Louisiana chase leads to drug arrest
Louisiana police chased a man down for failing to show up in court last week and ended up arresting a Louisiana woman on drug charges in the process.
Police found Mark Smith, 23, at the Dairy Queen in Louisiana at 8:11 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 and he fled on foot, according to Pike County Court records.
Three officers were looking for Smith because he had failed to appear in the county’s court in May on an alleged charge of driving while his license was revoked.
Police knew Smith resided with Cory E. Maschmeier, 20, at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of N. Carolina Street, according to a probable cause statement from the Louisiana police department. That is where Smith was apprehended but then the case took another turn.
While in the apartment, officers allegedly found a marijuana pipe and a hydrocodone pain pill for which Maschmeier had no prescription. Maschmeier then admitted to the officers that more drugs were in the house, according to the probable cause statement.
A subsequent search allegedly turned up eight small baggies of marijuana collectively weighing almost one ounce.
Maschmeier was arrested for intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drugs.
She was arraigned in circuit court on Wednesday, Oct. 9, where she said she would hire a private attorney.
Maschmeier remains in the Pike County jail on a $25,000, cash-only bond. Smith also remains in the county jail on a bond of $350.
Former Pike County sheriff candidate Grover L. Turner, Jr. has been granted a change of venue in his case involving seven counts of second-degree assault.
Turner’s case was moved to Montgomery County during a Thursday, Oct. 10 hearing in Pike County Circuit Court, according to the office of Prosecuting Attorney Mark Fisher. No court dates have been set yet in Montgomery County, an office spokesperson said.
Turner was charged in July for allegedly twice ramming his vehicle into another with seven passengers in it near the Pike County Fairgrounds on July 29, 2012. Turner was allegedly upset with a woman in the other vehicle, according to court records.
Turner is free on bond but was placed on electronic monitoring in late July.
Turner was a candidate for sheriff in November 2012 and lost in a landslide to current Sheriff Stephen Korte.
in neglect case
A Clarksville woman originally charged with felony child neglect pleaded guilty to an amended misdemeanor charge of second- degree endangering the welfare of a child on Oct. 10 in Pike County Circuit Court.
Stephanie Hagaman, 29, received two years probation from Judge David Ash. She also must complete 60 hours of community service, attend a parenting class and not leave her children unsupervised, according to court records.
Hagaman was arrested Aug. 16 when authorities learned she had left her two children alone for five hours after school to go shopping in St. Louis.