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Student Dies After PFT Jump At WKU

Published November 9th, 2006 in Breaking News, WKU

It’s really sad when you hear things like this and when it happens right in your hometown or your school, it hits home a little bit more. What would make someone so mad that he/she had to take their own life? There are people who are willing to help and talk to about things like this. I can’t even imagine what would be going through someones head as they were falling from 20 stories.

Here’s the official news release from WKU:

Western Kentucky University Police are investigating the death of 18-year-old freshman Dylan C. Prott, who was found dead early Thursday morning.

WKU Police were notified at 12:26 a.m. on Nov. 9 that Prott, of Louisville, had reportedly leapt from his room window on the 20th floor of Pearce-Ford Tower.

A preliminary report indicates that Prott had disabled a safety device designed to keep the window from opening more than three or four inches. Safety checks of the rooms in Pearce-Ford Tower are conducted on the first Tuesday of every month and the check on Nov. 7 showed the window safety bar in place.

Blood and toxicology tests will be performed by the Warren County Coroner’s Office who will determine the official cause of death. Results of the toxicology test are expected to take 30 to 45 days.

Update: My sources are telling me that this student was taking shrooms last night and running around his floor naked. Students say that he kept running in and out of their dorm rooms. They said he then kept running right through his room and out of the window. His roommate was in the room when it happened.

Update: Link to campus newspaper.

6 Responses to “Student Dies After PFT Jump At WKU”  

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  1. 1 emily Nov 9th, 2006 at 9:04 pm

oh that hurts my heart.
i am sad to think of such things.

  1. 2 trey Nov 9th, 2006 at 9:33 pm

me too.

  1. 3 me Nov 11th, 2006 at 12:12 am

he was a great guy- i just hope the world knows that. r.i.p. dylan we loved you so much.

  1. 4 Whitney Nov 11th, 2006 at 10:01 pm

He didn’t commit suicide.
Get your facts straight.

  1. 5 trey Nov 11th, 2006 at 10:28 pm

Who’s comment are you referring to?

  1. 1 kalalindsey Pingback on Nov 9th, 2006 at 11:23 am

College Heights Herald

November 30, 2006


Student dies after PFT jump

UPDATED: 8:48 p.m., Nov. 12

Amber Coulter and A. Layne Stackhouse

Issue date: 11/9/06 Section: Breaking News

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Funeral services for Dylan C. Prott will take place at 4 p.m. Monday at the First Unitarian Church in Louisville, according to his obituary in The Courier-Journal.

Prott, 18, a Louisville freshman, was found dead early Thursday morning after police were told at 12:26 a.m. that he had apparently jumped from his room on the 20th floor, said Bob Edwards, assistant vice president of university relations.

An preliminary autopsy report revealed that he suffered severe body trauma, said Harold Sanson, a Warren County deputy coroner.

The autopsy was performed Thursday in Louisville.

His body was found on the side of the building that faces University Boulevard, the Herald previously reported.

The Warren County Coroner's Office will determine the official cause of death and perform a toxicology test, which is expected to take 30 to 45 days, Edwards said.

"We'll learn a lot more here in the next couple of days and weeks," he said.

Officials withheld the victim's name until Thursday so they could confirm it and contact his family members, Edwards said.

"We're not classifying this as a suicide," Edwards said. "We're not classifying this as anything right now."

Prott was an English and allied arts major, said Mike Prott, Dylan's father.

"He was a bright light," Mike Prott said. "He was free-spirited."

Dylan Prott liked to play bass guitar and was formerly in a band called Pocket Bomb, Mike Prott said.

"He was a good kid," he said, "He was just a very special person."

Dylan Prott's mother, who heard the news while she was in Scotland, is coming home tomorrow, Mike Prott said.

Louisville sophomore John Absher, a resident assistant on the 20th floor of PFT, said that he was called to Prott's room because Prott was causing a disturbance. He wouldn't comment further.

Edwards said officials have heard reports that Prott was under the influence of drugs before he died. They have also received reports that Prott was naked and acting erratically in PFT before his death.

According to an official statement Western sent in a mass e-mail, a preliminary report indicates that Prott disabled a safety device designed to keep the PFT dorm window from opening more than a few inches.

Dorm safety checks are conducted on the first Tuesday of every month, and the Nov. 7 check showed that the safety bar was in place, according to the statement.

