Kentuckians charged in Ironton theft

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 29, 2006

Three Kentucky people are behind bars today, charged with breaking into an Ironton residence last night; meanwhile an Ironton man is in jail facing a multitude of charges stemming from an alleged car theft and high speed chase.

Ironton police detective Jim Akers said Thomas Smith, 26, and Jesse Kouns, 23, both of Catlettsburg, Ky., were each charged with breaking and entering while fellow Gate City resident Melanie Musick, 35, was charged with complicity to breaking and entering.

“The house is in the 1200 block of 10th Street,” Akers said. “A neighbor called police and said they saw people pulling into the driveway of the house, and the officers, upon arrival, saw a car pull away without its headlights. They stopped the car at 10th and Chestnut streets.”

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A computer and television set allegedly taken from the residence were found in the vehicle with the three suspects, who were arrested and taken to jail.

Meanwhile, David Jenkins, 31, whose last known address was Mill Street, Ironton, was charged with vehicle theft, driving under license suspension, DUI, reckless operation and disorderly conduct stemming from a car theft and chase that began just before 9 p.m.

“Some boys were playing ball at the playground in Etna Street, and a man got into one of their trucks,” Capt. Joe Ross said. “They chased him about 2 miles out (State Route) 650 and that’s where he crashed. … He jumped out and ran. With cooperation from Hanging Rock police, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, we were able to apprehend him.”

Ross said Jenkins was not injured in the accident but the 1997 Dodge ram truck sustained heavy damage.