Two Arrested in Clay County for Drugs, Handgun Possession

Clay County Sheriff's Office in Brazil, Ind.

Jami Busbin, 45, and Denton Pate, 47, were arrested Feb. 10 for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a syringe and possession of a handgun without a license.

Clay County Sheriff’s deputies received a call that there was a vehicle parked in the road in the Harmony area, and that the female driver had gotten out of the car. Busbin was allegedly seen throwing trash on the ground and striking her passenger, before driving off quickly.

Officers spotted the vehicle, traveling westward on County Road 900 North, near County Road 100 East, and conducted a traffic stop. They allegedly saw Busbin and Pate trying to hide some items, which turned out to be drug paraphernalia and a small bag containing methamphetamine.

Brazil City Police K-9 Unit was called in to assist in searching the vehicle. Additional items found included several bags of methamphetamine, marijuana, paraphernalia and a loaded 32-caliber handgun.

Busbin and Pate were transported to the Clay County Jail. Bond for Busbin was set at $10,000 and bond for Pate was set at $25,000.

Indy Man Allegedly Caught Trying to Steal Car in Brazil

Clay County Sheriff's Office in Brazil, Ind.

BRAZIL — The Clay County Sheriff’s Department arrested Chad Carter of Indianapolis on the afternoon of Feb. 7. He has been charged with attempted robbery, a level 5 felony, and two counts of attempted auto theft, a level 6 felony.

The Sheriff’s office was reportedly called at around 3:40 p.m., by a female saying she had seen a man trying to gain entry into vehicles in the parking lot of Burger King, at the intersection of State Roads 59 and 42.

The caller described the suspect as a white male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. A deputy traveled to the scene, where he found a group of people standing near the drive-thru menu board. They each gave the same description of the suspect.

One woman allegedly said that she had seen the suspect walk toward her vehicle and try to open the passenger side door. She told the deputy that she locked it before he could open it.

A second woman reportedly told the deputy that the suspect had opened her minivan’s rear passenger door while her children were sitting inside. He allegedly then shut the door and moved on.

A man told the deputy that he was sitting in his vehicle’s front passenger seat when the suspect tried to open the rear door on the same side. He added that the man then came to the window where he was sitting and reached in the window, which was partially open, and tried to unlock the door.

The man in the vehicle, who reportedly has a concealed carry permit, said he took out his handgun and told the suspect he would shoot him if he did not stop. The man in the vehicle told the deputy that the suspect then ran away, toward the Best Western Hotel.

After speaking with the alleged victims, the deputy walked toward the Best Western, and saw a man who fit the suspect’s description walking out of the hotel. The deputy arrested him.

Carter allegedly admitted to police that he was high on methamphetamine, and had planned to steal one of the cars to get back to Indianapolis.

Bloomington Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Bloomfield

Shane Walters

Shane A. Walters, 39, of Bloomington, is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor.

Bloomfield Police Deputy Marshal Marvin C. Holt was dispatched to a Bloomfield business at around 4:30 a.m. Feb. 4 after a possible physical altercation was reported. The store clerk reportedly told Holt, when he arrived, that she thought she saw Walters hit the woman he was arguing with.

The clerk told Holt that Walters and the woman had gone into their motel room, so Holt went to investigate. He stated that a woman answered the door and said there had been an argument, but nothing physical. Holt reportedly checked the room, and there was no male present, but there were “personal items thrown on the floor.”

The woman allegedly said that Walters had left on foot. When deputies arrived to secure the area, Holt stated that he went looking for Walters in town and found him in a convenience store. From his car, he observed Walters going into the restroom, and he entered the store.

The clerk reportedly told Holt that Walters had been behaving strangely, and had bought something, then returned to the restroom twice. According to his probable cause affidavit, Holt waited 15 minutes by the checkout counter before finally knocking on the restroom door and telling Walters he needed to come out.

Walters allegedly said he would be out in a few minutes. Holt stated that he asked the clerk if the restroom had been cleaned recently. She reportedly told him it had, about an hour earlier, and very few people had been in it since.

Deputies Bobby Pierce and Zach Goad had also arrived at that point. When Walters finally exited the restroom, Pierce and Holt patted him down, while Goad went in to check the trash can, toilet and sink.

During the patdown, Holt reported, Pierce found a bulge in Waters’s pocket, which turned out to be a plastic bag containing marijuana, and a short straw that contained a white substance. Walters allegedly claimed the residue was from prescription pills he had ingested.

