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February 25, 2004

Casey man arrested on warrant

LIBERTY - Terry Leach, 32, of Waynesburg, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for a theft charge, police said.

Leach also was charged with possession of a controlled substance at the time of this arrest by Casey County Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle.

The warrant stated that Leach aided and abetted with another person to commit a theft by unlawful taking. They are accused of taking a hay tedder, owed by Tracy Elliott. The machinery was valued at $2,650.

Leach was lodged in Casey County Detention Center.

Two face theft charges

LIBERTY - John Luttrell, 33, of Snake Ridge Road, was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for receiving stolen property under $300. He is accused of having possession of a Delta miter saw that he knew had been stolen from Joseph Lucas and taken from his property Feb. 17. The saw, valued at $75, allegedly was sold to Jeff Shoopman.


Deputy Sheriffs Chad Weddle and Bob Weddle made the arrest.

In an unrelated incident, Cynthia Dean, 37, 1056 Peyton Ridge Road, Liberty, was arrested Tuesday with theft by unlawful taking.

She is accused of taking a Playstation and games, and a television. The items have been recovered.

Grand jury will hear case of firefighter

VANCEBURG (AP) - The case of a Lewis County firefighter charged with arson will go to a grand jury.

Lewis County District Judge Robert Conley gave the order Tuesday, The Ledger-Independent of Maysville reported. David Thompson, 39, formerly of the Black Oak Fire Department, and his brother-in-law, Jeffrey Osborne, 18, are charged with second-degree arson, a felony.

The Vanceburg men were arrested following a Feb. 15 fire that destroyed a trailer. No one was injured.

Police said Osborne admitted to setting the fire after Thompson gave him a cigarette lighter and dropped him off at the scene. Thompson has denied any involvement.

Thompson remains in Lewis County Detention Center, but Conley released Osborne into his father's custody. His attorney made the request, saying Osborne has a mental disability.

Man acquitted of threatening judge, FBI agent

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Cabell County man has been cleared of charges that he threatened to kill an FBI agent and a federal judge.

A federal jury deliberated more than six hours last week before finding Robert A. Harris of Salt Rock innocent of threatening to kill the unidentified agent.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin ruled that prosecutors did not prove Harris, 29, intended to retaliate against U.S. District Judge Charles Haden.Prosecutors said Harris allegedly made the threats to other inmates at the Carter County (Ky.) Jail last July.

Harris was convicted of bank fraud in 2002. Last year, he pleaded guilty to mailing a threatening communication to his wife and was sentenced to more than three years.

Convicted killer seeks new trial

ATLANTA (AP) - The man blamed for killing 24 young Atlanta blacks wants a new trial based on his claims that members of the Ku Klux Klan were responsible for the deaths and that evidence used against him was unreliable.

The federal court filing says Wayne Williams, 45, should be retried because law enforcement officials covered up evidence and that carpet fibers linking him to the crimes wouldn't stand up under scientific scrutiny.

Williams is serving two life sentences for the murders of Nathaniel Cater, 27, and Jimmy Ray Payne, 21. Most of the victims in the slayings between 1979 and 1981 were children.

Williams, who is black, alleges in his petition filed Monday that authorities didn't tell the defense about evidence the KKK could have been responsible for the murders.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead called the court filing "nonsense."

"They've made all kinds of claims over the years, and it hasn't held water yet," Bankhead said. "They got the right guy."

Williams has been imprisoned since 1984 and will be up for parole in October 2005.|2/25/04***

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