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Clark County

June 18, 2013

CRIME BRIEFS: Alleged burglar nabbed, meth found in car with kids

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Alleged home burglar nabbed

Clarksville Police Department officers arrested a man believed to have broken into a home and stole several items about 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Officers reported that while sitting in the parking lot of Kroger on Blackiston Mill Road, dispatch advised a caller reported a possible break-in at a neighbor’s home in the 1500 block of Altawood Drive. The caller reported a white man had left the residence in a white “dually” pickup truck.

One of the officers reported while pulling onto Blackiston Mill Road, they saw a white 1999 Dodge Ram dually traveling toward them on the roadway. The officers stopped the vehicle, which was driven by Steven Bowers, 40, of 1203 Spruce Drive in Jeffersonville. The officer reported finding a nail gun and an air compressor in the bed of the pickup truck and a Dell laptop in the vehicle’s cab.

When asked about the air compressor, Bowers told police that the truck belonged to his friend and that the tool had been in the truck the night before.

The officer noted in the report, “As I was working on this date, it had rained all night and the air compressor was completely dry.”

One of the two officers responded to the Altawood Drive home and found the glass to the back door had been knocked out.

The laptop was opened by police and displayed the name Nate, and the officer at the home located paperwork in the residence with the owner’s first name of Nathan.

Bowers was cited for driving on a suspended license and taken to jail on a preliminary charge of class B felony burglary.

Clark police finds meth, syringes, kids in vehicle

Clark County Sheriff’s Department deputies pulled over a vehicle for a missing tail light about 1 a.m. Monday.

Michelle Knight, 31, of Salem, was behind the wheel, and the officer asked for her driver’s license, “ ... however, she was nervous to the point hat she was shaking and could not retrieve it from her wallet,” according to the deputy’s report.

Deputies also spoke with Aaron Blake, 40, of Salem, who was seated in the passenger seat, and deputies also noticed he was acting nervous and would not make direct eye contact with them.

Knight’s 2-, 6- and 10-year-old children were also in the vehicle.

Deputies were then give consent to search the vehicle, and initially located in the vehicle was a $1 bill with marijuana wrapped inside. Knight and Blake were asked if there were any other illegal items in the vehicle and both stated there was not.

During further search of the vehicle, deputies located in the front passenger floorboard, “ … an empty Nerds candy box that contained two baby wipes and two syringes that contained a clear liquid.”

An unzipped purse was also located in the vehicle that contained, “ ... two empty syringes, a metal smoking pipe, a glass smoking pipe, two spoons with a white residue and a Camel Snus container that contained two clear bags with a white residue inside, and two white coffee filters with a white residue on them,” according to the report.

Blake told the deputies all the items belonged to him and that one of the syringes contained only water, and the other contained a water and methamphetamine mixture. He also said the clear bags in the Camel Snus container had previously contained methamphetamine.

Knight admitted that she had smoked marijuana about an hour before the traffic stop and had snorted methamphetamine earlier in the day, according to the report.

The children were put in the care of the Department of Child Services until their grandmother could pick them up.

Knight was preliminarily charged with maintaining common nuisance and possession of needle or syringe, both class D felonies, and neglect of a dependent.

Blake was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of needle or syringe, both class D felonies, and possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both class A misdemeanors.

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