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April 23, 2018

4/16/2018 11:39:00 AM
Drug, weapon charges land two in county jail
Palestine Police arrested two people on multiple charges Thursday following a report of illegal drug activity involving a tattoo parlor.

Charles E. Morehead, 28, and Bethany D. Kiser, 23, both of Palestine, were arrested following an investigation involving the Inkphoria Tattoo shop and residence in the 300 block of South Main.

Morehead was charged with felony obstructing justice, unlawful possession of a scheduled IV narcotic, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, unlawful possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, armed violence and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kiser was arrested on charges of obstructing justice, unlawful possession of a scheduled IV narcotic, unlawful possession of meth, unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was also charged on an outstanding Lawrence County warrant for failure to appear on a suspended license.

They remain in the Crawford County Jail awaiting bond to be set by a judge.

According to Chief Jeff Besing, he received information about drug activity, leading him to initiate an investigation. Based on the results, he submitted information to Crawford States Attorney Matt Hartrich. A search warrant was issued and signed by Judge Mark Shaner.

Besing was assisted in this investigation by Palestine Police Officer Brandon Carpenter, Robinson K-9 Officer Nathaniel Nicklaus, K-9 Dex and Crawford County deputies Brent Dotson and Lucas Wallace.

Palestine police also arrested a 17-year-old male juvenile for violating an order of protection near Palestine High School Thursday.

About 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, PHS staff told Besing one of their students had an order of protection in place against an ex-boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend was spotted within 100 feet of the high school which was a violation.

He was again seen near the high school about 9 a.m. Thursday, when he was arrested without incident.

He was was taken to jail on the Class A misdemeanor charge.

Besing commended school staff members for their efforts.

"The Palestine High School staff followed their procedures and the security of the high school and safety of the staff and students was never compromised," he said.

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