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Ahead of sentencing, man convicted of killing stepfather asks for probation

A man who pleaded guilty in the deadly shooting of his stepfather has asked to be placed on probation.

Tanner Perruquet, 21, pleaded guilty in Warren Circuit Court in July to a count of second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Homer Boling, 26, who was shot May 5, 2018, at the Brandywood Court home where Perruquet lived at the time with his mother.

Perruquet accepted a plea agreement that reduced an original charge of murder to second-degree manslaughter and dismissed a count of tampering with physical evidence.

While prosecutors have recommended a 10-year sentence, Perruquet’s attorney, Alan Simpson, has filed a motion for probation.

A hearing is set for Friday on Simpson’s motion, which delves into a home life in which Boling is characterized as a “violent and abusive person, who had wreaked havoc on Tanner and his mom.”

The year before the shooting, Perruquet and his sister attempted to intervene in an argument between their mother and Boling, and Perruquet noticed bruises on his mother over the next four to five months, according to the motion.

One incident in November 2017 led to Perruquet calling the police, but Boling was not arrested or charged with a crime, the motion said.

On the night of the shooting, Perruquet’s mother had come to his workplace to tell Perruquet that Boling had beaten her, destroyed items in their garage and sent threatening text messages following an argument over Boling’s drinking, court records show.

“Tanner, clearly, wanted Homer to stop this behavior and leave him and his mother alone,” Simpson said in the filing.

Perruquet obtained a gun from a friend, and the two traveled to his mother’s home to confront Boling.

In the motion, Simpson alludes to messages Perruquet sent to his friend around that time.

“Tanner, trying to be a ‘tough guy’ to his friends, sent messages that, in retrospect, sound more ominous than what they were,” Simpson said in the motion. “What they actually were, was an afraid 17-year-old kid trying to sound tough to muster up enough courage to confront his mother’s abuser.”

At the house, Boling grabbed Perruquet’s friend and shoved him and threw handfuls of change at Perruquet, according to court records.

During the confrontation, Perruquet “wildly shot in Homer’s direction,” Simpson’s motion said.

Simpson argued that Perruquet was acting in self-defense at the time, while acknowledging that Perruquet’s actions “are not in full compliance” with state laws regarding self-defense.

Perruquet’s reaction to his mother’s abuse was “quite understandable,” and Simpson said that Perruquet’s mother plans to tell the court at the sentencing hearing that she “bears much of the blame for putting Tanner in this situation.”

Perruquet has been jailed for 225 days while the case has been pending, and if he is given a 10-year sentence, he would be eligible to be considered for parole after serving two years.

Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Cohron’s office has not filed a response to Simpson’s motion, but earlier filings from the prosecution characterize Perruquet as the aggressor during the homicide.

In a response to a motion to dismiss the case filed in 2019, Cohron’s office said that Perruquet could not legally claim to have acted in self-defense when he entered the home with a firearm intending to confront an unarmed Boling.

Capitol Arts Center showcases vintage photos of Bowling Green

Never-before-seen, decades-old photos of Bowling Green will be displayed on the big screen at the Capitol Arts Center throughout October.

The slide show of nearly 3,500 photos from the Earl Rabold Collection exhibit what life was like in the area and downtown Bowling Green during the early 1900s.

The presentation is a part of the Capitol Arts Center’s 100th anniversary celebration of its start as a movie theater.

Ginger Knight, manager of major events for the Warren County Public Library, said downtown property owner Bobby Rabold approached them with the photos.

“I think it’s really neat to see parts of town that still look the same,” Knight said. “I kind of hope people see their grandmother in there. I think it’s exciting for people to see what we were doing 100 years ago and who the people were who came before us.”

About 15 years ago, Bobby Rabold found the thousands of negatives when he was cleaning out the Princess Building on the square. The photos were taken during the early 1900s by his late grandfather Earl David Rabold.

The negatives have since been digitized and put onto a DVD. The presentation will be available free to the public during the downtown Harvest Festival on Oct. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Knight said she is also hoping to have the slide show available to the public at least one day every week during October, but that will depend on maintenance the theater is currently undergoing.

When possible, the presentation will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on select weekdays.

Several photos from the Rabold Collection are on display in the lobby of the Capitol Arts Center, in the main hallway for the Princess Building and in the Daily News’ Sunday Reader section.

“I’m just trying to share the collection with the community,” Bobby Rabold said. “I get great pleasure from looking through these photographs. It helped me connect to my grandfather. You could just see the smile on his face in the photos. I saw him in a different light, and that was very touching to me.”

He added he was very excited to see the photographs displayed on the big screen, and many older people in the community should find enjoyment in the showcase.

For further information on when the presentation will be running at the Capitol Arts Center during this month, contact Knight by calling 270-904-6040 or by emailing her at gingerk@warrenpl.org.

Insomnia Cookies coming to downtown BG

Downtown Bowling Green is about to get a little sweeter.

Already home to Mary Jane’s Chocolates on East Main Avenue, Little Fox Bakery on Park Row and the Baked cookie shop on College Street, the downtown area will soon get another sweets-selling business.

Insomnia Cookies, a Philadelphia-based company specializing in late-night sales and delivery of cookies, is moving into the former Parlor on Main hair salon building at 422 E. Main Ave. and has plans to open in November.

It will be the fifth Kentucky location for Insomnia Cookies, which has two stores in Louisville and one each in Lexington and Richmond.

The company’s chief marketing officer, Tom Carusona, said Bowling Green is a good fit for the cookie retailer that was launched in 2003 when company founder Seth Berkowitz started baking and delivering cookies from his dorm room at the University of Pennsylvania.

Insomnia Cookies expanded rapidly after that founding and was acquired in 2018 by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, with financing help from JAB Holding Co.

“So much of our brand has been built on delivering cookies to college students,” Carusona said. “We wanted to be near the Western Kentucky University campus.

“It’s also important for us to go to towns with vibrant downtowns. We believe Bowling Green has that.”

Downtown apartment dwellers, WKU students and others will soon be able to visit the East Main location for a variety of sweets or have them delivered late into the night.

Carusona said Insomnia stores are typically open from 11 a.m. or noon until as late as 3 a.m. They usually deliver in a radius of one to three miles from the store, he said.

He said Insomnia, which now has more than 200 stores nationwide, offers nine classic cookie flavors and three vegan options, along with seasonal flavors and “Deluxe” cookies that are larger.

The cookies can be bought individually or in various combinations that include six-packs and 12-packs. The stores also carry ice cream, brownies and cookie-and-ice-cream sandwiches.

“We offer cookies that are warm, delicious and delivered,” Carusona said. “I think the community will receive us well.”

Work has begun on renovating the 1,400-square-foot 422 E. Main Ave. space that is owned by Alma Hall of Nashville.

According to a building permit on file with the city of Bowling Green, Insomnia Cookies plans to spend $139,600 to renovate the building, which Carusona hopes will be open in November.

Carusona said the store will provide a good number of jobs, mostly part-time.

“We’ll be hiring drivers, bakers and store workers,” he said. “They’re great jobs for college students.”

Mike Murphy, chief executive of Scott & Murphy Inc., speaks Tuesday at Fountain Square Park.