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March 31, 2014

Clarksville man facing numerous charges jailed

Suspect arrested on six arrests warrants, including animal cruelty

CLARKSVILLE — A Clarksville man who had six active warrants for his arrest was taken into custody last week.

Joshua E. Rigdon, 28, West Frances Avenue, remained in the Clark County jail under a $15,000 court-cash bond Monday afternoon. He was charged with at least a class D felony on four different occasions between June 2013 and January 2014 in Clark County. His most recent set of charges shows three counts of animal cruelty, a class D felony and two class A misdemeanors.

Authorities found a dead dog at Rigdon and Shawna Nevins’ home in December, while he was away from the residence. An arrest warrant was issued for both parties Jan. 24 in Clark Circuit Court No. 3. Nevins case is ongoing, but Rigdon never appeared in the court until after his recent arrest, according to court records.

Clarksville Animal Control contributed to the probable-cause affidavit leading to the warrant and his eventual arrest. The animal control report claims the office was contacted Nov. 17 by Rigdon’s mother who said that her son had recently been arrested, and two pit bulls and a Chihuahua were inside his home. Animal control went to the home later in the day, but no one came to the door, although, Shawna Nevins was believed to live at the residence.

On Nov. 20, animal control returned to the home, and again left without speaking to anyone at the residence, but an animal control tag was left on the door.

Later in the day, Nevins called animal control and stated “she is taking care of the animals and she will not sign them over,” according to the report.

More than a month later, Rigdon’s mother again called animal control to return to the home, “due to she went into the residence and found one of the pit bulls was deceased,” animal control reported.

Authorities went to the home and discovered urine and feces throughout the home and a pit bull dead on a mattress that has suffered from multiple bite holes on its body.

The condition of the dog resulted in Rigdon being charged with a felony for “ ... knowingly or intentionally mutilating the animal, by abandoning it with other dogs where it was repeatedly bitten and died,” according to court documents.

The other pit bull and Chihuahua were removed from the home, and Rigdon and Nevins were later charged with neglecting the two animals.

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Clarksville police went to Ridgon’s home Nov. 16 to serve a warrant, and was told by an person there he could be found at his grandmother’s home.

Police went to the woman’s home and found Rigdon outside of the residence and getting into his vehicle.

Rigdon was informed he had two warrants for his arrest, and he was found with four prescription pills hidden in his wallet, according to the police report.

The report continues that Rigdon told police he was holding the pills for this girlfriend, but later said the pills were his. He was later charged in Clark County Circuit No. 2 with class D felony possession of controlled substance.

According to court records, Rigdon’s failure to appear for a court date would resulted in warrant for his arrest Dec. 17.

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In October, Clarksville police responded to two thefts that had recently taken place on Rigdon’s street. The victims of both thefts told police they suspected their neighbor, Rigdon, had committed the crimes and was involved in drug activity.

Police then went to Rigdon and Nevins’ home, and while knocking on a rear door, the two approached the home in a vehicle.

After the vehicle came to a stop and the officer waited for them to exit, “Rigdon ran toward the house and ran inside,” according to the police report.

The officer followed Rigdon into the home, where Rigdon denied involvement in the burglaries or drug activity.

Rigdon consented to a search of the home, which revealed a used syringe in a nightstand.

Both Nevins and Rigdon, who had an active warrant at time, were arrested and jailed

Rigdon was charged with class D felony unlawful possession of syringe and class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

He would later fail to appear for a court date, and a warrant was issued Jan. 27 for his arrest.

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Clarksville police stopped a truck driven by Rigdon for failing to use a turn signal along Eastern Boulevard in April 2013.

The officer noted in the police report Rigdon “was acting very nervous when handing me his ID.”

Without the vehicle being searched, Rigdon informed the officer a bag of spice, a synthetic drug, was in the panel of the truck’s door. The officer reported finding “a half bag of Scooby Snack spice and two smoking pipes with residue in each one.

He was also found with an identification card that showed a fraudulent date of birth. He was later charged in Clark County Circuit Court No. 3 with class D felony counterfeiting and class A misdemeanor possession of a synthetic drug.

Rigdon appeared Monday in Clark County Circuit No. 3, and was scheduled to appear Tuesday morning in Clark County Circuit No. 2.

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