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Greenville Police Beat 07-03-14

Drugs, domestic violence, continue to be issues

On June 26 police were dispatched to 402 Washington Ave. regarding an unresponsive male. Ty Howell had been found, unresponsive, lying on his back. The complainant found an empty syringe under him. According to the report, Howell had overdosed just a few days earlier. Paramedics used life-saving measures on him. When asked if he had been ‘doing heroin’ he allegedly responded “yes.” One syringe, an orange cap (recovered from his mouth) and one clear capsule were found at the scene. Test results were requested and charges will be filed with the Darke County Prosecutor for Possession of Drugs.

On June 27 police responded to The Comfort Inn, 1190 E. Russ Road, regarding drug paraphernalia found in a room by maintenance employees. While they were cleaning they found two hypodermic needles and a mirror with a line of white powder on it. The room was in the name of, and had been occupied by, Josh Lewis. The police were dispatched originally in response to a call that a male suspect in the lobby appeared to be drunk or on drugs. Upon arrival police found there was a DCSO warrant on Lewis and arrested him. Police are awaiting results from the laboratory.

On June 28 police responded to a domestic violence call resulting in the arrest of Aaron Hickey. The victim told police Hickey was intoxicated and soon became belligerent with children in the residence. When she told Hickey to leave he got angry and began punching the walls, kicking her in the back and knocking her off her bed on top her child. There were no visible injuries or damage to any walls. The officer discovered Hickey had an active arrest warrant by the Greenville PD for a Domestic Violence charge stemming from March 2011. While the officer spoke with the victim Hickey was in the residence with the door locked. After several minutes and repeated requests from the officer he opened the door. A Darke County Sheriff’s deputy took custody of Hickey regarding other possible charges and transported him to Darke County jail. Hickey was incarcerated for the Domestic Violence warrant, charged with the latest Domestic Violence incident and advised he was “trespassed” from the victim’s property.

On June 25 police responded to a domestic violence call regarding a suspect (unnamed in the report) “charging” the victim with balled up fists. He swung and hit her on the right side of the neck, leaving a red mark. He attempted to strike her again but she blocked it. There was a witness to the assault. The suspect had no prior domestic violence convictions; when arrested claimed to have numbness in the hands and anxiety. Once cleared by Wayne Health Care, the suspect will be transported to Darke County jail.

On June 24 at 4:24 a.m. police responded to a call regarding four juveniles walking between houses near 243 Marion Drive. Two ran at the sight of the officer. The officer noted a strong smell of alcoholic beverage on one of the juveniles who didn’t run. First the juvenile said he hadn’t been drinking, but after performing poorly on a sobriety test, he said he’d had about six beers. The juveniles named the two who ran, one of whom had been warned two days earlier for curfew violation. Two juveniles were transported to their custodians and warned for curfew; a third was transported to the Greenville Police Station, charged with Underage Consumption and released to his father. The fourth, who had been repeatedly warned, was cited for Unruly Juvenile.

On June 28 police arrested William Smith at 307 Tillman, who was wanted on a bench warrant out of Montgomery Municipal Court regarding an original charge of Open Container in a Vehicle. He was released to an officer in Clay Township.

On June 26 police arrested Darrell Ray Bush at 317 Riffle Ave. on a Greenville warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Criminal Trespassing. He was transported to Darke County jail.

On June 26 police arrested Belinda Goodpaster on a warrant out of Indiana for Escape. Following the arrest she complained of chest pains and shortness of breath. Greenville Township Rescue responded and transported her to Wayne Health Care where she was medically cleared. She was then transported to Darke County jail.

The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.

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