Local and state news briefs: March 19

STAFF, WIRE REPORTSMarch 19, 2011 

Men indicted in theft of truck during test drive

Vanceburg: Two Kentucky men who sold a truck they had taken for a test drive to a junk dealer have been indicted on theft charges.

A Lewis County grand jury indicted Patrick Hinton, 23, and Christopher Case, 24, on theft charges after the January incident.

A police report in The Ledger Independent of Maysville said the men drove the truck from Sexton's Auto Sales in Tollesboro and parked it a short distance from the junkyard, then told an employee the transmission was out.

Police said that the wheels were removed and that the junkyard paid the men $512, but when they left, the employee was able to start the truck and put it in gear.

2 Fort Campbell soldiers attending memorial

Fort Campbell: Two Fort Campbell soldiers will attend a memorial service this weekend in Pennsylvania for a World War II veteran whose service was depicted in the book and television miniseries Band of Brothers.

Former Army Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters died Jan. 2 at age 92. He commanded Company E, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division during the D-day invasion of Normandy, then led 20 men in a battle against German soldiers.

A memorial service will be held Saturday for him at the Hershey Theater. The post said Maj. Bradd A. Schultz, rear detachment commander, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Currahee), and Capt. Timothy Hastings, a former Easy Company platoon leader, will attend the service on behalf of the 101st and the 506th, which are deployed to Afghanistan.

Indictment in husband's death

Laurel County: A Laurel County grand jury has indicted the widow of a London lawyer on a murder charge in connection with his death in January.

Lisa Gilliam, 42, of Nancy was indicted in the Jan. 7 shooting death of her husband, Larry W. Gilliam, 59. Police were called to Gilliam's London law office that day and investigated the shooting.

Lisa Gilliam had called 911 from her husband's office, London police Detective Allen Harris said.

The indictment released Friday says that Lisa Gilliam "acting alone or in concert with others, committed the offense of murder by shooting Larry Gilliam in the chest, and thereby causing his death."

Commonwealth's Attorney Jackie Steele said Lisa Gilliam is scheduled to be arraigned April 25 in Laurel Circuit Court.

Subway robbed

Lexington: Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Subway restaurant Friday morning.

Shortly before 7:30 a.m., a man entered the Subway at 2358 Nicholasville Road, displayed a gun and demanded cash from the clerk, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

He left through the back door with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt, Roberts said. The robber was described as a black male wearing a tan shirt and a mask over his face.

Coroners may use sirens

Frankfort: Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law Friday a bill that would allow county coroners, with permission from their local governments, to place lights and sirens on their vehicles. House Bill 34 was sponsored by state Rep. Marie Rader, R-McKee.

Some coroners were concerned because they said that without the emergency lights, they could be delayed in getting to a crime scene.

They also feared that parking their vehicles on the shoulder of the highway was unsafe, according to a statement from the Kentucky House Republican Caucus.

Duo rob Quality Inn

Lexington: Police are looking for two men who robbed the Quality Inn on Newtown Court on Friday morning.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said one man held a gun on a female employee while the other took cash.

The robbery happened at 12:40 a.m. The two men entered the motel, approached the office and demanded cash, Roberts said.

They then ran toward the back of the motel. A police dog could not find the men, Roberts said.

The man who pointed the gun was described as black, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, with a slim build. He wore a stocking over his face, a long-sleeve black T-shirt and blue jeans.

The other man was shorter than 6 feet with a stocky build. He also wore a black T-shirt and blue jeans.

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