News and Tribune

August 16, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE CRIME BRIEFS — For Aug. 16

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

Drunken mother found with tot

Charlestown police responded to Bobby’s Sweet Shop on Halyson Road about 8:45 p.m. Aug. 10 after a concerned citizen called about an intoxicated woman pushing a child in a stroller.

After responding to the business, police spoke with a woman who said she had seen Elizabeth Richardson, 26, of Berkley Road in Charlestown, in the area with a child, later determined to be 1-year-old.

The woman reported to police she had seen Richardson nearly falling over while reaching for a baby bottle. When the woman tried to help Richardson, she refused her assistance.

The witness also reported seeing Richardson tipping the stroller forward to spill fruit juice that had accumulated on the table portion of the stroller while disregarding the safety of the child.

The witness said she had to intervene to prevent Richardson from losing control of the child and “dump [the baby] on her face,” according to the police report.

The same witness helped the mother into Bobby’s Sweet Shop, where she was found by police.

Police reported observing Richardson “ ... inside the store slumped over the cashier counter for an extended amount of time.”

Richardson then stood up with her eyes closed and appeared to be asleep, police reported, as the stroller and child were behind her and out of her sight.

The woman and a second person pushing the stroller then left the store.

When an officer spoke with Richardson, she had a “very strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath,” police reported. She also had to use the front of a police vehicle for balance.

An officer reported Richardson admitted to drinking alcohol, even though it was difficult for police to understand her slurred speech.

When police asked her where her child was, Richard said the baby was with her mother. When police asked Richardson if she had been with her child at all that day, she said had not.

When the officer pointed in the direction of the child, “ ... Richardson stated ‘Oh,’ as she stumbled forward,” according to the police report.

Police then administered a portable breath test, which Richardson returned a .31 BAC. She was taken to St. Catherine Regional Hospital for treatment before being transported to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

Richardson has been preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent and public intoxication.

She was given a $5,000 court-cash bond on Monday, but released on her own recognizance Wednesday. Richardson is scheduled to appear in court for an initial hearing Aug. 21.

She has yet to be officially charged in court.



Foot pursuit ends in Taser strike

A Branchville man was Tased after a nearly 30-minute pursuit with Clarksville police.

An officer attempted a stop on a vehicle driven by Andrew Clemons, 26, along Providence way Monday night after he was seen driving at a high rate of speed.

After the officer activated his patrol car’s lights and sirens, the vehicle slowed near the entrance of Providence High School, but Clemons accelerated then slammed on his brakes near Gutford Road.

Clemons then exited the vehicle and fled on foot, while leaving the vehicle, which was not registered to him, in drive, and the vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and came to a stop in the front yard of a nearby home.

A K-9 unit was called to the scene to track Clemons, but he was not initially located.

Clemons was later seen covered in grass and mud coming from between two homes in the area. Before he could be apprehended, however, Clemons again took off running. By officers working together to locate Clemons, he was again located, only this time Tased in his lower back and buttocks area and placed into handcuffs.

Police reported he had an odor of alcohol coming from his breath. Clemons then refused to take a field sobriety test and a portable breath test, and refused to speak to the officer.

As he was patted down, police located a substance believed to be spice, a synthetic drug, in his possession.

Clemons has been charged in Clark County Circuit Court No. 3 with operating while intoxicated endangering a person, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness -— use of vehicle, reckless driving, driving while suspended with a prior, and possessing a look-alike substance, all misdemeanor charges.



Sibling dispute results in arrest

A Charlestown man was arrested Aug. 9 after Charlestown police responded to his home on a call of two brothers fighting.

Brian A. Money, 29, Chris Court, has been charged with class C felony intimidation.

At the home police spoke with the mother of Money and his brother.

She reported that Money had woken his brother and asked to borrow his vehicle. When the brother refused, the mother told police that Money said he was going to slice the vehicle’s tires, if he wasn’t allowed to borrow it.

Money then left the home with a knife in his hand and walked toward the vehicle, the woman reported.

The brother followed Money outside of the home with a baseball bat to protect his vehicle, the brother later told police.

“[The mother] stated Money went after [his brother] with the knife and was trying to cut him,” according to the police report.

Money told police he had pulled out the knife to defend himself, but never opened the blade. Police found the knife in Money’s shorts.

The mother told police Money came back into the home and held a the storm door shut. His brother told police he threw the bat at the door, which was found broken and had covered Money with glass. The mother told police she did not want any action taken against her son for breaking the door.

A neighbor reported that when he heard the glass break, he went to the home and made the brother who threw the bat come back to his home, where police found him on their arrival.

Money was taken to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.