Police News for Oct. 24

October 24, 2004

Harris pleads not guilty in Lincoln hostage case

STANFORD - A Taylorsville man accused of holding six people hostage at gunpoint in a Lincoln County trucking firm appeared in Lincoln Circuit Court Friday, where he pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges.

Cecil A. Harris, 50, was arraigned on four counts of adult kidnapping, first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of third-degree assault of a police officer.

The charges stem from an Aug. 10 incident at Freeway Express on U.S. 27 near the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Harris, who had recently been fired as a truck driver at the firm, allegedly held several people hostage in the garage office, and while holding a revolver, told one victim he would kill her if she didn't write him a check. Harris reportedly pointed the cocked revolver at six people, telling each he was going to kill them. Three of the group were under the age of 18.


During the course of his arrest, police say Harris struck Kentucky State troopers Van Wright and Bill Collins and stated multiple times that when he got out of jail he was going to kill business owner Harold Baker.

Harris was returned to Lincoln County Regional Jail under a $50,000 cash bond.

Prosecutors now have 40 days to recommend a plea bargain in exchange for a guilty plea. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Dec. 20 in Lincoln Circuit Court.

Marion man charged in June murder

A Marion County man was arrested Friday and charged in the June stabbing death of another man.

Kentucky State Police charged David Newton, 54, of Finley, with murder, tampering with evidence, unlawful transaction with a minor, promoting gambling and unlicensed manufacturing, sale, storage, purchase or trade of alcoholic beverage. He was lodged in the Marion County jail under a $40,000 cash bond.

Newton was arrested in connection with the June 30 stabbing death of Daniel Smith on Finley Ridge Road in Marion County. KSP Detective. Martin Wesley investigated.

Former inmate files suit against Lincoln officials

Lincoln County Fiscal Court and Lincoln County Jailer David Gooch are the target of a civil suit filed in Boyle County Circuit Court Thursday.

Frederick D. Hensley, of Corbin, claims that, while an inmate at the Lincoln County Regional Jail in 2002, he was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment and a lack of medical care that left him totally disabled.

The suit states that the fiscal court and Gooch had a legal responsibility to provide for Hensley's safety and medical care, and the breach of such obligation was a violation of Hensley's Constitutional and statutory rights.

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