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   09/09/2014 CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY 2014
The Ashland Police Department is currently taking applications for the 2014 Version of the Citizens Police Academy. The class begins at the Ashland Police Department on October 7, 2014. The class is for 7 weeks one night a week. The class activities will be from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. This police-citizen interaction will provide an opportunity to become familiar with our agency and the day to day operations. Citizens will gain a better understanding of procedures, responsibilities, demands, personnel, equipment, policies and laws that guide the Department's decision making process. The Academy will not make citizens police officers, however they will learn more about the police operations and services. Applications can be obtained by clicking on the title to this release. It will lead you to an application and standards that you can print off, complete and send into the department for consideration. Based on the sensitive nature of this course, applicants will screened. This is a very interactive activity and a lot of fun and highly educational. We are requesting applications no later than September 30. As we get these applications you will be contacted if they are approved.

   09/05/2014 Child Porn Arrest Made
On August 2, 2014, Ashland Police Department Field Operations Officers responded to a residence in the 3200 block of Blackburn Avenue on a report of child pornography being found on a personal computer within the residence. An initial investigation was conducted during which an arrest was made, charging 43 year old James A. Coursey with tampering with physical evidence. Coursey had deleted or attempted to delete files from the computer in question while officers were on scene. Based on witness statements and probable cause established during the initial investigation, the APD Criminal Investigations Section Digital Forensics Investigator responded and was able to secure two search warrants. One for the computers, phones and other electronic storage devices in the residence of the suspect and another for the same types of devices located at his place of business. Initial examinations of the items seized and searched pursuant to the search warrants resulted in James A. Coursey being arrested and charged with 10 counts of “Possession of Matter Portraying the Sexual Performance by a Minor”. This arrest occurred today August 5, 2014. This release was prepared by: Lt. Darren Wilson Ashland Police Department Criminal Investigations Section Commander

   07/23/2014 Robbery Suspects Identified
Press Release July 23, 2014 On June 17, 2014 at approximately 1:54 AM, the Ashland Police Department responded to a reported armed robbery at a residence on 1st Circle Prospect. The Ashland Police Department Criminal Investigations Section Detective Brian Clark was assigned the case and was able to identify the suspects involved. The victims of the robbery reported money and other items totaling approximately $700.00 were taken at gunpoint. One of the victims was injured after being struck in the face by one the suspects during the robbery. Charging documents have been issued in this case charging seven individuals, six juveniles and one adult, with Robbery in the First Degree. Some of the juveniles and the adult are residents of West Virginia, the rest of the defendants in this case are residents of Ashland. As of this date, five of the juvenile suspects have been taken into custody and charged in this case. One juvenile and the one adult remain at large. The adult is Dionte Coleman B/M 18 yoa of Huntington, WV. Coleman had arranged to meet Detective Clark at APD on Monday July 22, 2014 but failed to show. Coleman is now considered a fugitive from justice and entered as WANTED in NCIC with extradition authorized. This release was prepared by: Lt. Darren Wilson Criminal Investigations Commander Ashland Kentucky Police Department

   07/02/2014 Blugrass Inn Death Investigation Warrant Issued
Press Release On June 21, 2014 the Ashland Police Department began an investigation into the death of 52 year old Russell Chandler after Mr. Chandler was found deceased in room #247 of The Bluegrass Inn 1835 Winchester Avenue. The case was subsequently transferred to Criminal Investigations Section. Detective Richard Bohanon was assigned the case and was able to obtain information and evidence resulting in a warrant being issued for the arrest of 52 year old Joe Bentley (see attached WANTED POSTER). The arrest warrant charges Bentley with Manslaughter in the first degree. The current whereabouts of Bentley is unknown and the Ashland Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating him. Bentley is entered as WANTED in NCIC and extradition is authorized. Anyone with information on the location of this wanted suspect is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency, the Ashland Police Department or our Silent Witness line (606-329-1771). This Release was prepared by: Lt. Darren Wilson Criminal Investigations Section Ashland Police Department

   07/01/2014 Criminal Abuse Of Infant Arrest
Press Release At 5:11 PM on 6/30/14, the Ashland Police Department received a call to respond to the Emergency Department at KDMC in reference to suspicious life threatening injuries to a two month old infant. After arrival at KDMC it was determined that the infant was suffering from a left subdural hemorrhage (brain bleed). There was further evidence that the injury was non-accidental trauma. The infant was later transported to Cabell Huntington Hospital for further treatment. Detectives from the Ashland Police Department responded to assist with the initial investigation. The initial investigation resulted in Officer Josh Steele arresting 20 year old Joseph W. Blankenship, charging him with 1st Degree Criminal Abuse of a child less than 12 years of age. The injury to the infant occurred at a residence on Reeves Blvd. in Ashland. Blankenship is the live in boyfriend of the infant’s mother but is not related to the infant. Blankenship was alone with the infant when the “Abusive Head Trauma” (more commonly referred to as “Shaken Baby Syndrome”) occurred. This release was prepared by: Lt. Darren Wilson Criminal Investigations Commander Ashland Kentucky Police Department

   06/06/2014 City of Ashland Accepting Applications for Police Officer
Beginning June 9 at 8:30 a.m. the City of Ashland will be accepting applications for the position of police officer. Please click on the title of this release which is a link for applicant information and requirements for applying. The application process will close on June 20, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Applications can be obtained online through the City of Ashland website www.ashlandky.gov or responding to Human Resources, Room 301, Ashland City Building 1700 Greenup Avenue, Ashland, Kentucky

   05/08/2014 BYRNE Grant Award
The Ashland Police Department received notification that an assignment of $10,391.00 through the Justice Assistance Grant, Edward Byrne Memorial Fund. The Ashland Police Department will be making application and submitting through City of Ashland government for review and approval. The application and project information can be reviewed in the Administration Section of the Ashland Police Department 201 17th Street. Ashland, Kentucky for the next 5 days.

   04/24/2014 PRESS RELEASE
The Ashland Police Department requested Paul G. Blazer High School to shelter in place during an investigation nearby the campus this morning. The Ashland Police Department was investigating an anonymous call of a juvenile that was a non-student of Ashland Schools possibly in possession of a firearm. The Ashland Police Department School Resource Officer and Field Operations Division Officers were able to locate the juvenile at his home nearby. The situation was resolved and the juvenile is being dealt with by the Court Designated Worker and the Juvenile Division of Boyd District Court. At no time was the juvenile on any school property armed. The shelter in place was used as a precautionary measure due to the proximity of the juvenile’s home and the school campus. The shelter in place lasted approximately 15 minutes. There was no threat directed to the school or anyone. Along with Ashland Independent Schools, the priority each day is to provide the safest learning environment possible for our children in the community. The Ashland Police Department is still actively investigating this incident and has no further statements to make at this time.

