Man at bar fights law, law wins

September 30, 2014

A Lock Avenue man was charged with felony third-degree assault on a police officer early Sunday morning, after battling officers and security at an Owensboro bar.

OPD reports say officers were called to a disturbance at Milligan’s Bar on West Second Street at 12:53 a.m. Sunday morning. Reports say when officers arrived, they found three security officers attempting to hold down a man, who was later identified as Justin P. Allen, 24, of the 1700 block of Lock Avenue.

Reports say Allen was screaming and yelling. When officers attempted to cuff Allen, he grabbed an officer by the leg in an attempt to knock the officer down. At that point, Allen was stunned with a Tazer, reports say.

Allen continued to yell at officers all the way to the Daviess County Detention Center; reports say, in particular, Allen threatened to kill OPD Officer Joe Bob Jones and Jones’ family. Allen also threatened to beat up another officer “once he got out of jail,” reports said.

Allen was charged with third-degree assault (police officer), alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and third-degree terrroristic threatening.


New trial date set, after assault trial ends in mistrial

September 26, 2014

A new trial date has been set for an Owensboro man whose assault trial ended abruptly Wednesday morning in a mistrial.

Matthew D. Padgett, 22, was on trial on two counts of third-degree assault, for allegedly spitting on a deputy jailer and attempted to strike another jailer in the groin or thigh during a Feb. 9 incident at the jail. The trial ended after one of Padgett’s defense attorneys asked one of the deputy jailers a question that had previously been barred by the judge’s ruling. Daviess Circuit Judge Joe Castlen granted Commonwealth’s Attorney Bruce Kuegel’s motion for a mistrial, saying the jury had been affected by the improper question.

Padgett’s new trial date is set for Feb. 25. Castlen said previously his trial docket for the rest of this year is already full.


Woman charged after stuffing bra with drugs

September 25, 2014

A Center Street woman was arrested by OPD narcotics investigators Wednesday evening, after detectives found the woman was carrying a pharmacy full of drugs in her bra.

OPD reports say detectives from the street crimes unit were called to a home in the 1500 block of Center Street at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, to investigate reports of drug activity. When they arrived, the occupants of the home agreed to let detectives search the residence.

Reports say during the search, detectives found scales believed used in drug trafficking.

Reports say the detectives asked one of the home’s occupants, Ruth M. Goatee, 27, if she had any drugs on her. At first, Goatee denied she was holding any drugs, but then “pulled out a large bag of drugs from her bra,” reports said.

The bag contained what investigators believed was several grams of methamphetamine, heroin, Percocets, Lortabs, Xanax, marijuana and MSM, which is mixed with drugs to increase the quantity, the reports say.

Goatee was taken to the Daviess County Detention Center. At the jail, deputy jailers found two additional bags in Goatee’s bra, which contained a substance investigators believe to be methamphetamine, reports say.

Goatee told investigators, “she did not know the drugs were still in her bra,” reports say.

Goatee was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, promoting contraband, trafficking in marijuana under 8 ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.


Alleged drunk dialing goes wrong for Owensboro woman

September 25, 2014

Here’s a tip: If you’re intoxicated, in a public place and don’t want to get arrested, do not call the police.

A woman learned that lesson the hard way Wednesday, after allegedly calling police and then denying it at an Owensboro motel.

OPD reports say officers were called to the Cadillac Motel on West Second Street Wednesday night, after a woman called 911 and told told dispatchers she had been spat upon by a man after she refused to sell methamphetamine for him.

Reports say while officers were en route, an hotel employee called police to report a woman was causing a disturbance. When officers arrived, the woman, later identified as Brenda M. Humphrey, 29, homeless, told officers: “I did not call the #&@!?#@!! police! I do not have a phone!”

Humphrey was charged with public intoxication and transported to the Daviess County Detention Center.


Intoxicated man run over by car, feels no pain

September 5, 2014

A man was taken to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital early Friday for treatment of what officers assumed were injuries, after the man was run over on Cravens Avenue.

Owensboro Police Department reports say Samuel J. Sloan, of the 3000 block of Cravens Avenue was pulling into his driveway at 12:05 a.m. Friday, when he noticed a hat laying on sidewalk near his drive.

As he pulled into the driveway, Sloan “felt a bump, as if he ran over a dog or something,” OPD reports say. When Sloan got out, he found a man laying in his driveway, reports say.

The man Jerry B. Winstead, who is from out of town, “was extremely intoxicated and stated he had fallen asleep in the driveway,” reports say. Winstead “was too intoxicated to say if he was injured” and was taken to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.


Isn’t that stuff supposed to make you mellow?

September 3, 2014

Owensboro police are investigating an assault that occurred Tuesday, where the victim says he was assaulted over allegations of missing marijuana.

OPD reports say officers were called to a home on Hughes Avenue Tuesday to respond to an assault. Reports say the victim told officers he and an acquaintance got into a disagreement, after the acquaintance accused the victim of stealing some marijuana. 

The victim protested his innocence, OPD reports say. The victim told officers he even “got butt naked” in order to show his friend that he was not hiding any marijuana on his person, reports say. The victim told officers the acquaintance then picked up a belt and began beating the victim.

The victim did not require medical treatment.