Thursday, October 19, 2000

Butler man accused of threatening Ky. sheriff

Calls tracked to suspect in earlier stalking

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP — A Butler County man accused of stalking and threatening a Kentucky sheriff faces a hearing today to determine whether he will be sent to the Bluegrass State to face those charges.

        Eugene David Bennett, 33, was arrested Tuesday at a home in the 7300 block of Clarion Court, Fairfield Township, without incident, said Sgt. Jeff Gebhart of the Butler County sheriff's fugitive unit. Deputies arrested Mr. Bennett on a warrant from Clay County, Ky., on felony stalking and terroristic threats charges, Sgt. Gebhart said. Although he had a history of possessing weapons, police found none Tuesday.

        Clay County authorities informed Butler officials that they had traced a telephone call Monday to Mr. Bennett, who allegedly said he was returning to Kentucky and “their sheriff was going to be the first one to get it when he got back there,” Sgt. Gebhart said. He was unable to elaborate on that alleged threat.

        A Clay County deputy said that Mr. Bennett had been arrested earlier in the year for stalking a female schoolteacher, Sgt. Gebhart said, and when he was arrested at that time “he had two shotguns and lots of ammunition.”

        Mr. Bennett apparently had become upset at the sheriff's office because of his arrest in the schoolteacher case, Sgt. Gebhart said.

        Mr. Bennett had been ordered to stay away from the teacher, whom he allegedly had threatened to kidnap and bring to Ohio, Sgt. Gebhart said.

        It was unclear whether Mr. Bennett had been employed, police said.


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