Goad reportedly found a syringe and two yellow pills that were later confirmed to be valium in the trash can. The syringe contained a clear liquid, and Walters allegedly said he was not sure if it was methamphetamine or heroin.

It was reportedly later determined that Walters did not have a prescription for the valium, and that the substance in the syringe was methamphetamine. Walters allegedly admitted to throwing the items in the trash can, but said they were not his, as he had taken from the woman at the motel.

Walters was assigned an attorney, and a pretrial conference is set for June 10.

Stop Sign Violation Results in Two Arrests

Leigh Ann Lovelace and Michael Neff

Sullivan County — Last night around 10 p.m., Indiana State Police Trooper Brent Robinson stopped a red 1996 Dodge pickup for stop sign violations at the intersections of Terhune and Short streets and Short and Laughlin Streets in Dugger.

During conversations with the male driver and female passenger, Robinson noticed the male was attempting to place a plastic bag between the front seats, and then attempted to pass the bag to the female passenger who appeared nervous and agitated. Further investigation revealed the plastic bag contained approximately four grams of suspected methamphetamine. The driver was taken into custody without incident. The female was noticed to have what appeared to be a plastic bag between her clothing and when asked about it, began yelling at Robinson and failed to comply with his verbal commands. She was taken into custody after a brief struggle with Robinson. She was found to have approximately 130 grams of suspected marijuana on her person and approximately three grams of marijuana in her purse, along with five narcotic painkiller pills, and one-and-a-half depressant tablets.

Items found during traffic stop.

Items found during traffic stop.

Arrested: Michael R. Neff, age 43, Dugger.

Preliminary Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Methamphetamine;
Maintaining a Common Nuisance; Dealing Marijuana; and Possession
of Marijuana. Held in Sullivan County Jail on $44,000 bond.

Arrested: Leigh Ann Lovelace, age 33, Dugger.

Preliminary Charges: Possession of Methamphetamine; Dealing in Methamphetamine;
Maintaining a Common Nuisance; Dealing Marijuana; Possession
of Marijuana; Possession of Controlled Schedule II Substance; and
Resisting Law Enforcement. Held in Sullivan County Jail on $60,000 bond.

Assisting were ISP Trooper T.J. Henning, Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom and Deputies Sergeant Bill Snead, Josh Cary, and Justin Bell.

Book in photos of Neff and Lovelace, along with items seized attached.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Greene County Drug Task Force Investigation Leads to Arrests in Linton

Mickey Tosti

The Linton Police Department served numerous warrants for drug-related offenses early Tuesday morning.

The arrests were due to an ongoing Greene County Drug Task Force Investigation led by Detective Joshua Goodman.

At around 12 a.m., Investigating Officer Paul Clark served Mickey L. Tosti, 61, with a warrant issued for three counts of dealing methamphetamine. According to an LPD news release, Tosti and others fled to the back of the Linton residence and attempted to destroy potential evidence. Officers entered the home to try to prevent the loss of evidence, and allegedly located numerous drug-related items in plain view.

Officers then obtained and executed a search warrant for the home.

Linton resident Brandon S. Missel, 30, was allegedly found hiding underneath the house. Missel was wanted on a warrant for dealing in a controlled substance.

55-year-old Juan R. Rodriguez, Jr. was taken into custody at Linton’s mobile manor at around 3:30 a.m. He was also wanted on a warrant for dealing in a controlled substance.

Officer Nick Yingling, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Jeffrey Brown and Harvey Holt, and Jasonville Police Department Detective Ryan Van Horn assisted.

Owensburg Man Accused of Possessing Meth, Heroin, and Marijuana

devin bays

A 19-year-old faces four drug-related charges after a traffic stop last Friday night.

Bloomfield Lieutenant Marshal Marvin Holt and Deputy Marshal Jordan Allor were patrolling just outside the Bloomfield city limits at shorty after 10:30 p.m. when they initiated a traffic stop on Devin K. R. Bays. Holt stated in a probable cause affidavit that Allor told him Bays had a warrant out for his arrest, so he asked Bays to step out of the vehicle and handcuffed him until the warrant could be confirmed.

Holt searched Bays after the warrant was confirmed, and Bays allegedly confessed to having a pipe used for methamphetamine in the pocket of his hoodie, and also to having methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana in the floorboard of the vehicle.

