, Corbin, KY

January 16, 2013

Police Roundup - Jan. 16, 2013

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — Times-Tribune Staff Report

W’burg man charged with assault, robbery

A Williamsburg man who reportedly stabbed his girlfriend in the hand and robbed her of her purse and prescription pills has been arrested, according to Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.

Thomas A. Ridner, 22, forced his way into his girlfriend’s home through a basement door on Sunday. Once inside, police were told by the girlfriend and her mother that Ridner demanded the purse and pills. When his girlfriend didn’t comply with his demand, they struggled and the girlfriend was cut in the hand. Ridner then threatened the mother with the knife. The mother struck Ridner with a stick. Ridner then took the purse and the pills and fled.

The girlfriend, who suffered a severe cut to her hand, was treated and released. Her purse was found by police in a wooded area near her home.

On Monday, Officer Jason Strunk issued a warrant for Ridner’s arrest. About 8 p.m. that day, officers arrested Ridner at his Reservoir Street home.

Ridner is jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center. He is charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree assault and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Three arrested for making meth

Three people were arrested Monday after a trooper found methamphetamine, a lab and the components needed to manufacture the drug during a traffic stop, according to Kentucky State Police Post 11 London Public Affairs Officer Trooper First Class Don Trosper.

The driver, Joshua Hays, 30, of Keavy, was stopped about 11:45 p.m. by KSP Sgt. Steve Walker after Hays failed to stop his 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt at a stop sign at the intersection of KY 312 and KY 363.

Walker determined Hays was under the influence and arrested him. A strong odor led Walker to search the vehicle, where the found the lab, salts, lithium batteries, drain cleaner and about a gram of finished methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Hays was charged with DUI, disregarding a stop sign, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing methamphetamine. Two passengers — Michael Cunigan, 24, of Annville, and Skye Stewart, 21, of McKee, were also arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

Walker is continuing the investigation. He was assisted at the scene by Laurel County Deputy Justin Walker.