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Criminal charges result from damage to field

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Tennessee man accused of criminal mischief, trespass

By Linda Ireland

A Tennessee man was charged with first-degree criminal mischief and criminal trespass Aug. 14 after allegedly causing more than $1,000 damage to a cornfield.

Stanley Jackson Rich, 42, of Huntingdon and three other people allegedly “pitched a tent” on private property off Herbert Howell Road and were camping by a creek when discovered by a local farmer, according to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy.

“(The farmer) had gone out about 8 a.m. to check on his animals and saw cornstalks scattered 40 or 50 yards down the road,” McCoy said.

The property owner blocked the exit to the cornfield and called for police assistance.

McCoy said there appeared to be several “paths” where a 1992 Ford pickup truck had been driven through the corn. Rich eventually admitted he drove the truck each time through the field, he said. The other three people were not charged.

“Evidently, one of the (other) gentlemen had permission in the past to camp,” McCoy said. “This time, they didn’t ask.”

Rich was transported to the LaRue County Jail where he was released on a signature bond.