By James Cook, Times Editor
The Powell County Sheriff’s Department, along with officers from the Clay City, Stanton Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and Kentucky State Police departments have been quite busy in recent days. A possible intoxicated individual help to reveal alleged illegal poker machines at a local business. But a more disturbing case has Sheriff Danny Rogers concerned.
Last Sunday night Powell County Dispatch received a call just after 11:30 p.m. from a residence on Cow Creek. The caller claimed that a male subject has entered his family’s home and tried to abduct his two-year old daughter.
Rogers responded to the call where he was advised that the father of the child was in the bathroom, while the mother was in bed. The child was sitting in the living room apparently alone. The father, who is not being named so that the child and family will not be identified, told Rogers that he thought he heard a loud noise at the door. He then heard his daughter screaming and crying. When he reached the living room the child was hysterically crying and telling her father the story.
“She said that a boy wearing shorts and a hooded sweatshirt, the best we could tell by what she told us, knocked open the door and grabbed her by the front of her shirt,” Rogers said. “She said she pulled away and the boy ran off. The father said he thought he saw someone outside, called us and looked around.”
Rogers and the father searched he area, but did not find anyone matching the description. “It is scary to think someone may be out there brazen enough to try something like this,” Rogers said. “If any one has any information I ask that they call my office.” The telephone number to the sheriff’s office is 663-2226.
In the other case, police were called by employees of the M&S Pawn Shop in Clay City last Wednesday to check on a possible intoxicated person. The caller said that a male subject could allegedly barely sit on his motorcycle without falling off.
Rogers, as well as officer from the KVE and KSP arrived at the store. They found Charles Smith who, according to an arrest report, was unable to pass a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest. While checking him police found a lot of cash and a cash ticket from a poker machine game. He stated he played the game in the pawn shop.
“We went inside and asked Sereda (Norris, owner of the pawn shop) if she had paid him his winnings and she admitted she did,” Rogers said. “We had to inform her that she was not allowed to pay out the winnings, that was illegal. She said she didn’t know it was wrong.”
Officers confiscated the machines and the money in the machines. “There will probably be some charges pending in this case,” Rogers said.