Estill County Deputy Sheriff Karl Rifenbark found and confiscated 75 marijuana plants growing inside a home on Fitchburg last week.
Rifenbark said that Verna Shuler called the sheriff’s office and told him that she thought her son was growing marijuana inside her home.
The deputy said when he arrived at her home, she showed him the plants, all in separate containers in a small red wagon.
“They were two to four inches tall and had what looked like a stable root system. When I asked her son, Dellie Shuler Jr., if they were his and he said they were,” Rifenbark explained.
Rifenbark arrested Dellie Shuler Jr. and charged him with cultivating marijuana, more than five plants.
Check theft and forgery
The sheriff’s department is investigating the theft of several checks from St. Timothy’s Catholic Church. Fourteen of the checks taken were cashed for a total of $782. Sheriff Gary Freeman said a female stole them from the treasurer of the church and cashed some of them at Ravenna Market.
The suspect’s name isn’t being released as the case is still under investigation.
$2,100 worth of jewelry taken
Ladonna Fowler of Dark Hollow Road reported the theft of several pieces of jewelry including a diamond cluster ring. Also taken were two digital cameras and a Nintendo game system. Fowler told the sheriff that a female who had been staying with her is who she believes committed the theft. The report stated some of the stolen items were found in her vehicle. No arrest has been made in this case.
Stolen van recovered
Deputy Rifenbark recovered a van April 28 that was stolen from Mary Bolin’s residence on Mt. Scratchem Road. The deputy said that he took the report from Bolin and then found the van on Main Street in Ravenna where a male subject, Andy Myers of Ironworks Road was loading it onto a car hauler dolly to haul it off.
Myers told Rifenbark that he had bought the vehicle from Bolin’s son, A. J.
“After talking to A. J., he told me he didn’t sell the van to nobody and that he didn’t even know Myers,” Rifenbark said.
Myers was taken to the Estill County Jail and charged with theft by unlawful taking, auto. His bail was set at $10,000.