The Richmond Register

September 30, 2013

RPD: 6-year-old found in filthy house with drug paraphernalia

Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — Richmond police charged Patrick Ryan Embry, 24, Geri Lane; Ashley L. Willis, 24, Geri Lane; and Shaun Douglas Smith, 32, Hager Drive, with drug and other offenses after investigating a complaint Thursday.

RPD bike patrol officers investigating reports of drug activity at an apartment in the 200 block of Geri Lane encountered Embry and Smith as they were leaving the apartment, according to the police report.

The officers reported the men were in possession of items commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, including lithium batteries, Coleman fuel, pseudoephedrine pills, ammonium nitrate and lye. 

Officers then made contact with Willis inside the apartment. The apartment also was occupied by a 6-year-old child under her care.

During a check of the residence, officers found syringes in a pouch on the sofa and lose on the floor, the report stated. The officers reported that bent metal spoons with suspected drug residue were on a small table in the living room. 

A bottle of Liquid Fire drain treatment and cold packs, items often used to make methamphetamine, were found in the kitchen, according to the report.

Officers reported the conditions in the apartment were unfit for habitation by a child. In addition to the drug paraphernalia lying about, officers said they saw dirty dishes, rotting food, soiled laundry and other debris throughout the residence.

A representative of social services was summoned to the scene, and the child was placed with a relative.

Embry was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Smith was charged with unlawful distribution of methamphetamine precursors, and Willis was charged with second-degree wanton endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three were taken to the Madison County Detention Center

Police make arrest in theft from Rent-A-Center

Police arrested Richard Salmonson, 38, North First Street, on Friday in connection with the theft of items from a rental firm in August 2013.

A representative of Rent-A-Center, Eastern Bypass, reported Aug. 28 that Salmonson had rented several items from the store and then failed to return the items or make any effort to make the required payments on the goods. The items were obtained between July 22 and Aug. 7.

Salmonson has a history of committing similar offenses, according to the RPD report.

The missing items were: a Samsung Galaxy 8-inch Note tablet, an Acer V3 laptop computer, an Acer tablet, an LG 55-inch LED television, and a Sony PlayStation 3. Estimated loss: $4,623.

A warrant was issued Wednesday for Salmonson’s arrest, charging him with theft by failure to make required disposition of property (over $500).

Salmonson was located Friday on North First Street and taken into custody without incident. He was lodged in the detention denter.       

RPD: Woman charged after being found sleep in vehicle

Richmond police charged Melissa K. Dalton, 34, Grant Drive, on Friday with several drug offenses after investigating a complaint.

Officers were dispatched to the parking lot in front of the University Shopping Center Rite Aid at 11:44 p.m. in response to a report that a woman had been sitting in the vehicle for approximately an hour, according to the report. A welfare check was requested on the woman.

Upon arrival, officers reported that that woman, later identified as Dalton, was passed out or asleep in the driver’s seat. The vehicle was not running.

After numerous attempts, Dalton was finally awakened. Officers determined she was under the influence of an intoxicant, and she was taken into custody on a charge of public intoxication, the report stated.

A subsequent search of her vehicle produced seven plastic bag corners containing a light powder residue; six empty syringes; two spoons with powdery residue; three short straws with white powdery residue; two zolpidem pills; two alprazolam pills; two syringes containing suspected cocaine; and four prescription pills, according to the report.

Dalton was charged with public intoxication, 18 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and illegal possession of a legend drug.

Theft at Walmart leads to drug charges

Police charged Lorrie K. Hall, 43, Irvine, on Sunday with drug offenses following a shoplifting arrest.

Officers were dispatched to Walmart at 5:51 p.m. to investigate a shoplifting incident, according to an RPD report. Upon arrival, officers learned that employees had detained Hall after she attempted to leave the store without paying for $118.20 in merchandise, the report stated. 

Officers took Hall into custody and reported discovering a morphine pill and a Promethazine prescription pill in her purse.

Hall was charged with theft by unlawful taking (under $500), first-degree possession of a controlled substance and illegal possession of a legend drug.

Man faces third-degree burglary charge

Police charged Jim B. Rhorer, 31, Duncannon Lane, on Sunday with third-degree burglary in connection with a theft incident at Walmart.

An officer was dispatched at 6:30 p.m. to Walmart regarding a shoplifting complaint. The officer learned that store employees had detained Rhorer as he attempted to leave the store without paying for $72.70 worth of merchandise, according to the report.

Rhorer had previously been issued a trespass warning and banned from Walmart, the report stated. His entry into the store to commit a shoplifting offense after being banned resulted in the burglary charges being placed against him.

A bench warrant from Scott District Court on a charge of failure to appear was also served on Rhorer.

Thefts and burglaries

• A complainant reported Thursday that a residence in the 200 block of Rachel Court had been unlawfully entered during the previous four days, and a black Whirlpool electric stove worth $650 was stolen. There were no signs of forced entry. 

• A resident in the 100 block of North Porter reported Saturday that she was having a yard sale when a man arrived on a bicycle in the late afternoon. The man picked up 10 to 12 gold chains on display and rode away without paying for them. The suspect was described as a white man with a thin build, approximately 40 years old and wearing a white T-shirt, a white ball cap and jeans. He was riding a red bicycle, possibly a women’s bike, and was last seen on St. George Street. Estimated loss: $75.

• A resident in the 500 block of Ballard Drive reported Sunday that his unlocked apartment had been unlawfully entered shortly after midnight and a .38 caliber short-barreled handgun was stolen along with some prescription medications. The victim reported being in a back room speaking with a relative when the unlawful entry and theft occurred. Estimated loss: $220.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to call the Richmond Police Department at 623-1162.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at or 624-6694.