hospital where she was treated and released.

Her vehicle was headed east on Shorttown Road when it went out of control, overcorrected, ran off the road and struck a tree, police said. Atwood was wearing a seat belt.

Barn, contents burn in Casey County:

LIBERTY - Fire destroyed a barn and contents Thursday night on Malone Cemetery Road off Ky. 49.

The barn contained a small amount of hay, a tobacco setter and motorcycle. The barn was on the Sue Malone property near the Casey-Marion county line.

Firefighter Nick Scott said Brush Creek Volunteer Fire Department helped contain the fire to the barn, which was located near a residence.

One injured in BCHS accident:

A two-vehicle accident Tuesday in the parking lot of Boyle County High School sent one student to the hospital.

City police said a car driven by Gayle Hunt II, 16, Perryville, was stopped in traffic in the lot and was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Jennifer Rice, 17, of 128 Gwinn Island Road. A passenger in Rice's vehicle, Amanda Rice, 13, same address, was treated at the scene by Boyle County Emergency Medical Service and transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. |9/18/03***

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