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Todd's attorney plans

new defense for third trial

Dickie Todd faces trial at 9 a.m. Aug. 3 on his third citation for violating Paducah's smoking ban, and attorney Jeremy Ian Smith said he plans to try a different defense in an attempt to avoid a third conviction.

Todd, who owns Side Pockets Billiards, has consistently refused to accept the ban, arguing that he should be allowed to run his business as he sees fit. On Tuesday, Smith told Chris Hollowell, the McCracken District Court judge, that he was trying to contact an attorney with the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to develop a defense, but had been unable to do so.

Smith said after the hearing that the defense might hinge on the designation of Todd's business, which could exempt him from the ban. The ban, which the city adopted in 2006, allows smoking in retail tobacco stores and warehouses, among other types of facilities.

Tip leads police to man

wanted in Bucket's break-in

METROPOLIS, Ill. -- A tip to Metropolis police Monday afternoon led officers to a truck stop where they found and arrested a man sought in a Paducah burglary.

Mike Worthen, Metropolis police chief, said officers acting on a tip went to the Cheers Truck Stop on U.S. 45 near the Interstate 24 interchange shortly after 4 p.m. and approached a sport utility vehicle to identify a passenger.

Worthen said the man was Troy D. Haley, 21, of Smithland, wanted on Kentucky warrants for burglary, receiving stolen property, fleeing and evading police, and tampering with physical evidence in connection with a May 25 break-in at Bucket's Restaurant in Paducah.

Officers arrested Haley after a brief struggle, additionally charging him with obstructing justice for giving officers a false name and with criminal damage to property after he kicked out the back window of a police vehicle.

Haley was being held without bond in the Massac County Detention Center on Tuesday.

Sheriff continues search

for KFC robbery suspect

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department is seeking a man in connection with the Saturday night armed robbery of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Lone Oak Road.

According to Detective Darrin Frommeyer, a black man entered the restaurant at 9:30 p.m., pointed a handgun at the manager and demanded money. The robber left the business with an undisclosed amount of money.

A sketch was made from a description given by the manager.

Frommeyer said the the man is also a possible suspect in the May armed robbery of the KFC store on Jackson Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 444-4719 or Crime Stoppers at 443-TELL. Information leading to the arrest and/or conviction may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Crittenden escape ends

quickly with charges

CRAYNE, Ky. -- State police returned a Princeton man to the Crittenden County Detention Center less than an hour after his escape Tuesday.

At 8:35 a.m. the Madisonville state police post received a call from the jail concerning the escape of Ryan E. Knight, who was in a work detail on Crayne Cemetery Road when he walked away, state police said.

State police Lt. Kevin Rogers found Knight with Sarah C. Sorrells in a vehicle on Crayne Cemetery Road.

Knight, 20, was charged with escape and theft by unlawful taking under $300. Sorrells, 18, of Eddyville was charged with complicity to escape. Both were jailed.

From Sun staff reports