Two men face charges after vandalizing Exceptional Center

(Filed March 27, 2014) Corey L. Warford of Benton, and Cody R. Barbeau of Murray, both 19 years of age, were charged after the Mayfield Post of the Kentucky State Police (KSP) received a complaint from the Benton Police Department requesting KSP investigate a burglary at the Marshall County Exceptional Center located at 198 Old Symsonia Road in Benton. The center is a non-profit organization that assists persons with disabilities in the local area.


During the course of the investigation, KSP detectives recovered stolen property belonging to the Exceptional Center that was taken during the burglary.


The two males were arrested and charged with Burglary 3rd Degree, Tampering with Physcial Evidence, and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree. Kentucky State Police arrested. Both were lodged in the Marshall County Jail. A juvenile suspect has also been questioned, but has not been charged at this time. The investigation is continuing by KSP Detectives Brett Miller, Trevor Pervine, and John Sims.


Members of the public can assist KSP by providing confidential information via the Text-A-Tip program. By using any personal electronic device with texting capabilities, simply text 67283 in the address field, type KSPTIP in the message field, leave a space and then enter the information about the crime you are reporting.


Marshall County Exceptional Center posted a comment on their Facebook page for the community as follows: “As we begin the process of restoring our services and facility to its previous condition we want to take the time to express our thoughts and feelings. We are touched with the outpouring of community support and concern, these acts of kindness and caring will be remembered.”

"As for the robbery itself and vandalism we find it almost impossible to express the deep sorrow we feel. Our once beautiful facility is now covered in fire extinguisher dust, shattered glass, and debris, not to mention the various items that have been stolen. It's heartbreaking to see our facility that serves individuals with special needs look so broken. The community and everyone here has worked so hard to build our facility and services, it’s truly disheartening that people could do such terrible things."