Tip leads to drug bust, police say
A tip led police to a methamphetamine lab and resulted in the arrest of multiple people Monday, police say.
Massac County Sheriff’s deputies received a tip of a possible meth lab at America’s Best Value Inn, located at 1415 E. Fifth St. in Metropolis, at approximately 3 p.m., reported Sheriff Ted Holder in a news release. After receiving the tip, plain-clothes deputies began watching the motel.
Donnie Kindle, 30, left the suspected room and got in a vehicle. When Kindle was told to get out of the vehicle, he refused and fled, jumping out of his vehicle two blocks away to run, police said. Deputies eventually caught Kindle six blocks away. Kindle was wanted by Kentucky State Police for meth related charges. He was also wanted in Pulaski and Johnson counties for failure to appear on burglary charges, and in Massac County for aggravated fleeing, police say.
Deputies returned to the room Kindle came from and, after interviewing three people, arrested Lacy Kirk, 23, who faces a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 5 p.m., deputies entered a different room and found evidence of an active methamphetamine lab, police said. Micheal Mitchell, 43, and Denise Gilbert, 39, were arrested and both face a charge of aggravated participation in methamphetamine production, police say. The investigation is ongoing by the sheriff’s office.
Restaurant supervisor faces charges
Police arrested a Cadiz woman Monday on charges she took more than $15,000 from her employer over a course of several months.
Brandy D. Overbaugh, 32, faces a felony charge of theft over $10,000 and a misdemeanor charge of falsifying business records, according to an arrest report from the Cadiz Police Department, after Overbaugh turned herself over to police at 2 p.m. Monday.
Police were alerted by McDonald’s restaurant supervisors Aug. 24 that an on-site audit determined money was missing over a 15-month period. Officer Randy Clark investigated and determined more than $15,000 went missing over a 15-month period, while Overbaugh served as manager, police say. Police believe the money was misrepresented through deposit records and record keeping by Overbaugh.
Trust acquires land to help preserve bats
BENTON — The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust says 453 acres of forest in western Kentucky has been acquired to help preserve a colony the endangered Indiana bat.
The trust says on its website the land consists of two tracts of what was privately held land within the Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge in Marshall County.
The 7,000-acre refuge near Benton consists mainly of hardwood forest and is home to hundreds of species of migratory birds. The land trust says the two pieces of land are very close to a known Indiana bat colony east of Paducah in McCracken County.
The trust says the land will eventually be added to the National Wildlife Refuge system.
Billboard has picture of missing Ohio woman
NEWPORT — A picture of an Ohio woman has been displayed on an electronic billboard in northern Kentucky two weeks after she disappeared.
Friends and family hope the move will lead to information about what happened to 22-year-old Katelyn Markham, according to The Kentucky Enquirer. The billboard is on Corruthers Road in Newport. It urges motorists to contact police in Fairfield, Ohio, with any tips about Markham.
She disappeared on Aug. 13.
Searchers looked in Fairfield’s parks over the weekend and have posted a $5,000 reward for information that leads to finding her.