Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Beer-vote man charged in threat to policeman

The Enquirer

LUDLOW - A man who made national news earlier this year in a beer-for-votes case is charged with terroristic threatening after a police raid last week at his home.

Police obtained a search warrant to look for a handgun at the home of Ed Lucas after an acquaintance complained that he had displayed the weapon during a dispute with a neighbor over a fence.

After a felony conviction for improperly collecting unemployment benefits, Lucas is barred from owning a gun. Police said Lucas made threats against Lt. Col. Bennie Johnson and his two adult daughters July 23 as police executed the search warrant, and Lucas doesn't dispute the charge.

"I said, 'You got two daughters that go to college - don't be surprised if they find drugs in one of their cars,' " Lucas said.

Lucas is scheduled to appear today in Kenton County District Court. He insists he has never owned a gun, and he said he believes Ludlow police want to run him out of town. A grand jury in May found insufficient evidence to indict Lucas on a charge of offering beer in exchange for a man's vote in a March special election.

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