2011-10-13 / Police

Lexington Police Report

By Chief Jerry Bowden

A few items of police activity are noted as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

Officer Scott Gaskamp responded to a complaint of theft at the CEFCO Convenience Store on Hwy. 77. Offense report filed.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011

Chief Bowden, Capt. Yarbrough, Officer Gaskamp and Officer Nurse responded to a report of a loose dog at the corner of 3rd Street and Well Street. Unable to locate.

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011

Chief Bowden again responded to Hilliard Street at Hwy. 77 due to a complaint of dogs running at large in the neighborhood. The dogs in question were in a pen. However, the area has been placed on the extra patrol list because of numerous complaints from neighbors and their stated fear for the safety of their children, and will also be checked by the night watch patrol Officers. Progress Note: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011: Chief Bowden received a check from the Lee County District Attorney’s Office in the amount of $255.45, that money being drug forfeiture money seized pursuant to an arrest by our Police Department and the prosecution of two defendants in Lee County District Court. Cause # 14,461. As your Chief of Police, I will have the privilege of delivering this money to our Mayor and City Council to be added to the City Treasury for use as deemed most appropriate by our City government. This is a case where the arrest and prosecution of drug offenders has “ added” money to the City, instead of depleting money from

the City.

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011

Chief Bowden and Officer Nurse again received two separate complaints of several dangerous dogs running loose at Hilliard Street and Hwy. 77 service road. Upon arrival there, Officers observed the 4 dogs as they ran into the roadway, and one dog charged the patrol car. The owner was in the front yard at the time and was cited for a violation of the City Ordinance that prohibits dogs from running loose in the City limits. One of the complaining neighbors drove to the scene and voiced his concerns about the safety of his small children because of the dogs.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011

Officers Gaskamp and Nurse responded to a call for a civil standby on North Street.

Sunday, Oct, 9, 2011

2:37pm Chief Bowden, Officer Gaskamp, and Officer Nurse checked the CEFCO store on a security watch because there was no electricity there. An underground electrical short caused some of the electrical wires to burn resulting in the outage. Electricity should be restored on Monday. Officers continued extra patrols of the business because the clerks were unable to find a key to lock the doors. A key was later found and the business was secured. Chief Bowden continued patrols of the area into the night.

Sunday, Oct, 9, 2011

Officer Gaskamp responded to a report of a disturbance on Well Street. He was assisted by a Lee County Deputy. It checked ok and all was well.

Monday, October 10, 2011:

Chief Bowden and Officer Nurse responded to a call of an injured cat at the corner of Avenue B and Hester Street. The cat was located and it had gotten its head caught inside a plastic bag and was slowly suffocating. The cat was freed from the bag and ran into some bushes. Finally, on a personal note, I wish to thank all our citizens for their concern and prayers for me. A few weeks back I had a mild case of pneumonia and was treated and rested for a few days. It was mistakenly rumored that I had suffered a heart attack, and one of our elderly citizens even heard that I had died. Allow me to quote Mark Twain’s humorous comment by saying, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” I am feeling fine and robust and I am here on duty every day, sometimes 16 or more hours. My health has never been better and I am enjoying serving the citizens of Lexington as your Police Chief. It is comforting to know that some of our citizens were praying for me and were concerned about me, and I thank you all very much. This kind of goodness can only be found in small towns like ours. We are fortunate and blessed to live here. Remember our Chocolate Festival on Saturday, October 15th and let’s all turn out and support the many family oriented activities planned for that day, including the sampling of some fantastic food! We are your police department and we are here for you. We solicit your support, your prayers, and your friendship as we serve and protect you in the City of Lexington.

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