   04/22/2014 DRUG TAKEBACK EVENT
ASHLAND, KENTUCKY – On April 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ashland Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Ashland Police Department at 201 17th Street and King’s Daughters Medical Center at the 23rd Street Medical Plaza B. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For 3 years now we have partnered with King’s Daughters Medical Center and for the past year the Marshall University School of Pharmacy. Professionals will be on hand also to answer any concerns you may have on medications that you may still have about their dangers if continued to sit in cabinets. Last September, the Ashland Police Department collected approximately 175 pounds of medication. All across the United States, Americans turned in 244 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—nearly 1000 tons—of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Ashland Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

   03/27/2014 ONLINE CIVILIAN REPORTING SYSTEM - UPGRADE
With todays release of the Ashland Police Department 2013 Annual Report, we want to spread the word that we are breaking new ground; again. Taking reports is a large part of what our officers do every day. While continuously searching for ways to maximize our efficiency and coverage, we have created a process for our citizens to create a minor criminal and non-criminal incident reports without having to call 911 or otherwise meet with an officer for the initial information. Time is valuable for everyone and the reality is, if an officer is working on a report, they cannot use that same time to investigate and patrol. Our current civilian reporting system has been in place since 2010 and we are improving it. We have partnered with our KENTUCKY OPEN PORTAL SOLUTION (KYOPS) Reporting System to allow the citizen to complete an initial report online, in the comfort of their own home, office or on the go, for certain minor incidents requiring a written report. If the report submitted requires further investigation or we have further knowledge of related incidents we will contact the reporting party. With the online civilian reporting report citizens will be able to create an account and track the progress of their report. A copy of the report will be available directly from the internet or from the Ashland Police Department. This reporting option by the Ashland Police Department is only to document incidents after the fact. Never should this service be used for any in-progress incidents. Citizens always maintain the option to choose to call 911 or visit the Ashland Police Station to report an incident. Ashland Police Department is a pioneer for this program and currently the only agency in the area offering this new and revolutionary service; which means these reports are only available for incidents that occur within the city limits of Ashland. Attached to this release is summary flyer of the program with more information and criteria on the process of reporting. Filing the report can be done through the Ashland Police Department Website www.ashlandkypd.com or through our free Smartphone Application ASHLAND PD which is available through the App Store or through Google Play. We also invite you to download a copy of our 2013 Annual Report at www.ashlandkypd.com/annual_report.cfm

   03/12/2014 Ashland Police Warns of Danerous Intoxicating Substances
Recently, the Ashland Police Department has encountered individuals that were dangerously intoxicated/under the influence of simulated or synthetic substances being sold aromatherapy products. These substances are being ingested (smoked) which is causing dangerous mental and physical behavior. It is known that citizens may assume that these substances are legal. In some states that could be true but not in Kentucky. These substances have a visual similarity to marijuana and the physical/mental effects of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and Xanax. Even though packaging clearly indicates that the substance is not for human consumption, citizens are disregarding that warning. The content of these synthetic substances are chemical laced and react differently with each person. The Ashland Police Department has encountered individuals in public and while operating motor vehicles that are impaired as a result of having ingested this substance. Persons under the influence of this substance may display behavior such as becoming unconscious while driving, violent and tumultuous physical displays, strange behavior never observed in the past and medical conditions that require emergency medical treatment. These substances continue to be sold in the Tri-State area with locations in Ohio being the focus of law enforcement agencies. The Ashland Police Department warns that possession as well as being under the influence of these substances is a violation of Kentucky law. Click on the title and you will be able to download the actual press release.

   02/18/2014 Press Release: Grand Jury Indictments Charging 30 with Narcotics Trafficking and 1 With Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder!
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   11/26/2013 Weather Event Alert
The National Weather Service, Jackson, Ky., office, has issued a winter storm warning for parts of eastern Kentucky. Officials began tracking the approaching weather system with the National Weather Service late last week and maintained communications over the weekend as the storm approaches the state. Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and other state and local officials have been on conference calls with National Weather Service. Rain is expected to change over to snow later this evening and continue through much of Wednesday before tapering off sometime around 7 p.m. Eastern time. The Commonwealth Emergency Operation Center (CEOC), located in Frankfort, remains activated at a heightened level of alert and additional staffing is on standby if activation of the CEOC to a higher level becomes necessary. Along with local emergency management officials, KYEM continues to maintain situational awareness and communications with the National Weather Service, Kentucky Transportation Operations Center, Kentucky State Police and Gov. Steve Beshear's office. "This has the potential to be a major snowmaker for folks in eastern Kentucky," said Buddy Rogers, public information officer for KYEM. The Ashland area is expected to receive 3 to 6 inches . Being close to Thanksgiving there likely will be higher traffic volume than usual. If you must travel allow extra time, take it slow and allow plenty of space between vehicles. NWS officials caution that this will start out as a wet, heavy snow, which increases the risk of downed trees, power lines and power outages. KYEM officials encourage everyone to remain alert and continue to monitor their local broadcasting stations and weather alert radios. Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's website at www.511.ky.gov, by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers. Ashland residents are reminded that during these types do snow events, City of Ashland road crews follow pre-planned routes. Crews will concentrate on hills and known trouble locations and be responding to lae enforcement emergencies during the initial response. Please give time for crews to follow these plans. Complete weather forecasts by region can be found at www.weather.gov. Winter safety tips, including winter driving tips, can be found on the KYEM website at www.kyem.ky.gov.

   11/26/2013 Weather Event Alert
The National Weather Service, Jackson, Ky., office, has issued a winter storm warning for parts of eastern Kentucky. Officials began tracking the approaching weather system with the National Weather Service late last week and maintained communications over the weekend as the storm approaches the state. Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and other state and local officials have been on conference calls with National Weather Service. Rain is expected to change over to snow later this evening and continue through much of Wednesday before tapering off sometime around 7 p.m. Eastern time. The Commonwealth Emergency Operation Center (CEOC), located in Frankfort, remains activated at a heightened level of alert and additional staffing is on standby if activation of the CEOC to a higher level becomes necessary. Along with local emergency management officials, KYEM continues to maintain situational awareness and communications with the National Weather Service, Kentucky Transportation Operations Center, Kentucky State Police and Gov. Steve Beshear's office. "This has the potential to be a major snowmaker for folks in eastern Kentucky," said Buddy Rogers, public information officer for KYEM. The Ashland area is expected to receive 3 to 6 inches . Being close to Thanksgiving there likely will be higher traffic volume than usual. If you must travel allow extra time, take it slow and allow plenty of space between vehicles. NWS officials caution that this will start out as a wet, heavy snow, which increases the risk of downed trees, power lines and power outages. KYEM officials encourage everyone to remain alert and continue to monitor their local broadcasting stations and weather alert radios. Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's website at www.511.ky.gov, by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers. Ashland residents are reminded that during these types do snow events, City of Ashland road crews follow pre-planned routes. Crews will concentrate on hills and known trouble locations and be responding to lae enforcement emergencies during the initial response. Please give time for crews to follow these plans. Complete weather forecasts by region can be found at www.weather.gov. Winter safety tips, including winter driving tips, can be found on the KYEM website at www.kyem.ky.gov.

