Steven Welton & Andrew Romans Arrested after infant found walking in the street

RICHMOND — After an 18-month-old child was found walking in the roadway Wednesday morning dressed only in a diaper, two men — one of them the infant’s father — went to jail, according to Richmond police.

Around 9:30 a.m., an officer on patrol in the 100 block of Woods Trail was flagged down by a social services worker who reported finding the child in the roadway unattended, the release stated.

Andrew Romans

Andrew Romans

Steven Welton

Steven Welton

The officer located the child’s father, Steven Welton, 27, at his residence on Woods Trail, along with Andrew Romans, 27, of Irvine, the police report stated.

Officers also discovered three small packs of methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and various drug use paraphernalia after searching the residence. And they found a pill bottle containing marijuana on Romans’ person as well as a handgun and several syringes, according to the report.

As Romans was transported to the Madison County Detention Center, he attempted to discard two baggies of methamphetamine, seven Lortab pills and two morphine pills in the rear seat of the police cruiser, the report added.

Welton was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree possession of a controlled substance as well as  possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Romans was charged with two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, one count of third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and tampering with physical evidence.

Welton remained in jail Thursday afternoon on a $5,000 cash bond while Romans was being held on a $10,000 cash bond, according to jail records.

Lake Reba Speeder James Fitzpatrick of Waco Arrested

Kentucky State Police believe they have tracked down the driver who went speeding through the Lake Reba Recreation Complex and Gibson Bay residential area Monday evening.

James Fitzpatrick

James Fitzpatrick

James Fitzpatrick, 19, of Elliston Road near Waco, was in jail Wednesday facing several charges after both Richmond and state police said he went through a stop sign and drove 60 mph through 15 mph zones, failing to pull over and then eluding apprehension.

At approximately 7:28 p.m., a Richmond officer clocked the vehicle in the Lake Reba Park driving 60 mph in a 15 mph zone, according to RPD Chief Larry Brock.

When the officer turned around to pull him over he noticed the vehicle was traveling on the wrong side of the road and almost collided with another vehicle, the chief said.

The speeding vehicle then led officers into the Gibson Bay residential area where officers briefly lost sight of it. As the officer spoke to witnesses, the car came speeding back and led officers on another chase, according to the police report.

The car turned down a dead end, Park Ridge Drive, and then drove through through residential lawns to another road. Another officer then observed the vehicle traveling through the Lake Reba area again, proceeding west on Irvine Road and then turning onto Concord Road.

Pursuing officers then lost sight of the vehicle again, and police supervisors ordered an end to the chase believing it posed a danger to public safety.

Police however, determined that Fitzpatrick was the driver, and the KSP arrested him the next day. He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where Richmond police also filed charges against him, including:

• Two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment

• First-degree fleeing or evading police

• Reckless driving

• Speeding

• Disregarding a stop sign.


Preliminary autopsy report: Inmate died of acute peritonitis

RICHMOND — A Madison County Detention Center inmate who died Monday morning shortly after arrival at Baptist Health Richmond succumbed to acute peritonitis, according to a preliminary autopsy report from the state medical examiner.

Brandon Clint Hacker, 35, also was suffering from peptic ulcer disease and a “perforational duodenal ulcer,” said Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison, quoting from the report.

The autopsy was performed Tuesday, he said.

Hacker was jailed May 1 on a charge of failing to pay child support, according to Madison County Jailer Doug Thomas.

The next day, Hacker told the jail’s nurse he was feeling ill and believed he was suffering from heroin withdrawal, Thomas said.

The inmate was then given medication to treat withdrawal symptoms, the jailer said, but he continued to be sick over the weekend. After a nurse saw him Monday morning, Hacker was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he died, Thomas said.

Toxicology tests that could show whether illegal drugs were in Hacker’s system and could have been a factor in his death may not be available for a few weeks, Cornelison said.

The coroner said he and state police interviewed Hacker’s cell mates. Because no foul play is suspected, Cornelison said he does not expect to conduct a criminal investigation as a result of the death.

Thomas said he relies on medical personnel for advice on whether an inmate who complains of drug-withdrawal symptoms should be hospitalized, in such cases. Hacker was being treated for the symptoms for which he complained, and when he didn’t respond to treatment, he was taken to the hospital, the jailer said.

Inmates are asked medical questions when they are booked into the jail, Thomas said, and “to my knowledge” Hacker did not say he suffered from ulcers then.

Big World T-Shirts available at First Gear

RICHMOND — Friends and supporters of Anthony “Big World” Mitchell have mobilized since the Richmond Register published “City puts the squeeze on Big World” on Saturday.

“Big World”

“Big World”

Big World said he plans to attend Tuesday’s Richmond City Commission meeting to air his grievances over not being permitted to ride his mower around town carrying advertisement placards, something he has done for the past 22 years to supplement his income.

Big World T-shirts are available at First Gear, 129 S. First St. The suggested minimum donation is $10 and all proceeds will go to benefit Big World, said owner John Perkins.

