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April 7, 2012

Police: Pregnant woman admits to using heroin

RICHMOND — A Richmond woman was cited to court Tuesday after admitting she was more than four months pregnant while using heroin and oxycodone.

Tonya K. Hostetler, 35, Maryland Drive, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment for “exposing her unborn child to danger due to drug abuse,” said Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

Police officers responded at 1:47 p.m. to Hostetler’s residence after being notified by Madison County EMS workers.

“Officers learned that Hostetler was 18 weeks pregnant and had been abusing oxycodone (Percocet) and using heroin and after learning of her pregnancy,” Brock said.

Emergency medical attention was sought because she was going through physical drug withdrawal, according to Brock.

“In this case, we do have enough evidence (against Hostetler),” he said. “It’s likely that officers encounter pregnant women who they suspect may be using drugs, but they don’t have the proof to level a charge against them. But on occasion, we do have enough evidence that the lady knew she was pregnant and continued to abuse drugs anyway.”

Hostetler was cited to court for the violation because she now is undergoing medical treatment, he said.

Other arrests:

• William A. Simmons, 27, of Amber Hill Drive, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief.

He was arrested just after 7 p.m. after police found him inside a home on Cimarron Road, Brock said.

Officers were dispatched to the home based on a report of a possible burglary in progress in the 700 block of Cimarron Road.

The residence’s front door had been forced open and damaged, the police chief said.

“Simmons was located inside the residence and detained,” Brock said. “Officers made contact with the resident (who was out of town at the time) and learned that Simmons had no authority to be inside the residence.”

Two bench warrants also have been issued on Simmons for failing to appear for court proceedings.

Simmons remains in the Madison County Detention Center on a $1,500 bond.

• Jacob Newman, 26, of Manna Drive, was arrested Thursday and is the second to be charged in a vehicle theft case.

Newman has been charged with complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $500.

A complainant reported March 22 to police that two days earlier, her car broke down at the Sea Shell Food Mart on S. Killarney Lane, according to police. At that time, she was approached by Jacob Newman with an offer to assist. 

“The complainant accepted the offer of help and moved her car to Newman’s residence on Manna Drive where Newman worked on the vehicle but was unable to repair it,” Brock said. “She then asked to leave her vehicle at the residence until she could have it removed the next day.”

The woman was unable to return the next day, but returned March 22 to find her vehicle missing. The 1994 Honda Civic was valued at $1,700.

“The follow-up investigation revealed that Terry Newman, Jacob’s father, had the vehicle towed to a junk yard in Lexington where he attempted to sell the vehicle,” Brock said. “Jacob Newman assisted his father in the delivery of the vehicle to the junk yard knowing that it had been misappropriated.”

Terry Newman previously was charged for theft in connection with this investigation. He bonded out of the Madison County Detention Center April 3 on 10 percent of a $5,000 bond.

Jacob Newman bonded out of the detention center April 6 on a $1,000 unsecured bond.

Ronica Shannon can be reached at or 624-6608.

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