Thursday police news 102303

October 23, 2003

5 indicted in alleged marijuana ring

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Five men from Marion County, Ky., were each indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiring to manufacture 395 marijuana plants in northwestern Minnesota, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

The federal grand jury indicted Danny D. Devers, 56, Gary K. Hawkins, 59, and Larry R. Hawkins, 59, all of Loretto, Ky.; William C. Gribbins, 38, of Raywick, Ky.; and John C. Williams, 37, of Lebanon, Ky.

According to a criminal complaint, law enforcement officers discovered the marijuana operation during the execution of a search warrant near Bagley earlier this month.


The marijuana operation had been under surveillance for several weeks, authorities said.

When the men were arrested, Clearwater County authorities said the plants had a value of $1 million.

If convicted, each defendant faces five years to 40 years in prison.

Car stolen, recovered same day

Local police are investigating the theft of a 1990 blue Chevrolet Caprice at 3 a.m. Tuesday that was recovered later that same day.

According to the report, William Taylor, 198 Lincoln Ave., reported the theft, as well as the theft of a Kenwood CD player from another vehicle parked at the same location.

The investigating officer is Chris Stratton.

Vehicle stolen from locked garage

Lola Bourne, 1107 Hustonville Road, reported the theft of a 1994 Buick from her garage at 6 a.m. Tuesday. According to the police report, the vehicle was stolen from a locked garage.

A burglary report for the garage was also filed.

Sharon W. Johnson is the investigating officer.

Arson suspected in Casey fires

LIBERTY - State police are investigating two fires that occurred in Casey County over the weekend.

A pickup with cattle rack that was stolen from the county, was filled with hay, then set fire, said Detective Alex Wesley, state police arson investigator. The burned truck was discovered at Arnold's Landing in Adair County near Knifley. The owner of the truck has not been determined.

Adair County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

Wesley also checked a fire Saturday that destroyed S&T Grocery on Ky. 49.

The fire originated in a back storage room which was in flames when Brush Creek Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene. The fire was contained to the storage room, but other sections of the store had heat and smoke damage.

Wesley said arson also is suspected in the store fire.

Casey man faces charges

LIBERTY - A Casey County driver faces 12 charges after he was arrested Saturday by Officer Steven Garrett and Casey Deputy Sheriff Chad G. Weddle.

Jeremy L. Lynn, 25, of 1948 Reynolds Creek Road, Hustonville, was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, possession of open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, third-degree assault of a police officer, third-degree criminal mischief, menacing, disorderly conduct, disarming a peace officer, no driver's license, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and no insurance.

Lynn is accused of not complying with the officers when they attempted to arrest him, and he walked away. The officers grabbed Lee's hands and he jerked away, according to the police report.

The three wrestled, then went to the ground when Lee hit Garrett with his fists.

Eyeglasses of both officers were broken during the scuffle when Lee apparently tied to disarm them, according to the report.

Lee reportedly had a club under the seat in his pickup.

He was taken to the Casey County Detention Center and released on his own recognizance.

Marion driver injured in crash

SAINT FRANCIS - Amanda G. Wimsatt, 20, of Saint Francis, was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash on Ky. 52, state police said.

Wimsatt was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

She was flown to the University of Louisville and listed in stable condition, state police Sgt. Pat Williams said.

She was driving west when her car dropped off the roadway and struck a post.


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