Police News for Aug. 4

August 04, 2004

Four charged with cocaine trafficking

LIBERTY - Four people have been charged with trafficking in cocaine, according to court records.

They were charged early Tuesday after the illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia and a large sum of money reportedly was found in the vehicle they were in. Constable Steve Cochran and city police officer Lee Smith stopped the vehicle on U.127 North in the city limits.

Charged with first-degree trafficking in cocaine were Eric R. Bender, 26, 9802 Ky. 698, Hustonville; Jennifer C. Sims, alias Jennifer Gooch, 28, 10 S.D. Gooch Road, Kings Mountain; Simon B. Harrison, 18, 4800 Duncan Road, Kings Mountain; and Michael S. Turner, Kings Mountain, according to a police report.

After searching the 1998 Chevrolet driven by Sims, the officers reportedly found more than 5.8 grams of individually wrapped cocaine, 20 grams of marijuana, five Clonazpan (anti-anxiety drug) pills and scales, according to an article in The Casey County News. They also discovered more than $3,000 in cash and checks.


The defendants are scheduled to appear in Casey District Court at 9 a.m. Thursday for a preliminary hearing. Each is under a $20,000 cash or secured property bond.

Orlando man charged in auto theft

LIBERTY - An Orlando, Ky., man has been charged in Casey County with auto theft, court records show.

Johnathon L. Bullock, 19, was charged Sunday on a theft by unlawful taking charge for allegedly taking a 1991 Chevrolet valued at more than $300 from Barnett's junk yard in Orlando, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle. Bullock allegedly took the vehicle and hid it in some tall weeds near Green River on River Road, Dunnville.

Bullock pleaded not guilty to the charge Tuesday in Casey District Court. He is scheduled to appear for preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. Thursday in district court.

Casey man cited on drug charges

LIBERTY - A Liberty man faces marijuana possession charges after he was arrested Friday on Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard by city police officers Lee Smith and Brian Allen.

James A. Meinking, 54, of 936 East Yosemite Road, was charged with possession of less than 8 ounces of marijuana after two partial marijuana cigarettes and drug paraphernalia apparently were found in his vehicle. He also was charged with failure to signal when making a lane change, according to a police report.

He is scheduled to appear in Casey District Court at 9 a.m. Aug. 12.

One injured in Lexington Road crash

Gale Atkins of Nancy Avenue was injured in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Lexington Road, police said.

She was in a Chevrolet Blazer with her husband, Charles, when it collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Wesley Boyd of Denmark Drive, according to a report by officer Greg Hilliard. The two vehicles skidded into oncoming traffic, and the Atkins vehicle collided with a Ford Explorer owned by Steven King of Locust Street.

Investigation and reconstruction is pending additional investigation by Hilliard and Kevin Peel, reconstruction officer.

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