Tahlequah Daily Press

Crime & Courts

March 11, 2014

Sheriff's Beat: Deputies recover pills at scene of disturbance

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies responding to a verbal domestic disturbance in Park Hill on Saturday recovered a pair of pills and sent them to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for analysis.

The report of Deputy Josh Girdner states he spoke with a man who said his wife had been drinking, taken some pills and passed out on the coach. The man stated he had taken the remaining pills and flushed them down the toilet. Girdner’s report states that he entered the house and tried to wake the woman unsuccessfully. After asking dispatch to send an EMS team, Girdner says he noticed the woman’s purse open and a plastic bag containing two blue pills. The woman was transported to Tahlequah City Hospital for treatment. Girdner reports calling a poison control hotline, which advised him upon his description that the pills were morphine sulfate. The pills were packaged and sent to the OSBI lab. No arrests were made.

On Sunday, Jennifer Lynn Steeley, 31, of Tahlequah, was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Girdner’s report states he stopped Steeley after she ran a red light at Muskogee Avenue and Raine Street. Steeley was transported to Cherokee County Detention Center, where she allegedly returned a blood alcohol content of .19 on her sobriety test. She was booked on charges of DUI, transporting an open container and failure to obey a traffic control device.

While aiding the Oklahoma Highway Patrol with a driver’s license checkpoint at North Jarvis Road and West Burnett Road, a deputy arrested Juan Ramon Lopez-Falcon, 35, of Tahlequah, for alleged DUI. Lopez-Falcon was transported to CCDC after failing field sobriety tests, where he reportedly recorded a blood alcohol content of .13. He was booked on suspicion of DUI and transporting an open container.

The department investigated a burglary complaint at the Church of Jesus in Welling. Reported missing were as Gibson Hummingbird Sunburst Edition guitar, valued at $8,000, with serial number 356705, and a Gibson Blonde CL-20 Standard Plus guitar with serial number 90577041.

On Friday, a Bunch man reported the payment of $5,200 to a man to roof his house, and that no work had been done or materials delivered.

On Thursday, a Stilwell woman filed an information report claiming her daughter had not removed items from the woman’s home and that she was approached by her grandson, whom she feared because he had been violent in the past.

Deputies took an information report Thursday from a Fort Worth, Texas, man who said that while he was installing property auction signs, a man stopped to talk about a dispute he was having with a couple and said he was going to shoot them.

A Hulbert man visited the sheriff’s office on Wednesday to report animal abuse by a neighbor, claiming dogs had gone without food or water for days.

On March 2, a Tahlequah man told deputies someone had bought cable TV under his name, and that he had repeatedly been the victim of fraud since the theft of his wallet five years ago.

On March 1, deputies took a vandalism report from a Tahlequah man who claimed someone had cut the lock off the gate to his property.

On Feb. 21, a couple reported their house had been burglarized and items belonging to their house sitters were stolen.

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