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Happy Endings arrest

A 40-year-old man was arrested for allegedly possessing a large amount of drugs on Wednesday.

According to police, they received a call around 10 p.m. informing them a man had attempted to steal a stereo from Walmart. Officers were told the man fled toward Happy Endings Casino, which is next to Walmart on Paxson Avenue.

When police arrived at the casino, they noticed a man who matched the description of the suspect place some items on the ground near a vehicle then walk into the building. Officers inspected the items, which reportedly included roughly 15 grams of suspected meth, hydrocodone, a marijuana cigarette, and syringes, police said.

Police identified the man as Stephen Stafford. He was arrested for two felony counts of possessing dangerous drugs and two misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.

According to a woman officers spoke with in the casino, another man had stolen the stereo from Walmart. However, officers say that Stafford was wearing a jacket from Murdoch’s that still had price tags on it. In the pockets, officers found items they believe were taken from Murdoch’s.

Police are investigating whether Stafford stole the coat and pocket items.

Meth, heroin

Police arrested a 41-year-old passenger during a traffic stop for allegedly having drugs in her purse.

At 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, police pulled over a suspicious vehicle on the 2600 block of Goodwin Street. Officers learned the driver was on probation and received permission from her probation officer to search the vehicle. They also received permission from her passenger, Mary Cotham, to search Cotham’s purse.

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Police didn’t find any illegal items in the vehicle, but they did find suspected meth, heroin, marijuana, syringes, and a pipe in Cotham’s purse. Cotham was cited for two possession of dangerous drugs felonies, one drug possession misdemeanor, and a possession of drug paraphernalia misdemeanor.

Stolen ATV

Police arrested a 30-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man for possessing a stolen ATV on Wednesday.

On Nov. 23, police received a stolen vehicle report that stated a 2000 Honda TRX 400 was missing from a residence on the 2700 block of Pine Street. Five days later, police noticed two people driving an ATV that matched the stolen Honda’s description on Main Street.

Officers followed the ATV, which pulled into the Triple S Building Center store on East Front Street. When they went in to speak with the two people, Heather and Bruce Taylor, officers were advised that the couple had fled north up Main Street.

Police found the Taylors near the corner of Main Street and Iowa Avenue. Officers allege the two had been driving the stolen ATV, and both were arrested for possessing stolen property, a felony.

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