Two treated for smoke inhalation after fire

Posted September 24, 2008 by shawntaye
Categories: Uncategorized

Two people were taken to a hospital early Wednesday following a fire in a south Lexington apartment off Wilson-Downing Road, Lexington fire officials said.

The fire was contained to the bedroom of one apartment at Whispering Hills Apartments, located at 3745 Camelot Drive, Battalion Chief Jim Wells said. It started about 5:40 a.m.

Two females were taken to a hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.


Ohio man found injured by Lexington roadside

Posted September 18, 2008 by shawntaye
Categories: Uncategorized

An injured Columbus, Ohio man was found lying on a road near the Clark County line Wednesday night, Lexington police said on Thursday.

Jeremy Leeper, 34, was driving from Florida to Ohio with others when the group stopped to let Leeper use the restroom, Officer Ann Gutierrez, a Lexington police spokeswoman said.

The others drove a short distance away to give Leeper some privacy, but they became concerned when he didn’t return to the vehicle, Gutierrez said.

They found Leeper bleeding on the side of the road, she said.

He was taken to Clark County Regional Medical Center then airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital. His condition was not immediately available Thursday.

Clark County sheriff’s deputies contacted Lexington police about the injured man about 10:10 p.m. But police believe the injury occurred about 7 p.m.

No arrests have been made.

One man found shot, another stabbed in North Lexington

Posted September 18, 2008 by shawntaye
Categories: Uncategorized

Lexington police were investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital Wednesday night when they found a second victim, another man who had been stabbed, officials said Thursday.

Police don’t know whether the incidents that occurred in a north Lexington neighborhood are related, said Officer Ann Gutierrez, a Lexington police spokeswoman.

Police received calls about gunshots fired in the area of Kemper Court and Whitney Avenue in north Lexington about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

They found Tyrell Dumphord, 22, of Lexington, who had been shot in the leg, and he was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital.

“While they were searching the area, trying to secure the area and locate any kind of evidence, they located a second victim,” Gutierrez said.

The second victim, who was found at Whitney Avenue and Michigan Street, was stabbed, but he was not taken to the hospital.

No arrests have been made in the cases.


Posted August 28, 2008 by Delano Massey
Categories: Uncategorized






Delano Massey

Mother says jail didn’t protect her son

Posted August 26, 2008 by Delano Massey
Categories: Police

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

By Jillian Ogawa

PARIS — Daniel Trimble tried to slit his wrists with a razor blade shortly after he was booked at the Bourbon County jail last fall. Jail officials sent Trimble to the Comprehensive Care Center for a mental evaluation, according to documents filed in Bourbon Circuit Court.
David E. Hanna, a clinical psychologist, wrote in a letter to a judge last September that the 28-year-old was a high-risk inmate for suicide. Trimble had been admitted to Eastern State Hospital multiple times, had tried to hang himself at least once, and had paranoid delusions, “believing that guards and police planned to kill him.”
The letter added: “Jail staff should be aware of the possibility that he would use anything he has in his possession as a weapon against himself.”
On Feb. 15, Trimble was found dead in his cell, hanging from a bedsheet.
The circumstances surrounding Trimble’s death are now under investigation by state police, who appear to be focusing on how jail officials handled the case.
Trimble’s family members say they’re troubled by the jail’s actions before and after Trimble’s death.
“When I went out there … for people not even to say ‘We’re sorry for your loss,’ and they just look at you and basically throw stuff in your arms and push you out the door; they don’t care, they don’t care about anyone in there,” said Samantha True, 26, Trimble’s sister, who went to the jail after her brother’s death to get his belongings. “And I know that people think people in jail are bad, but people make mistakes and they are human.”
Police have released few details about the investigation, and jail officials will not discuss it.
An affidavit for a search warrant, filed this month in Bourbon District Court, alleges that on the day of Trimble’s death, Jailer Tony Horn asked Chief Deputy Jailer Sandy Dotson to delete an e-mail alerting staff to Trimble’s request for medical care.
The affidavit also alleges Dotson asked a jail deputy to fill out a suicide-watch report after Trimble – who had been booked at the jail since Aug. 7, 2007, on a charge of fourth-degree assault – died.
Trimble’s mother, Charlene Morris, 46, was at times overcome with emotion as she and True talked about her son’s death.
Trimble’s ashes rest in a box on an end table in the living room. His mother plans to put them in an urn in the Paris cemetery when the family is able to afford it.
Trimble was the oldest of three children. He grew up in Paris and liked the outdoors, fishing, and drawing. Morris still has a drawing Trimble made on the back of an envelope: two hands holding a cross with the words “in God’s hands.”
Trimble’s family contacted Michael Cooper, a Louisville attorney, shortly after Trimble died, because “we just want to find out what happened because we think that’s what my brother deserves,” True said.
Cooper said his office has hired a private investigator to look into the case.
“While we had turned up a lot of the information, I think the KSP investigation has really now solidified what occurred at the jail with regards to Daniel’s death,” Cooper said.
Despite warnings that he was a suicide risk, Trimble was placed in an isolated cell with a sheet, Cooper said. He used the sheet to hang himself from a vent, Morris said she was told.
Morris said she was told by a former inmate who was in the cell with her son that the jail could not afford $600 for Trimble’s medication and stopped giving it to him. If his medication was out of balance or denied, Cooper said, it could have led to Trimble’s suicide.
Cooper said he has some of Trimble’s medical records and was still investigating whether Trimble had been denied medication.
Dotson declined to comment through a jail staff member. Horn declined to comment about the investigation, but in a previous interview he told a Herald-Leader reporter, “I’ve done nothing wrong, personally.”
No charges have been filed against anyone at the jail.
Bourbon County Judge-Executive Donnie Foley did not return phone messages.
According to records from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Trimble had an extensive felony and misdemeanor criminal history dating back to 1999. He had been in and out of jail for an array of charges such as domestic violence, alcohol intoxication and drug possession.
Three days before he was found dead, Trimble had been indicted for second-degree assault against another inmate and threatening Judge Vanessa Dickson.
An emergency protective order was filed last October by Morris, who said Trimble threatened her, True and his brother. The three cases were dismissed after his death.
Morris said she believes her son’s criminal and violent past was due to his mental illness. Trimble should have been in a hospital to get the help that he needed, she said.
“If he took his medicine, he wouldn’t have done the things he done,” Morris said.
Despite her brother’s record, True said, “I just want them to know that my brother was not a bad person.”
“He made mistakes and, yes, he was in jail, but everyone is human and everybody makes mistakes … who is to say that he wasn’t going to change his life?” she said. “We’ll never know because he’s not here with us. They took that from us.”

