Theft report results in 2 arrests

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Theft report results in 2 possession arrests

Columbus police officers arrested two people on several charges after a store in the 2000 block of Merchants Mile reported someone had taken tools without paying for them.

David Ward, 45, 1805 Central Ave., was arrested on charges of theft and possession of methamphetamine at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus police spokesman.

Madeline C. McNicholas, 31, Hope, was arrested on charges of criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia, Harris said.

When police arrived at the store, they found store security speaking with Ward, accusing him of concealing two power tools in his clothing before leaving the store, Harris said. During the arrest, officers found that Ward had a small amount of methamphetamine, Harris said.

Officers then spoke with McNicholas, who had arrived at the store with Ward, Harris said.

Officers learned McNicholas had previously been accused of trespassing at the store, and she was arrested, police said.

A police K-9 unit alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle McNicholas was in prior to her arrest, Harris said. McNicholas said the drug paraphernalia found in the vehicle was hers, Harris said.

Ward is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $62,500 bond, jail officials said.

McNicholas was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond, jail officials said.

Police use stun gun on uncooperative suspect

A local man was arrested after Columbus police used a stun gun to subdue him after a disturbance.

Anthony J. Schuette, 43, 703 Hutchins St., was arrested on charges of domestic battery and resisting law enforcement after police were called to the 700 block of Hutchins Avenue at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday about a person who had been battered, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The victim told officers she had been smacked and punched, Harris said.

Officers attempted to talk to Schuette, who began shouting obscenities at officers, Harris said.

Schuette had his right hand concealed behind an apartment door and refused to cooperate with officers, Harris said.

Schuette tossed a bottle in the area where officers were standing and was approaching officers when police used the stun gun to subdue him, Harris said.

After a check from paramedics, Schuette was arrested on charges of domestic battery and resisting law enforcement, Harris said.

He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond, jail officials said.

City man wanted on warrants picked up

A Columbus man wanted on several warrants was arrested in a traffic stop at 17th Street and Central Avenue.

Columbus Police Department officers Travis Harbaugh and Ben Goodin stopped a vehicle driven by Jeremy D. Morgan, 28, 2216 Hawcreek Ave., on Saturday, said Sgt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police spokesman.

Morgan was arrested on charges of driving while suspended, a Bartholomew County warrant for driving while suspended, a Bartholomew County warrant for three counts of conversion and a body attachment warrant for failure to appear on a conversion and theft charge, Harris said.

Morgan is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $35,200 bond.

— Staff Reports

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.