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July 3, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE CRIME BRIEFS — For July 3

Traffic stop in Clarksville leads to heroin charges

Clarksville police stopped a van for traveling 52 mph in a 35 mph zone along Lewis and Clark Parkway on Friday afternoon.

Blake D. Eldridge, 22, of Williams Street in Jeffersonville, and John M. Manning, 24, of Pekin, occupied the vehicle.

Eldridge was initially found to be driving on a suspended driver’s license and police reported Manning was seen hiding something behind the driver’s seat. Eldridge gave consent for the officers to search the vehicle.

“Behind the driver’s seat, [an officer] found a bent, burnt spoon with heroin residue still on it, along with 0.5 grams of heroin in a clear, plastic baggie,” the officer reported. “I then found seven syringes under the driver’s seat.”

Manning told police he hid the spoon because he didn’t want Eldridge to go to jail, police reported.

Both men denied ownership of the heroin, but Eldridge did take responsibility for the syringes.

Eldridge and Manning were each taken to Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex from the scene of the traffic stop.

Eldridge was preliminarily charged with possession of narcotic drug, a class B felony, and possession of syringe and manufacturing paraphernalia, both class D felonies. Manning was preliminarily charged with the same, in addition to D felony obstruction of justice.

 

JPD makes battery arrest at businesses

Jeffersonville police responded to Thornton’s gas station on West Court Avenue about 10 p.m. Saturday in reference to a man and woman fighting in the parking lot.

Corey Lance Palmer, 28, of Louisville, was seen by the responding officer walking toward nearby Mulberry Street. Palmer told the officer that while at the gas station with his girlfriend, she had wanted to leave and take the three children in the vehicle with them. He said he and the woman had been arguing for several days.

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