Benton Police Department

  • Agency: Benton Police Department
  • Address: 1009 Main St, Benton, 42025 KY
  • Chief: Gary West (Chief of Police)
Phone: 270-527-3126
Fax: 270-527-7026

Benton Police Department is located at 1009 Main St, Benton, 42025 KY. The Chief of Police of the department is Gary West. The Benton Police Department phone number is 270-527-3126.

Benton Police Department News

On Sunday 4/15/2018 Officer Steve Robinson observed a vehicle on Poplar Street that matched one earlier as being stolen/Unauthorized Use reported to the sheriff's office. Officer Robinson activated his lights to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle on W 5th Street near the sheriff's office. The vehicle accelerated and a pursuit began. The pursuit lasted approximately 30 minutes and at some points went inside Graves County then coming back into Marshall. The fleeing vehicle was eventually stopped by a Marshall County Sheriff's Office vehicle after several attempts to "PIT" the vehicle while it was traveling at lower speeds. Samuel J. Brackett ( Benton) was the driver of the vehicle. He was charged by Officer Robinson with the following: Speeding 26 mph + over limit, Fleeing/Evading Police 1st Deg- Motor Vehicle, Driving DUI Suspended License- 2nd Offense with Aggrivated Circumstances, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree- Police Officer, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Reckless Driving, and Disregarding a Stop Sign. Kenneth Bean, Shelbie Vibbert, and a 2 year old child were also inside the vehicle. Both Mr. Bean and Mrs. Vibbert were arrested by other agencies. All three were taken to the Marshall County Jail. Marshall County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police assisted in the pursuit. For more details we will refer readers to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office Facebook page where they also have a release on the incident. All suspects remain innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

On April 10th, Captain Sanderson responded to Hidden Treasure consignment store in reference to a shoplifting complaint. Employees stated they witnessed Carolyn M. Collins, 42, of Benton, conceal some merchandise in her purse. As a result of the investigation Sanderson placed Collins under arrest for theft by unlawful taking under $500 (shoplifting). She was lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Recently members of the Special Response Team (SRT) conducted a ballistics training where we tested our duty ammunition on a vehicle. We tested both glass and door panels. We looked at not only what the impact was to the threat target but also any bullet or glass fragmentation and the effects of that to other potential non threat targets. The vehicle used was a forfeiture from the sheriff's office which had contained an active meth lab and had to be destroyed. Some members had not done this before and we all gained a lot of valuable information.

On 04/09/2018, Officer C. Curtner was dispatched to Benton Mini Storage, for a altercation in progress. The caller advised that the altercation got physical and the suspect fled into the woods. The suspect, Ryan Combs, was located in the near by area. Officer Curtner spoke with a male victim and female juvenile victim, who both stated they were assaulted by Combs. They stated that after the altercation, Combs caused damage to a vehicle they were in. As a result of the investigation, a warrant was issued for Combs. On 04/13/18, Officer Curtner served the arrest warrant on Combs. Ryan D. Combs, 19, of Benton, was charged with 2 counts of Assault 4th (Minor Injury) and Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

On 04/07/2018, at approx 12:01 A.M., Officer N. Spears was dispatched to an address on East 14th Street, for a vehicle collision. The caller stated that someone pulled into their driveway and struck one of their parked vehicles. The caller believed the driver of the vehicle was possibly impaired and as Officer Spears arrived he spoke with the driver of the vehicle involved, Jeffrey Culp. As Officer Spears spoke with Culp, he detected the presence of an alcoholic beverage coming from him. As a result of the investigation, Culp was placed under arrest. Jeffrey B. Culp, 47, of Benton, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol 4th or More Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), Driving with a DUI Suspended License 2nd Offense (Aggravated Circumstance), and Failure to Produce Insurance Card. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

On 03/29/2018, Officer N. Spears made a traffic stop with a vehicle traveling the wrong way on Main Street. Upon speaking with the driver, Kaylea Greenwell, Officer Spears noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage. As a result of the roadside investigation, Greenwell was placed under arrest. Kaylea P. Greenwell, 18, from Paducah, was charged with Operating A Motor Vehicle While Under The Influence (1st Offense), Reckless Driving, and Failure To Produce Insurance Card. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

