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Sheriff Shot Dead at Rally in Ky.
Drudge | April 13, 2002

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.


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1 posted on 04/13/2002 7:39:19 PM PDT by SLB
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To: SLB
Fish fry and political rally ?

BTTT Stay Safe !

2 posted on 04/13/2002 7:43:10 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: SLB
Do you think they'll show footage at 11?

This is quite tragic news.

3 posted on 04/13/2002 7:44:47 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: SLB
What kind of political rally was this?
4 posted on 04/13/2002 7:45:09 PM PDT by austingirl
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To: SLB
Close the fish fry loophole.
5 posted on 04/13/2002 7:45:38 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: AFMobster; asformeandformyhouse; Ask_Y_First; auggy; bearsgirl90; BlueDiamond; BobbyK; bobdee...
FYI. Has this been on the local news?
6 posted on 04/13/2002 7:53:37 PM PDT by SLB
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To: SLB
Yeah, something smells fishy.
7 posted on 04/13/2002 7:58:27 PM PDT by Lady Jag
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To: SLB
I don't know this sheriff. It was just pointed out tonight on "America's Most Wanted" about the death of a young sheriff in OK earlier in the year and a black police chief not too long ago in NC.

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.

8 posted on 04/13/2002 7:58:34 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: SLB
Probably an environmentalist trying to save the life of a fish. The human had to die, so the fish may live, live, live!! :-P
9 posted on 04/13/2002 7:59:03 PM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: SLB
Yikes. I hope Somerset is nowhere near Knob Creek.
10 posted on 04/13/2002 7:59:04 PM PDT by Cloud William
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To: Squantos
That's what happens when you cut in line at the kettle corn stand.
11 posted on 04/13/2002 7:59:32 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: Cloud William
He Shot the Sheriff...but he did not shoot the Deputy...
12 posted on 04/13/2002 8:03:38 PM PDT by watchwoman
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To: SLB
I just caught a news flash on WLKY (CBS affiliate) on channel 32.

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.

13 posted on 04/13/2002 8:07:43 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: SLB
He/She shot the sheriff ....but ...but he/she didn't shot the deputy.......
14 posted on 04/13/2002 8:09:23 PM PDT by KQQL
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To: SLB
God Bless Your Soul, Sam Catron. A finer law enforcement officer there was not, nor a finer man.

Worked on some campaigns with him--a great Republican and a great man.

He will be missed.

15 posted on 04/13/2002 8:09:34 PM PDT by CreekerFreeper
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To: CreekerFreeper
you knew him....man, FR is a place where the news hits home quite often.
16 posted on 04/13/2002 8:11:45 PM PDT by rwfromkansas
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To: SLB
guns don't kill people, fish fry kills people.
17 posted on 04/13/2002 8:12:35 PM PDT by ChadGore
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To: SLB
Damn, this is weird. Hope the bastard that did it fries.
19 posted on 04/13/2002 8:21:18 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: ChadGore
Not to make light of this story,but,I just fried 6 crappie fillet's that was swimmin with the rest of the fishes a few hours ago,no gunfire,no violence but plenty of ketchup.P.S. I have been on vacation this week and have been fishing everyday,work on monday though,what a drag.
20 posted on 04/13/2002 8:23:33 PM PDT by eastforker
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To: watchwoman
Sheriff John Brown always hated me: for what, I cannot say.
21 posted on 04/13/2002 8:23:55 PM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: CreekerFreeper

Sheriff Sam Catron
22 posted on 04/13/2002 8:27:34 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Travis McGee
But what about the deputy?

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.

23 posted on 04/13/2002 8:32:37 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: CreekerFreeper
June 8, 1998

KENTUCKY

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.

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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.

26 posted on 04/13/2002 8:34:52 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: pocat;boston_liberty
BTTT
27 posted on 04/13/2002 8:35:11 PM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: boston_liberty
Wow! This story just got a whole lot stranger.
28 posted on 04/13/2002 8:38:40 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: Cloud William
Knob Creek is at the other end of the state......

God Bless his family.