   10/29/2013 Fugitive Wanted For North Carolina Murder Arrested
Earlier This date, the Criminal Investigations Section of the Ashland Police Department was contacted by Chief Todd Hinnant of the Broadway, North Carolina Police Department. Chief Hinnant relayed information on the possible whereabouts and a photograph of a suspect wanted in their jurisdiction for 1st Degree Murder and other charges. Shortly after receiving this information, APD detectives began surveillance on several locations. At approximately 11:20 AM, APD Detective Brian Clark located the suspect exiting an apartment building located in the 2300 block of Winchester Avenue. The suspect, Michael T. Roop W/M & 55 years of age, was then taken into custody without incident and charged with being a Fugitive From Another State. Any inquiry related to the North Carolina charges need to be directed to the Broadway, North Carolina Police Department. This release was prepared by: Lt. Darren Wilson Ashland Police Department CIS Commander

   10/28/2013 Church Buglary Suspects Charged
On October 11, 2013 the Field Operations Division of the Ashland Police Department began an investigation of a reported burglary at South Ashland United Methodist Church. Property stolen during the burglary included musical instruments and associated sound equipment along with a Liberty floor safe. The case was transferred to the Criminal investigations section and the investigation continued. After interviewing several witnesses, the execution of a search warrant, the recovery closed circuit security footage and the collection of other forensic evidence. Four young men (3 adults and 1 juvenile) have been charged in this case. The safe has been recovered but it had been breached and its contents removed. The defendants in this case are 22 yoa Kyle Lanham, 18 yoa Kody Robles(both charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, 2 counts criminal mischief 1st degree and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle), 19 yoa Anthony Childers (Burglary 3rd degree) and a 16 yoa male (Receiving stolen property). All are from Ashland. The case remains open and the investigation continues. This release was prepared by Lt. Darren Wilson, Ashland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Section Commander.

   10/26/2013 Drug Takeback Results
The Ashland Police Department collected over 100 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired drugs today in the National Drug Take back event. Locations were at Kings Daughters Medical Center and the Ashland Police Headquarters.

   10/21/2013 Drug Takeback Event
The Ashland Police Department will again host another prescription drug takeback event, Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the following locations: The primary location with be held at the Ashland Police Department, 201 17th Street. A drive thru will be located in the garage of the building. Enter from the alley side of the building and enter. You can deposit your unwanted prescription drugs without even exiting your car. Ashland Police Officers wl...l be there to collect them. An additional location will be on 23rd Street, at Kings Daughters Medical Center, Medical Plaza B. An Ashland Police Officer will also be there to collect those unwanted prescription drugs. Enter the semi-circle entrance and you will see the pickup area. We have partnered with Kings Daughters Medical Center for the past 2 years for this wonderful opportuity to safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted/expired prescription drugs.

   09/23/2013 Robbery 1st Degree Arrest
The Ashland Police Department has been investigating a strong arm robbery that occurred on September 12, 2013. Victim was a female who was in front of Scope Towers Apartments in the 3100 blk of Winchester Avenue that evening at 10:08 p.m. Victim reported a black male approached her and asked questions about someone living in the apartments. The suspect grabbed the victims purse and fled on foot. After an extensive investigation by members of the Ashland Police Department, Gabriel Batisse, 21, of Ferry Street in Ashland was identified as the suspect. Warrants were obtained and Batisse was arrested at Ferry Street address. He has been charged with Robbery in the 1st Degree and is lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center.

   08/27/2013 Manufacturing Methamphetamine
Just before 5 pm on August 27 Ashland Police responded to 2204 Beech Street to assist Probation and Parole officers attempting to serve warrants there. During their attempt officers located several one-step methamphetamine manufacturing devices. After an investigation and obtaining a search warrant other precursors (meth making supplies) were seized. Homeowner James J Hill was arrested on charges of Manufacturing Methamphetamine. He was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. The Ashland Police Department Clandestine Removal Unit responded and secured the components. Investigation is continuing by Field Operations and the Criminal Investigation Section.

   08/05/2013 National Night Out
Join the Ashland Police Department, other law enforcement agencies along with other community partners in Central Park on Tuesday evening, August 6, 2013. From 6:00pm to 8:00pm we encourage residents to come out and enjoy the evening with music, inflatables for the kids, law enforcement demonstrations, talk with police officers who work in your community and meet with many different community partners. National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. The traditional lights on campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations. Its a wonderful opportunity for our local community to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.

   08/03/2013 Ashland Police Re-Accredited for a 2nd Five Years
The Ashland Police Department has been re-accredited for five more years by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police. The program information is outlined in the attached press release. the title above is the link to the press release. Click on it to view the details.

   07/02/2013 Grant Award
The Ashland Police Department was notified of grant funding of $10,772.00 from the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant-Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Ashland Police Department will be required to share funds with Boyd County Sheriff Department. Comments can be made to Major Todd Kelley, Ashland Police Department, 201 17th Street Ashland,Kentucky.

   05/29/2013 APD seeking information on fugitive location
The Ashland Police Department and The U.S. Marshal Service is asking for help from the Tri-State residents in locating the dangerous fugitive named in the attached Wanted Poster. If anyone has information on his location, please call your local police agency or the Ashland Police Department. You may also contact Deputy United States Marshal Micheal Blackburn at 859-361-5647. Cox is also wanted by several Ohio agencies on charges similar to those listed on the wanted poster. This release prepared by Lt. Darren Wilson.

   04/28/2013 Search Warrant Executed
In the early morning hours of Sunday, April 28th officers executed a search warrant at 3038 Simpson Rd. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and firearms. Roger Patterson, 18 years old from Ashland was arreseted for trafficking in marijuana over 8 oz., less that 5 lbs. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Officers Williams and Allgood are the case officers. This release was prepared by Sgt. Moore - D Team Field Supervisor.

   04/28/2013 Two Arrested on Drug Charges
On the night of Saturday, April 27th, Ashland Police Officers arrested Amanda Stockton 33 years old of Ashland and Brent Deer 43 years old of Ironton, OH for possession of controlled substance 1st degree heroin, possession of controlled substance 1st degree methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. The investigation stemmed from an anonymous tip which led officers to the suspect's hotel room at the Ashland Inn. The investigating officers are Wilder and T. Patrick. Press release was completed by Sgt. Moore - D Team Field Supervisor.

   02/19/2013 Ashland Inn Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested
This is an update on a post from October 9, 2012. The Criminal Investigations Section of the Ashland Police Department obtained information on the possible location of this fugitive in Charleston WV. We passed the information on to Deputy U.S. Marshal Mike Blackburn of the Ashland Field Office, who in turn coordinated with the Marshal's office in Charleston. As a result, this fugitive was taken into custody earlier today and is currently awaiting extradition in the West Virginia SW regional Jail.

