On Dec. 31 an officer noticed a female subject known to have a history of drug abuse and drug trafficking, driving without a license and operating a vehicle that had been used in numerous drug investigations. While confirming the female subject’s driving status through dispatch, the officer lost sight of the vehicle. About a minute late the officer saw the vehicle parked on Martin Street. The female was still behind the wheel and there were several other people inside the vehicle. Approximately 5 minutes later, the officer saw the same vehicle parked on Montgomery Street. The vehicle was running and there were three occupants inside. Other officers arrived shortly after to assist with an investigation. Defendant Shawn Martin was observed in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. According to the report, Martin looked back at a patrol car and raised himself up as if he was trying to conceal something under himself or under the seat. An officer approached the vehicle and found another passenger, Rebecca Myers in the rear seat. Officers explained to the female driver they were making contact with her because she did not have a valid driver’s license and they found it was suspicious she was stopping the vehicle at various locations. The female driver told officers she was not aware she did not have a valid license. She was asked to exit the vehicle and she complied. She was asked if there were illegal substances inside the vehicle and she said Martin had marijuana and possible methamphetamines in the vehicle. When ask where, the driver said she believed Martin was sitting on top of it. Martin was asked to exit the vehicle and while doing so, officers observed several charred joints on the seat where he was sitting. A strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from inside the vehicle. Martin was placed into handcuffs and detained while the investigation was conducted. Martin told officers he had marijuana concealed inside his sock. A clear bag was found containing what appeared to be marijuana inside his sock. Upon further search of the vehicle, officers located a cigarette pack on the front passenger seat. Inside the pack were cigarettes along with a three-inch straw containing a white powder residue. Martin told officers the pack belonged to him. When asked about the straw, he said he used to use the straw to snort meth in the past. He was insistent the straw was old and had not been used for a long period of time. The backseat passenger, Myers was questioned and continuously told one of the officers her name was Patricia Beatty and then Patricia Myers. Through an investigation one of the officers was able to find the female’s name was Rebecca Myers and she had a felony warrant for a probation violation from Montgomery County. She was arrested for her warrant. She then told the officer the female driver had meth inside her bra. When asked if she had any drugs inside her bra, the subject said she did not. She was then asked if she had any drugs on her person at all, and she replied she had a small amount of meth in her pocket. She voluntarily removed a small bag from her pocket that contained a crystal substance that had the appearance of meth. The officer asked the female driver where the bag was when she was searched previously and she stated she did move it from her bra to her pocket. The owner of the vehicle was called and responded to the scene and the vehicle was released to him. Martin was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia and released. Myers was given a citation for falsification and transported to the Darke County Jail and incarcerated for her warrant without bond. The meth found on the female driver was seized and will be sent to BCI for analysis. All seized items were transported to the GPD and placed into evidence. The female driver was not cited at this time.
On Dec. 30 an officer stopped a vehicle for a non-working headlight in the 500 block of East Main Street. The officer approached the car and noticed a strong odor of marijuana was coming from inside. The female driver and the passenger, Jordan Thomas, both said they were not smoking pot inside the vehicle. The officer went to the passenger side door to speak with Thomas. He told Thomas smoking pot was a misdemeanor violation and he didn’t want to have to call the canine unit to investigate. Thomas then reached into the center dash of the vehicle and pulled out a glass pipe. He told the officer he did not have any pot in the car, that he had smoked it at home. Thomas was given a citation for paraphernalia.
On Dec. 30 in the 100 block of North Broadway an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for running a red light. During the traffic stop, the officer confirmed the operator to be Eric Bridges, 18. While asking Bridges questions, the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and noted he had glossy eyes. Bridges also appeared nervous, lying when questioned. He agreed to perform tests, which confirmed he had been drinking. The officer told Bridges he knew he was lying and again asked Bridges what he had to drink. Bridges told the officer he had two or three beers at a friend’s house. Bridges was asked to exit the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests. He did not perform poorly enough to be detained. He was charged with underage consumption and released from the scene. The vehicle was parked legally at the scene. He was issued a warning for the red light violation.
