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Posted on 04/13/2002 7:39:19 PM PDT by SLB
SOMERSET, Ky.- A county sheriff was shot and killed Saturday during a political rally, state police said.
Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron was shot about 7:15 p.m. at a political rally and fish fry, state police trooper Craig Sutton said. A suspect was in custody but no other information was immediately available, Sutton said.
Somerset is about 80 miles south of Lexington.
BTTT Stay Safe !
This is quite tragic news.
Somerset is a Republican stronghold. It was the home of the late liberal Republican Senator John Sherman Cooper, who represented the state from the 1950s until his retirement in 1973.
It reported the sheriff's name (I forget) and said that he was shot in the back by an individual on a motorcycle with a high powered rifle. The suspect is in custody. That is all.
Worked on some campaigns with him--a great Republican and a great man.
He will be missed.
My local radio station (ABC news affiliate) reported this story in words just as vague as the original article. They only added that the suspect had nothing to do with the rally. Sounds like the rally was some lib cause, just by the absence of information.
From the "Every Vote Counts" department: Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron won his May 26 Republican primary race for reelection by one vote after a recount uncovered a 100-vote error. Catron's opponent, Kenneth W. Stringer was announced as the winner on the night of the election. On May 27 Catron was alerted to a miscount in the small town of Estesburg. Catron won 5,954 to 5,953. Stringer has filed a request to recanvass the ballots.
Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Kentucky News Briefs
TV show re-enacts shooting of deputy
SOMERSET A crew from the television show America's Most Wanted was in Pulaski County this month, working on a piece featuring fugitive Steve Anderson.
Mr. Anderson has been on the run since Oct. 14, when he shot at a Bell County deputy who had pulled him over, authorities say.
People all over Kentucky might know about Steve Anderson, said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent Don York. But folks across the border in Tennessee have probably never heard of him. It's possible that a segment on America's Most Wanted could flush out some information.
Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron was interviewed by reporter John Turchin, who went up in the sheriff's helicopter and viewed firsthand the heavily fortified Anderson property.
The television crew later went to Bell County to re-enact the alleged shooting incident.
God Bless his family.
Saturday, October 27, 2001
Neighbors wary of fugitive extremist
By Joseph Gerth
Steve Anderson, below right, bought this farm in 1993 near Elrod, and has used it to transmit his hatred for minorities and government via shortwave radio. The mailbox is secured with a padlock, and Anderson remains a fugitive since a sheriff's deputy's cruiser was shot about 25 times on Oct. 14.
Carol Coffey, news editor at a Somerset newspaper, said she isn't scared of Anderson despite threats he made to retaliate against her -- but the longer he remains at large, the more uncomfortable she feels.
ELROD, Ky. -- When Steve Anderson bought a farm in Pulaski County eight years ago, he came dressed in what seller Marvin Cromer took to be Amish garb -- black clothes, black hat -- and wearing a long beard.
But Anderson, now a fugitive who fled into the mountains of Eastern Kentucky earlier this month, soon switched to camouflage coveralls and Ku Klux Klan robes. He held latenight target practice that kept neighbors awake. He even played host to a small Klan rally about three years ago in which a cross was burned.
Anderson, 54, also operated a home-based shortwave radio station, where his commentary against blacks, Jews, immigrants and most things connected to the U.S. government drew the attention of the Federal Communications Commission, which rescinded his radio license in May, and the Anti-Defamation League, which complained to the FCC about Anderson's broadcasts. Anderson continued to broadcast despite the FCC action.
''If I had it to do over again,'' Cromer said, shaking his head about the farm sale, ''I wouldn't.''
Anderson has had minor brushes with the law since moving to Pulaski County in 1993. But on Oct. 14, he allegedly opened fire on a Bell County sheriff's deputy's cruiser and then fled.
Just five days earlier, Anderson told the story of ''Joe Patriot'' to his radio listeners. Patriot, he said, had been pulled over by a deputy for having a dusty license plate on his truck, and was asked to show his driver's license -- or ''national ID,'' as Anderson calls them. Patriot brandished his assault rifle and opened fire, telling the deputy that the gun is the only ''national ID'' he needs.