In the court document, Holt said that Bays gave him permission to search for the drugs and stated that he needed help for his drug addiction.

Holt reported that he found a bag in the floorboard that contained a material that field-tested positive for marijuana, a digital scale, a small bag of a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine, and another bag with a rock that field-tested positive for heroin.

Bays allegedly confessed to buying all three substances in Bloomington the previous day and using all three of the drugs earlier that day. Holt stated that Bays said he paid $120 for the gram of methamphetamine, $30 for the tenth gram of heroin, and $120 for about one ounce of marijuana.

Bays was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, possession of marijuana/hashish, a class A misdemeanor, possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony. He also faces a petition to revoke a suspended sentence for forgery.

 

ISP Releases Clandestine Lab Results for 2013

file photo

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Section has released the state-wide law enforcement clandestine lab seizure incidents reported for 2013.

To view the statistics for lab seizures, children affected, arrests, injuries, and lab types, go to the Indiana State Police meth website at www.meth.in.gov and click on the “statistics” link on the left. The website provides information from 2000 through 2013, so a historical perspective is provided. Additionally, a map has been added to illustrate the total number of meth labs reported by law enforcement in each county from 2001 through 2013.

The information includes ISP lab seizures as well as lab seizure incidents from other police agencies reported to ISP.

Eight Indiana State Police personnel were initially certified to begin processing meth lab crime scenes in 1991. The Indiana State Police began organizing and planning the Methamphetamine Suppression Section (MSS) in 2005 when the first restrictions were placed on the purchase of products containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) and ephedrine, which are precursor drugs used in the manufacture of methamphetamine found in over the counter cold remedies. Since that time, additional restrictions have been placed on the sale and purchase of PSE products.

However, lab seizures have continued to rise to the point that based on information received from other states, Indiana will be first in the country in clandestine lab incidents for 2013. Currently, MSS consists of nineteen sworn personnel who are tasked with the full-time responsibility to investigate, educate, and partner with other law enforcement agencies and stakeholders to assist all communities in Indiana with combating the growing epidemic of the local manufacture of methamphetamine.

Report suspected meth activity anonymously online at www.meth.in.gov or by calling the Meth Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756.

Three Linton Residents Arrested on Multiple Controlled Substance Charges Related to Methamphetamine

Raul Sepulveda, Jr.

Editor’s Note: According to a booking summary report from the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, both Raul Sepulveda, Jr. and Christie Rupp are Bloomfield residents.  

A cooperative investigation between the Indiana State Police and the Linton Police Department resulted in the arrest of Raul Sepulveda Jr,33, Brandy Bailey, 36, and Christie Rupp, 30, all of Linton. All three were arrested in regards to Controlled Substance charges relating to methamphetamine.

Trooper Richard Klun, of the Indiana State Police, was assisted during the investigation by the Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Team, Linton Detective Sergeant Joshua Goodman and Officer Jason Wilson. Trooper Klun was also assisted by the Jasonville Police Department, the Worthington Police Department and the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team.

Trooper Klun received information that Sepulveda, Bailey and Rupp had been involved in the purchase of precursors in regards to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Trooper Klun conducted a follow up investigation in which he and Troopers from the Meth Suppression Team gathered evidence to support probable cause that manufacturing of methamphetamine was occurring from the residence on North West 11th Street in Linton.

A search warrant was approved by the Greene Superior Court in regards to the probable cause that was provided by the investigating officers.

When the search warrant was executed, officers found numerous items related to the manufacture of methamphetamine including precursors, reagents, equipment used to manufacture methamphetamine and other ingredients used to manufacture meth. They also located a powdery substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sepulveda, Bailey and Rupp were all transported to, processed and lodged at the Greene County Jail where at the time of their arrest they were being held without bond.

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Find out more about the preliminary charges the three suspects face here.

Three Greene County Residents Face Meth-Related Charges

Raul Sepulveda, Jr.

Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun booked three individuals into the Greene County Jail on methamphetamine-related charges between 1 and 2 a.m. on Friday.

Raul Sepulveda, Jr., 33, of Bloomfield, is preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, dealing methamphetamine, a class B felony, and possession/sale of precursors, a class D felony. Additionally, he was arrested on a warrant for a petition to revoke bond, a separate arrest warrant, and an Owen County warrant for a charge of contempt of court.

