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Juvenile arrested again

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A Brazil juvenile is in adult trouble, again.

According to court documents, Brock J. Mathews, 17, was recently arrested on two outstanding warrants for alleged probation violations for separate convictions that were waived to adult court and various new drug related charges.

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger explained "adult adjudication" to The Brazil Times in a telephone interview Wednesday evening.

"Once a juvenile is waived to adult court, and then convicted, any further criminal action is filed as adult charges," Reberger said. "These charges are only allegations, Mathews is considered innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law."

On April 2, an off-duty sheriff's deputy, who was aware of the outstanding warrants, initially stopped Mathews as he walked west along National Avenue. Mathews was taken into custody without incident when other officers arrived.

According to the probable cause statement, officers discovered Mathews was in possession of various controlled substances and prescription drugs, marijuana in an amount of more than 30 grams, digital scales and a knife with a blade that opens automatically. The way some of the drugs were packaged led officers to believe they were packaged for sale.

Officers involved in the arrest noted on the court documents that Mathews was arrested within 1,000 feet of a daycare center and two pre-schools.

Mathews was booked into the Clay County Justice Center, without bond, on the two warrants for petition to revoke probation.

Because of the items found in his possession at the time of his arrest, Mathews was also charged with a class B felony charge of Dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance, a class C felony charge of Possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony of Unlawful possess or use of a legend drug, a class D felony charge of Possession of Marijuana and a class B misdemeanor charge of Possession of a switchblade knife.

Although facing three separate cases, Mathews is not subject to the "three strikes law."

Reberger said a person must be convicted of three prior felony charges to be subject to this type of formal charge.

Mathews does not qualify at this time.

Jail officials confirmed Wednesday evening that Mathews remains incarcerated at the Clay County Justice Center.

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-- Posted by pepsilady on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 10:28 PM

yeah at his age one would think our system would have a better way of reforming and really go after the ones giving these drugs to the young adults thats what we really need to lean on we do away with them then maybe these young adults ,some of them anyway would look into more practical methods of spending their spare time...dont ya think!

-- Posted by c1iwant on Thu, Apr 10, 2008, at 9:30 AM

lilmomma a drug addict has to want the help to get the help and for the help to work.

And yes i know this guys family. I know his brother just got out of prison for i believe the same kind of charges.

yeah he has made several mistakes HOW many does it take to learn a lesson.

As for the cops in this town they are just like any town, some of us feel they are doing a good job on cleaning the drugs up in brazil, Some feel they need to crack down a little bit harder. but they do thier job they are protecting you and your family "right"

If you think Brazil is that bad of a town hey there is other towns and cities and even state.

And I bet you will have the same crap there as here. the good and the bad people and cops

But stop and think If someone keeps breaking the law they are gonna be srrested. and be well known by the cops. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT

-- Posted by pepsilady on Thu, Apr 10, 2008, at 11:03 PM

the cops need to clean up the streets with lawn movers and scooters, 4 wheelers,too. think there is a reason they don't have drivers licenses.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Fri, Apr 11, 2008, at 1:59 PM

I have moved to a different town, and no its not even close... how is taking away curfew helping i mean he would have a harder time being out on the streets if they did.. also they should be going after the people who give him the stuff... i know how hard it is to get away from all that the best thing is to get away far away...

-- Posted by lilmomma on Sat, Apr 12, 2008, at 8:53 PM

It is a series of unfortunate events that has landed this young man in Adult court. All events he is responsible for. It is a shame that he was born into that lifestyle and that the rehabiltation platform that the Juvenile Justice System prides itself on has failed him as well. But there is a vicious cycle that Mr. Matthews is in, and perhaps incarceration might end that cycle. Or it may even feed into that cycle, it is hard to tell. It is the person that decides the action, not the action that decides the person, and he must be held responsible now. Hopefully, he will make better decisions in time to come. He is still young and anything can happen. Having faith that this young man and others like him can change might be just what they need.