The story was eerily similar to what police say actually happened.
Anderson was pulled over north of Middlesboro because of a broken tail light. Deputy Scott Elder was about to send Anderson on his way with a warning when he noticed a couple of gun clips lying on the seat, according to the Bell County sheriff's office.
When Elder asked about the clips, Anderson allegedly pulled up a rifle hidden beside him and began firing, striking Elder's cruiser about 25 times. Elder, who took cover behind the cruiser, was unhurt; his girlfriend, who was in the cruiser, suffered minor cuts from glass.
Anderson drove into the nearby mountains, where authorities said his truck was found the next morning with a pipe bomb and ammunition inside.
'A matter of time'
The shooting didn't surprise Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron, who said he and his deputies have had minor run-ins with Anderson over the years. But he was arrested only once.
''He just didn't go across that line where we could take any legal action,'' Catron said. ''Our hands were tied because we didn't have a violation, but we knew it was only a matter of time.''
Anderson first arrived in Pulaski County about a dozen years ago from the Cincinnati area, where he had been involved in Klan activities and a motorcycle club, Catron said.
My deepest sympathies for his family.
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posted April 04, 2001 17:37
Heard here in Central NC, 3260 USB 0300 -0355 UTC. Very good signal and the usual monlogue with the statement that KSMR is now United Patriot, om Steve Anderson. What ****es me off is that they are now begging for "donations". The refusal to QSL is odd, in that the only audience they have are DX'ers. Do they really think they are reaching the average American when they broadcast on SW? Just look at the pictures taken at the Winterfest for proof of who listens to SW. So they want us to send them money, but they don't want to send us a QSL? Hold your breath Steve. This one is growing old and tired already.
He (the Anderson guy)COULD be the one who shot him(or one of his "friends" because he had a motorcycle and that's what they said the guy they arrested was riding).
Story created Wednesday, October 17, 2001.
Steve Anderson's web site
United Patriot Radio
Kindred...We WILL all meet again when we are back with our Father... I ask you Father please watch over and protect and bless Steve as he makes his way in this world doing his duty as one of your children and soldiers... May the blessings of our Father be upon you my friend and may the Armour of God keep you safe. /abk
An unnamed gunman shot and killed Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron Saturday night. Kentucky State Police reported in a news conference late Saturday night that Catron was shot during a political rally at an annual fish fry at the Shopville-Stab Volunteer Fire Department. Sources tell 27 NEWSFIRST that Sheriff Catron was returning to his car when the gunman fired from an ambush position in the woods nearby.
Kentucky State Police report a suspect was being questioned late Saturday night but had not been charged at the time of the police news conference. Police will not release the name of the person being questioned or talk about what possible connection the suspect was with the sheriff.
A Pulaski county sheriff's deputy and a member of the Shopville Fire Department stopped the suspect about five miles from the shooting scene before state police arrived. Sources tell 27 NEWSFIRST the gunman escaped from the shooting scene on a motorcycle. the same sources say the people who stopped the suspect heard the police call of the incident, saw a suspect ride by them on a motorcycle, and gave chase. The suspect crashed his motorcycle and the men captured him.
Kentucky State Police trooper Craig Sutton says an autopsy will be performed within the next 24 hours.
Catron was running for re-election this year. He had won election four years ago in one of the closest races in Kentucky history. After tying with Kay Stringer, he won a coin flip to win.
Catron was one of several sources interviewed on a special report on former Kentucky Militia fugitive Steve Anderson tonight on Fox TV's "America's Most Wanted."
This is some serious business going down. Thanks for the news article.
I wish I could argue with you, but I can't. I had a fierce debate a couple of years back with someone who criticized me for saying I would turn in Eric Rudolph in a heartbeat despite my being pro-life.
he had been involved in Klan activities and a motorcycle club
I DON'T know I'm JUST guessing.
Well, at least he got one thing right...