On 03/29/2018, Sgt. W. Treadway responded to Walmart for a shoplifting incident. Upon arrival, Sgt. Treadway spoke with Asset Protection Associates. According to Asset Protection, they stated that they witnessed Michael Best, conceal merchandise. As a result of the investigation, Best was placed under arrest. Michael A. Best, 28, of Lawrenceburg, was charged with Theft By Unlawful Taking Shoplifting Under $500, Possession Of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree (2 counts), and Controlled Substance Not In Original Container. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

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On 03/26/2018, Officer C. Curtner responded to Parkway Chrysler, for a hit and run collision. Before Officer Curtner arrived, the suspect vehicle left the scene. A witness followed the vehicle (red Honda Civic) and Dispatch advised that it was last seen in the area of W 7th and Pine Street. Witnesses on scene stated that the suspect was driving erratic and appeared to be impaired. Officer Curtner located the vehicle, at an address on Pine Street. Officer Curtner noticed the owner of the vehicle standing beside the Honda Civic. The owner, Michael Lopez, claimed that he had been home all day. Sgt. Treadway stayed with the suspect, while officer Curtner went back to Parkway to speak with witnesses. Witnesses described what the suspect was wearing and identified a picture of Lopez, as being the driver involved in the hit and run. As a result of the investigation, Michael Lopez was placed under arrest. Michael E. Lopez, 35, of Benton, was charged with Operating A Motor Vehicle While Under The Influence Of Alcohol, Leaving The Scene Of An Accident and Failure To Notify Address Change To Department Of DOT. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. We would like to thank all witnesses in this case for their help.

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On 03/25/2018, while on patrol, Officer S. Robinson observed a vehicle disregard a stop sign at the intersection of W 14th and Joe Creason Drive. While behind the vehicle, Officer Robison noticed the vehicle driving erratic and crossing the center line and fog line. A traffic stop was made and as Officer Robinson spoke with the driver, he noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage, coming from the driver. As a result of the roadside investigation, Jennifer Strait, was placed under arrest. Jennifer C. Strait, 35, of Benton, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence 1st offense, (aggravated circumstance), Possession of Open Alcohol Container in Vehicle, Failure to Wear Seat Belts and Disregarding a Stop Sign. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

To all local businesses, be aware that this $100 bill was found in the roadway at 5th and Main Street. At first glance the bill appears to be real, but if you notice it says " FOR MOTION PICTURE USE ONLY". Just a friendly caution in case someone attempts to fraudulently pass it.

On 03/23/2018, Officer C. Curtner was dispatched to CFSB, in reference to female that was asleep behind the wheel, in one of the drive thru lanes. Upon arrival, Officer Curtner spoke with bank employees, who stated that the female had been there for around 30 minutes. As a result of the investigation, driver, Lindsey Briggs, was placed under arrest. Lindsey M. Briggs, 32, of Calvert City, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence 1st Offense. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

On 03/19/2018 at approx 1:59 A.M., Officer S. Robinson was dispatched to the Marshall County Hospital, for a suspicious male that was walking the halls of the hospital. Hospital staff advised that the subject appeared to be under the influence. Officer Robinson arrived and located the subject, in his vehicle. As a result of the investigation, the driver, Corey Yonts, was placed under arrest. Corey S. Yonts, 31, of Mayfield, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence 2nd Offense, No Registration Plates, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance, Failure to Wear Seat Belts, Possession of Controlled Substance 2nd Degree and Prescription Controlled Substance not in Proper Container. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court

