Kroger crash trial set for November

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E'town woman charged with attempted murder after car hit store

By Jeff D'Alessio

An Elizabethtown woman facing up to 20 years in prison after police say she drove her vehicle into the front of Kroger on Dolphin Drive  heads to trial in November to face her numerous charges.

A Nov. 3 court date was set Tuesday for June A. Blocker, 52, of Dixon Avenue in Elizabethtown during a Hardin Circuit Court appearance. She faces nine charges including attempted murder stemming from the Feb. 5 crash, during which police said she crashed a 2006 Lincoln Town Car into the Kroger storefront.

Two shoppers were struck by the vehicle, including Arlie Cleary, who suffered bruising to a hip, leg and his right arm and was knocked to the floor, where he hit his head.

“(The car) hit me about the time I saw it and what was going on,” he said. “I have never seen anythin like it. I got spun around and knocked to the floor.”

The other man suffered a leg injury.

In court Tuesday, First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris McCrary said he plans to file a motion to have Blocker’s previous altercation with Kroger in 1999 available to any potential jury.

In 1999, Blocker drove a Ford Mustang through a window of Kroger on Towne Drive. Police said she was a former Kroger employee at that location who was barred from the store for making threats against employees and a manager.

She pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a number of charges, including four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. She was sentenced to five years probation, according to court documents.

Blocker’s attorney, Robert McIntosh, said Tuesday in court that he intends to file a motion for a mental evaluation.

Blocker is lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 full cash bond.

She was indicted in February on two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and one count each of first-degree criminal mischief and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.

Criminal attempt to commit murder is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison upon conviction. Second-degree assault is a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison upon conviction.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.