News and Tribune

July 19, 2013

CRIME BRIEFS: Police thwart theft; drugs found at motel; intruder sips suds

By GARY POPP
gary.popp@newsandtribune.com

CLARKSVILLE — Police stop theft in progress

Two Clarksville men were arrested by Jeffersonville police after responding to a call of a suspicious blue pickup truck at Estes Excavating Co. at 5005 Hamburg Pike about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Michael Rodgers, 34, 108 Lynda Ave., and John Turner, 32, 645 W. Harrison Ave., were each preliminarily charged with D felony theft and A misdemeanor trespassing. A third man is believed to have also been involved, but was not located by officers.

On their arrival, police searched a building on the property, but found it to be unoccupied. The pickup truck, with keys in the ignition, was located, however. The truck contained equipment, vehicle batteries and several pieces of metal, police reported. Other pieces of metal were found stacked around the vehicle, which police reported appeared to be in prepared to be loaded into the truck

JPD with the assistance of their K9s, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police and the Clarksville Police Department worked a perimeter around the area to locate the men.

A sheriff’s deputy located Rodgers and Turner leaving  a wooded area near Coopers Lane and U.S. 31.

“The subjects were sweating profusely and were out of breath,” police reported.

The men admitted to driving on the property, loading the stolen materials onto the vehicle and running away when they saw police approaching.

“[Rodgers] and [Turner] both admitted they made a bad decision tonight,” police reported.

They each identified the third man as having committed the act with them, but that he had separated from them during their flight.



Cocaine, crack pipe found in motel room

Clarksville police stopped a vehicle at America’s Best Inn and Suites on Eastern Boulevard, after an officer observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and turning into the motel property without using a turn signal, police reported.

John McNally, 36, and Karen Colmore, 42, both of Louisville, were found in the vehicle. McNally told the officer that they had been at a dollar store, and the officer found a dollar store bag containing spoons and baking powder during a search of the vehicle.

When asked why he had purchased the items, McNally said, “ ... he had no idea where the items had come from and that he assumed they were in the car when he got it,” according to the police report.

Colmore said they had been at Thornton’s gas station, and she had no idea why McNally said they had been at a dollar store.

After telling the officer which room at Best Inn and Suites he was staying in and that there were no illegal materials in the room, McNally gave consent to have the room searched by the police. McNally opened the room’s door for the officer, and the officer reported finding on a nightstand in plain view a white, powdery substance and a Brillo pad.

“We asked McNally what it was,” according to the report. “He stated he didn’t know and that it was probably there before he got there.”

The item on the nightstand tested positive for cocaine.

The search of the room also revealed a plastic bag of a white powdery substance, believed to be crack cocaine, and a crack pipe, police reported.

McNally and Colmore were then placed under arrest.

Colmore then told the officer she and McNally had been smoking crack together the night before.

McNally was also found with an expired Kentucky driver’s license and to be a habitual traffic violator.

Both were preliminarily charged with possession of cocaine/narcotics and possession of controlled substance, both class D felonies, and possession of paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor.

McNally was additionally charged with a class D felony for being a habitual traffic violator.



Police: Home intruder helps himself to beer

A Clarksville woman claimed a man unknown to her entered her Pinehurst Drive home Wednesday without invitation, helped himself to a Corona beer in her refrigerator then took a seat at her kitchen table.

After the alleged incident, Michael Polk, 36, was located walking along Little League Boulevard by the Clarksville Police Department about 11 p.m. Police reported Polk said at the time that he had been given a beer by the female in the Pinehurst Drive home and then he left.

The woman was brought to the scene and positively identified Polk as the man who had entered her home.

She told police Polk had approached her as she was sitting in front of her home drinking a beer, and he had asked if she had an extra beer for him.

Feeling uncomfortable, she told police she went into her home to avoid any further interaction with Polk, but he had “taken it upon himself to follow her inside of her residence without permission,” according to the report.

After taking a beer from the refrigerator, Polk laid two cigarettes on the kitchen table, sat down and asked her for a razor, the woman told police.

She told Polk she did not have a razor for him and asked if they could go outside. Once outside, she told Polk she had to go back inside to check on her sleeping children. She called police once back inside the home

Polk was preliminarily charged with residential entry, a class D felony.