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Columbia man charged with driving through AC Courthouse doors

Police find Ronald G. Webb standing beside 1997 Ford Pickup which he had driven through back door of the courthouse building

Columbia Police Officer Gary Roy makes arrest on multiple charges, including criminal mischief

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COLUMBIA, KY. August 20, 2005 - Kentucky State Trooper Martin Wesley responded to assist the Columbia Police Department after receiving a complaint of a vehicle striking the Adair County Courthouse.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found 44 year-old, Ronald G. Webb of Columbia standing near his 1997 Ford Pickup, which he had intentionally driven through the back doors of the Courthouse Building.

Columbia Police Officer Gary Roy arrested Webb and charged him with Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Intoxicating Beverage 2nd Degree, and No Insurance.

During the investigation at the courthouse, the officers learned that Webb had possibly damaged a home and several vehicles elsewhere in Adair County.

Tpr. Wesley and Sgt. Ken Hill responded to a residence on Keen Drive, and found three vehicles and a house severely damaged. Tpr. Wesley then charged Webb with Burglary 2nd Degree, and four additional counts of Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.

The investigation is continuing by both the Columbia Police Department and the Kentucky State Police.

Webb was lodged in the Adair County Jail, where he remains at this time.
Story credit: Kentucky State Police 15, Columbia, KY


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Courthouse door Sunday morning



2005-08-21 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. The beautiful old doors facing Greensburg Street on the north side of the Adair County Courthouse were boarded up Sunday morning, August 21, 2005, when this photo was taken. A driver is said to have intentionally driven through the doors Saturday night. He is reported to have been dancing a triumpant little jig after the incident. Some bystanders in The Fountain area yelled for him to get out, because the police were coming. The driver is said to have yelled back to the bystanders, "Hell, no! I'm going to do it again."
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Temporary courthouse doors replace ones smashed by angry pickup truck driver



2005-08-22 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. TEMPORARY DOORS HAD TO BE CREATED MONDAY where a man had taken out his anger on the courthouse, in pure Ernest T. Bass style, and driven his pickup truck through them Saturday night. People couldn't figure it out when they heard about it -- how did he live through it? How did he drive over the steps? On the Greensburg Street side of the courthouse, the ramp for the disabled made a smooth entrance for the pickup. We have yet to discover what the truck looks like but the driver was sound enough to be taken to jail by Columbia Police. Working on the temporary doors were carpenters Sonny Vance and his son Bryan in the doorway at left, and Jeff Norris and David Coppage on clean-up. Click 'read more' for the full police report.
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