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December 3, 2013

Holidays spark spike in arrests

Clarksville cases include domestic incidents, meth and theft

CLARKSVILLE — A Clarksville man was arrested after he prompted police to respond to the same residence three times —the third time he was there he allegedly fired a shot through the door.

Greg B. Whitson, 56, Clarksville, was arrested by Clarksville police and initially charged with pointing a firearm, a class D felony, criminal recklessness, a class C felony and aggravated battery, a class B felony.

The first call to CPD was made at about 7:45 p.m. Monday night. A witness told police that Whitson was the boyfriend of the person who lived in the apartment on Marlowe Drive in Clarksville where he was beating on the door. Before police arrived Whitson had been banging on the door of the apartment, but he left before police arrived on the scene.

A second call came into police after two more witnesses said Whitson was back and banging on the apartment door.

“It sounded like a gunshot or firecracker went off,” witnesses told police.

However, officers were unable to locate Whitson during the second call to the residence.

In the third call to police, to the same apartment, a witness was able to identify the individual as Whitson, according to the police report. Clarksville Police Department officers on the scene for the third call found a shell casing for a 9 mm handgun. Police also found a bullet hole in the apartment from the gunshot and the resident was inside the apartment when the shot was fired.

Police were able to track Whitson to his Longfellow Drive address. When they arrived at his home police reportedly went to the door, identified themselves and Whitson told them to “come in, the door is unlocked.”

CPD Officers did not enter the home because Whitson was believed to be armed and again asked him to come to the door. Officers opened the door and made a third request for Whitson to come to the door.

According to the police report, “a couple of seconds later Whitson appeared around the corner in the basement pointing a cocked semiautomatic handgun directly at [officers].”

Whitson then walked toward officers with the weapon pointed at them, according to the police report. Officers cleared the doorway and took cover outside, ordering Whitson to drop the gun. When Whitson appeared in the doorway, he was no longer holding the weapon.

“The pistol was behind the front door lying on a coffee table, cocked and fully loaded, with a round in the chamber,” according to the report.

Whitson told police he had not done anything, he did not know it was the police at his door and “that [they] were lucky to be alive.”

Police arrested Whitson and took him to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex where he was booked in.

ANOTHER CLARKSVILLE DOMESTIC DISPUTE

Another domestic dispute in Clarksville led to the arrest of one man who allegedly pulled a knife on his live-in girlfriend.

Dale A. Brown, 22, Clarksville, was arrested at the Silver Creek Drive residence he shares with his girlfriend and her 6-year-old child. According to Clarksville Police Department Chief Mark Palmer, Brown, during an argument with his girlfriend, grabbed a large pocket knife from her that she was using to clean her nails and threatened her with it.

According to police, the 25-year-old woman said Brown struck her in the face several times during the argument. Police said there were red marks on the woman’s face and she had suffered a black eye as a result of the alleged assault.

Brown admitted to striking her, but he said the victim pulled the knife on him and he struck her and took the knife from her. Police added that at some point during the fight, Brown pinned the woman to the ground.

Police arrested Brown shortly after midnight Monday, and he was taken to  the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex. He has been initially charged with criminal confinement, a B felony, felony domestic battery and intimidation, a class C felony.

The child was in the residence at the time of the incident and the woman was transported to Clark Memorial Hospital for abrasions and head trauma, according to police.

WALMART SHOPLIFTER

A man was arrested after off-duty CPD officers working security at Walmart in Clarksville spotted him allegedly shoplifting.

According to Clarksville police, Paul Brewster, 41, Sellersburg, was attempting to take a pocket knife and a Pepsi from the retailer.

When Brewster was arrested Monday afternoon, police searched him and found individually packaged methamphetamine.

Brewster was initially charged with dealing in methamphetamine, a class A felony, and theft, a class D felony, and booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex.

Palmer said the incidents that occurred Monday in Clarksville are more common during the holiday season. Shoplifting tends to increase during the holidays and as a result many stores hire extra security. Palmer also added that police do see an escalation in domestic calls during the holiday, often from the stresses associated with the season and arguments that result in fights.

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