Two shot in dispute over dogs plus two burglaries keep county lawmen busy

Monday, May 21, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office took a report that two people had been injured by gunfire in Villa Ridge.

Sheriff Steve Pelton reports that his deputies responded to the 11:10 a.m. call and found a man and a woman lying on the ground outside their vehicle on South Drive. Earlier, the two said a dog had attacked their dog. As they were driving that morning, they found the dog in their yard and the male driver attempted to run over it with his car. That is when he and his wife were shot. 

The couple was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. 

The suspect in the shooting, Lucas L. Rankins, 39, from Villa Ridge, was located on the scene. He was taken into custody without incident. 

Rankins admitted shooting at the vehicle to deputies. He said he thought it was being driven by someone who had allegedly threatened him and his family.

Rankins was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and is being held on a $30,000 cash only bond

On May 3, deputies responded to a burglary call in the 5300 of Country Club Road near Washington. A man reported that he arrived home from work to find his ex-girlfriend walking to her car from his home trying to hide a crowbar behind her back. Although he attempted to block her in, she managed to flee the scene by driving through his yard.

The suspect was identified as Ashley M. Boyd, 28, from Marthasville. 

A rear window had been broken out and a safe inside the home was damaged. There were also bullet holes in a bathroom wall, believed to have been made by the victim’s own handgun. The gun was located at the scene, but out of place. 

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and asked to locate Boyd. On May 17, she was located, arrested and transported to the Franklin County Adult Detention Facility. She has been charged with second degree burglary and property damage. Bond was at $15,000.

Pelton credits the public with apprehending a suspected burglar in the St. Clair area. His office was notified May 11, that a burglary had occurred in the 700 block of Old Cove Road. A second story window had been broken out to gain access to the home. 

Several items including three long guns had been taken from the home. 

A game camera had captured images of a man carrying items from the home and leaving on a blue ATV. 

The sheriff’s office posted some of the images on Facebook, asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. Within an hour of the posting on May 17, a tip was called in. 

Deputies were able to positively identify Brian W. Duncan, 46, from St. Clair. He was located at his home along with some of the stolen items. He told deputies he had sold firearms to individuals and some of the other property to a pawn shop.

Two of the firearms were recovered from an individual in Crawford County. The items from the pawn shop were also recovered.

Duncan was charged with second degree burglary and stealing. Bond was set at $30,000..