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Neighbors surprised by Oldham Co. crime ring bust and arrests

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Home where the search warrant was served. Home where the search warrant was served.
Ashley Rison Ashley Rison
Chief Kevin Collett Chief Kevin Collett
Mugshots of the eight suspects (Source; LaGrnage Police Department) Mugshots of the eight suspects (Source; LaGrnage Police Department)

LA GRANGE, KY (WAVE) - As word of a recent gang related drug bust spread throughout the city of LaGrange, neighbors like Ashley Rison are left baffled.

"There's not many cars that come through here and it's a pretty quiet neighborhood," said Rison, 19, of La Grange. Having grown up in the neighborhood, Rison said the recent arrests are not befitting of the area nor what she knows to be the character of two of the eight suspects arrested by La Grange Police Thursday.

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"I went, you know, to school with two of the kids," said Rison. "I just seen them this week."

However, the discovery of an alleged murder plot announced Friday by La Grange police painted a different picture of the presumed gang members.

"There was some talk of stabbing individuals and disposing of their bodies in a ditch line," said La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett.

According to Collett, La Grange police first caught wind of the gang three weeks ago after getting community tips. Collett said word of the murder plot led officers to serve a search warrant at a home at 104 West Madison Avenue around 3 a.m. October 10.

Casey Endicott, Keaton Lee, Thomas Wenz and Roger Wilson now all stand charged with drug trafficking, gang recruitment and conspiracy to commit murder.

"We began getting information of a possible plot to murder two individuals over drug activity," said Chief Collett.

The other four suspects - Gabrielle Beach, Brandon Davis, Donnie Lane, Felix Myers - have been charged with engaging in gang activity.

"Part of that gang activity was the actual recruitment of individuals in our community to recruit into a gang called South Side Crips," said Collett.

"I'm really happy that they actually caught it," began Rison, "before actually something really happened."

Rison said it's crime she is glad to have removed from her block, helping restore peace of mind in the neighborhood for those that call it home.

All eight suspects remain behind bars at the Oldham County Jail.

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