Wednesday police news 1022

October 22, 2003

Casey man wounded while hunting

LIBERTY - A Casey County man was wounded in a deer hunting accident early Saturday, police said.

Dennis Roy, 29, of Spring Hill Road, Dunnville, suffered a gunshot wound to a forearm when a .50-caliber black powder muzzle loader accidentally fired about 10 a.m., Casey County Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle said.

Roy reportedly was walking through the woods off Coal Pit Road, about 2 miles off U.S. 127, when the accident occurred. Roy was carrying the gun across his arms, and when he reached to break a limb, the gun fell to the ground and accidentally shot him, said Weddle. Roy had a "very bad wound," the officer said.

After the accident, Roy left the woods, climbed a gate, and drove to his sister's house where he was picked up by Casey County Ambulance Service and taken to Casey County Hospital. He was later transferred by helicopter to Vanderbilt University hospital in Tennessee.


Weddle said fog had grounded helicopters in Kentucky.

Crum enters innocent plea

HARRODSBURG - Mercer Circuit Judge Darren Peckler entered an innocent plea Tuesday morning for Kevin Paul Crum, who is charged with six counts of attempted murder, three illegal weapons charges and a trespassing charge.

Crum was arrested Aug. 30 after police here were notified by a Corning security guard that a man had parked his car in the Corning lot and was removing weapons from his vehicle. Public defender Ted Dean said Crum will be represented by Lexington attorney James Lowry, but Lowry had a scheduling conflict and could not attend Tuesday morning's court session.

Dean asked Peckler to review Crum's $500,000 bond; the judge took it under advisement. A status conference set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 is Crum's next scheduled court appearance.

Hearing set for murder suspect

HARRODSBURG - A pretrial hearing for Nicarra Jones, of 444 W. Broadway, who is charged with murder in the death of her 10-week-old son last year, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Mercer Circuit Court.

Her court-appointed attorney, John Reynolds of Nicholasville, said after a brief status hearing Tuesday afternoon that he expects Mercer Circuit Judge Darren Peckler to set a trial date at the Dec. 9 hearing.

During Tuesday's court appearance, Jones indicated she wanted to make a statement to the judge, but both Peckler and Reynolds dissuaded her, saying the prosecution would have to witness any statement made at the time.

Crash sends three to hospital

STANFORD - A single-vehicle crash Tuesday sent two people to Ephraim McDowell Medical Center and caused one young woman to be air-lifted to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington. None of the passengers was wearing a seat belt.

According to state police and Lincoln County dispatchers, at 9 p.m. five people were traveling north on Ky. 1273 in a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car went off the right side of the road, hit a fence and overturned. Two passengers were ejected.

Lincoln County emergency medical personnel, fire department and sheriff's department, state police and Boyle County Emergency Medical Service were on the scene.

Amber Stevens, 20, of Danville, was transported to Fort Logan Hospital before being air-lifted to Lexington where she was admitted to the medical center. EMS also transported Jessica R. Whitaker, 20, and Ruben R. Clark, 21, both of Danville, to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, where they were admitted. Christopher Fish, 28, of Danville, and John F. Crowe, 21, of Junction City, were also riding in the vehicle but were not transported for treatment.

State police have not determined who was driving at the time and are still investigating.

Truck driver faces more charges

LANCASTER - A Stanford man initially charged with drunk driving after an Aug. 3 accident on U.S. 27 at Hill Court is now facing charges of wanton endangerment.

Bertram Ray, 58, of 958 Old Lancaster Road, was driving a tractor-trailer on U.S. 27 when the truck ran off the road and hit several utility poles, according to police reports.

The accident caused a power outage that affected Garrard County Memorial Hospital and much of northern Lancaster.

Ray was treated and released from Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford; however, later that day he was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants after Lancaster police officer Tim Royce stopped him in a 2000 Ford Ranger at Somerset Oil, according to a police report.

According to a summons dated Oct. 14, three people, including two juveniles, were nearly hit by the truck Ray was driving prior to the accident Aug. 3.

Ray pleaded innocent to three counts of wanton endangerment Thursday in Garrard District Court . A preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 10.

Driver escapes injuries as truck hits tree

LIBERTY - A driver jumped from a run-a-way dump truck Tuesday morning when the truck lost power and ran over a hill, police said.

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