   01/27/2013 Shotgun Simulators to be Set Off
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife is implementing a plan to remove the black headed buzzards nesting behind the AK Sports Park located at 4520 Blackburn Avenue. This will be done by setting off shotgun simulators at dusk / dark for the next seven days. This noise at the same time should cause the buzzards to migrate elsewhere. The first simulator is scheduled to be set off at dark on Sunday, January 27, 2013

   01/23/2013 Vick and Gilbert arrest for Burglary 2nd
At 1050hrs, Ashland Police received a call from KDMC security reporting that they saw 2 males enter the residence of 2240 Hilton Ave. They believed the residence to be vacant. Officers responded and smelled the odor of smoke and entered the residence where they found Justin Gilbert and Robert Vick hiding in the attic. After searching the residence it was determined that the suspects were removing copper from the house without the permission of the home owner. Both Gilbert and Vick were residing at Transitions in Ashland and had extensive criminal history. Both suspects were arrested for Burglary 2nd degree and transported to Boyd County Detention Center.

   12/18/2012 Drug Trafficking Indictments
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   12/13/2012 PRESS CONFERENCE
PRESS CONFERENCE The Ashland Police Department is hosting a press conference for the United States Marshal, Eastern District. The U.S. Marshal, Loren Carl, would like to invite you to a press conference on December 17th, 2012. The conference will be held at the Ashland, KY Police department located 1700 Greenup Avenue Ashland, KY 41101 at 10:30am. The conference will address the results from the recent Sex Offender Compliance Check in Boyd County, Greenup County, Lawrence County, Carter County, Elliott County, and Lewis County, KY. Thank you. DUSM Craig Smith Central KY Fugitive Task Force 2416 Sir Barton Way Suite 250 Lexington, KY 40509 Office 859-410-8034

   12/06/2012 New Communications Tool For The Police and Public, Press Event: December 7, 2012 at 1030 a.m.
Chief Rob Ratliff invites you to the Ashland Police Department, 201 17th Street in Ashland, to attend a press event concerning a new tool that will enhance communications between police and citizens. The new tool can also be used by other law enforcement agencies in the area to keep in touch with up-to-date information concerning the Ashland Police Department and significant events in surrounding communities. This new tool is currently the only one known in Kentucky and in the Tri-State area today. The press event will involve a briefing and a full presentation of the capabilities of this new tool.

   11/26/2012 Holiday Crime Prevention Tips
The Ashland Police Department wishes you a very safe and happy holidays. We wish to provide you with just a few common sense crime prevention tips for you to add some comfort to your holidays. Click on the Title "Holiday Crime Prevention Tips" above and it will open a document that you can review and even print out. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season.

   11/20/2012 Lady struck by motor vehicle
Ruth Martin of Ashland was seriously injured after being struck by a motor vehicle while in the parking lot of Krogers at 711 Martin Luther King Blvd. Witnesses stated the vehicle driven by Mary ODaniels was traveling east at a very slow speed. Ms Martin stepped out in front of the vehicle and was struck by Ms. ODaniels vehicle. Ms. Martin received serious injuries and was flown to St Marys hospital in Huntington WV.

   10/03/2012 Fugitive Hunt leads to Marijuana Grow
At approximately 1200 hrs. this date, Detectives from the Ashland Police Department and members of the U.S. Marshalls service went to 3209 Bath Avenue apt. #2 in Ashland, in an attempt to locate a fugitive from Maricopa County Arizona. The fugitive, Ellis T. Pittman 33 years of age was located in the apartment and taken into custody. Pittman is wanted in Arizona on two felony counts of Aggravated Assault. The Apartment, which was occupied by Rebecca R. Leone 29 years of age and Edmund L. Thomas 33 years of age, was discovered to be housing a significant Marijuana growing operation. More than 40 plants with an estimated street value of nearly $100,000.00 were seized along with all of the equipment and paraphernalia used to cultivate the plants. Leone and Thomas were each charged with Marijuana Cultivation more than 5 plants. Leone was also wanted on an unrelated Boyd County warrant for Failure to Appear, that arrest warrant was also served. This release was prepared by Lt. Darren Wilson, Ashland Police Department, Commander, Criminal Investigations Section.

   09/29/2012 RESULTS NATIONAL DRUG TAKEBACK DAY
ASHLAND, KENTUCKY  On September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ashland Police Department in partnership with Kings Daughters Medical Center gave the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The community rallied and turned in 175 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The local initiative was the first for the Ashland Police Department. Our partner Kings Daughters Medical Center provided an additional location for pickup and made available educational materials to those who came to their campus. The results of our first initiative in April of this year were magnificent, bringing in approximately 200 pounds. This brings the total to 375 pounds for the two events this year. The Ashland Police Department will continue our partnership with Kings Daughters Medical Center and continue the program with the Drug Enforcement Administration on future program dates and encourage more participation. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicinesflushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trashboth pose potential safety and health hazards. The program has two events per year since it was created by law. The next event will be in the Spring and further details will be issued when the exact date will be.

   09/03/2012 Robbery
The Ashland Police Department is investigating a robbery which occurred at 2100 Winchester Ave. At approximately o146 hours a mlack male wearing jeans and a black pull over sweat jacket entered Jolly Pirate Donuts at gun point. The suspects fled in a brown colored nissan passenger car. this case is still under investigation.

   09/01/2012 Drug Trafficking
On 08/31/2012 Ashland Police Officers arrested 51 year old Ava Hall of Ashland, KY charging her with Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st degree and Tampering With Physical Evidence. Hall was arrested after the driver of the vehicle she was riding in was arrested for Driving Under The Influence and Hall was found to be in possession of a quantity of Oxycodone and a large amount of cash. Also arrested was 25 year old Michael Adkins of Ashland, KY who was also charged with Tampering With Physical Evidence and picked up on an unrelated arrest warrant.

   08/24/2012 Tractor Trailer hit by Train
On 08/24/2012 around 1000 hours, Ashland Police Department investigated an accident involving a CSX train and a tractor trailer. A Kenworth tractor trailer carrying steel metal train wheels was exiting Mansbach Metal. The Kenworth attempted to travel southbound across the railroad tracks onto 19th street. Operator of the Kenworth stated he did not see a train, the railroad track lights did not activate, nor did he hear a train whistle so he proceeded onto the tracks. The Kenworth was struck in the back right side of the trailer portion of the Kenworth. The impacted caused the load of steel train wheels to be expelled in multiple directions. One train wheel struck the front of Chevy Silverado Truck which was parked in a parking lot in the 100 block of 19th street. There were no injuries as a result of the accident. Witnesses in the area did state they heard the train's whistle prior to the accident. The investigation is being conducted by Officer Glen Porter. Release completed by Lieutenant William Hensley, Watch Commander, Field Operations Division.