Christie L. Rupp, 30, of Bloomfield, faces preliminary charges of possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony, two counts of possession/sale of precursors, class D felonies, and dealing methamphetamine, a class B felony.

Brandy M. Bailey, 36, of Linton, is preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine and two counts of possession/sale of precursors, all class D felonies.

All three suspects are currently being held without bond.

UPDATE – ISP Investigating Thanksgiving Night Police Action Shooting in Brown County

ISP

Indiana State Police Detectives at the Bloomington Post are continuing their investigation of a police action shooting that occurred Thanksgiving night in Brown County. Thus far, the investigation has yielded the following information.

On Thursday, November 28th, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that Troy Harden, 44 of Nashville was at a residence on Annandale Dr., and there was a warrant for his arrest. Officers confirmed two warrants for Probation Violations from Monroe County, Indiana.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Department along with the Nashville Town Marshal’s Office arrived at the house on Annandale to serve the warrant. They were permitted into the home by the renter and located Harden there. According to the Officers and the renter, Harden resisted arrest and told police to “kill him”. Officers then saw that Harden was in possession of a black handgun. One officer deployed his taser; however, Harden escaped through a window.

Officers pursued Harden through the adjoining woods and attempted to use their taser again. They continued to follow Harden through the woods and then onto Annandale Dr.

Officers were then able to make contact with Harden with a taser. Immediately after Harden fell to the ground, he distinctly pointed his gun directly at the officers. Officers then fired their weapons at Harden striking him twice. Officers then immediately rendered first aid to Harden, who was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The ISP Crime Scene Investigators located Harden’s handgun at the scene and the next day, investigators located components of a methamphetamine lab in Harden’s truck, which was found at the residence on Annandale Dr.

Witnesses told detectives that Harden knew there was a warrant for his arrest and that he was afraid of going to prison.

Brown County Prosecutor Jim Oliver said that he will review the investigation upon its completion.

UPDATED: Meth Trash Leads to Arrests on Multiple Charges

Jamie Poe

A request for habitual substance offender sentence enhancement for Jamie E. Poe was filed Tuesday in the Greene County Superior Court.  In the request, Indiana State Police Trooper Brent Robinson states that Poe is a habitual substance offender because he has accumulated two or more prior unrelated substance offense convictions.

In February of 2004, Poe was convicted and sentenced in the Vigo Superior Court for dealing in methamphetamine, a class B felony.  In April of 2013, Poe was convicted and sentenced in the Vigo Superior Court for possession of methamphetamine, a class C felony.

Indiana Code states that the court shall sentence a person found to be a habitual substance offender to an additional fixed term of at least three years but not more than eight years imprisonment, to be added to the term of imprisonment.

Original article posted November 8th, 2013 at 11:23 a.m. 

During the mid-morning hours of Thursday, November 7th, a Sullivan County highway employee discovered a large amount of trash at the intersection of county roads 500 North and 500 East. The employee believed a portion of the trash was related to methamphetamine production, so he contacted the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office who in turn requested assistance from the Indiana State Police.

ISP Trooper Brent Robinson began his investigation with the assistance of Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Snead. At the trash site, the officers discovered eight used one pot meth labs (not active), 11 former chemical reaction vessels, and many precursors associated with the production of meth labs. Also at the scene was paper correspondence which led Robinson to obtain a search warrant in Greene County.

Thursday at 4:40 p.m., troopers executed a search warrant at 509 South Washington Street, the Jasonville home of Jamie and Peggy Noble-Poe. During the search, troopers located one active meth lab, various items of previous meth labs, approximately one-half gram of methamphetamine and a large amount of trash indicating a substantial amount of methamphetamine was most likely produced in recent days.

Also in the residence was their 11-year-old daughter. The Poes were taken into custody and the daughter was put in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Jamie E. Poe, age 39, and Peggy S. Noble-Poe, age 43, are being held in the Greene County Jail with no bond.

They are each charged with manufacturing/dealing methamphetamine, a class B felony, possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, possession of precursors, a class D felony, maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony, dumping controlled waste, a class D felony, neglect of a dependant, a class D felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

The case officer was Trooper Brent Robinson. Assisting were ISP troopers from the Putnamville and Bloomington Posts, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and the Sullivan County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

FBI and ISP Investigation Yields Two Arrests in Sullivan County

Elmer Seeley as he is taken into custody.  Photos courtesy of ISP.

