Sunday, May 27, 2001

Kentucky Digest

Man charged with delivering marijuana

The Associated Press

        PADUCAH — A pizza delivery man was arrested after being accused of selling marijuana on his stops.

        Brandon Ray Walker, 21, reportedly sold marijuana while making a delivery for Papa John's Pizza near the Tennessee River bridge, according to McCracken County Sheriff's Sgt. Jon Hayden.

        Mr. Hayden said he received information that Mr. Walker, who worked at Papa John's Pizza in Paducah, was selling marijuana while delivering pizza in McCracken and Livingston counties. One tipster informed Mr. Hayden about a suspected marijuana deal Friday night in a secluded area in Reidland. Mr. Hayden said he observed a vehicle with a large pizza delivery sign on the roof pull up to another vehicle and sell a quantity of marijuana at 8 p.m. CDT.

        The driver, later identified as Mr. Walker, drove away and was arrested. He was charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

        A search of his car found two sets of scales, an undisclosed amount of cash and several ounces of marijuana, valued at $600. Deputies also found ledgers in the car which allegedly contained information about previous marijuana transactions.

Photo of suspect found in stolen car
The Associated Press

               MILTON, W.Va. — A man driving a car stolen in Kentucky led Milton's police chief on a chase through town early Saturday before abandoning the car, leaving a photo of himself inside, police said.

        Acting Milton Police Chief Gary Lilly spotted the man at a car lot about 4 a.m. and approached him. He sped off in a Buick that had been stolen Thursday in Eddyville, Ky., on the western edge of the state.

        The man drove at speeds of up to 90 miles an hour and almost ran into a school building before ending up in a Milton city councilman's driveway. He abandoned the car and fled on foot, Mr. Lilly said.

        Inside was a photo he apparently had taken of himself, police said.

        About 5:30 a.m. a man matching the description of the driver broke into a trailer home in Milton and took a woman's purse and car keys. The woman, Dorothy Racer, woke up and yelled at him as he tried to get in her car, and he ran away. Her purse was found later, but the money in it was missing.

        The car involved in the chase had been stolen Thursday.

        The owner of the car heard noise in his garage about 2 a.m., went to investigate and tried to prevent a man from stealing his car. The owner was dragged down a road for some distance and suffered serious lacerations, said Lt. Don Woods of the Kentucky State Police.

        The car's owner, Jeff Fralic, who is in his 40s, was treated and released from Caldwell County Hospital in Princeton, Ky., Mr. Woods said.

Carter County man charged with murder
The Associated Press

               OLIVE HILL — A Carter County man was charged with murder and attempted murder, accused of shooting a man the morning after the two men attended a POW/MIA rally, state police said.

        Charles A. Logan, 37, of Olive Hill, was arrested without incident about 9:40 a.m. Thursday while sitting in a vehicle several miles west of Olive Hill, police said.

        Mr. Logan is accused of shooting Bobby Ray Gilbert, 46, also of Olive Hill, in the back after the two had argued Wednesday night at the rally in Owingsville, police said.

        On Thursday morning, Mr. Gilbert was traveling with Kenny Crockett, 53, of Grayson, in Mr. Crockett's motor home when they saw Mr. Logan standing in the front yard of a home. The two stopped, and the three men were arguing when Mr. Logan pulled a semiautomatic handgun from his jacket and shot once, hitting Mr. Gilbert in the back, police said. Mr. Logan also tried to shoot Mr. Crockett, but the gun jammed, police said.

        Mr. Gilbert was pronounced dead at 10 a.m. while waiting to be flown by helicopter to Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va., police said.

Building damaged at Berea College
The Associated Press


        BEREA — A 115-year-old building undergoing renovation on the campus of Berea College sustained some interior damage on Friday.

        Lincoln Hall, which is used as an administration center and houses the president's office, was evacuated around 3:30 p.m., Berea spokesman Timothy Jordan said. About a dozen people were sent out of the building. No one was injured.

        Mr. Jordan said workers noticed plaster cracking while taking out a section of an interior wall and immediately stopped work. Once everyone was out, workers began shoring up the walls, and that was when the damage occurred, he said. It was not clear Friday night what the damage was, though it was all on the building's interior, Mr. Jordan said.

        “They are keeping everyone out until they get the assessment from the structural engineer,” he said. The damage should be known by Saturday.

        The three-story building's first floor is being converted to house the student services offices.

        Mr. Jordan said all the diplomas to be handed out at the school's commencement today were safely removed from the building.

Testimony: More could have been killed
The Associated Press


        HOPKINSVILLE — Police testified Friday that a man accused of slaying two people during a revival might have intended to kill even more.

        The revelation came as the evidence against Fredrick Radford was sent to a grand jury.

        Police officers said they talked to members of the Greater Oak Missionary Baptist Church who saw Mr. Radford shoot two women, including his estranged wife.

        Some witnesses said Mr. Radford tried to shoot others, including himself, but the gun failed.

        “It was right by me. He pulled the gun out, and I guess went to cock it, but it jammed and a shell fell out and I hollered, "Thank you Jesus,'” said Clara Burton.

        Mr. Radford, 35, was arrested last Friday after a standoff with police and charged with two counts of murder.

        Adrianne Radford, 25, of Hopkinsville, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Mary Anne Turner, 47, also of Hopkinsville, was pronounced dead at Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville. Police said she tried to take the couple's son from Fredrick Radford. The boy was unhurt.

        The mother had filed a domestic violence order against her husband and moved out of their home with their son, Fredrick Jr., about two months ago, friends said.


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