CAMDEN — Camden Police Chief Matt Spurlock recently reported on several arrests and other incidents which his office has dealt with in the past month.
“We are here and we are ready for the criminal behavior that continues to make its presence,” Spurlock said. “We will continue to attempt to deter this unwelcome behavior from town. One thing is for sure, we — as a unit — citizens and police, will work together and take our town back.”
On Wednesday, April 4, Jamie J. Wyatt, 40 of Somerville, was investigated for assault and aggravated menacing when he assaulted his victim and also sent messages advising serious physical harm. Wyatt was apprehended on April 5, according to Spurlock, and booked in the Preble County Jail.
On Saturday, April 7, Joshua D. Taylor, 20 of Camden was arrested on charges including aggravated disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. According to Spurlock, officers responded to a call of a possible domestic violence and upon their arrival Taylor was uncooperative during the active investigation. Taylor was detained and during the incident attempted to get into a physical altercation with the officers, Spurlock reported. Taylor was taken into custody and charged.
On Tuesday, April 10, Michael Burkhart, 53, of Brookville, Indiana was taken into custody after a traffic stop led officers to discover drugs. According to Spurlock, officers encountered Burkhart on a traffic stop when it was discovered his registration was expired. Burkhart consented to a search of his vehicle and officers located drugs in his property, Spurlock said. Burkhart was taken into custody for possession of drugs.
On Friday, April 13, Joseph Weber, 38, of Camden, was arrested on McGuire Drive on an active arrest warrant for a concealed weapons charge. Weber was taken into custody without incident, according to Spurlock.
Also on Friday, April 13, Joshua Kuyper, 31, of West Chester, was arrested on two active warrants. According to Spurlock, officers made contact with Kuyper on a traffic stop. Kuyper was the passenger of the vehicle stopped. Officers discovered Kuyper had two active arrest warrants, one out of Butler County and the other being a local warrant. Kuyper was taken into custody without incident.
Monday, April 16, Michael D. Yates, 37, of Camden, was taken into custody on an active arrest warrant when officers located him on Rose Blvd.
On Friday, April 20, officers were dispatched to the Dollar General Store for a theft which had occurred. Upon officers’ arrival they were advised by management the suspect had entered the store and taken an item without paying. Officers located Kara Estes, 26 of Eaton, on McGuire Drive and she was taken into custody for theft, according to Spurlock.
On Saturday, April 21, Dushan Zachary Sekulich, 28, of Eaton, was arrested on charges including aggravated possession of drugs, selling, purchasing, distributing or delivering dangerous drugs and obstructing official business. According to court documents, CPD Officer David Stemp made a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Sekulich was the driver. Sekulich told Stemp he did not have a license and refused to give his name. A bag contiaing “101 pills of two different kinds” was located during a search of the vehicle, and Sekulich told the officer he had stolen them from a pharmacy.
Also on Saturday, April 21, Rodney Roberts, 45, and Tina Roberts, 32, were both arrested for violation of protection orders as they had contact with each other and they both have orders in place against one another, according to Spurlock.
On Monday, April 23, Billy Creech, 48, West Manchester, was arrested on charges including possession of heroin, and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, with specifications. Creech was found unresponsive, “slumped behind the wheel of his car,” with “a loaded firearm on the front seat.” A small baggie containing a substance consistent with heroin was located in his wallet.
Also on April 23, Thomas C. Little, 28, of Hamilton, was taken into custody without incident on an active arrest warrant for failure to appear in court, according to Spurlock.
On Friday, April 27, Michael D. Yates, 37, of Camden, was arrested while trespassing on the land of another. Yates was taken into custody on McGuire Drive, according to Spurlock.
Also on April 27, Jason Weinstiger, 27, at large, was arrested while trespassing on the land of another. Weinstiger was also chargedwith possession of drug abuse instruments, according to CPD reports.
On Friday, April 27, Fred Hill IV, 51, Camden, was arrested on charges including aggravated possession of drugs, illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana during a traffic stop.
On Tuesday, May 1, Joseph Williams, 42, as arrested for domestic violence when officers observed Williams chasing a female on the sidewalk. Williams was impaired during the incident and was reluctant to listen to officers’ commands. Williams was taken into custody without further incident, according to Spurlock.
Also on May 1, Amy Jo Wiedlich, 40, of Covington, Georgia, was arrested on charges including aggravated possession of drugs, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Friday, May 4, Joseph Myers, 38, of Gratis, was arrested for violation of a protection order. Myers threatened physical harm on the protected party, according to Spurlock, who said officers investigated the incident and then placed Myers under arrest without incident.
On May 5, Joshua D. Taylor, 20 ,of Camden, was arrested after assaulting a family member. “Taylor would also not allow the family member to contact police as he took the family member’s phone,” Spurlock said. “In addition to those charges Taylor also broke the door to his family member’s residence.” Once Taylor was located he was taken into custody on multiple charges, including domestic violence, unlawful restraint, aggravated menacing, criminal damaging and disorderly conduct.
On Monday, May 7, Aaron T. Gallagher, 37, Indianapolis, Indiana, was arrested for aggravated possession of drugs. According to court records, apparent methamphetamin was located in his vehicle during a traffic stop.
On Sunday, May 13, Cody Garrison, 21, Brownsville, Indiana, was arrested on a charge of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle. According to court records, the Garrison told officers the firearm was between the seats of the vehicle during a traffic stop. Garrison did not have a concealed carry permit.
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