Police News for Oct. 25

October 25, 2004

Danville police receive burglary, theft reports

Danville Police Department received reports of the following burglaries and thefts Oct. 18 through Friday:

* Friday - An undisclosed amount of cash and change was taken about 1 a.m. during a break-in at Laser Wash, 550 Lexington Ave. Officer Greg Hilliard took the report.

* Thursday - A variety of Civil War-era items, including a .22-caliber Whitneyville armory pistol, coins and coat buttons, were stolen about 3 a.m. from the 1039 Butler Drive residence of Lyle Shelton. Officer Clark Logan took the report.

* Wednesday - Clothing and several DVDs were taken about 7 p.m. in a break-in at the 114 Ashley Way home of Melinda Wilson. Officer Logan took the report.


* Oct. 18 - An undisclosed amount of cash was taken at 9:20 a.m. from Dairy Queen restaurant, 135 Jane Trail. Officer Joedy Gilliland Jr. took the report.

Farmers help police nab jail escapees

STANFORD - Farmers helped in the apprehension Saturday of two escapees from the Lincoln County Regional Jail.

State police in Richmond said Stanford police responded to a report of a burglary on Lee Drive in which two men were seen running away. The men matched the description of the escapees.

Jailer David Gooch and Trooper Michael Ashley responded and tracked the men to a local farm behind the Stanford shopping center. With assistance from farmers, the two men were located in a disabled vehicle on the farm, about one hour after being reported on Lee Drive.

The two were taken back to jail. Benji A. Stout, 24, of Lancaster, and Christopher S. Spoonamore, 24, of Berea, were charged with second-degree escape. A third escapee, Richard Schmiers, remained at large.

Drug and cash seized in Washington County

A Washington County man was arrested on drug charges Sunday after state troopers from the Columbia post and a canine unit searched a residence on Mackville Road.

The post said officers seized cocaine, marijuana and nearly $5,000 in cash.

David Harold Settles was arrested at the scene and charged with trafficking in cocaine and marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs not in proper container. He was taken to the Marion County Jail.

Trooper Donnie Moses is continuing to investigate.

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