Levita Township suicide follow-up

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

The quiet town of Leitchfield, Ky., went back to its normal state on May 2, 2007, after a three-hour standoff left one dead the day before.

Richard Dugan of Clarkson, Ky., is believed to be the leader of a religious group called the Levita Township.

Dugan was at the Grayson County Judicial Building yesterday facing charges on custodial interference and terroristic threatening. He was seated in his car in the health department parking lot across from the judicial building getting ready for court when an officer approached him.

Several of Dugan’s supporters were shielding him from the officers. Officers spent the next two hours trying to convince Dugan to turn himself in. The standoff ended when Dugan shot himself in the head.

Today, we spoke with several people in Leitchfield and they say they’ve never seen anything like this happen in their community.

“We didn’t know what to expect today. So far everything seems okay,” a Shell station worker said.

This is what a typical day in downtown Leitchfield looks like.

“... People in and out getting food and getting them out as quick as we can,” the station worker explained, but this was not the scene the day before.

This Shell station worker wouldn’t show her face on camera fearing retaliation from the Levita Township.

“They’ve been saying they’re going to come to Leitchfield and shoot random people. It’s got a lot of people scared,” the station worker said.

She said she doesn’t know much about this religious group, who many people in Leitchfield refer to as the bus people because they use to live in buses.

“They don’t live out here in Leitchfield. They live in the country somewhere I guess,” the station worker said.

She only knows that several of its members came to Leitchfield and disrupted their normally quiet work day.

“It was chaos,” the station worker said.

She said all of the parking lots downtown including Shell’s were full of people watching in shock.

“Anybody that saw the cops wanted to know what was going on so they just stopped,” the station worker said.

She even stood near a store window and watched as Richard Dugan killed himself.

“We seen the smoldering and we knew he shot himself. We knew the cops either shot him or he shot himself,” the station worker explained.

Five of Dugan’s supporters are in jail today, facing charges of disorderly conduct, hindering apprehension and resisting arrest. They’re scheduled to appear in court on May 3, 2007.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    ok I know these people personally and they are totally crazy. Since when did one person tell you what you needed and didn't need? Come on people open your eyes they are a CULT?
  • by annonymous on May 4, 2007 at 06:53 AM
    I refer to myself as annonymous not because of the residents at the township, but I prefer not to be harrassed by others. I'm wondering, in the December news coverage of the issue that led up to this situation. It didn't sound as though there was much of a crime committed. My understanding is that the mother of the children being removed lived with the children, and Mr. Richard had requested officials wait to speak with her before removing the children she had left in his care. I am only referring to the article I read in the news. When the mother was there everything went peacefully. According to my understanding.
  • by Anonymous Location: grayson on May 4, 2007 at 06:47 AM
    The remark about Grindstone Road and the people. my dad lived at the beginning of Grindstone Road until his death,My stepmom still lives there have never had no trouble out of the Group,
  • by JO Location: LEITCHFIELD on May 4, 2007 at 05:42 AM
  • by native american Location: ky on May 3, 2007 at 02:02 PM
    he maid his choice, a wrong one but it was his to make.these people have forgoting all men& woman are brother & sister one to another .we all half to obay the law and if we break it we should be man or woman enough to pay the price.rember my people we all are a part of the curcle of life. we all are conected all life is conected .think about this look in to your hart you know it is true.
  • by Anonymous on May 3, 2007 at 01:16 PM
    I believe if Richard was referred to as the financial advisor who made sure everyone who could not handle their own finances responsibly instead of the LEADER, most people would better understand the way they live. They try to share with each other. No one has more than the other. They stick together like a family. And no I am not a member. I have just talked with them like I talk to anyone of God's children.
  • by anonomous on May 3, 2007 at 01:01 PM
    Are we a cult if someone we love is in danger and we fear for them. What led to this situation? Do you really know or is it just more of the hear say that goes around.
  • by Susan Location: Grayson County on May 3, 2007 at 12:13 PM
    I know where the "bus people" live, we have had relations with them, they arent crazy, strict in beliefs, but thats as far as it goes. My family has lived by them and never have had any threats of any kind. It's silly little teenagers that think its cool to mess with them. You are over reacting! Anyone at any time could go kill themselves at the court house, just because of his religon doesnt mean he is crazy.
  • by anonomous Location: leitchfield on May 3, 2007 at 09:47 AM
    I wouldn't put much confidense in the accusations made by the shell station employee. when these people first came here the acuusations started. I have talked with these people. They are normal the only difference is they believe in the old testiment. Accusations cause fear and fear causes tragedy, and this is a tragedy. Bystanders in this town have usually already made up their minds. But people who take the time to talk with the PEOPLE who live on Grindstone road know they are nice when you are nice to them.
  • by Robert Location: Logan County on May 3, 2007 at 07:01 AM
    It's times like these that we take a good look at the word "RELIGION". The noun is nothing more than a label for society. Most have the same purpose: to worship in fellowship, and celebrate life through our Lord, Jesus Christ, or Ala, or Buddha. It's all the same until you come to orginizations such as the Levita Township. If these people were manipulated to the point that they would defend their leader form the authorities, this was no active religion. this is a cult. and cults must diminish for the chaos to stay at bay. Only the illegal kind of liberalists are a threat to our country's people.
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