A joint investigation between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Indiana State Police has resulted in the arrest of two Sullivan County men on various charges. The men were arrested on Sullivan County warrants.

Wednesday morning around 5:00, approximately 40 local, state, and federal officers simultaneously descended upon the residences of 50-year-old Elmer Eugene Seeley of 11132 North County Road 400 East, Farmersburg and 34-year-old John M. Abolt of 4728 East County Road 1100 North, Farmersburg. Both men were taken into custody quickly and without incident by members of the Indiana State Police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team and transported to the Sullivan County Jail by troopers.

Elmer Seeley was charged with possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a class B felony, and receiving stolen property, a class D felony. Seeley is alleged to have been in possession of and subsequently sold a 9 millimeter handgun during an undercover investigation in May of 2012. Seeley is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a previous criminal conviction.

John Abolt was charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a class A felony, and possession of methamphetamine, a class C felony. Abolt is alleged to have possessed approximately 25.6 grams of methamphetamine, and then to have sold the 25.6 grams during an undercover investigation in September of 2012.

The case officer was ISP Detective First Sergeant Scotty Stockton. ISP Putnamville troopers, ISP K-9 units, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Sullivan County Prosecutor’s Office, and US Marshal Service assisted.

 

Linton Police Department Arrests Two People on Meth Charges

Jerry Anderson

Linton police officers were dispatched to an abandoned residence Tuesday night, after receiving a report of a possible burglary.

Officers Brock Garrison, Debbie McDonald-Miller, and Chad Crynes went to the scene. According to a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday, Garrison could see a glow from a flashlight inside the residence and also hear people talking. While still on the porch, he smelled a chemical odor.

After Garrison knocked on the door and announced himself as a police officer he heard people moving around loudly. Angie N. Shepard, 30, of Linton, opened the door. Jerry L. Anderson, 49, of Jasonville, followed her outside. They told Garrison there was no one else inside the residence and Garrison and Crynes went inside to verify that they were alone.

Garrison saw what he believed to be a firearm in the room the two had been in, and they both told him it was only a pellet gun. Next he found what appeared to be a one-pot meth lab in a closet. Garrison then had everyone go outside for the sake of their safety.

Garrison read Shepard and Anderson their Miranda Rights and then Crynes patted them down for weapons. Anderson told Crynes he had a knife, which Crynes then retrieved, and Shepard had no weapons. When Garrison asked them if they wanted to be honest about the meth lab neither responded.

A check of local pseudoephedrine (PSE) purchases showed that Shepard had purchased PSE on October 12th and Anderson had purchased it on October 12th and 23rd.

Garrison interviewed Shepard at the police department, and she admitted to buying PSE and other precursors for Anderson in the past, and to knowing they were being used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. She said she had helped Anderson purchase precursors and manufacture methamphetamine in various locations in Greene County.

The Indiana State Police Meth Suppression Unit helped officers from the Linton Police Department search the abandoned residence and found numerous precursors, a one-pot reaction vessel, and a .22 magnum rifle. Officers tested a coffee filter that was positive for methamphetamine, and Garrison noted that a metal container found in Anderson’s pocket contained a white powdery substance.

Indiana State Police Trooper Richard Klun arrived at the police department to take Shepard and Anderson to jail, and while he was patting Anderson down he found a .22 magnum cartridge in Anderson’s pocket.

Anderson and Shepard are each charged with manufacture of methamphetamine, a class B felony, and two counts of possession of methamphetamine, the first a class C felony and the second a class D felony.

 

Troy White Accused of Using Drugs before Breaking into Linton Home, Frightening Two Children

Troy White

Troy S. White, 30, of Linton, is charged with burglary, a class B felony, two counts of criminal confinement, class C felonies, theft, a class D felony, and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.

White is accused of breaking into a Linton home where two preteens were alone before walking to school on Monday morning.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Linton Police Department Officer Thomas Jerrels was dispatched to the residence at about 6:40 a.m. When Jerrels arrived, resident Terrie Schaper told him a man was inside the house. Jerrels heard a commotion inside, and when he looked through a window he saw the man later identified as White erratically swinging a large extendable paint roller handle.

When White saw Jerrels, he used the paint handle to break the window and began saying that there were men in the house. At that time, the two children exited through the window. After they were out of the house, Jerrels began ordering White to exit out the window, and he eventually complied.

