News and Tribune

June 20, 2013



Deputies finds meth, syringes, children 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 given consent to search the vehicle, and initially located in the vehicle 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 a 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.


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 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.


NAPD fight call

New Albany Police Department responded to a fight call about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of East Fifth Street.

Officers reported they separated two men, who are related, and took Shawn Kidwell, 26, of 414 E. Fifth St. into custody, after he “put up a fight and was wrestled to the ground,” by police.

Kidwell continued to be combative when he was taken to Floyd County Jail and spat on a corrections officer, police reported.

Police also reported Kidwell and his relative were reported fighting three days earlier.

Kidwell was preliminarily charged with battery by bodily waste and resisting law enforcement, both class D felonies, and disorderly conduct, battery and public intoxication, all class B misdemeanors.


Orchestrated drug deal yields two arrest

Clarksville Police Department set up a drug deal with Mario Petty, 39, of Louisville, about 7 p.m. Tuesday in Courtyard Square Apartments, after receiving information he was selling cocaine in the area.

Police observed as Petty arrived at the predetermined meeting location in a vehicle with Kara Chenoweth, 38, of 1020 Springdale Drive in Jeffersonville.

Petty was provided $200 for an undisclosed about of cocaine, police reported.

Following completion of the drug transaction, a short time later the vehicle occupied by Petty and Chenoweth was pulled over by officers near Green Tree Mall.

Police reported an unmarked pill bottle containing four types of pills was found in a purse belonging to Chenoweth. 

During the traffic stop, Petty and Chenoweth were placed under arrest.

Petty was preliminarily charged with dealing in cocaine, a class A felony, and possession of cocaine and maintaining a common nuisance, both class D felonies.

Chenoweth was preliminarily charged with dealing in cocaine, a class B felony, and possession of controlled substance, legend drug act violation and maintaining a common nuisance, all class D felonies.


Arrest made in home

Clarksville police responded to a domestic battery call about 10 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 100 block of Carter Avenue in Clarksville.

After arriving at the scene, a woman said her relative, Bradley Weathers, 20, who lives in the home, had “assaulted her inside the house, advising that he pushed her in the doorway causing her to hit her head on the door frame of her bedroom door,” police reported.

She also reported that she had pushed him away from her because she was fearful of what he might do to her.

Weathers told police the woman had been yelling at him and that it was her who attacked him.

After being arrested, while en route to jail, police reported Weathers “kept trying to get his handcuffs around the front of him to get his hands into his pockets.”

When told by the officer to get his hand out of his pocket, Weathers did not comply.

The officer stopped the patrol car and searched Weathers, who was found with three Phenergan pills in his pocket.

Phenergan is a commonly prescribed for motion sickness and as a sleep aid.

Weathers was preliminarily charged with D felony legend drug act violation, domestic battery and A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.