Sheriff’s department investigating burglary at restaurant

June 3, 2010

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary that occurred last week at a restaurant in eastern Owensboro.

According to sheriff’s department reports, investigators were called to the G.D. Ritzy’s restaurant at 4527 Kentucky 54 on May 27. The report says a manager reported a cash totalling $3,000 had been stolen while the restaurant was closed for the night.

Investigators determined the door to the room where the money was stored had been taken off its hinges and later replaced. A locking mechanism on an exterior door also showed signs of tampering.


Alleged thief arrested in woman’s hotel room

June 1, 2010

An Owensboro man was charged with burglary Monday afternoon, after allegedly entering a hotel room without permission and attempting to steal money and personal items.

According to Owensboro Police Department reports, a woman staying at the Sleep Inn in Bon Harbor Hills reported discovering a stranger in her room about 2:20 p.m. Monday. The report says the woman was taking a shower when she saw the man attempting to hide from her between the beds.

The woman called her boyfriend, who came to the room to help her. Reports say the woman and her boyfriend told officers the man was attempting to steal both cash and several pairs of the woman’s underwear.

Police charged Michael E. Aldridge, 24, of the 4100 block of Mayflower Drive, with second-degree burglary in the incident. Aldridge was being held Tuesday in the Daviess County Detention Center on $20,000 bond.


Sheriff’s department seeks vehicle believed used in thefts

May 28, 2010

The Daviess County Sheriff’s department is seeking information from the public about this vehicle, which was used in a theft May 11 in the 4500 block of Lake Forest Drive.

The vehicle, a 2002 or 2003 Buick Rendezvous, was captured on video, when the driver is believed to have stolen metal from a home at 4547 Lake Forest Drive.

A sheriff’s department press release says the tape captures a white male with dark hair – wearing a dark shirt and knee-length shorts – exiting the vehicle and going into the home’s garage.

The video then shows the man loading coiled aluminum into the vehicle on the passenger side.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 685-8444, or Crime Stoppers at 687-8484. Calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous, and cash rewards are paid for information that lead to arrests.


Crime Stoppers warns of thieves posing as salesmen in Owensboro

May 27, 2010

Crime Stoppers is seeking information about men who are going door to door in Owensboro, posing as laminate salesmen.

According to an Owensboro Police Department press release, the men were invited into a home in the 900 block of Hall Street. While one of the men distracted the home owner, the other stole cash from the home.

The men are described as white males – one in a dress hat. They were driving a mid-to-full size passenger car, possibly tan or pewter in color.

Crime Stoppers will give cash rewards for information that leads to an arrest of this, or ANY crime. To report information, call Crime Stoppers 687-8484.

Crime Stoppers is completely anonymous.


Four arrested on meth charges after traffic stop

May 27, 2010

Four Daviess County residents were arrested Wednesday night, after officers found materials used to make methamphetamine in their vehicle.

Owensboro police reports said detectives from the department’s street crimes unit were driving on Breckenridge Street at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when they noticed a driver drinking a can of beer.

The report says when the detectives searched the vehicle, they found what they believe to be methamphetamine and several items used to make the drug.

Dennis R. McKinney Jr., 31, of the 1900 block of Stonewall Court, Joseph I. McKinney, 28, also of the 1900 block of Stonewall Court, William E. Cameron, 34, of the 4600 block of Towne Square Court and  Shelly D. Daugherty, 36, of Maceo, were all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Daugherty was also charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of an open alcohol beverage in a motor vehicle.

All four were lodged Thursday in the Daviess County Detention Center.


Those Doody-Head Vandals!

May 27, 2010

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department is investigating what is probably the most inoffensive case of vandalism in history.

According to sheriff’s department reports, a deputy was called to Cambridge Drive Monday night on a vandalism report. The report says when the deputy arrived, he saw a street sign with the word “boogers” written on the back.

Deputies have no suspects – probably because the incident was reported at 8:40 p.m., so the vandals had already been tucked in for beddy-bye. Perhaps investigators will have more luck if they check back earlier in the day – perhaps between story time and nap time?


Don’t take the law (enforcement) into your own hands

May 26, 2010

An Owensboro man was arrested Sunday, after he attempted to conduct a freelance private investigation.

According to Owensboro Police Department reports, a man claiming to be an OPD officer contacted Charles Lawless III, asking Lawless the whereabouts of a certain person. Lawless told officers the caller said he needed the information because he was conducting an investigation.

The report says Lawless provided the information, but became suspicious and called OPD. Officers later tracked the call to Jeffery A. Leftwich, 25, of the 300 block of Third Street.

Reports say Leftwich admitted making the call, and said he was trying to locate a missing person, “Mr. Wink.” The report says “(Leftwich) does not know Wink’s first name or any other information.”

Police believe Leftwich was also trying to conduct his own investigation into possible drug activity. Leftwich was charged with impersonating a police officer which is a class D felony.


It’s second nature, officer …

May 25, 2010

An Owensboro man was arrested Tuesday, after confidently telling a Daviess County Sheriff’s deputy he’s capable of driving after smoking pot.

According to DCSD reports, a deputy stopped Clyde E. Bartley, 21, of the 900 block of Holly Avenue, on suspicion Bartley was driving while intoxicated. The report says Bartley told the officer he had smoked marijuana about 30 minutes before driving.

The report says Bartley did not stop with there, but told the deputy, “he does it (smoke) often and that it was second nature to drive after smoking.”

Remarkably, the deputy was not impressed and Bartley was charged with DUI.


Lacy named KSP Trooper of the year

May 25, 2010

Allen Lacy, center, KSP's Trooper of the Year

A trooper from the Kentucky State Police’s Henderson Post was recently named Trooper of the Year at KSP’s annual award ceremony in Louisville.

Trooper Allen Lacy, who patrols in McLean and Ohio counties, was honored for his extensive work in 2009. While on patrol last year, Lacy issued 843 total citations with 32 DUI arrests and 587 speed violations. Furthermore, he opened 23 criminal cases resulting in 90 criminal arrests. 

A KSP press release says Lacy also worked several narcotics investigations last year, and had been active in child and teen safety programs such as the “Ghost Out” DUI awareness program held a high schools during prom season.


Is that a big package of meat in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?

May 25, 2010

A bicycle riding thief was busted for shoplifting by police, after attempting to steal meat from an Owensboro grocery store.

According to Owensboro Police Department reports, Benjamine A. Simmons, 38, of the 1200 block of West Seventh Street, was observed Saturday by employees at a Kroger store stuffing a package of ribs down his pants.

The report says Simmons left the store without attempting to pay for his package. When confronted outside, the report says Simmons jumped on his bike and pedaled away – no doubt somewhat awkwardly.

Simmons was later stopped by police and charged with theft by unlawful taking.