Friday police news 011604

January 16, 2004

Police probe break-in

at Perryville school

PERRYVILLE - Staff arriving at Perryville Elementary School Thursday morning discovered broken windows and some interior damage apparently caused during a break-in Wednesday evening.

Perryville Police Chief Vernon Withers said he has questioned suspects, but has made no arrests. "We think it might have been some teenagers, but we're not real sure," he said.

Withers said windows were broken and some classrooms suffered minor damage, but the only items missing were a laptop computer and an undetermined amount of money. Withers and members of the Boyle County Sheriff's Department investigated.


Prison escapee

found hiding in barn

LA GRANGE (AP) - An escaped prison inmate serving a 12-year sentence for burglary was captured Thursday after officers found him hiding in a barn, according to April Thorpe, a prison spokeswoman.

Earl Aldrich, 36, walked away from the Roederer Correctional Complex Wednesday.

It was the second escape within six months from the institution.

Aldrich was serving a term for third-degree burglary in Fayette County and for being a persistent felon. He also was convicted in 1992 in Scott County of felony theft and third-degree burglary.

"An officer checking out sightings of him in La Grange found him hiding in an abandoned barn," Thorpe said. He was taken into custody at 10:20 a.m. EST Thursday.

State officials said they will review security at Roederer and improve the way neighbors are notified of escapes from the facility and two other prisons nearby.

Two children die

in Bath County fire

OWINGSVILLE - A fire in an Owingsville apartment killed two children Thursday, according to the Montgomery County coroner.

Wallace Johnson pronounced Daren McCarty, 4, and Destany McCarty, 2, dead at the Mount Sterling hospital around 3 p.m. EST. Preliminary autopsies show the children died of smoke inhalation, Johnson said. Complete autopsies were scheduled today.

The blaze broke out around 2 p.m., and firefighters said the children were trapped upstairs. Their mother, who was downstairs, was not injured.

Fire officials were investigating the cause.|None***

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