When he was handcuffed, White told Jerrels there was a man with a gun inside the residence. Officer Karl Jacobshagen arrived and helped Jerrels search the residence. They did not locate anyone else inside.

Jacobshagen searched White, and found a prescription pill bottle containing a clear plastic bag with a green plant-like substance the officers believe to be marijuana.

When Jacobshagen walked White to his patrol vehicle, Schaper told the officers the hat White was wearing belonged to her daughter.

Jerrels interviewed White at the Linton Police Department. White said he had entered the residence because he was attempting to protect his family, and that he was being chased by several car loads of subjects.

During the interview, White admitted he had taken Xanax, snorted a line of meth, and drank. According to the court document, at the crime scene White told Jerrels that he had smoked synthetic drugs. Later, he said the only time he hallucinates is if he has been up for a long time.

When Jerrels attempted to interview White a second time at the Greene County Jail, White seemed to be confused. He told Jerrels he did the wrong thing because of the drugs he was on at the time of the incident.

White consented to a blood draw, and the blood kit has been sent to the Indiana Department of Toxicology.

Read more about the incident here.

Dugger Man Convicted on One Felony Charge

Photo by Brandy Wade

The trial of Kenneth E. Murphy concluded on Thursday.

The jury first found Murphy, 53, guilty of possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, and not guilty of resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor, and possession of methamphetamine by a defendant possessing a firearm, a class C felony.

Superior Court Judge Dena Martin then informed the jury that the state had filed an additional charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, a class B felony.

Murphy was convicted of dealing a schedule one controlled substance in 1987, and was therefore unable to lawfully possess a firearm.

After deliberating again, the jury found Murphy not guilty of that charge.

The jury was then dismissed, and Murphy voluntarily admitted to being a habitual substance offender, which means that his sentence will be enhanced. Instead of facing a possible sentence of six months to three years, Murphy can now be sentenced to three to eight years.

Murphy was taken into custody after the trial.

On March 13th, 2012, Murphy was accused of striking a woman in the alley behind Fast Point Gas Station in Linton. Officer Chad Crynes, who was aware of Murphy’s criminal history, went to the scene and noticed that Murphy was holding what appeared to be a set of keys and a knife in his left hand. According to a probable cause affidavit, Murphy allegedly refused to turn around and place his hands on his head when Crynes told him to, and then had to be physically restrained by other officers when he would not follow instructions while Crynes attempted to search him for weapons.

Officer Thomas Jerrels found three plastic baggies containing a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine in Murphy’s pants pocket. The car Murphy was driving, which was loaned to him by someone else, contained an assault rifle and a pistol along with various drug paraphernalia and numerous bags containing a white powdery residue.

A pre-sentence investigation and alternative sentencing evaluation will be conducted before Murphy’s next court date at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20th.

 

 

Linton Woman Facing Drug Charges After Routine Traffic Stop

Brandy Wilkes

On Monday, Greene County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dustin Cain conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle with a taillight out. The driver, Brandy J. Wilkes, 34, of Linton, was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court on an original charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

According to a probable cause affidavit, when Cain asked Wilkes if there was anything in her vehicle he should know about she replied that there may be some Xanax. Cain inventoried her vehicle before having it towed, and found a small silver handbag containing one glass smoking pipe with burnt residue, five hollow pen tubes containing an unknown white powdery substance, one travel jar holding five round blue pills, and one glucose test strip bottle containing 31 round blue bills.

Linton Police Officer Debbie Miller field-tested the burnt residue in the pipe, which was positive for methamphetamine, and Indiana Poison Control identified the pills as Xanax, a controlled substance.

Cain took Wilkes to the Linton Police Department for a recorded interview, and told her what he had found in her car. She admitted the purse was hers, and said she had just grabbed it from home and it was something that should have been destroyed.

Wilkes said the last time she smoked was earlier in the day. When Cain asked if the pipes in the car were hers she denied it. Later, she admitted the items in the bag were hers, but said they had not been used recently. She stated that she thought she cleared everything out of the bag, but that she must have missed those items.

Cain pointed out that the pipes had burnt residue in them, and Wilkes said she had been smoking methamphetamine.

He again asked if the pipes belonged to her, and Wilkes stated that she believed she should just say yes. She added that she understood she had to take responsibility for her actions.

When Cain asked Wilkes what the pills he found were, she said they were Xanax that she did not have a prescription for.

Wilkes is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony, possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.