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December 17, 2013

Clarksville police make drug-related, battery arrests

Woman jailed after threatening officers

CLARKSVILLE — A Clarksville woman was jailed after resisting arrest and making threats to her ex-husband and the arresting Clarksville officer.

Denise R. Negrus, 42, Marlowe Drive, was taken into custody Saturday after police were called to her home about 8 p.m. for a domestic disturbance.

The officer was originally met by Negrus’ ex-husband standing outside of the home who said that Negrus was inside the residence drinking alcohol while caring for their children, something, he claimed, she was forbidden by a court to do.

He told the officer that he was able to determine Negrus was intoxicated by the text messages he had received from her earlier in the day.

The man said Negrus had called police after he went to the home to check on the welfare of their children.

The officer reported that while he was speaking with the man, Negrus stepped outside of her home and began yelling at a woman in her ex-husband’s vehicle.

The officer told Negrus to go back into her home several times, but she refused to comply.

Negrus then ran toward her ex-husband’s vehicle and tried to strike or grab the woman seated in the vehicle. The officer responded by attempting to remove Negrus from the vehicle and she used force to resist him, according to the police report.

“Denise Negrus was verbally abuse the entire time, and I escorted her to my vehicle where I secured her in the back seat using a seat belt,” the officer reported.

While the officer attempted to continue speaking with her ex-husband, Negrus removed her seat belt and opened the vehicle’s door to yell at the officer and her ex-husband. The officer, again, secured the seat belt and shut the vehicle’s door. Moment’s later, Negrus, again, removed her seat belt and opened the police vehicle’s door.

The officer then handed over the investigation to another officer, so he could remove Negrus from the scene and take her to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

“En route to the jail, [Negrus] made several comments stating that she would kill the victim, the ex-husband, and was very abusing to me, stating I would die and that my daughter should have to suffer,” according to the police report.

Negrus provided a .19 blood alcohol content, after arriving at the jail.

She has been preliminarily charged with strangulation, a class D felony, resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor, and public intoxication, a class B misdemeanor.

Her upcoming court date was not available on online court records as of press time.

Bath salts, firearm found on convicted felon

Clarksville police arrested a convicted felon Sunday who was reportedly found in possession of bath salts and a firearm.

Joseph Deaton, 25, Allison Lane in Jeffersonville, was stopped by a Clarksville police officer outside of a home on Riddell Street about 11 p.m. before he was taken into custody.

The officer reported while driving on Spring Street toward Clarksville,  he was behind a silver Jeep, driven by Deaton, traveling at a “very low rate of speed.”

The officer continued to follow the Jeep as it turned onto Riddell Street and parked in the driveway of a home in the 200 block. The officer stayed in his vehicle, but passed back by the parked Jeep and saw Deaton walking between two homes and into a back yard. The officer noted in the report that because of the time of day, he considered Deaton’s behavior to be “very suspicious.”

He stopped his vehicle in the road and yelled for Deaton to stop and come speak with him. According to the police report, Deaton said he didn’t live at the home where he had parked the Jeep, but he was looking for his cousin. When the officer asked if his cousin lived at the home where he had parked, Deaton said he didn’t know who lived at the home, according to the report.

“I asked him why he was going to the backside of the house, and [Deaton] could not give me a reason,” the officer reported.

The officer then conducted a pat down of Deaton and found the cap of a syringe and a plastic bag containing a substance, Deaton said was bath salts.

While searching the Jeep, the officer reported locating a sliver .25-caliber handgun in the console.

Deaton was then placed in custody and taken to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

He was preliminarily charged with possession of a firearm by a serious felon, a class B felony; possession of cocaine/narcotics, a class D felony; and carrying a handgun without a license, a class A misdemeanor.

Deaton has not been official charged, but a $20,000 bond has been set in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 for his release.

He was scheduled to return to the court today for an initial hearing, at which time he is expected to be officially charged.

According to the Indiana Department of Corrections website, Deaton was sentenced in Jefferson County during 2011 following convictions of theft and receiving stolen property.

Polite shoplifter found with heroin

A Louisville man got the attention of police after he was accused of stealing breakfast cereal, but he is expected to be charged for heroin possession following his arrest.

