CAMDEN — A domestic disturbance call led to the arrest of a 35-year-old West Alexandria woman on charges ranging from domestic violence to possession of drugs and tampering with evidence.
According to Camden Police Chief Matt Spurlock, Billie Jo Shindeldecker of 307 Stotler Rd., West Alexandria, was arrested by his department on Tuesday, June 20.
Spurlock reported, on June 20, Officer Michael Powers of the Camden Police Department was dispatched to 201 N. Lafayette St., Apt. 28, on a domestic disturbance. According to court records, upon his arrival on scene, Powers “heard yelling” coming from the apartment, and a female was yelling for help. Powers saw the victim, identified as Shindeldecker’s mother, “slam the back door shut as she was screaming.”
Prior to the domestic disturbance, Powers had received a call that Shindeldecker was “passed out in the grass by the dumpster at Camden Way Apartments.”
Shindeldecker was eventually located at the back corner of the apartment complex, according to court records.
A baggie “with what appeared a large amount of white crystal-like substance, presumably crystal methamphetamine,” was located on Shindeldecker’s person.
Powers reportedly placed the contraband on the hood of his car in order to retrieve plastic gloves, and upon returning with the gloves, “Billie Jo was leaning on the cruiser with her back against the car and the suspected bag of methamphetamine no longer on the hood of the cruiser and there were pieces of crystals all over the hood of the cruiser.”
According to court documents, Shindeldecker “kept moving back and forth, denying the existence of any bag of suspected methamphetamine,” and Powers noticed “one of the baggies which had been placed on the hood of the cruiser was now on the ground where she was standing.”
The baggie on the ground appeared to have been ripped open, with a white residue inside, according to court records, and another small baggie with a smaller amount of suspected methamphetamine was located on Shindeldecker.
Shindeldecker’s mother advised the officer Shindeldecker had struck her several times. The officer reported the apartment was “in shambles” due to the alleged altercation.
When Shindeldecker was processed at the jail, jail staff discovered an additional plastic bag with five pills, as well as a lighter, and a crystal of suspected methamphetamine.
Once it was daylight, a search of the area where Shindeldecker was arrested turned up approximately 1.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine on the ground in the area of “where Billie Joe was when the drugs went missing,” reports noted.
Shindeldecker was charged with aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony; domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor; illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, a third-degree felony; possession of drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.
Shindeldecker remained in custody at the Preble County Jail at press time.
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