Minors questioned, to be charged in juvenile court for mailbox damage

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Another wreck at the roundabout

By Jesse Osbourne

Juveniles have been questioned and will be charged in juvenile court for the damage to over 25 mailboxes in the Beechland Road, Valley Hill Road and Lincoln Park Road area.

The damage occurred over the course of a weekend in mid- to late December. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident.
In other police news:
- Another accident happened at the roundabout near the St. Catharine campus on Jan. 11, this time resulting in an injury.
According to a Springfield City Police report, Clarence L. Richardson, of Elizabethtown, was traveling west on U.S. 150 when he approached the roundabout and “failed to negotiate the turn and struck the grass median, crossing over the roadway.”
Richardson’s vehicle stopped against the embankment on the other side of the road.
Richardson was removed from the vehicle by emergency personnel and taken to Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown.
First aid was given on the scene by Washington County EMS.
- Two instances of first-degree criminal mischief were investigated by Springfield City Police within the last two weeks.
Damage was reported to four tires on a Dodge 2500 pick-up truck at the Five Star gas station, 808 Bardstown Road.
Nearly $2,000 worth of damage was reported to a 2007 Chevrolet Trail Blazer at 114 Scott Street in Springfield.
According to the police report, the incident occurred on Dec. 24. Damage was done to the windshield, driver’s door post, interior door panel and center console of the Trail Blazer.
Anyone with information regarding these instances is encouraged to call Springfield City Police at 336-5450. Callers can remain anonymous.
- Michael A. Baker, of Evansville, Ind., was driving a 2006 Freightliner east on U.S. 150 on Jan. 9 when he met another tractor trailer going west.
The semi traveling west came across the center line and struck Baker’s driver side mirror.
Baker remained on the side of the road until someone came and replaced his driver side rearview mirror, according to the police report.
The identity of the driver of the other semi is unknown.
Anyone with details of the identity of the hit-and-run driver is encouraged to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 336-5400. Callers can remain anonymous.
- An injury accident occurred at the 8.5 mile marker on KY 555 at the intersection of the U.S. 150 Bypass  on Jan. 7 at around 10 a.m.
Norma J. Veach, of Louisville, the driver of the vehicle stated fault to the police, according to the police report. She told police she was headed to Lebanon from Louisville and was looking for a road sign and didn’t realize she had a red light at the intersection.
Steven P. Wharton, of Springfield, the driver of the other vehicle, said that he saw the vehicle start to slow down, and then speed back up before the collision. According to the police report, two witnesses verified the account.
- A vehicle traveling on the Bluegrass Parkway collided with a deer on Jan. 5, resulting in injuries.
Eric S. Grucza, of Lexington, was headed west on the parkway when a deer crossed into his lane and struck the vehicle. Fire and EMS were dispatched, along with the sheriff’s department. According to the police report, Grucza and a passenger were treated at the scene, but not transported to a medical facility.
- A domestic-related incident was reported on Jan. 3 at 1:08 p.m. at 328 East Main Street.
- Two reports of burglary occurred on Cardwell Tablow Road in Willisburg on Jan. 2.
In one report, the victim stated that sometime after 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Jan. 2, someone entered 1074 Tablow Road and removed several items.
According to the report, most of the items were taken from an enclosed back porch, however the thieves entered the main part of the house and removed a purse and jewelry box.
The victim stated that someone had recently been to the residence to buy some gasoline and borrow a chainsaw from the victim’s father, who also reported items missing from a residence in the same day.
Among the stolen property included a Nikon camera, a mig welder, a 196-piece tool set, a tool box with various tools, a hunting knife, a 1000-watt MTX amplifier, a jewelry box with jewelry inside, a Black and Decker jig saw, a Garmin GPS, a United Steel throwing hatchet, as well as a purse and wallet that included a drivers license and Social Security card.
The property was valued at $1,800.
Another report indicated a burglary at 1204 Tablow Road in Willisburg.
The victim told police the burglary had to occur between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Jan. 2.
Among the missing items were a Stihl chainsaw, a 20-inch chainsaw bar and chain, as well as $10 to $15 worth of loose change stolen from the main bedroom dresser.
Springfield City Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office also worked seven non-injury automobile accidents from Jan. 6 through Jan. 13.
According to the yearly activity totals provided by the Washington County Sheriff’s office, the department worked 147 accidents in 2011.
They also filed 188 incident reports, served 196 e-warrants and e-summons, and served 732 civil summons and subpoenas.
In December of 2011, they worked 15 accidents, filed 18 incident reports, served 15 e-warrants and served 58 subpoenas and civil summons.