   08/09/2012 Search Warrant Executed
On Wednesday August 8, 2012, detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section of the Ashland Police Department executed a search warrant at Fatcats Smokes located at 3050 Winchester Avenue. Seized during the search was what appears to be a large amount of synthetic marijuana along with cash and drug paraphernalia. No arrests have been made at this time. The case is still under investigation. This release was prepared by Lieutenant Darren Wilson APD Criminal Investigations Section Commander

   07/25/2012 29th St. Collision
On 07/25/2012 at 6:25pm a 12 year old child was struck by an oncoming vehicle as he attempted to cross 29th St on a skateboard. The juvenile was airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital where he remains in stable condition.

   07/23/2012 Two Arrested On Methamphetamine related Charges
Acting on a tip, at approximately 1600 hrs. on Friday July 20, 2012, Detectives from the Ashland Police Department accompanied officers from State Probation and Parole to Apartment #10 2341 Winchester Avenue (Vincent Apartments). While on scene, a search of the apartment was conducted, yielding evidence consistent with the manufacturing of Methamphetamine. As a result of finding this evidence, Probation and Parole Officers arrested Thomas E. McGrew for Parole Violation and Ashland P. D. Detectives charged McGrew with one count of Manufacturing Methamphetamine. The Kentucky State Police were notified and promptly responded to collect the evidence and remove the hazardous materials from the scene. While waiting for the Kentucky State Police to arrive at the scene. Detective Brian Clark located a subject by the name of Terry Stephens in apartment #9 of Vincent Apartments. Stephens was wanted in connection to a previous investigation by APD and was arrested on the warrant and charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine Precursors 1st offense. This release was prepared by Lt. Darren Wilson, Ashland Police Department Criminal Investigations Section Commander.

   07/21/2012 Assault 1st
On 07/21/2012 Brian Bayes of Ashland, KY was assaulted at a residence in the 2300 Block of Winchester Ave when a subject stabbed him in the back. Terrance Porter of Ashland, KY was taken into custody and charged with Assault 1st and lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center.

   07/07/2012 3 arrested on Meth charges
Ashland Police Dept have arrested three persons on the charge of Unlawful possession of a Methamphetamine Precursor. The three charged are; Brandy Slone, Donald Murphy,and Brandy Arthur. They are all from OHIO. Rob Brunty and Kevin Williams are the investigating officers. The location of the arrests was the near the intersection of Blackburn Ave & Chinn Street.

   06/28/2012 Ashland Police Advising Be Alert!
The Ashland Police Department has been notified over the past 48 hours of two (2) alleged sightings of a what is a mountain lion or cougar type species. Alleged sightings have been in the areas of Eloise Street in the west side of Ashland and in the Forest Avenue area of South Ashland. The Ashland Police Department advises no confirmations have been made by police or animal control officers. If you do see a suspicious animal do not approach, call 911 and there will be an appropriate response. Do not try to approach or befriend the animal it could be dangerous.

   06/21/2012 APD OFFICER RECEIVES AWARD
Lexington, KY.- Officer Eric Jordan of the Ashland Police Department was one of ten law enforcement officers across the commonwealth who were recognized today as Crisis Intervention Team Officers of the Year. The award, given by the Kentucky Crisis Intervention Team organization recognized these officers for demonstrating outstanding professionalism, dedication, and service necessary to provide an invaluable service to the members of our community with mental issues. The award recognized his handling of a despondent subject threatening to jump from the Ben Williamson Bridge earlier this year. Jordan received the award for the Pathways district. He is a 16 year veteran of the Ashland Police Department. For more info: Maj. Mark McDowell, 606-327-2020

   06/07/2012 ARREST-PIZZA DELIVERY ROBBERIES
The Ashland Police Department reported in April and May that a series of robberies against pizza delivery drivers were occurring. Ashland Police officers and detectives were able to obtain the necessary evidence to obtain warrants for a suspect in the incidents. Ashland Police obtained a warrant for 3 counts of Robbery in the 1st degree against Jose M. Sabino of Carl Perkins Drive in Ashland. Ashland Police officers were able to locate Sabino and take him into custody where he was charged with the robbery offenses along with a bench warrant for Boyd County on Operating on a Suspended License. He was lodge this afternoon in the Boyd County Detention Center. The investigation continues.

   05/09/2012 2012 JAG Byrne Grant
The Ashland Police Department is making application for the 2012 Local Solicitation of the JAG BYRNE MEMORIAL GRANT. This grant is given yearly and must be applied for. The grant also includes Boyd County Sheriff Department. The total grant is for $11,955.00. The money will be used to aid in the communications upgrade for mobile and portable radios for both agencies. Aging units must be replaced and this grant will assist in the replacement program. Previous grants are being used to make similar purchases. The application can be viewed or any comments made at 201 17th Street, Ashland, Kentucky 41101. Contact is Major Todd Kelley

   04/28/2012 RESULTS - Ashland Police Drug Takeback Event
ASHLAND, KENTUCKY  On April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ashland Police Department in partnership with Kings Daughters Medical Center gave the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The community rallied and turned in 178 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The local initiative was the first for the Ashland Police Department. Our partner Kings Daughters Medical Center provided an additional location for pickup and made available educational materials to those who came to their campus. The results of our first initiative were magnificent. Being the first time we have participated, the Ashland Police Department will continue to partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration on future program dates and encourage more participation. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicinesflushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trashboth pose potential safety and health hazards. The program has recently had two events per year since it was created by law. The next event will be in the fall and further details will be issue when the exact date will be.

   04/10/2012 Utility Work - Traffic Congestion in 4200 Blk of Winchester Avenue
The Ashland Police Department is urging motorists to avoid the 4200 block of Winchester Avenue on Wednesday, if possible. Traffic patterns have already been implemented due to a utility cut. Both directions of Winchester Avenue (U.S. 23) have already been reduced to one (1) lane for utility work which will commence at 0700 hrs on Wednesday, April 11th. The repair will take most of the day. Motorists are urged to slow down in this work zone as utility workers will be repairing a water line leak located in the center lanes of Winchester Avenue. In addition to utility workers in the roadway; thruways, side roads and nearby parking lots will be congested and motorists are urged to use extreme caution. Press Release prepared by Major Mark McDowell, Field Operations Commander.

   04/09/2012 National Drug Takeback
DRUG TAKEBACK DAY - On April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Ashland Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the Ashland Police Department at 201 17th Street and Kings Daughters Medical Center at the 23rd Street Medical Plaza B. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For information click on the title for a full press release or go to www.dea.gov and click on graphic of the National Drug Takeback day.

   03/13/2012 Burglary suspect arrested
At 0730hrs A Ms. Carlotta Kitchen-Smith, an employee of Scope Towers reports that an unknown person unlawfully entered the maintenance shop. Several items were removed totaling $500.00. Officers reviewed security video footage and identified the suspect as Donald Spears. Donald Spears was staying with a relative in an apartment at Scope Tower. Officer Taylor and Sgt Renfroe went to the apartment where he was staying and met with suspect. Mr. Spears showed them where he had hid the stolen items. Officer Taylor arrested Mr. Spears for Burglary 3rd and transported him to the Boyd County Detention Center.

