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Police serving warrant arrest man on drug charges


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NORTH VERNON — A Jennings County man accused of violating his probation faces new drug-related charges after his arrest Wednesday, a police report said.

Michael J. Bates, 58, of North Vernon, faces Class D felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and violation of the Legend Drug Act along with charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, harboring a fugitive and assisting a criminal.

The charges of harboring a fugitive and assisting a criminal against Bates stem from the arrest of Holley Kramer, 28, of Clarksville. She was arrested when a warrant was served at Bates’ residence at 315 Hickory Way in Country Squire Lakes. Kramer was wanted on a charge of criminal trespassing.

Bates and Kramer were arrested by Jennings County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Jerry Shepherd, Lt. Brian Talkington, Detective Sgt. Jeff Jones and Officer Jason Allen.

During the arrest, police said they found a “large” amount of Schedule II narcotics that were not prescribed to Bates. According to police, Bates had the pills in his shirt pocket at the time officers made the arrest and took him into custody.

Bates was booked into the Jennings County Jail at 3 p.m. Wednesday and was being held on $3,610 bond.

Kramer was taken to the Jennings County Jail and later transferred to Clark County authorities.

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