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Traffic stops net stolen vehicle, rowdy driver

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

An early Sunday morning traffic stop in the area of the State Road 340 and United States 40 split led to the recovery of a vehicle reported stolen from a Brazil residence.

Initially pulled over for a potential speeding violation around 2:30 a.m., Larry Criscillies, 22, Indianapolis, was unable to provide a legal vehicle registration of the 1997 Dodge truck to Clay County Sheriff's Deputy/K-9 Handler Brison Swearingen.

The license plate did not match the vehicle when checked by authorities, but the vehicle identification number (VIN) matched that of a vehicle recently reported stolen to the Brazil City Police Department on Aug. 14.

Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison told The Brazil Times that there is a potential for more charges to be filed after the Clay County Prosecutor's Office reviews the case.

"Basically this case is a matter of theft by fraudulent possession," Harrison said, explaining that Criscillies allegedly knew the vehicle was stolen when he got it. "He attempted to remove the VIN number."

According to jail officials, Criscillies remains in custody at the Clay County Justice Center on a $7,000 cash bond for a preliminary felony charge of auto theft/receiving auto parts. Criscillies will appear for formal arraignment per the court schedule.

During another early morning traffic stop Monday, Brazil City Police Department Reserve Patrolman Eric Vanatti and Sgt. Dennis Archer arrested two allegedly intoxicated Brazil men who were sitting in a car blocking traffic at the intersection of Chicago and Central Ave. shortly before 1 a.m.

When the officers asked the driver, Shawheen D. Arabi, 22, Brazil, to exit the car, he started arguing with them. Refusing a sobriety test, the officers attempted to take Arabi into custody but he fought being handcuffed and refused to get into the police car. During a routine search, officers found an undisclosed amount of marijuana in Arabi's possession.

After a routine background check, the passenger, James M. Waggle, 20, was taken into custody without incident for an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation.

Both men were taken to the Clay County Justice Center for booking.

Waggle was booked into the jail without a bond where, according to jail officials, he will stay until an appearance in Clay Circuit Court can be arranged per the court calendar.

Booked on four preliminary misdemeanor charges of resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana, public intoxication and disorderly conduct, Arabi has since bonded out of jail to await formal arraignment and further court proceedings per the court calendar.

NOTE: (Sept. 3) Shawheen D. Arabi and James M. Waggle, who were mentioned in the above story, were not involved in the incident involving a stolen vehicle.

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Stolen vehicles, possession of drugs, public intoxications, warrants sounds like a busy holiday weekend for law enforcement. Great Job keep up the good work.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 3:02 AM

Ditto...Great job!

-- Posted by ADJ on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 3:16 AM

The CCSD just keeps proving what "BAD BOYS" the department has now ~ way to go ~ keep those arrests coming ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 6:56 AM

You won't often find me "cheerleading" for the police, however, it sure seems like they've been doing a great job lately. Its seems that a lot of bad stuff goes on in the "wee hours of the morning" and it looks like we've got some officers that know this and are looking out for it. Thanks guys!

-- Posted by TheRider on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 10:06 AM

Keep up the good work guys !!!!! I sleep better knowing that you guys are out there during the wee hours.

-- Posted by Ventuno on Wed, Sep 3, 2008, at 7:42 PM

There are three people riding the shorts of the CCSD responding to storys and inflating the department's head. They may be just starting to improve, but where were they when the drugs were flowing through this town like a river in the year of XXXX?

-- Posted by jobwelldone on Sun, Sep 7, 2008, at 8:54 AM

jobwelldone- From looking at a number of your posts, it is clear that you are sympathetic to the drug abusers in this community and are probably a fellow traveler. The Clay County Sheriff's Department has done more in the last four years or so to combat the drug problem than has ever been done before. Is it any wonder that they have community support? I think if you check you will find more than just three people making positive comments about them, heck even The Rider said something nice about law enforcement.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department and the other agencies have been fighting the battle against illegal drugs for a number of years. In the past few years there have been officers put in place whose main duty is to pursue drug offenders. The leadership of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and the other agencies see the damage that drugs are doing to this community and have decided to do everything they can to combat it with their limited resources.

In the past few years, scores of high and low level drug dealers and users have been sent to county jails, state prisons and federal prisons. The serious offenders are often sent away for a number of years; the first time offenders and users are often sentenced to less jail time and have to complete substance abuse counseling.

The current administrations can't go back in time and try to take care of problems that were taking place "in the year of XXXX" whenever that was. All they can do is deal with the present problems and try to secure a safer future for our community. I think the success that they have had over the last few years shows that the right people are in the right places doing the right things to ensure our county will be better when they leave office than it was when they started.

-- Posted by Unsolicited opinion on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 1:46 PM

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