   03/06/2012 Man arrested for Escape, Robbery and Kidnapping
An investigation of a male entering the women's locker room at the YMCA led to the identification of Jeffrey Hurn. The investigation revealed that Jeffrey Hurn had outstanding warrants for Sodomy and Persistent Felony Offender. Mr. Hurn was located by APD and arrested from the residence of 329 24th Street. After his arrest, Mr. Hurn indicated a medical emergency and was taken to KDMC for treatment. While being escorted from KDMC, Mr. Hurn broke away from the arresting Officer and attempted to flee the area. He jumped into the back of a vehicle, threatening the occupants with deadly force. Mr. Hurn was apprehended a short time later with the assistance of KDMC security. Suspect lodged in BCDC, the case remains under investigation. This release was prepared by Lieutenant William Hensley, Ashland Police Department, Field Operations Watch Commander

   02/22/2012 Two Arrested For Manufacturing Methamphetamine
At 2:55 pm today, detectives from the Ashland Police Department Criminal Investigations Section arrested 28 year old William Adam Tussey and his wife Tabitha A. Tussey 26 years old. The couple was arrested at their home located in the 2400 block of Cleveland Street. They were arrested without incident and lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center charged with one count each of Manufacturing Methamphetamine. While on scene, officers discovered a meth lab dump site located directly across the street from the Tussey's residence. Kentucky State Police Post 14 was notified and immediately provided personnel to clean up the hazardous material located within the dump site. This release was prepared by Lt. Darren Wilson, Ashland Police Department, Criminal Investigations Commander.

   02/15/2012 Meth Lab Arrest
On 02/15/2012 at approximately 12:15am the Ashland Police Department served a search warrant at an apartment in the 200 Block of 16th St. after receiving information of a clandestine methamphetamine lab. Items found in the apartment led to the arrest of 22 year old Chance M. Riffe of Greenup, KY who was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, a class B felony, and also arrested on an unrelated warrant out of Greenup County. Riffe was lodged in the Boyd county Detention Center. Press release prepared by Lt. Mike Crawford, Field Operations Watch Commander, D-Team.

   02/07/2012 Stabbing
Ashland Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred in the area of 30th St and Greenup Ave. Officers were contacted by KDMC Tuesday morning around 0230 and advised of the assault. The victim, Larry Kirk, sustained cuts to his neck and face during the incident and was admitted to KDMC. A suspect in this case has been identified and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the case officer, Chris Lee. Press release prepared by Lt. Scott Sexton, Field Operations Watch Commander, C-Team.

   01/30/2012 Two Suspects Charged With Burglary 1st Degree
Ashland Police arrested two (2) suspects for breaking into a house in the 300 block of Harrison Street on Sunday (1/29). Joseph M. Waddle, 21 of Coal Grove and Dennis R. Workman, 33, who also lives in the 300 block of Harrison Street, were arrested and charged with Burglary 1st degree, a class B felony. Weapons were stolen during the burglary and subsequently recovered at Workmans residence. Both were lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. Press Release prepared by Major Mark McDowell, Field Operations Commander.

   01/30/2012 Death Investigation
Ashland Police responded to an unattended death Saturday night in the area underneath the viaduct, near the Ashland Town Center Mall. Upon arrival, officers located Jerry R Moore, 53, unresponsive. Mr. Moore was taken to KDMC where he was pronounced dead. The case is under investigation and anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Ashland Police Department at 606 327-2020 or call the Ashland Police Silent Witness line at 606 329-1771. Press release prepared by Lieutenant Scott Sexton, Field Operations Watch Commander, C-Team.

   01/26/2012 APD Welcomes Three New Recruits
Three (3) new Ashland police officers were sworn in by Ashland Mayor Thomas E. Kelley on Thursday. Lukas Burr of Marion Ohio, Nick Lewis of Flatwoods and Kevin Williams of Grayson successfully completed a rigorous selection process. The three new officers will report to the Department of Criminal Justice Training in Richmond this Sunday to begin an 18 week basic training academy. Once they complete basic training, they will undergo 12 weeks of field training with a career officer before they are assigned to a shift.

   01/19/2012 ARREST IN ASHLAND EXPLOSIVES INCIDENT
Chief Robert W. Ratliff, Ashland Police Department, Special Agent in Charge Paul J. Vido, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Commissioner Rodney Brewer, Kentucky State Police announces the arrest of Thomas Keith Biederman. Biederman was arrested today on a Kentucky state warrant charging him with attempted murder and use of a weapon of mass destruction, a pipe bomb. Biederman was arrested at the ATF office in Ashland by detectives of the Ashland Police Department and ATF special agents. The arrest relates to the explosives incident on July 28, 2011 in Ashland, Kentucky. Biederman was transported to the Boyd County Detention Center in Catlettsburg, Kentucky. In addition to the lead agencies, invaluable assistance was rendered by the Russell, Kentucky Police Department, Ashland Fire and Rescue, Boyd County Emergency Medical Services, United States Attorneys Office and the Boyd County Commonwealths Attorney Office.

   01/17/2012 Facebook Account Scam
The Ashland Police Department received a complaint of a Facebook account that was fraudulently opened in an effort to scam persons out of money claiming a Federal Government Money Grant. The scam involves a profile page being developed with a profile picture of the potential victim. Friend requests are sent out and once you accept, they ask if you received your $100,000 from the government, all you have to do is send in $3,000 for taxes and transfer fees. The fraudulent account used is under the name of Sultan Smith Jr. Facebook has been notified of the scam and the Ashland Police Department is warning citizens to never disclose your personal information to persons over social networking web sites, and definitely never send someone money with a promise of receiving a large sum of cash in return. If you discover a fraudulent Facebook page with your name and picture, citizens are advised to contact Facebook help page to initiate a request they delete the account, if you lost money due to this scam, contact your local law enforcement agency. Release prepared by Major Mark McDowell, Field Operations Commander

   01/09/2012 ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED
UPDATED PRESS RELEASE: 01/10/2012  1600 hrs The Ashland Police Department arrested two (2) suspects just before 1:00 PM this afternoon after a brief foot pursuit on 13th Street. Both suspects have been charged in the strong armed robbery that occurred last date in the parking lot of the Ashland Childrens Clinic 700 13th Street. Arrested: Heather Brittany Griffith, 22 of Ashland- she was charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Fleeing & Evading 2nd Degree. Roger Clayton Owen Kittle, Jr., 29 also of Ashland was charged with Robbery 1st degree. Kittle also had an outstanding arrest warrant from Carter County that was served on him stemming for a separate Robbery complaint dated 01/01/2012 in Carter County. Both suspects lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. Press Release prepared by Major Mark McDowell, Field Operations Commander. ORIGINAL RELEASE: Ashland Police Department responded to a robbery in the parking lot of the Ashland Children's Clinic, 700 13th Street, at approximately 4:00 pm. A 64 year old lady was placing her handicapped family member's wheelchair on the back of her vehicle when a female ran up and grabbed her purse. The female and victim fell to the ground in a struggle over the purse. A male suspect then pulled on the purse, dragging the victim, and gaining control of the purse. Both the female and male suspect fled the area. Female victim was taken to KDMC for treatment. Attached are pictures of female and male suspects. If you believe you recognize either suspect please contact the Ashland Police Department at 606-327-2020 or call the Ashland Police Silent Witness line at 606-329-1771. Click Robbery Pics to view suspects.

