Police News for May 4

May 04, 2004

Casey man charged after argument

LIBERTY - An incident Sunday in which a Casey County man allegedly pointed a weapon at his brother, then held his girlfriend hostage began with an argument between the brothers, Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle said.

Jerry W. Johnson, 58, of Halon Young Road, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and unlawful imprisonment.

Weddle said Johnson left his home and came to Liberty and threatened his brother. He returned to his residence and reportedly held his girlfriend, Tena Merritt, hostage for a short time.

Weddle said she got away from Johnson while he was in the bathroom, and ran out the front door.

After about two and a half hours, "Johnson came out peacefully," said Weddle. The suspect was lodged in Casey County Detention Center without bond.


Assisting with the arrest were Deputy Bob Weddle, and Brent Delp, special deputy, six state troopers, and Liberty Police Department.

Man charged with hit and run

LIBERTY - Mario Lopez of Mexico was arrested Monday morning on first-degree wanton endangerment and hit and run charges, city police Sgt. Joey Miller said.

Lopez, who allegedly was driving a 1996 Dodge minivan registered to someone in Tennessee, is accused of striking a vehicle driven by Ashley Wilson of Liberty, then fleeing the scene.

Lopez was later apprehended at Jack Bell Marathon Station on U.S. 127 after someone reported seeing him walking across the road. The minivan was found behind Pratts Truck and Trailer Service off U.S. 127. Lopez was lodged in Casey County Detention Center.

Casey County Sheriff's Department assisted with the investigation.

Two juveniles detained for drugs

LIBERTY - Two juveniles were picked up Friday at Casey County High School concerning illegal drugs, police said.

A 16-year-old boy was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and first-degree possession of a controlled substance, both felony charges, Sgt. Joey Miller said. The boy also was charged with two counts of first-degree possession of a prescription drug not in proper container. The boy was lodged in the Adair County Detention Center.

A 14-year-old boy was cited for public intoxication of Xanax, Miller said. He was taken by his parents to Casey County Hospital for treatment.

Liberty pedestrian hit by car

LIBERTY - Opal Clements, 78, of Liberty, was struck by a vehicle as she was walking along Hustonville Street, police said. Clements was taken to Casey County Hospital for treatment, said Sgt. Joey Miller.

Louise Burchard, 66, of Liberty, was driving a red Chevrolet when she reportedly struck Clements. No charges were filed.

Street lights destroyed at lake

LIBERTY - Local police are investigating vandalism at Lake Liberty.

Sgt. Joey Miller said someone used a shotgun and .22-caliber rifle to shoot street lights at the lake in the past week. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

Anyone with information may call Liberty Police Department at (606) 787-6371.

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