Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

October 30, 2012

Local man arrested for domestic assault, public intoxication

TAHLEQUAH — A Tahlequah man was arrested early Monday morning for domestic assault and battery and public intoxication.

Justin Louis Johnson, 51, was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center Monday following a complaint that the victim was pushed into bedroom furniture and struck her in the face. According to the deputy sheriff’s report, the victim, who did not want to press charges, was searching for eyeglasses when entering the bedroom where Johnson had barricaded himself most of the day while drinking. When the woman’s daughter heard the noise, she came into the bedroom and stood between her mother and Johnson, who was eventually pushed out of the house while being told officers had been contacted. The report indicated the victim had a small cut on her back, but there were no visible marks on her face.

David Hodges filed a medication theft report with deputies Oct. 26. Hodges said on Oct. 20, an unknown suspect forced the lock on his Vian home and removed about 90 hydrocodone pills. Hodges told law officials he recently had his prescription refilled.

Zackary McCaslin reported Oct. 26 that a known suspect was trying to “make trouble” for him at his place of employment. McCaslin reported the business received a phone call from the suspect, who said McCaslin had given him “the finger” while McCaslin was working at a public location. McCaslin told deputies he believed the suspect’s actions stemmed filed a lawsuit in a child custody case. McCaslin also indicated a relative had accused the suspect of rape.

A Grand View School student reported a theft Oct. 24, following the loss of a backpack containing a silver fourth-generation iPod with camera and a Galaxy S smartphone, which had a black cover and a crack in the screen. The report, which noted the book bag was found empty the next day, covered with signs and urine, indicated the student discovered the backpack missing upon returning to the dressing room after practice.

Susan Snell filed a larceny report Oct. 25 about a missing Visio laptop. Snell told deputies she and her parent had taken away a known suspect’s phone prior to discovering the laptop missing. When asked about the laptop, the suspect told Snell to look in the garage. The laptop wasn’t found, but the suspect told Snell to, “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.”

Willa Crow spoke to sheriff’s deputies Oct. 26 about inappropriate comments made to her at her Oaks residence. Deputies were serving an entry-and-detainer order when Crow told law officials a person associated with an apartment complex had made inappropriate sexual comments. The report indicated Crow did not want to file charges, but wanted it on record that the person was unprofessional, dishonest and was using illegal paperwork and documents.

Clara Watts filed a domestic assault and threat report Oct. 28.  Watts told sheriff’s deputies relatives entered her Tahlequah home and forcefully took a child. Watts told law officials one assailant held her arm, while another tried to remove the child. Watts told deputies one person grabbed his gun and threatened to shoot her. Deputies talked to the relative making the threat, who reported being told by a friend that Watts had attempted to sell some of his property.

Richard Fielder on Oct. 25 told law officials that two of his cows had been shot. Fielder said the first cow was shot two months ago, while was shot on or around Oct. 23. Fielder, who estimated the cows’ value to be $1,150 to $1,250, said he heard a gunshot near his home just after dark, and when looking out the window, he saw a white pickup driving away. Fielder said later that night he saw the truck driving slowly by his house.

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