   12/31/2011 Attempted Robbery
Ashland Police responded to a robbery early Saturday morning in the parking lot of Castle Apartments. The victim stated that she and a friend were sitting in her vehicle when an unknown black male approached them. As the victim was distracted, the male punched her in the face and grabbed her purse. The victim was able to take back the property but was struck again in the face causing substantial injury. The suspect is described as a black male in his teen's to late twenty's with long hair, possibly dreadlocks, and was wearing a black carhartt jacket. Anyone with any information in this case is asked to contact Officer Hartzler. Press release prepared by Lieutenant Scott Sexton, Field Operations Watch Commander, C-Team.

   12/31/2011 Arrest Made During Burglary In Progress
Ashland Police responded to a burglary in progress Friday evening at Ashland Tire and Lube, located at 3132 Winchester Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located an individual still inside the closed business. Joel Sanchez, 46, was arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd degree and was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. Press release prepared by Lieutenant Scott Sexton, Field Operations Watch Commander, C-Team.

   12/23/2011 Arrest Made After Home Invasion
Ashland Police responded to a home invasion in the 1100 block of Belmont Street Thursday evening. Raeann Griffith reported 2 masked males and 2 females forced their way into her home and stole her purse. The victim identified one of the female suspects, who was subsequently located a short time later on Green Valley Drive in Boyd County. The Ashland Police Department, with the assistance of the Boyd County Sheriffs Department, executed a search warrant and arrest warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of Green Valley Drive. Rebecca L. Lance, 32 was arrested and charged with Robbery 2nd Degree. The case remains under investigation by Officer Matt Howard. Lance was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. Press release prepared by Major Mark McDowell, Field Operations Commander.

   12/14/2011 Arrested- Nathaniel "Shorty" Chapman
Ashland Police Department Detective Gavin Patrick received information on the location of Nathaniel "Shorty" Chapman. Chapman was reported to be in a residence in Lexington, Ky. Detective Patrick relayed the information to Detectives with the Lexington Division of Police. Lexington Police went to the residence and found Chapman hiding in a closet. Chapman was arrested on the Boyd County Arrest Warrant charging him with Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder. This Release was prepared by Lt. Darren Wilson, Ashland Police Department Criminal Investigations Section Commander.

   12/14/2011 Marathon Gas Station Robbery
Last night, 12/13/11, two white males robbed the Marathon gas station at 18th St/Winchester Ave at knife point taking an undetermined amount of money. One male entered the rear employee door while the other entered the front door, both wearing "hoodies" and masks. One male is in custody and charged with first degree robbery and the other is still at large, his identity is known. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Ashland Police Department. This press release was prepared by Sgt. J. Moore, C-Team Field Supervisor. UPDATED INFORMATION 12/17/2011 Officers received information that Justin Huffman, who had an active arrest warrant for Robbery 1st for his involvement in the robbery, was at an address in Ashland. Officers responded to that location and Huffman was located and arrested on the warrant for Robbery 1st and lodged in the Boyd County detention center. This release was prepared by Lt. Scott Sexton, Field Operations Watch Commander, C-Team.

   11/30/2011 Jolly Pirate Robbery
At approximately 0400 hours an unidentified male entered Jolly Pirate and demanded the money from the register. The white male is described to be around 5-10, 170 lbs. The suspect was wearing a black mask brandishing a knife and took an undetermined amount of cash. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact Officer Daniels. This release was prepared by Sgt. J. Moore, C-Team Field Supervisor.

   11/11/2011 ARREST-Drug Trafficking
Ashland Police Officers initiated a traffic stop on a subject in the 800 Block of 29th St. which resulted in a short vehicle pursuit ending in the arrest of 57 year Old Anthony Ridley of Columbus Ohio for numerous traffic charges as well as trafficking in controlled substance. Ridley was lodged in the Boyd County detention Center. Press release prepared by Lieutenant Mike Crawford, Field Operations Watch Commander, D-Team.

   11/10/2011 ARREST-BURGLARY
Officers from the Ashland Police Department responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Nervie St. in reference to suspicious persons in the area. Upon arrival officers found the rear door to a residence broken and evidence in the area which pointed to an attempted burglary. Information provided to officers by witnesses led to a traffic stop of the suspects vehicle seen departing the scene. Ashland Police arrested 28 year old Kenneth Sanchez of Ashland, KY and charged him with Burglary. Sanchez was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center Press release prepared by Lieutenant Mike Crawford, Field Operations Watch Commander, D-Team.

   10/13/2011 Reward Offered for APD Fugitive
Ashland Police are offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Nathanial Chapman, wanted for attempted murder. Send your tips to Silent Witness at 606-329-1771. Click on the above header for a wanted flyer with the suspect's photo.

   09/17/2011 ARREST-RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY
The Ashland Police Department received information from the Charleston WV Police Department concerning an investigation of an internal theft of batteries from Exide Technologies in Charleston. Ashland Police had the lead information that the batteries had been stolen internally and were going to be sold at the local Ashland business The Battery Terminal. An employee at The Battery Terminal cooperated with Ashland Police and confirmed that the batteries were enroute there and would arrive between 0930- 1030 in a Ryder Rental Vehicle. Ashland Police observed the Ryder van that the suspect was to be driving at The Battery Terminal. The van was loaded with approximately 292 batteries. The batteries were valued at $11 per battery. Stolen property recovered value is $3212.00. In possession of the stolen batteries was a female, Jerri M. Trent, 45 of Clendenin, WV. She is the wife of an Exide Technologies employee. Ms. Trent was arrested and taken to the Boyd County Detention Center. Investigation Continues.

   09/11/2011 ARREST WARRANT OBTAINED IN STABBING
Ashland Police are investigating a stabbing which occurred in the 1000 block of Belmont Street Saturday morning (9/10/11). Police were called at 0550 hrs and found Jeffrey Rowe, 20 years old, with multiple stab wounds to the neck, arm, chest and back. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival. Rowe was transported by Boyd County EMS to KDMC for treatment. A suspect in the assault has been identified and the investigation is ongoing. The case officer is Ofc. Adam Daniels. UPDATED INFORMATION: 09/11/2011 - 2141 hrs Ashland Police have obtained an arrest warrant on Nathaniel Raheim Chapman, 18 yoa black male, 5'07" 135 lbs. AKA "Shorty". He has been charged with Attempted Murder and is currently wanted. Please contact your local law enforcement agency if you see the suspect. He is considered armed and dangerous. Press release prepared by Lieutenant Mark McDowell, Field Operations Watch Commander, C-Team.