Perkins, who last year with others helped Big World purchase his mower, said he hopes to use the money from the recent fundraiser to buy him a tricycle with electric pedal assistance.

Because First Gear is printing the T-shirts only to support Big World and not for business purposes, only cash will be accepted, Perkins said.

Big World supporters also have started a Facebook event called “Support Anthony ‘Big World’ Mitchell Day” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13 to generate support ahead of his city commission appearance.

Demonstrators are asked to make posters and banners “of a respectful nature” for a peaceful demonstration on the sidewalk outside of City Hall. Noise-making devices are not welcome, according to the invitation.

Another supporter has started a “New Wheels for Big World” account which had raised $585 of its $4,000 goal by Wednesday afternoon.

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Detroit Man, Michael C. Horn charged with Trafficking

Richmond police charged a Detroit man with drug trafficking late Saturday in connection with a December incident.
Police encountered Michael C. Horn, 21, on Ballard Drive and took him into custody on the strength of a warrant from the Madison District Court charging him with failure to appear.
The charge of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance stems from Dec. 12 when Richmond narcotics detectives purchased a quantity of heroin from Horn during a covert operation, said RPD Chief Larry Brock.

Mark D. Taylor indicted on two counts of child pornography

Mark D. Taylor

Mark D. Taylor

Richmond – A Richmond man was indicted on child pornography charges Wednesday. Mark Douglas Taylor, 52, was indicted on two counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

He was booked into the detention center Feb. 7 by an agent of the Attorney General’s office and remains incarcerated under a $20,000 bond, according to a jail official.

Brian J. Smith indicted on 24 counts of child pornography

RICHMOND — A Madison grand jury has indicted a Berea man on 24 counts related to child pornography.

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith, 26, is charged with four counts of distribution and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying sexual performances by a minor.

All charges are Class D felonies which are punishable by one to five years in prison. However, the total sentence for someone convicted of Class D felonies is capped at 20 years.

Smith was the subject of an investigation by the electronic crimes branch of the Kentucky State Police after it discovered he had shared images of child sexual exploitation online, according to a KSP report.

Troopers and deputies executed a search warrant at Smith’s residence Feb. 5 where they seized equipment he may have used to facilitate the crime, the report stated. The equipment was sent to the KSP forensic laboratory for examination.

Smith was arrested Feb. 5 and released Feb. 13 on a $15,000 cash bond, according to a Madison County Detention Center booking officer.

He is set to be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. May 1 in Madison Circuit Court.

Lisa K. Begley repeatedly drove her vehicle into a gate and fence at storage facility

RICHMOND — Richmond police arrested a Lexington woman Monday night after the property manager at Main Street Storage said she repeatedly drove her vehicle into a gate and fence at the 455 E. Main St. business.

Lisa K. Begley

Lisa K. Begley

Lisa K. Begley, 51, was charged with first degree criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident in connection with the incident. She also was charged with several traffic offenses, including driving under the influence, after she was stopped by police on West Main Street.

The property manager told an officer dispatched at approximately 9:42 p.m. to East Main Storage that Begley was visiting him but left abruptly, according to the police report.

Upon hearing a crash, he went outside and discovered Begley had struck a gate and several storage buildings. A witness reported seeing Begley’s vehicle back into the front gate of the facility several times and then strike several storage units as she drove toward the rear of the premises. She then crashed her vehicle through the closed rear gate before fleeing west on Main Street, the police report stated.

A short time later, another officer stopped the vehicle on West Main Street at Westover Avenue where Begley was taken into custody. In addition to the criminal mischief and DUI charges, Begley also was charged with having no operator’s license, no vehicle insurance, and no valid license plates.

She was lodged in the Madison County Detention Center where she remained Tuesday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.

Anyone with information about this or other cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.

Erin Murphy & James Phelps charged with 1st Degree Prostitution

RICHMOND — Two people were charged Wednesday evening after they were observed engaging in sexual activity related to prostitution in public, according to Richmond police.

Erin M. Murphy, 25, Mount Vernon, and James J. Phelps, 40, Park Place Drive, both were charged with first-degree indecent exposure and prostitution.

Murphy also was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Officers were sent at 5:23 p.m. to the area of Race and South Maple streets after receiving a report of a woman walking around naked and then entering a vehicle, according to the RPD report.

An officer reported seeing Murphy naked from the waist down and bent over the front of the vehicle. Phelps was behind the woman and also naked from the waist down with his genitals exposed, the report stated.

Both were detained, charged and then taken to the Madison County Detention Center.

Deputies Search For Home Invasion Suspect Aaron Douglas Tate

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect in a home invasion in the Union City area.

Aaron Douglas Tate

Aaron Douglas Tate

Officials are looking for Aaron Douglas Tate, 32, of Richmond in connection to a home invasion from March.

Officials say Tate broke into the home around 6 a.m. on March 19 and was confronted by the victim while inside. Tate then took off.

Once caught he will be charged with burglary second degree and criminal mischief second degree. Tate is also facing other charges of child support and fugitive from another state (Tennessee).

Anyone with information on Tate’s whereabouts or location is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.