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Drugs found during home inspection

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Kimberly Steadman
A routine home inspection by members of Clay Community Corrections led to the recent arrest of a woman who had transferred into the program from Vigo County.

According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, on July 25, members of the CCSD and Clay Community Corrections visited an undisclosed Clay County residence where Kimberly Steadman, 36, was staying after being recently transferred to the program.

During a search, officers discovered several violations of Steadman's participation in court-ordered house arrest program from Vigo County.

Steadman was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center.

She appeared via videoconference Monday before Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers to answer for the new charges.

She was formally charged with two class D felony charges, one for possession of methamphetamine and one for possession of a controlled substance, and three class A misdemeanor charges, one for possession of paraphernalia and two for possession of marijuana.

Accepting her request for court-appointed counsel, Akers entered a not guilty plea on Steadman's behalf and scheduled a pre-trial conference for Sept. 8, and a jury trial for Oct. 27.

According to officials, she bonded out of jail Monday to await further court proceedings in Clay County.

As of press time, The Times was unable to reach Clay Community Corrections Director John Tabasco for further comment regarding Steadman's case.

When contacted, officials at the Vigo County Community Corrections said they were unable to discuss any case information or confirm that Steadman was participating in program.

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The reputation of Clay County as the Wabash Valley's drug capital continues.


While I feel extremely sorry for innocent family members every time someone dies due to drugs, it's a blessing in disguise. The worst thing that can happen to an active alcholic or addict is that they live!

Recovery is just a phone call away.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 9:05 PM

I'd be curious to know how you think other diseases should be treated. Should they all die because they're sick?

What a morbid outlook on life...

-- Posted by Nannyray on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 6:20 AM

Sick!? HA. Nobody held a gun to thier head and said they HAD to smoke up that meth. These people just need to be locked up for good, that's the only way some will be cured.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 7:43 AM

I am amazed at the amount of people that feel drug addicts are afflicted with a disease, and want to call them sick. Personally I think the issues lay in weak mindedness, the inability to say 'no', and other people that don't make them take responsibility for their actions - because they are 'sick'.

-- Posted by Lacey62 on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 1:27 PM

man oh man. i read all these comments and let me just say it's people like this that makes the world the way it is. and that is shameful.. u guys act like it the kind of person they are. IT Is THE DRUG!!!! has any one ever heard of addiction????!!!!????. they don't need to die. That's cold hearted what if someone said that about you?.. it isn't sickness , it's addiction. they don't just to be locked up. they need treatment. look at smokes they're addicted, does that make them sick? no. I have been CLEAN from meth for 3 yrs !!!! and i didn't need to lopcked up i needed treatment!!! soo all u clueless people need pray for.

-- Posted by smh on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 2:59 PM

Maybe some of you "holier than thou" people should attend an AA or NA meeting. An addition is an addiction! An alcoholic does not choose to be an alcoholic and YES it is an illness. If you don't believe it, ask a doctor. Until you walk in their shoes, in my opinion, you have no right to judge them. I don't want drugs in our schools or streets either, but maybe you should find out what caused these people to turn to drugs or alcohol. I doubt that they just woke up one morning and decided to be an addict.

-- Posted by th1953 on Wed, Jul 30, 2008, at 3:56 PM

Okay, so it's an addition. You cannot get addicted if you don't try it. So once again, who held a gun to thier head and made them smoke up that meth? Probably nobody.

Sorry, I'll never be able to walk in thier shoes because I'm not going to go low enough to ever do meth or any illegal drug, but thanks for the offer.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 7:36 AM

So if you become addicted to killing and go on a rampage that is ok becasue you are an addict?


-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 10:40 AM

OK, OK. I'll explain this to Nannyray:

Addiction may be a disease, but it's a treatable disease, unlike some medical diseases. Alcoholics and drug addicts CHOOSE to continue "suffering" from their diseases. A simple solution is to accept you are sick and stop using whatever it is that makes you "sick". A diabetic probably wouldn't go around eating sugar packets all hours of the day and night, would they? Drug addicts and alcoholics opt to continue this activity because it beats getting a real job. They are lazy scoundrels. They are a menace to society. They are taking things from decent citizens that earn what they have, only to have these worthless scums steal their valuables. Drug addicts and alcoholics choose to stay drug addicts; help is as close as the telephone. Don't have a telephone? Try going to church! God always answers.

Trust me, I know.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, Jul 31, 2008, at 11:16 AM

This is the first time that I have ever felt compelled to respond to a post on here, and the only comment that I have is,"How would you feel if this was a family member of yours? Let's say your daughter, son, sister, brother, and or mother or father? Or maybe just a close friend of the family, would'nt you at least try to help them? Our community is saturated with Meth & Achohol problems, with no end in sight. I would like to see some of our money spent on rehabilitation instead of incaceration. Because I know that many of the offenders, would not be repeating various crimes, had they not, been under the infleunce of drugs and or achohol.

-- Posted by opinions erybds got 1 on Mon, Aug 4, 2008, at 10:07 PM

Well all I can say is that many drug users are going to end up with a lot of medical problems because of their addiction and none of the drugs they are using now is going to help overcome those conditions.

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Tue, Aug 5, 2008, at 6:48 AM

Thank our government for all the meth problems they introduced it to society. Docters perscribed it in th 70's for fatigue and weight loss. And its all came to this point. Way to go!!

-- Posted by Falling Empire on Tue, Aug 5, 2008, at 7:51 AM

It's azazing to see the same names over and over aging. Money does seem to bring "vision" to our bind justice system.

-- Posted by AMAZING on Tue, Aug 5, 2008, at 7:34 PM

Thoughtful, thanks to your comments I was compelled to sign up and post here for the first time.

You obviously have no clue what it's like to be addicted to anything. You not only do not have a clue about the profile and lifestyle of an addict, but you have a complete misunderstanding about why people do drugs.

I am a former addict. I held down a very well paying job while being addicted to some very bad drugs (and I still have the same job). I never stole a thing from anybody. I have never been to jail. I have never beat anybody up or commited any other criminal acts. I have lived my life a God fearing Christian despite my addictions and sins. If you knew me while I was addicted, you would have never guessed I was ever into anything like what I was. And believe it or not, most addicts lead similar lives. At least the ones I have met.

The power of drugs doesn't lure people in. It can be peer pressure from friends, who at the time may have been the only person(s) in the addicts life that seemed to care. It also can be a need to escape the seemingly unbearable pain life has dealt (which you obviously have never experienced). Depression has been a big part of my life. But mostly my addiction was tied to the pleasure I got from the drugs I used. I didn't use them for anything but a rush. The drugs put me in the state of mind I wanted to be in. And I was able to do the drugs one day, and not touch them for weeks or months at a time. But I also went on binges where I spent thousands of dollars over a few months time.

There are lots of reasons people turn to drugs. Before you judge somebody (which nobody has a right to do in my opinion) try and at least have a little experience about what you are judging the person for. I really hate when people slam on other people for things they have no idea about. And I see drug addicts looked upon as the scum of the Earth, when in fact these addicts have probably been some of the nicest people you've met. They are mostly really good people. They have just led a lifestyle most do not understand.

-- Posted by KDR on Wed, Aug 6, 2008, at 2:48 AM

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