  • View the search affidavit here.
  • View the search warrant here.

Jury to hear hazing case

Posted August 26, 2008 by Delano Massey
Categories: Courts

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

By Ashlee Clark

RICHMOND — When Brent Whiteside visited three members of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, he knew they would beat him with canes, paddles, open hands and fists. But Whiteside said he was more scared of what would happen if he didn’t go.

“I showed up,” the Eastern Kentucky University student said. “I wasn’t given much of a choice. I did not know what was going to happen if I didn’t show up.”

Whiteside testified during a hearing Tuesday in Madison County District Court that EKU students Thomas Barnes, 21, and Gabriel M. McLaren, 22, and alumnus Alonzo C. McGill, 32, beat him almost daily from Jan. 29 through March 6 while he sought membership into EKU’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.

Whiteside said the three men assaulted him at their Richmond homes. But from Feb. 14 through Feb. 22, Whiteside said he was beaten more than once by another fraternity member in Lexington.

Barnes, McLaren and McGill have been charged with fourth-degree assault in the case. The three men have pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Madison District Judge Earl-Ray Neal ruled that there was enough probable cause in the case to send it to a jury on Oct. 24.

During Whiteside’s nearly hour-long testimony, defense attorneys for Barnes, McLaren and McGill repeatedly questioned Whiteside’s willingness to repeatedly subject himself to the abuse that he described.

“I think that it’s unbelievable that somebody would constantly show up for a two-month period if they were going to be assaulted, especially to the extent that Mr. Whiteside claims,” said Jim Baechtold, the attorney who represents McLaren.

Whiteside testified that fraternity members never forced him to submit to the beatings or threatened retaliation. But “as far as everything that happened each night, that was threat enough,” he said.

Hazing experts say pledges are less inclined to quit the hazing process to avoid the stigma.

Two women pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha at a university in California drowned during a hazing ritual in 2002. A student pledging Kappa Alpha Psi at Florida A&M University was beaten with canes in 2006, and two fraternity brothers were sent to jail.

Tuesday’s testimony was the first time Whiteside has spoken publicly about the case.

Whiteside said he was beaten on the back, buttocks and chest by the three defendants, which caused severe bruising. At one point, Barnes hit Whiteside so hard with a cane that it snapped across his back, Whiteside said.

In March, Whiteside said he noticed blood in his urine. He was also light-headed and couldn’t hold down food. Whiteside threw up twice on March 6 while on the way to Lexington, where he says he was later beaten by fraternity members.

He said he went to a family doctor March 7, and was hospitalized March 8 for kidney failure. He spent several days at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.

Whiteside said he hasn’t fully recovered from his injuries.

In response to the hazing investigation, the fraternity’s chapters have been suspended at both EKU and the University of Kentucky.

Six members of UK’s chapter have also been implicated by an officer of Kappa Alpha Psi for their alleged involvement in the hazing case.

Whiteside testified that there were multiple members who attended the nightly beatings, but he could not identify anyone other than Barnes, McLaren and McGill.

A status conference in the case will take place Oct. 2 in Madison County District Court.

Prison officer gets 6-month sentence for sex abuse

Posted August 26, 2008 by Delano Massey
Categories: Courts

Tags: , , , ,

A former corrections officer at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington was sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge to six months in prison and ordered to perform 180 hours of community service for sexually abusing an inmate under his ward.

Hector Antonio Abelar, 28, of Nicholasville, pleaded guilty in May to charges that he repeatedly had sex with a ward from January to May 2007, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Lexington. Abelar will be required to register as a sex offender.

Abelar will be eligible for parole after serving 85 percent of his sentence.