Friday police news 1114

November 14, 2003

Door stolen

from vehicle

Danville police are investigating the theft of a driver's side door from a vehicle parked at Santana Transmission at 441 Dillehay St. According to the police report, the door from the 1997 Plymouth Neon, owned by Linda Sawyer of Harrodsburg, was stolen at 1 a.m. Wednesday while the car was parked in the lot. The door is valued at more than $300.

Two hurt in

Main Street accident

Two people suffered possible injuries Wednesday when two vehicles collided on Main Street.

According to the police report, a 2003 Buick Rendevous driven by Rita H. Smith, 46, of Harrodsburg, was heading east on Main Street when it hit the rear of a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Sheila S. Cox, 51, of Perryville. Cox was stopped at the light at the intersection with Fourth Street.

Smith told police that Cox's vehicle was backing up when they made contact, while Cox told police her car was stationary. Officer Joedy Gilliland reported he could see no damage to either vehicle. Both Cox and a passenger in her car, Larry T. Cox, 53, of Perryville, were treated at the scene for possible injuries by Boyle County Emergency Medical Services and transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.


Man pleads guilty to complicity to murder

PAINTSVILLE (AP) - A Lawrence County man has pleaded guilty in Johnson Circuit Court to taking part in a 1998 murder, robbery and arson.

Gary Haven Cochran Mills Jr., 36, was charged with complicity to murder, first-degree robbery and third-degree arson in the death of William Walker Ratliff of Peach Orchard.

Mills agreed to serve 25 years for complicity to commit murder, 10 years for first-degree robbery and five years for arson, the Johnson County commonwealth's attorney said in a statement. Mills accepted the plea agreement Wednesday as a jury was being seated for his retrial.

A previous Johnson County jury sentenced Mills in November 1999 to 25 years without the possibility of parole. That sentence was overturned in 2001 on a technicality, the commonwealth's attorney office said.

A final sentencing date will be set in January.


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