North Vernon Police make several drug arrests

Feb 1, 2017 116

North Vernon Police had a busy day dealing with drug issues on Tuesday. The department is reporting that officers pulled over a vehicle for a traffic infraction in the area of Brownstown Road and Noon Drive at 11:12 a.m. During the stop, police say that Matthew W. Schmitter, of Lexington, IN, and Sarah B. Thomas, of North Vernon, were arrested on charges of Unlawful Possession of Syringes and Possession of Paraphernalia. Approximately 90-minutes later, officers responded to an overdose call at Walmart. Police say that James Porter, of North Vernon, was found to be unconscious and unresponsive. EMS were able to revive Porter, who was transported to St. Vincent Jennings and treated. Police say that once Porter was released from the hospital, he was arrested on charges of Possession of Syringes and Possession of Paraphernalia. They say that additional charges are possible. That evening, North Vernon Police arrested three people on drug charges after a traffic stop Tuesday night. At 11:17 p.m., an officer reported stopping a vehicle in the... ...

Drug-dealing arrests made after area traffic stops

Feb 1, 2017 90

Recent traffic stops in Seymour and in Jennings County led to drug-dealing arrests. Seymour police report that they stopped a vehicle for traffic infractions at about 2:25 p.m. Monday afternoon on Springer Road. The officer grew suspicious and a search led to the discovery of four grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and items used to sell drugs. 33-year-old Stephen C. Stidam of Crothersville and 26-year-old North Vernon resident Amy N. Wardrop are facing charges including dealing methamphetamine and possessing methamphetamine. Stidam is facing additional charges of driving while suspended and maintaining a common nuisance while Wardrop is facing an additional charge of visiting a common nuisance. Jennings County deputies report that 46-year-old John Dearborn was arrested after at traffic stop for driving across the centerline just before midnight Sunday on Country Manor Road in Country Squire Lakes. Police say they saw drug related items in plain view. A search revealed a digital scale, syringes, marijuana and 9 grams of meth along with other drug paraphernalia, according to police reports. Dearborn is facing preliminary... ...