Merriman's wallet was among the items taken. He was not injured in the incident, Newell said.
"We are in the very preliminary stages of the investigation," Newell said. "There are still a lot of unanswered questions."
Charges filed after Lincoln injury accident
STANFORD - A driver attempting to pass on a double yellow line allegedly caused a two-car accident Friday on U.S. 27 that shut the road down for approximately half an hour, state police said.
According to Trooper Bill Collins, the accident occurred about 9:39 p.m. just south of Skyline Drive. Corey Floyd, of Kings Mountain, was driving a Dodge Dakota truck north on the highway when he passed a vehicle in a no-passing zone near Skytower Towing.
"He nearly hit me head on passing on a double yellow ... I had to take evasive action to avoid us hitting head on," said Collins.
Collins turned around and followed Floyd on the highway, where Floyd again attempted to pass a car on the double yellow line but instead struck an oncoming car. Floyd and the driver of the 1994 Toyota Camry tried evasive action to avoid the accident but still collided, said Collins.
Camry driver Deloris Bunch of Waynesburg and Floyd and his passenger, Timothy Dunham of Stanford, all suffered minor injuries.
"I believe that if he hadn't turned to the right at the last minute, it had the potential to be a fatal accident," said Collins.
"They're all extremely lucky, but Ms. Bunch is really lucky," said Collins.
Stanford Fire Department was called to the scene to extract occupants of the truck, which had rolled to its side after impact, but they were able to crawl out a window, said Fire Chief Kenny McDaniel. Stanford Emergency Medical Service and Lincoln County Fire Station 8 were also on scene.
Floyd has since been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, improper passing and speeding.
Two charged with theft of road signs
LIBERTY - Two teenagers have been charged with criminal mischief and theft after allegedly stealing 11 road signs in Casey County, according to records in Circuit Clerk Craig Overstreet's office.
Dustin W. Cochran, 18, of 178 Whipp Ave., and Gregory W. Atwood, 18, of 2898 Wilson Ridge Road, were charged Sunday. The signs were taken from Poplar Springs, Dewey Miller, Calhoun Creek, Fred Murphy, Strong Branch, Henson Ridge, Poplar Springs School House, Victory and Walter Huff roads and Russell Drive.
Liberty Police Chief Ron Whited and Constable Steve Cochran investigated. All of the signs were recovered. Whited said without road signs it's difficult for emergency personnel to locate roads.
Casey man injured in crash
LIBERTY - Dale Knight Jr., 22, 715 Moxley Road, Liberty, was injured early Sunday in a one-vehicle crash on Ky. 70 West, police said.
Knight told Sheriff Jerry Coffman that he went to sleep while driving along Ky. 70. His 1995 Ford Ranger ran off the road and hit a tree. Knight was taken to Casey County Hospital for treatment, Coffman said.
Juveniles charged in fairgrounds break-in
HARRODSBURG - Three male juveniles have been charged with third-degree burglary of the Mercer County Fair and Horse Show office between 11 p.m. and midnight on July 11.
Bolt cutters were used to cut the locks off the doors. Taken in the burglary were two microphones, a public address system, horse show blankets and a large U.S. flag. The total value was about $1,000, police said.
Two of the juveniles were apprehended soon after the break-in, and the third turned himself in to police Tuesday. Two are 17 years old and one is 16. All three were released to their parents.
Charges dropped in sex abuse case
LIBERTY - Sexual abuse charges against an Adair County man have been dismissed in Casey Circuit Court.
Roy Wilson, 52, of Columbia, had been charged in 1999 with first-degree sodomy, 30 counts of first-degree sexual abuse and seven counts of first-degree rape involving a female under 12 years old. The charges were dismissed Monday by Judge James G. Weddle.
Six sentenced in Lincoln County
STANFORD - Six defendants were sentenced to prison Friday in Lincoln Circuit Court by Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette.