On Oct. 26 a School Resource Officer at Greenville High School observed a large group of male students go into the bathroom at the same time. The officer decided to check to be sure everything was OK. When the officer entered the bathroom, several students were standing in a circle. The officer saw a 15-year-old put something in his pocket. The officer asked what was going on and the student pulled out a pill bottle, which contained a silver socket with a ratchet. There was an odor of burnt marijuana coming from the pill bottle and there was residue on the socket. The student admitted to using the socket to smoke marijuana, but said he hadn’t smoked at school. He said he put the paraphernalia inside his notebook and had forgotten he’d put it there. The student also told the officer he was going to the bathroom to dispose of the paraphernalia. The student was cited for possession of marijuana paraphernalia, which was seized and placed into the GPD property room. He was released to his mother.
On Oct. 26 officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Armstrong Street on a trespassing complaint. Officers met with the property owner who said no one was living in the home, but people were trespassing. Officers did observe several people in the kitchen and living area. One of the males identified himself as Christopher Knuckles. Officers proceeded to clear the upstairs of the residence and made contact with two other trespassers. Upon investigation, officers discovered the defendant who had identified himself as Knuckles had a felony warrant. The defendant then told officers his real name was Steven Cross. Dispatch discovered that name was not correct and officers explained to the unidentified male he would still be going to jail for giving a fake name. While being transferred to the county jail, one of the officers at the scene found a wallet belonging to a Christopher Cross. The wallet contained a driver’s license that fit the description of the male being transported. Through another LEADS investigation, it was found Christopher Cross had a felony warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of possession of dangerous drugs from Preble County. Cross was incarcerated and held with no bond to await transportation to Preble County. While in transit to the jail, Cross told an officer that one of the other suspects had dropped a small bag of meth outside by the steps of the home. The male was detained and asked about the meth. He stated the drugs were not his. One of the subjects also stated he saw Cross exit the house with the meth in his hand. The meth was found and transported to the police department and sent for analysis. During a search of the property, officers located a syringe and several other drug paraphernalia items in a backpack belonging to a 17-year-old female, who also was at the residence. When asked, the juvenile stated the items were hers and she used the syringe for shooting meth. She said she had been an addict for a little over a year. The juvenile is the daughter of a female who was found trespassing at the residence, who told officers the father had full custody of the juvenile. Due to the age of the juvenile, a detective contacted children’s services. The juvenile’s father picked her up and charges may be filed pending review from the prosecutor’s office. Also located inside the residence was a black powder rifle. All illicit items were placed into property at the police department. All subjects were trespassed from the residence.
On Oct. 28 officers were called to the 300 block of Victoria Avenue in reference to a civil protection order (CPO) violation. Officers spoke with the complainant who advised he was looking at his home security cameras and saw suspect Tim Penkal walking on the sidewalk in front of his residence. The victim told officers he had an active CPO against Penkal. Officers learned the order was in effect until Oct. 22, 2019. The CPO also stated Penkal was to stay 25 yards away from the victim at all times. The officer reviewed the video and observed Penkal walking in front of the victim’s home. The officer found Penkal at his residence. He said he and his wife and friends took his children trick or treating on Oct. 28. He said they took their dog with them and when the dog became restless he decided to take him home, using the shortest route, which included walking in front of the victim’s residence. Penkal said after he dropped the dog off, he went back to meet his wife and children. Penkal was issued a citation for being in violation of the CPO.
On Oct. 30 an officer was dispatched to the Greenville Police Department on the report of a suspect with a felony warrant who was meeting with an adult parole officer. The suspect, Brittney Harris, had a warrant through the Darke County Sheriff’s Office for aggravated trafficking of drugs. She was transported to the Darke County Jail.
On Oct. 30 an officer located Victoria Hobbs, who had a holder from adult parole. Hobbs was found inside a vehicle parked in the 400 block of South Broadway, along with a male and a child. She was detained until an adult parole officer arrived and was transported to the county jail. The child was put into custody of the adult male who was in the vehicle with Hobbs and the child’s biological father was contacted.
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