COVID-19 release headed back to jail

An inmate paroled from a Kentucky prison during the COVID-19 pandemic is going back to jail after leading local authorities on a dangerous chase.

Dennis J. Beach, 29, of Buckner is charged with resisting arrest, first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, third-degree terroristic threatening and public intoxication after trying to escape authorities Sunday in a flooded ditch. He was originally being sought on a public intoxication complaint for allegedly harassing patrons at the BP convenience store and Huck’s truck stop in Kuttawa.

According to Lyon County Deputy Seth P’Pool’s report, Beach had tried to fight a man at the BP on the north side of U.S. 62 before crossing the busy highway on foot to the truck stop. When P’Pool arrived, the suspect was reportedly laying in a ditch full of water and appeared to be drunk. After the deputy identified himself, Beach allegedly swam into several drains under the roadway and emerged back on the opposite side of the highway. Unable to use a Taser on the suspect because he was in the water, P’Pool use pepper spray to try to subdue the man, but he swam back under the road the south side of the highway.

P’Pool reports the man had to finally be taken into custody in the water.

During the fracas, Beach reportedly yelled obscenities at officers and others and threatened to kill a public official responding to the incident. Beach had been staying at a halfway house in Buckner after being released from jail when a number of state prisoners were granted early parole to keep the incarcerated population down, according to Sheriff Brent White. White said the man had tested positive for COVID-19, but was no longer infected and was to report back to the facility after his recovery.

Woman accused of defrauding government

Lyon County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Paducah woman on a McCracken District Court warrant for multiple felony charges relating to defrauding the government of almost $20,000.

Rachel May, 38, was served the warrant by Deputy Chris Smith at a location on Fairview Avenue. She is charged with three counts of false statements or misrepresentation to in order to receive benefits. According to the warrant, May between September 2014 and May 2019 defrauded the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, of $13,498 in overpayments by providing inaccurate information regarding her household income. The warrant alleges she did the same in the amount of $982 in overpayments with the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program between February and May 2019. And between November 2018 and September 2019, she reportedly committed Medicaid Fraud, resulting in the overpayment of $4,879.