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January 30, 2004

Barn and contents burn in Casey

LIBERTY - A barn filled with hay and farm equipment burned to the ground Thursday night on Bryant Ridge Road.

The barn apparently had an electrical short in the tobacco stripping room that caused the fire, said Gale Scott, chief of Brush Creek Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived about 7 p.m., flames were coming out of the structure.

David Grider of 1605 Bryant Ridge Road, owner of the property, reportedly got some equipment out of the barn, but most was lost, Scott said.

Grider told Scott that he had turned lights on in the barn to load hay for a customer. He left the barn for a short time, then returned to smell smoke. After investigating, Grider found the fire had started in the stripping room and quickly spread to the rest of the wood structure. The barn was insured.


Brush Creek firefighters were assisted by Poplar Springs, Liberty and Dunnville fire departments. Firefighters were at the scene about three and half hours.

Signs damaged at townhouse

Danville police investigated a report of criminal mischief Monday at Wilderness Trace Townhouse Associates. According to the police report, damage was done to two signs at 512 E. Walnut St.

Items stolen from vehicle

Brian Graves, 504 Denmark Drive, reported the theft of several items from a vehicle at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to the report, items taken included a Pioneer AM/FM CD player, a Pyramid 1400 watt amplifier and several CDs.

Five plead guilty to growing marijuana

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Five Kentucky men pleaded guilty Thursday to growing marijuana in northwestern Minnesota.

Each of the five pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Tunheim to conspiring to manufacture about 395 marijuana plants, the U.S. attorney's office said.

The five are Danny D. Devers, 56, Gary K. Hawkins, 59, and Larry R. Hawkins, 59, all of Loretto; William C. Gribbins, 39, of Raywick; and John C. Williams, 37, of Lebanon.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement officers discovered the marijuana operation in a cornfield Williams owned near Bagley last August and kept the field under surveillance for several weeks. They raided the operation Oct. 1.

At the time, Clearwater County authorities said the plants had a value of $1 million.

Williams forfeited the land to the federal government.|1/30/04***

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