Police News for Nov. 9

November 09, 2004

Owens pleads innocent on menacing charge

STANFORD - Local businessman Tommy Owens pleaded innocent Tuesday during his arraignment on charges of menacing a former police officer outside a grocery store.

A summons had been sworn out on Owens after he and Stanford City Council candidate Mike Southerland, formerly with Stanford Police Department, were allegedly involved in a minor altercation Oct. 17.

Southerland and Owens first clashed several years ago during a domestic violence call. Police reportedly arrived at Owen's home after his wife called 911, where he was combative and struck an officer in the face with a cup. Owens eventually entered an Alford Plea, not admitting guilt but that the case against him could prove it, on charges of assaulting two Stanford police officers.


Owens will make another court appearance Dec. 9 for a pre-trial conference regarding his current charges.

Stray shot hits Danville home

Danville police are investigating a shooting incident a stray bullet struck a Danville home that was occupied by three people.

According to a press release, a bullet from a large caliber rifle entered the residence at 119 Creekside Drive about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The bullet traveled through two walls before entering a room occupied by two adults and an infant, police said.

No one was injured. The bullet appears to have been fired at some distance from the house and the incident does not appear to be intentional, police said.

Casey woman injured in crash

LIBERTY - Mary Coffman, 69, of 819 Bowman Trail, Liberty, was injured Monday when the van she was a passenger in stopped suddenly to prevent a crash on U.S. 127 South, police said. She was transported to Casey County Hospital for treatment.

She was a passenger in a Ford van driven by her husband, Burl E. Coffman, 69, who slammed on his breaks of his vehicle to keep from colliding with a truck driven by Roger Austin of Liberty, who was making a left turn off U.S. 127 near the southern city limits. As the van attempted to stop, Mrs. Coffman was thrown from the wheel chair where she was sitting.

Two other vehicles behind the van also collided but no one was injured, according to Sheriff Jerry Coffman and Deputy Sheriff Chad Weddle. A tractor-trailer had stopped behind the van when it was hit in the rear by a Ford Excursion. Names of the drivers were not available.

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