On Dec. 29 an officer conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of East Third Street near Sycamore after observing a vehicle with no headlights. The officer made contact with the driver, James Vanbebber and told him why he was being stopped. Vanbebber told the officer he had been attempting to turn the vehicle’s lights on. The officer noticed Vanbebber had slurred speech and glossy eyes and could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage when the subject spoke. The officer asked Vanbebber if he’d had anything to drink and Vanbebber answered “some.” When asked how much he’d drunk, Vanbebber again responded by saying “some.” Another officer arrived on the scene to assist with field sobriety testing, which Vanbebber appeared at first to want to cooperate with officers. He was unsteady on his feet and became uncooperative. Vanbebber was transported to the Greenville Police Department to continue testing, but he was not cooperative. He kept interrupting officers and refused to take a breath test. Vanbebber’s license was seized and he was issued a citation for an ALS suspension. He was eventually released to a friend.
On Jan. 1 an officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Imo Boulevard on a vehicle traveling over the speed limit. The officer made contact with the vehicle’s operator, Matthew Forsythe. While speaking with Forsythe, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage and noticed an open can of beer sitting in the cup holder. Forsythe admitted the beer was his. Forsythe performed a set of standardized tests and the results were not poor enough to make an arrest for operating under the influence. Forsythe was cited for speed and an open container inside a motor vehicle.
On Dec. 24 officers responded to Warren and Hall streets on the report of a suspicious person. Upon arrival an officer did not see the person originally described by the complainant, but after searching the area, the officer saw Dwight Karnehm who was wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Greenville Police Department. Karnehm was taken to the GPD to be questioned by detectives, then was transported to Wayne HealthCare for suspected ingestion of an illegal substance. After he was cleared by doctors he was transported to the Darke County Jail. Karnehm’s jacket was taken and placed into property as evidence since officers believe it also may be connected to a couple of other cases being investigated.
On Dec. 27 an officer was called to the 200 block of North Gray Avenue on the report of a wanted subject, Carissa Foster, who was found and arrested at her residence for an outstanding felony warrant for assault from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. She was transported and incarcerated in the Darke County Jail.
On Dec. 27 an officer was called to the Darke County Courthouse on the report of a wanted person. When the officers arrived they found Raul Dean sitting in the lobby of municipal court. Dean was advised he was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of criminal damaging. The warrant carried a $15,025 bond. Dean was placed under arrest and was transported to the Darke County Jail.
On Dec. 28 an officer observed two suspicious subjects walking southbound on Montgomery Street. When the subjects saw the officer they attempted to conceal their faces and began walking through a yard towards Walnut Street. The officer circled the block and made contact with the subjects in the 600 block of Walnut Street. The officer immediately recognized one of them Kayela Trittschuh. The officer had prior knowledge she had an outstanding warrant from the Greenville Police Department. The officer detained Trittschuh to confirm the warrant and learned she had two outstanding warrants – one for failure to to appear on a theft charge and one for a probation violation. The officer began speaking with the male who was with Trittschuh. He said his name was Joseph Morris and gave the officer a Social Security number, which came back as not on file. A Greenville detective who was familiar with Morris arrived on scene and advised the subject’s name was Gary Morris and he did have an active warrant for his arrest from Darke County for a probation violation with the original charge of possession of a controlled substance. Trittschuh and Morris were both transported to the Darke County Jail. Morris also was cited for obstructing official business for lying about his name and Social Security number and was given a court date.
On Dec. 28 officers responded on a report that a male subject with a felony warrant was at a residence in the 100 block of Parkside Drive. When officers arrived at the residence they asked a male who answered the door if Scott Williams was at home. The male said yes. Williams came to the door and when he realized he was going to be arrested he attempted to slam the door in the face of the officers. The officers made their way into the residence and placed Williams under arrest without further incident. The warrant for felony drug possession was confirmed with Wayne County, Ind. Williams was transported to the Darke County Jail to await extradition to Indiana.
On Dec. 29 an officer was dispatched to the intersection of Warren and Tiffin streets on the report of a disorderly subject. The officer arrived to find Meka Seiler, who said she was yelling because she had wrecked her bicycle and injured her ankle. Seiler refused treatment from Greenville Rescue. The officer was aware Seiler had an active warrant from Greenville Police Department for unauthorized use of property and must serve seven days. The warrant was confirmed and Seiler was transported to the Miami County Jail due to no space available at Darke County.
On Jan. 1 officers responded to a call in the 400 block of Washington Avenue and located wanted person Bryan Black hiding in a closet of a child’s bedroom. He was arrested and transported to the county line where he was released to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.
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