Wednesday police news 1105

November 05, 2003

Perryville man killed in truck accident

PERRYVILLE - A Perryville man died Tuesday when the pickup truck he was driving left U.S. 68 south of Perryville and struck a tree.

Jeffrey Webb, 45, was pronounced dead of severe head injuries at the scene of the single-vehicle accident, according to Deputy Coroner Mike Wilder.

Boyle County Sheriff LeeRoy Hardin, who investigated, said police don't know why Webb's 1992 Ford Ranger left the road.

"It looks like the pickup left the road and went straight for about 250 feet before hitting the tree," he said. "We haven't determined a reason why he left the road. For some reason he went straight through the curve, off the road and toward the tree."


Hardin said Webb was not wearing a seat belt, and police do not suspect alcohol as a factor.

The accident occurred at 1:30 p.m.

Two firefighters escape injuries in house fire

DUNNVILLE - Two firefighters escaped serious injury Tuesday evening while trying to contain a house fire that may have been intentionally set.

Part of the house fell on volunteer firefighters Brad Luttrell and Jeff Owens during the blaze, said Dunnville Fire Chief Larry Luttrell. They did not seek treatment.

"I'm pretty upset about that," he said. "These volunteer firefighters don't make a dime doing that."

Chief Luttrell has called state police arson investigator Alex Wesley from the Columbia post to investigate the fire. Wesley is expected to check the fire today.

"If this is foul play, I won't set back and do nothing," said the chief.

Dunnville firefighters spent about four hours at the scene off U.S. 127 near the Casey-Russell county line. The frame house, owned by Debbie Clements, had been vacant since June, Luttrell said. "There was no electricity nor furniture in the house."

The structure burned throughout. The house has been under tight security since the fire, the chief said.

Garrard sheriff may not replace Lamb

LANCASTER - Ronald Lamb's appointment as Lancaster police chief leaves a vacancy in the Garrard County Sheriff's Department, but it's a position that may not be filled, at least not right away.

"I haven't decided whether to fill it or not," said Sheriff Ron Wardrip.

Wardrip said the General Assembly will consider legislation next year that could help pay for increased court security, and he is unsure whether that could result in a full-time deputy or a court security officer.

Garrard County is among 10 counties that could see construction of a judicial center begun within the next three years, depending on a timetable of the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts. That facility will be located in the current parking lot beside the courthouse annex, which contains offices for the circuit and district courts and the district courtroom. Wardrip said increased security could become part of that structure as well.

Stanford man's death under investigation

LANCASTER - Few details are being released concerning the death of a Stanford man Saturday morning.

Billy W. Cress, 22, was found dead inside a Lancaster residence. Garrard County Coroner Daryl Hodge said the body was sent to the Kentucky Medical Examiner's office in Frankfort for an autopsy.

"We are still investigating that. That's really the only comment I can make," said Hodge.

Lancaster police officer John Ballard investigated the death but has not been available for comment. Hodge said he expects to get with Ballard for further work on the investigation later this week.

"We have a partial report, but we can't give any more information on that," said Hodge.

According to the obituary published Monday, Cress, of Horton Cutoff, was a student at Eastern Kentucky University.

Motorist charged with drug possession

LANCASTER - What started with city police pulling over a motorist for not using a turn signal ended with him arrested on narcotics charges.

Christopher Slone, 31, of 1223 High Bridge Road, was stopped after officer Allen Weston observed him without the signal on. A strong odor of alcohol was observed, Weston said in the report.

Slone was charged with two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having 10 mg of Methadose in a pack of cigarettes and an unnamed quantity of Endocit. Slone also was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants. |None***

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