One of Western's priorities following the incident will be to make sure safety checks are being performed and reported appropriately, Edwards said. Officials believe the checks were conducted correctly.

Edwards said Western has never had a problem, as far as he knows, with students removing safety bars.

Campus police are handling the investigation.

PFT is the tallest dorm on the Hill with 27 floors. The building, which was built in 1970, has more students living in it than any other dorm. There are about 900 students assigned to live there this semester, the Herald previously reported.

Western's next step will be to attend to students and employees' emotional well-being, Edwards said. They will pay particular attention to Prott's roommate, friends and family members.

Western will provide grief counselors to anyone who requests one, according to the statement.

Donations and letters to the Dylan Prott Memorial Fund can be sent to Jamie Prott at P.O. Box 4831, Louisville, Ky., 40204.

To contact Western's Counseling and Testing Center, call 745-3159.

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Check the Herald online for more updates.


Published: April 10, 2007 08:20 am

Marijuana, mushrooms
Ronica Shannon

Register News Writer

Two Richmond residents were arrested on several charges Saturday after a city police officer uncovered two growing operations that gave High Street a whole new meaning.

According to a release from the Richmond Police Department, Officer Kelly Rouse found hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana growing in an apartment at 331 High St.

The sound of breaking glass first led Rouse to the residence where he arrested David Matthew Wallin and Erica Lynn Perkins, both 25.

Wallin told Rouse that he and Perkins had been arguing and she had locked him out of the apartment, according to the police department’s release that was issued Monday.

Wallin was trying to break in through a window to regain entry into the apartment.

During the initial investigation, Rouse entered the apartment to check on Perkins’ welfare.

Rouse then uncovered evidence of drug paraphernalia and issued a search warrant for the residence.

Numerous pods of mushrooms were reportedly found growing with the aid of several growing materials, including potting soil, fertilizer and artificial heat lamps.

Marijuana seeds also were found in the apartment. Growing marijuana calls for many of the same ingredients and equipment it takes to grow hallucinogenic mushrooms.

“They were either growing it or getting ready to grow it,” Reardon said. “With the things they had in place, that would be enough evidence.”

The mushrooms found resulted in a second-degree controlled substance charge, because they are in the same class as LSD and PCP, which are both hallucinogens, Reardon said.

“It’s not the kind you get on your Domino’s pizza,” he said. “It’s not a common thing. I can only remember one other time that we found an inside grow operation of (hallucinogenic) mushrooms.”

Wallin was charged with alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Perkins was charged with second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Both were lodged in the Madison County Detention Center, but released on $5,000, unsecured, third-party bonds each.

A third party signs for the person to get out of jail, but if the accused does not appear in court, they are then required to pay the $5,000, according to Madison County Detention Center personnel.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at or 623-1669, Ext. 234.

The Riochman Register of Kentucky

McCracken Teenager Shot and Killed by Homeowner During Burglary

PADUCAH, KY - McCracken County Sheriff, Jon Hayden has concluded a news conference regarding the early morning shooting of a Kevil man. Sheriff Hayden released the following statement: Sheriff-Jon-Hayden-Holds-News-Conference-On-Early/4_QoLm1kR066Lb17M0O99g.cspx

Friday morning at 1:46AM a burglary in progress was called in to 911.  The call was made from 12505 Logan Lane which is located in the McCracken County part of Kevil, KY.

The homeowner, his wife and two small children ages 2 and 3 were asleep in the home. Their burglar alarm sounded, waking the residents of the home. The male adult homeowner went and retrieved a 9mm handgun from inside the home. He then went to the alarm control panel to see what the location of the alarm activation was. It indicated a door to the detached garage. He then went out side through a back door and noticed that a side entrance door into the garage had been kicked opened. He the yelled that he had a gun, and for the person out there to get off of his property.