-- Posted by Boilergirl on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 11:59 PM

Good Heavens .. reading all this makes me glad I'm not a teacher, but I still want to grab a RED pen!!

ADULT Action = ADULT Consequence.

He was "man enough" to make his choice, he's man enough to suffer the consequences.

Let's not continue to coddle him.

KUDOS to the officers who took him off the streets (again). Thank you.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 10:52 AM

Brock is always in trouble; drugs, guns, violence and the list goes on. The Police have done their jobs over and over by catching this punk and putting him in jail. Now it is time for the prosecutor and judge to do their job and lock him away from the good citizens of our community.

-- Posted by sceptic on Fri, Apr 18, 2008, at 10:01 PM

Why is it everyone wants to blame all the ills of the world on somebody else? Who held the gun to this guys head and told him to carry around drugs?

I think it is well past time for people as a whole to own what they do and stop making excuses. This guy isn't some 4 year old kid who innocently had some marijuana in his pocket all the while blissfully ingorant as to what it was. If anything he is trying to destroy other peoples lives by selling them this crap possibly even kids given his location. How come no one worries about who this piece of trash had already met with and sold his product to?

This whole affair was a really heads up move by the police officer to notice him in the first place. Kudos to them.

-- Posted by Inquizitor on Sat, Apr 19, 2008, at 7:36 PM

In my owm opinion Mr. Mathews is just a fraction of probs in our town. Yes the cops are doing there best to clean it up. But more has to be done. I was involved in a incident last september that could have been taking care of before it ever happend. And on the same token how can we not blame brazil for all the problems right now. There is nothing in this town for the youth. And i know what you are saying (why put something for the youth when the possiblity is there for them to destroy and it get into more trouble) Well thats whats jobs are for. Ya know like security guards, or is it to hard for this town to hire people for the job so the youth can have something. All im saying is yes Mr Mathews has made his decisions and should be punished for them... BUT WHAT IF we had something for the youth here other thank football which if you don't want to play for the school you can play in the clay youth league till you get into the 6th grade or bowling. BRAZIL NEEDS MORE FOR YOUTH

-- Posted by Inquizitor on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 9:10 AM

They need to put these kids to work. When I was 17 I never had time to get into trouble like that, and that wasn't very long ago. Get them out picking up trash and doing things to make Brazil better.

-- Posted by JustinH on Wed, Apr 23, 2008, at 10:43 AM

Nobody has ever given brock a chance what have the cops done? harrassed him and locked him up for a while gave him some charges and a ton of court fee's for his family? why not try rehab instead of just letting him sit in jail when he is only 18 brazil is stupid and the police here are a joke

-- Posted by brazilsucks on Fri, Oct 24, 2008, at 2:24 PM

yes brazilsucks, you're right. They have never given this kid a chance. I kow wrong is wrong, but I don't think jail time or prison is the answer. Knowing this kid like I do it would only make matters worse. And prison might I add would definitely not be the answer. It would only do one of a few things, make him worse,cause him to get hurt badlly, maybe bad enough to be close to death,or be someones little ragdoll in prison. I think a resident place or a very good rehab would be the answer. Something such as the House of Hope. I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit one when my oldest son was a resident there. And by the way Boilergirl, he was not born into this life style. He has very good respectable law abiding parents. It's the society out there that he is around. Look around you at all the older people who just got busted in August. Most of them are older. At least 75% of them. People cannnot help what their children do or how they turn out. And not everyone kows what their kid is doing. Some are more quiet or secretive than others. And some are more open. You never know, you people who think you have perfect kids, never know what they might be doing behind your back. I have seen this many of times myself. As growing up, and as an adult. I have kids sneak around to smoke, drink, and whatever cuz they did not want their parents to know. Some were very high upstanding, respectable peoples kids in the community. So it's not always the lifestyle or the parents fault. Until you get all the facts, and know the truth, and exactly what is going on, you might need to be cleaning up your own back door!

-- Posted by LM3561 on Tue, Nov 18, 2008, at 1:47 PM

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