Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

January 23, 2013

Deputies arrest local man for possession of meth

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man over the weekend after being asked to check his welfare.

Jacob Pritchett, 22, of Tahlequah, was booked for possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of paraphernalia Friday.

A deputy and a Cherokee Nation marshal were sent to State Highway 82A to check on a man who was walking down the road near Buck Ford State Park. Dispatchers said the man might have been armed with a knife.

Officers asked for permission to search Pritchett’s pockets and found a small, plastic bag with a white powder inside and a piece of a straw. Pritchett said the straw was his but the bag was not, according to officers. The powder field-tested positive as methamphetamine.

Deputies arrested Jason C. Bycroft, 29, of Tahlequah, on Sunday for domestic assault and battery. Deputies said they were dispatched to a Tahlequah hospital to speak with a woman who had been assaulted. The woman said she and Bycroft argued and the dispute continued as she tried to leave. As the woman went to her car, Bycroft allegedly grabbed her by the wrist and forced her back into the home, but she was later able to leave. Bycroft denied the incident when deputies went to his home, according to a report on his arrest. He eventually told deputies he and the woman did have an argument, but denied grabbing her or dragging her back into the home.

Deputies took a report from a woman Saturday who said a 9-year-old girl was bitten by a pit bulldog.

Jennifer Green filed a report last week and said a woman called and threatened to come to her house and beat her with a baseball bat. Green said her car was also vandalized recently by the suspect’s daughter.

Ariel Marrs spoke to deputies last week and said she was assaulted.

Deputies filed a death investigation report last week on Brenda Thompson, 59, of Hulbert. Thompson is believed to have died of natural causes.

A death investigation report was filed Tuesday on Luke Wells, 21, of Park Hill. The report indicates his cause of death is still pending, but the report mentions Wells suffered from a disease.

Wesley Girty spoke to deputies last week and said someone shattered a window at his residence. Girty said nothing was taken from inside the home.

Deputies took a report from a 13-year-old student last week after he was involved in a school fight. The student was reportedly grabbed from behind, picked up and thrown to the floor head-first.

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