He at this same approximate time overheard his wife screaming inside the house. He ran back into the home where he learned from his wife that the burglar was inside their attached garage attempting to gain entry into the home through a wooden door that had a window. He then yelled numerous times at the intruder that he had a gun, not to come into his house. The intruder continued kicking and striking the door to make entry. Once kicking the door open, the intruder stepped up into the residence (an entrance foyer). The homeowner stepped back several steps ordering the intruder to get out of his house or he would shoot him, at which time the intruder continued making forward advances towards the homeowner. The homeowner then fired one shot at the intruder with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, striking him in the arm. The bullet went through the intruders arm and into his chest area. The intruder after falling into the floor, got back up and starting fighting the homeowner, at one point biting him on the arm. The intruder, according to the victims, appeared to be extremely under the influence of something. The intruder, while continuing to fight and struggle with the homeowner, called him "DAD" numerous times. The homeowner was able to manage to force him out of the front door of the home at one point, but he managed to gain entry back into the home through the front door again. The struggle continued throughout the home and back out into the attached garage. The intruder managed to get into a vehicle that was parked in the attached garage that still had the owners' keys in the ignition. The homeowner realized that he had another firearm in that vehicle and lunged into the car in attempt to gain control of the weapon. Another severe struggle ensued inside the car and the homeowner was able to pull the suspect back out of the car. The two continued to fight which led out into the driveway at which time the first McCracken Co. Deputy Sheriff (Dep. Dwayne Pickett) arrived (Time 1:54AM). Dep. Pickett, after also having to struggle with the suspect, was able to get him handcuffed. As additional sheriff's deputies, West McCracken Fire personnel, and Mercy Regional  Ambulance personnel arrived, the suspect continued to fight with them as they attempted to stabilize him. A Deputy with the Ballard County Sheriff's Department also responded. The suspect appeared to be manifestly under the influence of some type of drug. He also was wearing no shoes.

The intruder was transported to Western Baptist Hospital where he later died at about 6:00AM in surgery from injuries we suspect are related to the gunshot.

Soon after our arrival at the residence, we were able to identify the intruder as being 18 year old Andrew Caleb Barnett of 4655 Magruder Village in Kevil. This address is within close proximity to the Logan Lane location.

I, along with other deputies, went to Mr. Barnett's home at around 3:00AM in an attempt to locate and notify his family. We did locate his parents at the home and made arrangements to get them as quickly as possible to Western Baptist Hospital.

Over the next couple of hours, we were able to obtain information pertaining to where 18-year-old Caleb Barnett had been prior to breaking into the home on Logan Lane, a location that he along with several other adult teenagers had been reportedly having a party that involved alcohol, Marijuana, and a Schedule 1 non-narcotic called Psilocybin Mushrooms (street name: MAGIC MUSHROOMS). That location was identified as being 240 Neil Lane which is a mobile home park just west of Logan Lane.

Sheriff's detectives went to the home and at about 7:00AM and found four teenagers at the home along with whiskey, Marijuana, and a various items of drug paraphernalia. They also located the packaging that had in fact contained the "MAGIC MUSHROOMS."

Statements obtained from the teenagers present were all consistent in that they had all in fact been smoking Marijuana and doing "MUSHROOMS" during the early morning hours. They stated that the effects of these MUSHROOMS were overwhelming causing drastic "out of character" actions, and hallucinations. They described the effects experienced by Caleb Barnett to be much worse than the rest that participated.

Detectives there obtained further statements that at around 1:30AM; Caleb left walking (in the general direction of Logan Lane and his home) making the statement that he was going home. Several attempted to stop him trying to get him not to leave due to his condition, but were unsuccessful. Among several items seized from the mobile home, were Caleb Barnett's shoes, and cell phone.

Four adult teenagers were arrested at this mobile home and were transported to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department. They all were later lodged at the McCracken County Regional Jail. Numerous consultations have taken place with McCracken County Commonwealth Attorneys Tim Kaltenbach's Office throughout the morning.

Detectives arrested:

19-year-old Taylor J. Thompson of Indian Mound Trail in West Paducah, KY.  He's charged with possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree (mushrooms), trafficking in a 2nd degree controlled substance (mushrooms), trafficking in marijuana under 8 oz., possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor.

19-year-old Zachary Rodgers of 240 Neil Lane in Kevil, KY.  He's charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcoholic beverages by a minor, possession of controlled substance 2nd degree (mushrooms).

18-year-old Ryan Bridges of 130 Eva Court in West Paducah, KY.  He's charged with trafficking marijuana under 8 oz., possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance (mushrooms).

18-year-old Kristen Mohler of Woodland Hill Drive in Kevil, KY.  He's charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of alcohol by a minor, and possession of a controlled substance 2nd degree (mushrooms).

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