29 posted on 04/13/2002 8:39:52 PM PDT by JD86
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To: ChadGore
Sorry, I just cann't find any mirth in murder.
30 posted on 04/13/2002 8:43:00 PM PDT by fella
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To: Travis McGee

Pulaski County Sheriff Sam Catron said he and his deputies had minor run-ins with Anderson before and that ''we knew it was only a matter of time'' before Anderson committed a serious offense.

Saturday, October 27, 2001

Neighbors wary of fugitive extremist
Hate-Filled Heart

By Joseph Gerth
The Courier-Journal

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.

More...

31 posted on 04/13/2002 8:43:44 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: oldvike

Anderson's maibox padlocked
32 posted on 04/13/2002 8:46:28 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: big ern
MMMMmmmMMMMmmm....kettle corn - got two big fresh bags of it at Dollywood today.....munch munch munch....
33 posted on 04/13/2002 8:46:51 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob
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To: kcvl
Geez, I just saw the guy on America's Most Wanted and someone shot him in the back??? How very very weird.

My deepest sympathies for his family.

34 posted on 04/13/2002 8:53:49 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Sir Gawain
That's so FR Focus Forum v.2.6.
35 posted on 04/13/2002 8:56:59 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: boston_liberty
This is creepy -- I am watching that edition of America's Most Wanted as I type this.
36 posted on 04/13/2002 9:04:34 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee
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To: Catspaw
I just found this on Google about the militia's guy radio station...
United Patriot Radio If it doesn't link it is...www.posse-comitatus.org/unitedpatriotradio

Pat Murphy
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posted April 04, 2001 17:37
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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.
Admin

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).

37 posted on 04/13/2002 9:07:42 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: L.N. Smithee
If you want to read "sicko" here you go... Press Here

Story created Wednesday, October 17, 2001.

Steve Anderson's web site

United Patriot Radio
http://www.posse-comitatus.org/unitedpatriotradio/

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

38 posted on 04/13/2002 9:12:29 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: SLB; Fred Mertz
KYT TV

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."

39 posted on 04/13/2002 9:28:33 PM PDT by Shermy
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It sounds to me like "Kentucky Militia fugitive Steve Anderson" is the shooter (alleged) and there seems to be some sort of news blackout about his identity. An article above says that Anderson belonged to a motorcycle club. Or, it could be one of his 'brother' club members.

This is some serious business going down. Thanks for the news article.

40 posted on 04/13/2002 9:35:41 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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So it may have been a militia nut. Unfortunately soon some disgusting idiots will be on here praising Anderson as some anti-WOD hero, whose arrest means the end of freedom, but happy that they have one less 'jack-booted thug' to deal with.
41 posted on 04/13/2002 10:28:35 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: SLB;nopardons;Travis McGee
Political Rallies and Fish Fries have always been dangerous... if they outlaw fish fries only outlaws will fry fish... you'll get my fish out of my fried charred fingers
42 posted on 04/13/2002 10:46:09 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: boston_liberty
The Sheriff from America's Most Wanted last night??? My Gawd!!
43 posted on 04/13/2002 10:49:30 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: kcvl
did Anderson come out of hiding to kill???
44 posted on 04/13/2002 10:51:36 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: L.N. Smithee;Goldsters
did Anderson come out of hiding?? has he been hiding out with bikers?? questions, questions
45 posted on 04/13/2002 10:53:22 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: nunya bidness
Takin' 'em back to the old school.
46 posted on 04/13/2002 10:54:31 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Unfortunately soon some disgusting idiots will be on here praising Anderson as some anti-WOD hero, whose arrest means the end of freedom, but happy that they have one less 'jack-booted thug' to deal with.

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.

47 posted on 04/13/2002 10:57:44 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee
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To: GeronL
the gunman escaped from the shooting scene on a motorcycle

he had been involved in Klan activities and a motorcycle club

I DON'T know I'm JUST guessing.

48 posted on 04/13/2002 11:00:03 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl
Its just too much to be a coincidence
49 posted on 04/13/2002 11:08:07 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: kcvl
was asked to show his driver's license -- or ''national ID,'' as Anderson calls them.

Well, at least he got one thing right...

50 posted on 04/13/2002 11:08:38 PM PDT by fire_eye
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