Smithville Police Make Two Arrests in Meth Case

June 18, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Matthew A. Murphy
Holly Cikalo
Amanda Brooke Washer

Smithville Police have charged two people in a meth lab investigation.

Chief Randy Caplinger told WJLE Monday that 20 year old Matthew A. Murphy is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and 20 year old Holly Cikalo faces a promotion of methamphetamine charge. They will be in court on July 19. Bond for Murphy is $25,000 and $15,000 for Cikalo

According to Chief Caplinger, police were called to a residence on Woodlawn Street last Thursday, June 14 where Murphy had reportedly hidden components used to make methamphetamine in the back yard. Officers searched the premises and found muratic acid, drain cleaner, lighter fluid, ice compress, lithium batteries, and claritin D. Upon questioning Murphy admitted to the officers that these items belonged to him and that he intended to use them to make methamphetamine.

Cikalo, who was also at the residence with a young child, allegedly admitted to buying the lighter fluid and cold packs knowing that Murphy was planning to make meth with these items. The Department of Children Services was notified and the child was removed from the home.

24 year old Amanda Brooke Washer is charged with theft of property over $1,000 and aggravated burglary. Her bond is $10,000 and she will be in court on July 19. Chief Caplinger said that on Saturday, June 9, Washer allegedly broke into the residence of Eulain Poley Shelton on Gentry Avenue and took several items from the house including pieces of jewelry, cash, and other items, all valued at over $1,000.

35 year old Dana Taylor is cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. She will be in court on June 28. Chief Caplinger said she was stopped for a possible traffic violation and gave police consent to search her vehicle. Taylor told the officer that she had used hypodermic needles in her pocket book. The needles were recovered along with a cut straw. Taylor allegedly admitted to injecting Dilaudid earlier in the day.

18 year old Garrett M. Johnson is cited for following too closely, violation of the open container law, a window tint violation, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and simple possession. He will be in court on July 19. Chief Caplinger said police observed Johnson traveling on North Congress Boulevard following very closely to a vehicle in front of him. He was stopped. The officer noticed that the window tint was very dark. Inside the vehicle were Johnson, the driver, and three minors. A beer can had spilled on the floor and there were 12 unopened beer cans in the vehicle along with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

18 year old Cheyenne Daniels is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $2,500 and she will be in court on June 21. Chief Caplinger said that an officer responded to a residence on South College Street in reference to an assault. Upon arrival, he spoke with Daniels, who said she had come to her aunt's house to confront her. They began arguing. Daniels allegedly pushed her aunt when she got up out of a chair and as the aunt raised her arm, Daniels said she lost her cool and physically assaulted the woman, punching her. Officers determined Daniels was the primary aggressor and placed her under arrest.

40 year old Richard Turner is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on June 21. Chief Caplinger said an officer responded to a residence on Andrew Street to a possible break-in. Upon arrival, he found a man on the porch. Upon speaking with him, the man was found to be Turner. Officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his person. Turner said he had relatives who lived there and he was bringing them food and beer. Turner was very unsteady on his feet. No one was home at the residence. He said he had consumed 40 ounces of beer. Officers found on the porch in a brown paper bag, an empty 40 ounce beer and three- 40 ounce full beers. Due to his safety, he was placed under arrest for public intoxication.

36 year old Lynda Neville is charged with public intoxication and she was issued a citation for possession of a schedule III controlled substance. Her bond is $1,000 and she will be in court on June 21. According to Chief Caplinger, police responded to Foutch Industries on Sparta Highway to a report of an intoxicated female. Upon arrival, an officer spoke with Neville and noticed that her speech was very slurred and she was very unsteady on her feet. When asked if she had consumed any intoxicating beverages, Neville replied no saying she had taken nothing. Neville was asked to remove everything from her pockets and from her front right pocket was a cellophane wrapper containing three pills believed to be hydrocodone. For her safety and due to her being under the influence at work, she was placed under arrest for public intoxication.

32 year old Rebecca Andrews is charged with a fourth offense of driving under the influence. Her court date is June 21 and she is under a $3,000 bond. Chief Caplinger said that on Sunday, June 10 an officer was dispatched to a possible drunk driver traveling north on South Congress Boulevard. The vehicle turned west on Broad Street, then onto Juniper Lane, Bell Street, and Atnip Street. The officer subsequently stopped the vehicle and found that the driver was Andrews. He noticed that her speech was slurred, that she had red watery eyes, and a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person. She submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Andrews also submitted to a blood alcohol test. She has three prior DUI convictions on her record.

21 year old Eduardo Petriz is charged with a first offense of driving under the influence and evading arrest. His bond totals $4,000 and he will be in court on June 28. Chief Caplinger said that Petriz was traveling west on East Broad Street, weaving on the roadway. The officer got behind the vehicle, activating his blue lights and siren. The vehicle stopped at a traffic light, which was green, and then proceeded through the light, turning onto Short Mountain Highway. At one point, Petriz attempted to pass another patrol car in front of him. Petriz traveled about three blocks and then pulled into a driveway. He was placed under arrest. Meanwhile, a passenger of the vehicle, 22 year old Jose Lopez is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on June 28. Chief Caplinger said Lopez had a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he was very unsteady on his feet. He also had trouble speaking. He was placed under arrest due to his intoxication level and for his own safety.

27 year old Amanda Maxwell is cited for shoplifting. She will be in court on June 21. According to Chief Caplinger, an employee of Walmart stated that he observed Maxwell concealing items in her purse. She left the store without paying for those items. She was asked to stop, but refused. Police pulled up to her SUV and Maxwell appeared to be hiding the items inside the vehicle. The owner of the SUV gave police consent to search and the officer found the stolen goods behind the backseat.

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