Police News

February 10, 2004

Smoke, no fire in Liberty buildings

LIBERTY - Local firefighters responded to smoke alarms at the new Judicial Center and Casey County Middle School within the past 24 hours, said Fire Chief Donald Wilson of Liberty Volunteer Fire Department.

An alarm went off at 12:10 a.m. today at the middle school where a construction crew is remodeling the school and installing a new air conditioning and heating system, Wilson said.

"The boys were working on the ceiling when the smoke detector went off," said Wilson, adding that something, possibly dust, set off the detectors. After checking all of the rooms in the building, firefighters left an hour later without finding smoke or fire.


Firefighters also were called at 5:30 p.m. Monday to the new Judicial Center on Courthouse Square where an electric heater got hot and began smoking, said Wilson.

The heater, in the basement hallway, apparently malfunctioned. Wilson said the heater had not been turned on before and began smoking, which kicked off the alarm.

"We didn't find anything," said Wilson. "The worst part was getting into the basement area," he said.

Firefighters were on the scene about half an hour.

Mercer Crime Stoppers seeks burglars

HARRODSBURG - Mercer County Crime Stoppers is seeking one or more persons who broke into a home on Bellows Mill Road by forcing the door open.

Taken were two bone handled hunting knives with leather sheathes, a boxed set of three Case XX knives with pictures of a hammerhead shark, a maico shark and a figure of a shark tooth, a 20-piece coin collection made up of mostly silver dollars, an antique green lamp, four fishing rods with Zebco reels, one fishing rod with an Ambassador reel, and a tackle box containing assorted fishing lures and supplies.

The items are valued at $1,400. Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at (859) 733-9115. Anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction in the crime will receive a $300 reward.

Burglaries reported to Harrodsburg police

HARRODSBURG - Harrodsburg Police Department is investigating two burglaries.

Power tools valued at $1,500 were stolen Saturday from Frances Pallet Co. on Burley Avenue.

Shirley Preston, 66, of Graham Avenue, reported that someone broke into her home Jan. 26 and took an antique shotgun, a Civil War sword and some checks on her personal bank account. The items are valued at about $800. One check has already been forged in the amount of $80 at Tobacco Shed.

Woman jailed on forgery charges

HARRODSBURG - Michelle L. Doolin, 31, of 729 Parkway Ave., faces 20 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

She was arrested after an investigation by Harrodsburg police. Karen Dean, 60, of Agee Street, reported to police that several of her checks were stolen and were being forged throughout Harrodsburg. Twenty checks had been forged with a value of $1,500.

Police report woman attacked officer

HARRODSBURG - Mitzi G. Brumagen, 39, of North Greenville Street, was arrested about 4 a.m. Saturday following her alleged attack on a Harrodsburg police officer.

Police were called to James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital to take care of a stranded patient. When Officer Gerald Wooldridge arrived, police say Brumagen became unruly and shouted obscenities. She was arrested and taken to the police station for processing. At the station, she allegedly became combative and kicked Wooldridge in the midsection.

She faces charges of fourth-degree assault of a police officer, alcohol intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Mercer man faces drug charges

HARRODSBURG - Police Officer Scott Elder was investigating an open door at Dean's Used Cars about 11:40 p.m. Friday when he found someone inside the building.

Police said Carl B. Helton, 23, of 1985 Danville Road, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on bond.

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