Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

November 18, 2013

Traffic stop leads to drug charges for two area men

TAHLEQUAH — Officers of the Tahlequah Police Department arrested two men on drug charges after a traffic stop Wednesday.

Police pulled over a maroon Toyota near Fourth Street and the East Highway 51 Bypass for an expired tag. Frankie Gann, 28, and Joshua Mouse, 32, were placed in custody on suspicion of possession of synthetic narcotics. Both were transported to Cherokee County Detention Center.

On Friday, police arrested Stephen Koumaras, 68, alleging he drove through a checkpoint. Koumaras was charged with DUI, failure to maintain roadway, driving under revocation and failing to stop at a vehicle safety checkpoint.

A checkpoint stop on Friday resulted in the arrest of three people. Maressa Franklin, 21, was placed in custody on suspicion of DUI. Police report arresting Rachel Walton, 22, and a second passenger. The third person arrested was not named in the report, nor were any charges the passengers may face.

On Thursday, police responded to a report of disturbing the peace at Golden Rule on Park Hill Road. Cynthia Collins, 42, told officers that Janique E. Koch, 36, had entered the store after being banned for two weeks for shoplifting. Collins also alleged that Koch had verbally accosted her. Police located Koch at Atwood’s and transported her to the Tahlequah City Jail on charges of disturbing the peace and trespassing.

Aaron T. Sweeney, 21, was taken into custody Thursday after he was detained on suspicion of shoplifting by loss prevention at the Walmart Supercenter at 2020 S. Muskogee Ave.

On Monday, a burglary was reported at a business on Woodlawn Avenue. Cash was stolen and a suspect was named.

On Nov. 9, police received a report of vandalism at the Walmart Supercenter.

Another vandalism report was taken on Nov. 9 after the word DRAMA was found spray-painted in red on the back wall of Save-A-Lot on East Downing Street.

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