A Hopkinsville Police Department officer was shot to death Thursday afternoon near Paulette Court. The incident happened at 5:10 p.m. and Kentucky State Police is investigating, with the help of multiple area law enforcement agencies. Hopkinsville Police issued a news release, saying the off-duty police officer was pulled over in his personal vehicle by a man pretending to be a police officer. Shortly after, the officer was shot by the suspect and died from his injuries at Jennie Stuart Medical Center. Police are looking for a suspect identified as 35-year old James DeCoursey. He is a white male standing about six-feet-one inch tall and he’s thought to be driving a stolen white 1997 Chevy Z71 extended cab pickup with a Harley Davidson sticker on the back window. It has Kentucky tag 2070GH. Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks says all resources are directed toward locating this suspect and his prayers are with HPD and with the fallen officer’s family. Anyone with information on DeCoursey’s whereabouts should call 911. He is considered armed and dangerous. (Story by Whopam.com)

Benton Birmingham Road is CLOSED today between Benton Briensburg Road and East 12th Street (Eggnersferry Road) due to water over the road. Do not drive around the barricades or attempt to drive through the floodwater.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the 4th and 5th grade classes at Christian Fellowship School for our wonderful blessing boxes. They were gracious enough to provide each officer with personalized boxes filled with hand written letters and goodies. We truly appreciate each and every kid and teacher involved in this project.

On 03/17/2018, Officer Curtner opened a case involving a forged check being passed at Walmart. The suspects cashed one check then went to purchase more merchandise, when a cashier became suspicious of the second check. The cashier asked for identification and the two suspects left the store, leaving the merchandise. On 03/18/18, Officer Curtner spoke with the 81 year old victim, who stated that he didn't know the suspects and hadn't given anyone permission to cash his checks. As a result of the investigation it was discovered that the suspects had been staying with a neighbor of the victim. About one hour after Officer Curtner spoke with the victim, he received information that the suspects, one being Michael Miller, were back at the neighbors residence (Wildwood Lane). While on the way to the residence, Officers received information of a white male, asking people for rides and getting into vehicles on Old Olive Road (right beside Wildwood Lane). Officer Curtner observed the suspect, Michael Miller, in the front yard of a residence on Wildwood Lane. When Miller noticed the patrol car, he began fleeing on foot. A short foot chase ensued, until Miller ran directly into the path of Deputies B. Howell and L. Rudd, who were in the backyard of an address on Old Olive Road. Miller was then placed under arrest. Michael J. Miller, 30, of Benton, was charged with Failure to Appear (Marshall Co. Warrant), Failure to Appear (Carlisle Co. Warrant), TBUT Shoplifting under $500 (Benton P.D. Warrant) and Fleeing and Evading 2nd (on foot). All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

** BURGLARY ARREST** On Sunday 3/25/2018 Officer Steve Robinson responded to a residence on W 24th Street for a burglary report. Video surveillance footage showed Allan M. Stewart of Benton who was delivering newspapers around 10:40 A.M., pull into the driveway after delivering the newspaper. Mr. Stewart exited his vehicle and entered the garage. Mr. Stewart is seen exiting the garage a short time later carrying several items. A handgun was also observed in a side pocket. Mr. Stewart was also seen at the back of the residence where a window screen had been removed and the window pried open. Officer Robinson and Officer Caleb Curtner went to Mr. Stewarts residence where several items from the burglary were recovered. Mr. Stewart was arrested and charged with Burglary 1st Degree and taken to the Marshall County Jail. Disclaimer: all suspects remain innocent until proven guilty in court.

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Pictured below are two suspects involved in shoplifting incidents. The female was involved in a shoplifting at Hidden Treasures and the male at Walmart. The incidents are unrelated. If you recognize either suspect pictured below, contact the Benton Police Department at 270-527-3126, or Dispatch at 270-527-1333. You can also message us on Facebook. Thank you

Some members of the SRT team walking off into the sunset today after they finished some woodland movement and land navigation training. The Special Response Team is made up of officers from Marshall Co Sheriff's Department, Benton Police Department, and Marshall Co EMS.

Recently we have received several complaints about traffic in the city, specifically in regard to speeding and not stopping at stop signs. Officers will be out conducting increased traffic patrols in efforts to increase highway safety.

**UPDATE** The property has been returned to Mrs. Watkins, thank you all for sharing. We have recently recovered property belonging to Mrs. Lucy Watkins. We have been unsuccessful in returning these items. If you personally know Mrs. Watkins or have a contact number for her, please message us, thank you.