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Man on house arrest pleads not guilty to new drug charges

Friday, December 23, 2005

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In Clay County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon, Wesley A. Fewell, 47, plead not guilty to drug charges stemming from an arrest after a routine visit while he was under house arrest.

On Dec. 16, Community Corrections' Officer John Tabasco made a routine visit to Fewell's residence and determined that a search was necessary.

Brazil City Patrolmen Dave Archer, Jeff Bucklin and Indiana State Police Trooper Todd Brown aided Tabasco during the search of the residence at 714 S. Franklin St. which located drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the home.

An alternative to traditional incarceration, people on home detention are still under control of the court, its officers and are subject to a stricter set of rules than the general population. When placed on home detention, Fewell signed a waiver of his fourth amendment rights, which allowed the search to take place without a search warrant.

Fewell was charged with Possession of Marijuana/Hashish, a Class A misdemeanor, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, a Class D felony, and Possession of Methamphetamine, a Class D felony.

Judge Blaine Akers entered Fewell's not guilty plea and scheduled his first pre-trial conference on Jan. 30 at 8:30 a.m., with a jury trial scheduled for March 6.

Fewell is in the Clay County Jail on a $15,000 bond with no 10 percent.



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