Routine traffic stop leads to 1 arrest in Paducah

PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI) – A routine traffic stop landed a Paducah man in jail on weapons and drug charges.

Johnny Bernard Harmon, 29, of Park Avenue was arrested on charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana on Sept. 25.

Police stopped him for a routine traffic stop after an officer saw a car run through a stop sign at H.C. Mathis Drive and North 8th Street early Saturday around 4:48 a.m.

Harmon was a passenger in the car. He and another man, told officers they both were in possession of handguns. Harmon also told the officers he had a small amount of marijuana on his person, and gave it to them. A search revealed a 9mm handgun in Harmon’s pants. A computer check showed he is a convicted felon and is prohibited from carrying a handgun.

Harmon was convicted of first-degree wanton endangerment in 2020. He was identified as one of two people who fired several rounds from handguns after an altercation on Grover Street the afternoon of April 24, 2019. One person was hit by a shot fired by the second man, and officers said several rounds hit a house across the street.

Harmon was arrested on charges of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana and booked into McCracken County Regional Jail. The second man and the driver of the vehicle were released with no charges.

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