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Brazil man arrested on multiple charges

Friday, January 6, 2006

A Brazil City Police Department's investigation into suspicious activity led to the arrest of a Brazil man on various charges, including drugs, trespass and stalking, shortly after midnight on Dec. 31.

Patrolmen Sgt. Dave Archer and Chris Blila discovered Harry Eugene Dickison Jr. sitting in a vehicle with a pair of binoculars near Duncan Auto Service in the area of South Franklin St.

Upon questioning, Dickison claimed to have permission to be at the location, which the property owner denied.

During a search, officers located methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and discovered that Dickison was driving a vehicle with a suspended license.

The vehicle was impounded and Dickison was arrested on charges of trespass, possession of paraphernalia, driving while suspended, possession of methamphetamine and stalking.

He was taken to the Clay County Jail on a $7,000 cash bond to wait arraignment.

"I thank God for stalking laws," Police Chief Mark Loudermilk told The Brazil Times. "They are great tools for law enforcement. There was a time when an officer was unable to do anything unless a person violated a state law or was witnessed by an officer in the act."

Stalking cases rarely occur in Brazil. Loudermilk credits the low number of cases to the laws implemented in 1993.

"We had more complaints before the laws were enacted, but were unable to do anything," he said. "Now we can. If someone feels that they are in danger because of suspicious activity (like being watched with binoculars) we can take action right away."

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