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Local man arraigned after police standoff

Local man arraigned after police standoff
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
An April court date has been set for a man who faces numerous charges following a standoff with police Monday in Fulton.
Joshua White, 22, of Fulton was arraigned Tuesday in Fulton County (Ky.) District Court on mul-tiple charges stemming from the incident.
The charges against him include first-degree fleeing and evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree fleeing and evading police (on foot) and first-degree criminal mischief, all Class D felonies; driving under the influence second offense, aggravating cir-cumstances, a Class B misdemeanor; driving DUI suspended license, a Class A misdemeanor; failure of owner to maintain insurance, a Class B misdemeanor; and disregarding a stop sign, disregarding a control device (traffic light) and no Kentucky registration, according to the Kentucky State Police.
He was also served with a bench warrant for failure to appear.
Also charged following the standoff was Kali Papierski, 19, of Fulton. She was arraigned Tuesday in Fulton County District Court on charges of second-degree hindering apprehension and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor, all Class A misdemeanors.
White is scheduled to be back in court April 9 at 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing, while Ms. Papierski is slated to appear for a pre-trial conference April 30 at 10:30 a.m., according to current court dockets.
White was taken into custody shortly after 2 p.m. Monday at a public housing complex on Vernon Avenue just off North Highland Drive in Fulton, ending a standoff that had started 31⁄2 hours earlier following a traffic stop.
The incident began about 10:30 a.m. when a Kentucky State Police trooper conducted a traffic stop on White for an alleged traffic violation, according to KSP Trooper 1st Class Jay Thomas, Post 1 public affairs officer.
After the trooper made his initial approach, he discovered White had a failure to appear bench warrant for his arrest. White allegedly fled when the trooper went back to arrest him, and the trooper initiated a pursuit which lasted about 21⁄2 miles and ended at a residence in the public housing complex.
The KSP reported White exited his vehicle and fired a handgun at the trooper, who returned fire with his service weapon. White then fled into a duplex.
As the standoff began, KSP troopers, Fulton police, Fulton County (Ky.) sheriff’s deputies, South Fulton police and other law enforcement personnel surrounded the residence and evacuated residents from nearby apartments.
Ms. Papierski and two small children — ages six months and 2 years — were also inside the residence at the time of the incident.
A KSP negotiator made contact with Ms. Papierski and, after a nearly 21⁄2-hour standoff, she and White and the two children all came out of the residence shortly after 1 p.m. Monday. However, Thomas said White refused to obey verbal commands to show his hands and ran back inside the residence.
As a result of the KSP’s successful negotiations, Ms. Papierski and the two children were safely removed by police.
Another standoff with White lasted about an hour longer before he surrendered shortly after 2 p.m. and was taken into custody by the KSP.
White was taken to Parkway Regional Hospital in Fulton, where he was treated for unspecified injuries and released. He was then taken to the Fulton County Detention Center in Hickman, Ky., where he was still listed as an inmate today.
At the time the incident began Monday morning, White was on felony probation for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, first offense (crack cocaine), stemming from a 2010 conviction in Fulton County Circuit Court. The KSP reported he had received a 10-year prison sentence which was later probated in 2010.
Monday’s incident involving White remains under investigation by the KSP, which said additional charges including, but not limited to, attempted murder of a police officer, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felony are pending.
At press time today, Thomas told The Messenger that the name of the KSP trooper involved in the alleged exchange of gunfire with White would be released later today.
Published in The Messenger 3.28.13

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