Police News for April 2

April 02, 2004

Man sentenced for manslaughter

LANCASTER - A man who shot and killed another man in a domestic dispute was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Brian K. Lainhart, 38, pleaded guilty before Garrard Circuit Court Judge Hunter Daugherty on Monday. Daugherty sentenced him to seven years for manslaughter and five years for the gun charge. The sentences will run consecutively.

Lainhart killed Michael Miller on Jack Black Road in November 2002. He initially was charged with murder.

Lainhart already is in prison for trafficking in marijuana.

Marijuana found during traffic stop

LANCASTER - A Nicholasville man was arrested on drug trafficking charges after police allegedly found marijuana in his Cadillac.

Leigh J. Huffman, 26, was stopped Wednesday by Lancaster police officer Roy Gambrel on suspicion of having excessive window tinting.

After Huffman denied Gambrel's request to search the vehicle, a state trooper brought a drug-sniffing dog to the scene. Marijuana, Gambrel reported, was found in the car's center console and in the trunk. He estimated the marijuana weighed between 8 ounces and 5 pounds.


Huffman was arrested on suspicion of possessing and trafficking in marijuana and taken to Lincoln County Regional Jail. He was also cited for excessive window tinting, not having a driver's license in his possession, no insurance and no seat belt.

Fire damages room in Harrodsburg home

HARRODSBURG - The dining room of Brian and Brenda Densmoore's residence at 565 Linden Ave. was damaged by a fire Wednesday morning.

Assistant Harrodsburg Fire Chief Monty Trower said firefighters had to remove the ceiling in the dining room to get to the fire that started in the attic.

"The cause of the fire was probably electrical in nature," Trower said. An electrical wire may have ignited insulation in the attic.

Trower said the home, owned by David Patterson, had little water damage and no smoke damage. The ceiling in the dining room will have to be replaced, he said.

Twenty members and three units of the Harrodsburg Fire Department answered the call at 9:53 a.m. They were on the scene until about 11 a.m. City police directed traffic.

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