Area police news

March 22, 2004

Two injured in bypass accident

Two people were injured Saturday in a two-vehicle collision at the U.S. 150 bypass and Denmark Drive intersection.

A 1992 Ford Bronco driven by Eric M. Johnson, 47, Burgin, was traveling east on the bypass when the light changed, according to a police report. Johnson told police he slammed on his breaks and his vehicle slid on the pavement, striking a 2004 Ford Escape driven by Kathy S. Coulter, 19, of Springfield.

Coulter and a passenger in her vehicle, 30-year-old Jeremy P. Coulter, also of Springfield, were treated at the scene by Boyle County Emergency Medical Service personnel and then transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. Officer Jonathan Courtwright investigated.

Two students hurt in bus crash

CRAB ORCHARD - A Harlan County school bus left U.S. 150 and overturned Friday night, resulting in minor injuries to two of the students on board, the Richmond state police post said.


The bus, carrying 15 members of the Cawood High School weight-lifting team, was on its way to Elizabethtown High School for a weight-lifting tournament when the accident occurred, about 8:30 p.m. Friday, a spokeswoman for the Harlan County school district said. The bus, driven by Glen A. Wills of Loyall, was westbound on 150 in Crab Orchard when Wills lost control of the bus on a gravel curve and the vehicle skidded off the roadway and overturned.

One student complained of an ankle injury and another student said he had a minor head injury, the state police said. Both students were treated at Fort Logan Hospital, Stanford, and released. Meanwhile, a wrecker righted the bus and it was able to complete the trip to Elizabethtown.

Trooper Bill Collins investigated the accident.

Harrodsburg man faces charges

HARRODSBURG Joshua William Pendygraft, 23, of 465 W. Office St., was arrested at Friday following a traffic stop.

Local police officer Scott Elder stopped the Pendygraft vehicle for careless driving. During the investigation, the suspect also was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana. Elder also found Pendygraft to have an outstanding Kentucky Emergency Protective Order and after it was served, the officer witnessed the suspect call the person who signed the EPO.

Pendygraft was taken to the Boyle County Detention Center and charged with careless driving, first offense DUI, failure to notify Department of Transportation of an address change and violation of EPO. He was later released on a 10 percent $6,000 bond.

Earlier Friday, Pendygraft reported to police that someone had taken audio equipment valued at $855 from his vehicle. The vehicle was parked in the front yard of his residence under a light, but unlocked.

Taken were a Pioneer 3-D stereo system, an MTX amplifier and 75 CDs. Sgt. Terry Cornish is the investigating officer. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Harrodsburg Police Department at 734-3311 or Mercer Crime Stoppers at 733-9115.

Audio equipment reported stolen

HARRODSBURG Ronnie Million, 59, of 736 High St., has reported to the Harrodsburg Police Department that someone took a boom box and 25 CDs from his vehicle at about 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

The CDs were valued at $10 each and the music box at $80.

Officer Gerald Wooldridge is the investigating officer.

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