Report of a family sleeping in yard leads to a foot-chase and arrest


A report filed by RPD on Thursday states that officers responded to a call in reference to an anonymous caller believing that there was a male, female, and children sleeping in the yard behind a residence.

According to the citation, upon arrival to the scene, officers located Jeffery Miracle and his wife, Melinda Buscher, in a shed along with 5 juveniles. Buscher reportedly claimed that they had been kicked out of a friends home and had no where to stay.

RPD explains that when attempting to identify Miracle he gave a false social security number and stepped out of the shed claiming he “had to pee”. The suspect then allegedly fled the scene, running through the backyard and through the YMCA parking lot when he was finally apprehended at Main and Maple St. The report also states that once the officer made contact with Miracle, he removed a glass pipe from his pocket and threw the pipe with residue into the fence line.

Officers say that Miracle advised that he ran because he thought he had warrants, was on home incarceration, and blamed his 6yr old son for cutting off his ankle bracelet.

The citation continues, stating Buscher and 4 juveniles were taken to the Richmond Police Department where Child Protective Services were contacted. The oldest juvenile reportedly ran from the scene in hopes police would chase him instead of his dad.

Buscher was detained and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center on charges of Fleeting or Evading Police (2nd Degree), Theft of Identity of Another Without Consent, Drug Paraphernalia, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.