Richmond police arrested Angie Bratcher, 31, Mount Rushmore Drive, Richmond, for fourth-degree assault (child abuse) after officers were called to her home because of allegations of child abuse.

A 9-year-old at the home told officers that on Jan. 1, Bratcher slapped them in the right side of the mouth, chipping one of their teeth and causing bleeding, according to a citation. The child also said Bratcher yelled and cursed at them before hitting them.

A 7-year-old at the home confirmed that Bratcher struck the 9-year-old, the citation states.

Officers spoke with Bratcher, who admitted to yelling and cursing at the 9-year-old, but denied hitting them, according to the citation. However, officers noticed that the child's tooth was chipped.

Further investigation revealed Bratcher had also been using methamphetamine in front of the two children, the citation states.

Bratcher was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, and officers searched the seat that she was in, a second citation states. Officers found a glass methamphetamine pipe with residue in it on the floorboard. She was then charged with buying/possessing drug paraphernalia and tampering with physical evidence.

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Madison County deputies arrested a woman on two Madison County warrants Friday morning that charge her with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but less than $10,000), first-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking (auto, $10,000 or more but less than $1,000,000).

According to one of the warrants, between Oct. 5 and Oct. 15, Ashley Voelker, 32, Whitt Road, Richmond, stole a check from another person. When the victim realized their check was missing, they checked their online account and saw it was cashed at a bank for $700. The check was made out to Voelker.

The victim, who didn't have authorization to write the check or cash it, was recognizable through photographs taken at the bank, the warrant states.

According to the second warrant, between Oct. 26 and Oct. 28, Voelker entered the residence of the same victim whose check she cashed and took a handgun, several debit cards and the keys to a vehicle valued at $12,500.

Voelker didn't have permission to possess any of the items, according to the warrant. All the items were recovered in Chamblee, Ga. Deputies also learned Voelker was trying to sell the vehicle there.

Voelker was arrested on West Main Street and booked into the MCDC, where she remained Friday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Berea police arrested Timothy Martin, 29, Peachtree Drive, Berea, on a Madison County warrant Thursday for receiving stolen property (less than $10,000).

According to the warrant, on Nov. 26, Berea officers responded to Paint Lick Road, where a theft had been reported. Officers learned two guitars were taken from the home, one of which was a Martin Brand DX-1, valued at $600.

The victim told officers that a witness had shown them pictures from Martin trying to sell the guitar for $325, the warrant states.

An officer met with the witness, who showed officers pictures of the guitar and text messages sent to them from Martin, according to the warrant. Officers then spoke with Martin, who said those pictures and messages didn't come from him.

However, the officer who met with the witness also saw pictures of Martin from the same number on the witnesses phone, verifying that he had possessed that phone, the warrant states. Martin then said he owned a guitar similar to the missing one, but that he sold it a month earlier, but the date stamp on the text messages and pictures the witness had was from two days earlier, according to the warrant.

Martin was arrested at his home and taken to the MCDC, where he remained Friday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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Kentucky State Police arrested Jackie Couch, 51, Battlefield Memorial Highway, Big Hill, on a Jackson County indictment warrant that charges him with theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more, but less than $10,000) and first-degree persistent felony offender.

Couch was arrested on Big Hill Road and was taken to the MCDC, where he remained Friday afternoon, according to online jail records.

The Register collects and publishes police reports as a public service to its readers. The reports often contain allegations against individuals and do not mean the individuals actually committed a crime. All people named in connection with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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