Garrard grand jury charges man with stealing from employer

May 28, 2004|JIM LOGAN

LANCASTER - A Garrard County grand jury indicted a Harrodsburg man on 19 charges in connection with a series of burglaries at his employer's Lancaster home in February.

James Freedman, 24, is accused of stealing firearms, jewelry, knives and checks from Ron Smallwood, who sells security products. Freedman had permission to enter Smallwood's home as an employee.

Freedman aroused suspicion when he allegedly tried to cash a forged $100 check from Smallwood's account. He already had cashed three other checks from Smallwood totaling $450, police said.

The accused burglar didn't help himself when, according to the indictment, he pawned a number of Smallwood's items at Ron's Pawn Shop on six occasions in February and March.


Freedman was charged with first-degree burglary, seven counts of unlawful taking of a firearm, four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, and six counts of theft by deception.

He is in custody in lieu of a $15,000 cash bond.

Lancaster Police Chief Ronald Lamb was the grand jury witness.

Other indictments

Also indicted by the grand jury were:

* Kristi Ogden, 31, of Nicholasville, charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, cocaine; possession of drug paraphernalia, two crack pipes; theft of identity by using the name Teresa Burdine to a police officer; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; no driver's license in her possession; having windshield with a obstructed view; speeding; no seat belt; no insurance; license plate not illuminated; and having an open container of alcohol while driving.

Lancaster police officer Roy Gambrel was the grand jury witness.

* Michael Noe, 24, of 1650 Gillespie Road, Lancaster, charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance, cocaine; second-degree possession of a controlled substance, Tylox; possession of drug paraphernalia, including a spoon, syringe, needles and scales; no driver's license in his possession; failing to use a turn signal; driving with a suspended license; and no insurance.

Lancaster police officer Allen Weston was the grand jury witness.

* Rhonna Surber, charged with flagrant non-support by failing to pay court-ordered child support for longer than six months and owing more than $1,000.

Her bail was set at $5,000.

Jennifer Gibson was the grand jury witness.

Arraignments will be June 18 in Garrard Circuit Court.

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