BPD Weekend

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Busy weekend for BPD also includes home break-in, vandalism, assault

By John Howell Sr.

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Batesville police are investigating an apparent pistol whipping and shooting incident that began at a home Martinez Street Saturday night.

The victim was struck with a pistol by his assailant who also apparently fired a .380 caliber pistol near the victim, according to officer Brandon Moses’ report.

Batesville Deputy Police Chief Don Province said that the information had been turned over to the department’s detective division whose officers are also investigating bomb threats on January 2 and 4.

Officers were called to a Dickey Drive home on Sunday to investigate an apparent break-in attempt. The occupant called police after she returned from church to find a side window broken out at the home. No contents appeared to be missing, and there was no indication that anyone had gone inside, according to BPD Patrolman Donnie Dotson’s report.

On Monday, Dotson investigated a report of vandalism to a vehicle at a residence on Highway 35 South. During the occupant’s half-hour absence, someone entered the home and scattered the contents of one room in the floor, poured gas inside and outside the occupant’s parked vehicle, dented the vehicle and caused other damage. Dotson’s report indicated that the suspected vandal is known to the occupant.

Police Lieutenant John Miller’s investigation on Sunday into a complaint of apparent stalking brought him into the middle of an incident which “originated as a domestic disturbance in Greenwood,” according to his report. The victim “declined to file charges … and the parties were told to go their separate ways.”

Officer Moses found no one who wanted to make a complaint after he responded Saturday night to a report of disorderly conduct in the parking lot of apartments on Tubbs Road. “They said everything was OK and they didn’t need me,” Moses’ report stated.

Officer Dotson responded to a call from a local bar where he learned that a “male had brought in two porn movies and gave them to the bartender for no apparent reason,” the officer’s report stated. The manager told Dotson he did not want the man back in his business.

Sergeant Gray Nickels arrested a driver early Saturday on House Carlson Drive and charged him with careless driving, driving while license suspended and for his third driving under the influence offense.

Later that day, Nickels arrested a man on Armstrong Street who was wanted on a contempt of court warrant.