   09/07/2011 Two Charged With Drug Offenses
Ashland Police cited an Ashland man overnight for cultivating one (1) marijuana plant which was observed growing from a five gallon bucket in his side yard. Dalvis Prince, 42, of Third Circle Prospect, was charged with cultivation of marijuana and was cited to appear in court on September 28th. In a separate offense, Ashland Police arrested Zachary King, 22, of Old 13th Street in Ashland for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, First Degree after officers responded to a noise complaint at the Budget Inn on 13th Street in Ashland. Police seized 64 Oxycodone pills and cash off King, who was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center. Press Release prepared by Lt. Mark McDowell, Field Operations Watch Commander, Charlie Team

   08/17/2011 Phone Scam
The Ashland Police Department has received calls from residents concerning a possible phone scam. The caller is stating they are with American Family Publishing or Publisher Clearing House and they have won several million dollars. They are asking the victim to send money via wire transfer or Western Union to pay for taxes and fees prior to receiving their prize. The caller is providing call back numbers to verify the legitimacy of the company. Upon APD calling the numbers, the persons immediately hang up the phone. They seem to be currently targeting residents in our local area. Sgt. Ryan Conley, Support Services Supervisor

   08/15/2011 Back to School Release-Motorists Use Caution
Ashland Public Schools are returning to school August 17. Please click on Title to review the press release.

   07/29/2011 Car Explosion
The Ashland Police Department has no comments to make at this time on the incident. We are working with Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (Ashland/Lexington Offices) and the Kentucky State Police Hazardous devices Unit. The investigation is still in the prelimary stages and we will not be commenting through interviews. If any information is able to be shared, all agencies involved will provide it at the appropriate time. Major Todd Kelley, Field Operations Commander.

   07/13/2011 ICAC Investigation Leads to Arrest of West Virginia Man In Ashland
On 7/13/2011, at approximately 0745 hours, the Ashland Police Department arrested Otis C. Adkins (59) of 1356 Bowen Creek Road, Branchland, WV 25506 for Unlawful use of electronic means originating or received within the Commonwealth to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities (KRS 510.155). An undercover APD ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) investigation led by Sgt. Ryan Conley for monitoring Craigslist, led to responding to an ad leading to Adkins (Craigslist was very cooperative in assisting on the posting information that led to identifying Adkins). Adkins offered $300 to meet a 15 year old female child (actually an undercover Ashland Police Officer) at Captain Ds parking lot this morning for sex. Adkins traveled approximately one hour to arrive at the location. He was in the vehicle he described and arrived at the time he agreed to by email earlier this morning, to meet for sex with a 15 year old female in trade of $300. He approached the Ashland Police Department undercover officer and talked about arrangements for obtaining a hotel room. He was then arrested by officers assigned to the Ashland Police Department Street Crimes Task Force without further incident. Adkins had more than $1,000 cash on his person. APD is currently working with the WV State Police for investigative assistance in WV, where Adkins lives. Adkins was lodged at the Boyd County Detention Center. This release was submitted by Lt. Darren Wilson, Criminal Investigations Section Commander and Street Crimes Task Force Supervisor.

   06/23/2011 Money Gram Scam
Ashland residents have been receiving calls that inform them that have won a cash prize from Publisher Clearing House. In order to claim this prize a cash amount to cover the taxes must be sent via Western Union. Also residents have been receiving calls stating a family member has been in an accident in Mexico and funds must be sent to pay for medical treatment. Caller has correct information on family members most likely obtained from Internet searches. Both of these are scams trying to illegally solicit your money. Never send money to anyone via Western Union or any type of money transfer service unless you know the recipient of the money. Neither publisher Clearing House nor any reputable medical establishment will ask you to send money wire transfers.

   05/04/2011 Assistance in Identifying Burglary Suspect
The Ashland Police Department is continuing its investigation into a burglary at Five Guys Restaurant, located on Riverhill Drive below WalMart. The burglary occurred on April 18th just after 11 PM. A lone suspect gained entry into the restaurant by entering through the rear door. Video surveillance shows a white male suspect entering the restaurant before being spooked by the burglary alarm. The suspect is a white male, appears to be in his late 20s, brown hair with a thin beard, 508- 511. If you believe you recognize the suspect, contact the Ashland Police Department at 606-327-2020 or call the Ashland Police Silent Witness line at 606-329-1771. There are 3 PDF attachments of the photographs we received.

   11/15/2010 Accepting Quotes/Bids Total Station Equipment
The Ashland Police Department is currently seeking quotes and pricing for laser measuring equipment commonly called a total station. The equipment is used for measuring distances and documenting information at the scenes of traffic crashes and large crime scenes. The equipment should include tripod, main measurement equipment, external computer data collector, measurement device called a prism device if needed andcomputer software to extract data from the collector and place into a 2 or 3 dimensional drawing to be used for display in court presentations or other events related. Final receipt of quotations/bids are to be received by February 28, 2011. For information contact Major Todd Kelley, 606-327-2080.

Office of the Chief of Police
Robert W. Ratliff

Robert W. Ratliff At Ashland Police Department, we take pride in providing a high quality of service to you regardless of why or how you have made contact with us. While no agency can guarantee that we will always be able to solve every crime or incident that is reported, we are committed to providing a service that responds professionally and appropriately to your particular needs. We want you to feel satisfied that we have provided the highest quality of service and that we value you as our citizens and take all your concerns seriously.

BIO
At their regularly scheduled meeting on May 3, 2007, the Ashland Board of City Commissioners named Robert W. Ratliff, serving over 25 years with the Department, as Chief of Police.

Chief Ratliff was commissioned as an Ashland Police Officer on January 7, 1982. He was promoted to sergeant on August 8, 1989, to lieutenant on January 23, 1994, to captain on May 21, 2000, and to Assistant Chief on December 23, 2002. Chief Ratliff was appointed as the Acting Chief of Police on April 1, 2006, and served in that capacity until his appointment to the Chief's position.

During his career, Chief Ratliff has served in all areas of the Department. He has been a team member, supervisor, watch commander, and commander in the Patrol Division, commander of the Administration Section; detective assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section; and commander of the Auxiliary Services Division. He also served 20 years with the Ashland School Safety Patrol program.

Chief Ratliff is a lifelong resident of Ashland. He is a 1977 graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School, graduate of the Department of Criminal Justice Training, and the 174th session of the FBI National Academy. Chief Ratliff also earned his college degree through the Ashland Community and Technical College.

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