James W. Stansbury, 35, is believed to have stolen a box of cereal from the Lewis and Clark Parkway Kroger about 8 p.m. Sunday.

According to a Clarksville police report, an off-duty Clark County Sheriff’s deputy was flagged down by Kroger employees who alerted that Stansbury was in the process of leaving the store with the stolen item.

The deputy observed Stansbury pull he box of cereal from underneath his shirt, pass all points of sale and throw the cereal on the ground before running through the store’s parking lot and across Lewis and Clark Parkway.

The Clarksville police officer reached Stansbury after he had been stopped by the off-duty deputy.

Stansbury consented to a pat-down, and warned the officer he had a needle in the pocket of his jacket.

“When asked what he used the needle for, [Stansbury] stated that he had shot up heroin within the last 24 hours with this syringe,” according to the police report.

In Stansbury’s wallet, police found seven packs of Suboxen film, a medication used to treat opioid dependence, which he told the officer  had not been prescribed to him.

The corner of a plastic bag with heroin residue was found in Stansbury’s cigarette pack. He told police the piece of plastic had held the heroin he shot up the day before.

The officer noted in the report, “Stansbury was completely cooperative and very polite with me during the consensual pat down,” but he was soon placed into handcuffs and taken to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

Stansbury was preliminarily charged with possession of controlled substance, a class C felony; possession of heroin and legend drug activity, both class D felonies; and criminal conversion, a class A misdemeanor.

Stansbury has not been officially charged with the crimes, according to online records, as of press time.

Police bust group heroin binge

Three people were arrested on heroin-related charges Sunday at a Clarksville motel, following a report of shoplifting at a nearby convenience store.

Clarksville police received a report of shoplifting about 9 p.m. from Circle K located near Interstate 65.

After police arrived, Stevie R. Lambert, 22, Louisville, was identified as the suspect. Police noted in the report that Lambert appeared to be impaired on an unknown narcotic.

“Lambert’s pupils were extremely small. She was very fidgety and nervous, could not control her movement, her hands,” police reported.

Lambert told the officers she had recently taken the prescription drug Percocet and that she was staying with two men at America’s Best Inn along Eastern Boulevard.

She was given a trespass warning by police, who then went with her to the room where she was staying at the motel.

Police knocked on the motel room door and saw a man, later identified as Kirk M. Kirchner, 24, come to the window, open the blinds and look outside.

Police reported after Kirchner saw the officers, “ ... he quickly shut the blinds and officers could hear him running through the room, followed by what appeared to be the commode flushing,” according to the police report.

Police continued to knock on the door until Kirchner opened the door and identified himself.

At that time, Michael D. Casey, 22, was also seen in the room.

Police reported seeing in plain view several open syringes on top of the room’s television and several more syringes and torn plastic bags sitting on a nightstand beside the bed. Police entered the room and found used syringes, a glass pipe with burnt residue and a bent kitchen spoon with burnt marks all sitting on a table near the bathroom. Two soft drink cans were located in room with what appeared to be a filter and heroin residue, police reported.

When the men were asked what the residue would test positive for, they both stated heroin, according to the report.

Both men denied they had attempted to flush any items down the toilet after police came to the door.

Officers found three full packs of syringes dripping wet and a silver tube with a screen containing burnt marks hidden under clothing on a sink.

Kirchner and Casey said they had unsuccessfully tried to flush the syringes down the toilet before police entered the room.

A can of men’s Axe fragrance with “ ... what appeared to be a cigarette filter in the center or it with heroin residue around it,” was also found in the motel room.

Also located was a glass smoking device used for smoking methamphetamine with burnt residue on the bottom.

“All around the room were several pieces of torn off baggies and small baggies,” according to the police report. “There were also several pieces of aluminum with what appeared to be heroin residue inside of them throughout the room.”

Kirchner, Casey and Lambert were all arrested and taken to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

Casey and Kirchner were each preliminarily charged with possession of heroin, possession of syringe, manufacturing paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance and obstruction of justice, all class D felonies; and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

Casey was additionally preliminarily charged with class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Lambert was preliminarily charged with possession of heroin, possession of syringe, manufacturing paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance, all class D felonies, and class A misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia.

None of the upcoming court dates of any of the offenders were available on online court records as of press time.

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