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Two men arrested during traffic stop

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ricky A. Cooksey
A traffic stop Thursday evening led to two drug-related arrests.

While on patrol in an area near the intersection of Short and Lambert streets, Clay County Sheriff's Department Deputy Josh Clarke told The Brazil Times he recognized Ricky A. Cooksey, 24, rural Carbon, who previously had his license suspended, driving a vehicle with Jesse L. Mathews, 27, Brazil, as a passenger.

After initiating a traffic stop, Clarke discovered the vehicle had a false registration during a routine check.

Meanwhile, Clarke said the men were frantically moving around inside the vehicle as if to hide something. Because of their odd behavior and protocols for officer safety, he called for back-up assistance from deputies Jason Frazier and John Tilley.

While waiting for the officers to arrive, Cooksey and Mathews admitted to being in possession of approximately 200 grams of marijuana.

Once the men were placed in custody, officers performed a search of the vehicle.

Jesse L. Mathews
Two firearms with a large amount of ammunition, an undisclosed amount of unidentified pills and a crystal substance were discovered and sent off for processing and identification. Clark said the results are expected within the week.

Mathews and Cooksey were both taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center. They both were preliminarily charged with possession of marijuana over 30 grams and two firearms violations. Cooksey was also charged with one count of possession of paraphernalia.

Clarke said more charges could be issued after the Clay County Prosecutor's Office reviews evidence collected in the case.

With Mathews facing a $10,000 cash bond with no 10 percent and Cooksey with a $7,000 cash bond with no 10 percent, both remain incarcerated at the jail awaiting formal arraignment per the court calendar.

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It is unbelievable the number of people arrested in Clay County for drug use. Sad really.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Dec 5, 2008, at 9:40 PM

Thank you CCSD ~ more drugs off our streets ~ great job ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Fri, Dec 5, 2008, at 11:19 PM

I hate to say anyone is hopeless, but this Matthews guy has done several things including kidnapping, now he has firearms and a large amount of ammunition ,Judge, lets not allow this guy to harm anyone else, he repeatedly demonstrates that he doesn't have a shred of respect for the law or society ,maybe its partially because no one has held him accountable when he has shown up in court the several previous times.

-- Posted by Centered on Sat, Dec 6, 2008, at 7:43 AM

I hate to say anyone is hopeless.... but this Mathews guy has been in the paper numerous times demonstrating his total lack of respect for the law and society in general,this time he had fire arms and a large amount of ammunition wonder what would have played out in that instance had Josh not recognized them, Judge its time to hold them accountable.

-- Posted by Centered on Sat, Dec 6, 2008, at 8:09 AM

sorry centered but you need to get your story straight !!! this mathews didn't do kidnapping.

-- Posted by whatever21 on Sat, Dec 6, 2008, at 8:26 AM

Sorry if I'm mistaken, he may not have done the kidnapping, but his name came up in it, I googled his name it came up on the Wabash Correctional Facility , he had enrolled in the CLIFF program in 06 which stands for Clean Lifestyle Is Freedom Forever, apparently didn't work out. I don't know this guy personally, maybe you do. I'm glad Josh recognized the driver and pulled them over no telling what we may have been reading about them today if he had'nt.

-- Posted by Centered on Sat, Dec 6, 2008, at 10:01 AM

Centered ~

I think it's just time to keep both of these guys off the streets ~ drugs + firearms & ammo can't equate to anything good for our community ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Sat, Dec 6, 2008, at 10:03 AM

I think that it is sad that people get in these situations and use alcohol and other sustances instead of dealing with the true problems they have. I also think it is sad that people choose to only see those things and not the person! Just because people make the choice to do bad things does not make them any less human and also does not make them stupid! There are alot of smart people who have done things that they regret. I am willing to bet that most of the people who write these type of comments have done things in their past they are not proud of! Sometines we need to stop judging others and try to help those who are going down the wrong path! I absolutely do not approve of this behavior but will not judge these boys based on the bad things they have done in their lives.

-- Posted by PurpleGurl on Sat, Dec 6, 2008, at 6:36 PM

Since when can cops pull you over because you had a previous license suspension?

-- Posted by ape1 on Sat, Dec 6, 2008, at 8:27 PM

Indiana Case law has stated that prior officer knowledge of a suspended license dose give the officer probable cause to initiate a traffic stop.

-- Posted by reasonablesuspicion on Sun, Dec 7, 2008, at 1:44 AM

An Opinion is not a Judgement.

I may have told a lie before, but you can still trust me to not steal your property, use meth or do harm to you in any way,let alone drive around with a suspended license with guns and ammo in the car.

After reading about these guys too many times in the paper and each time the crime has escalated, jail time did not phase or deter them in any way and my concern shifted to their potential victims.

For instance, there is still an unsolved shooting at an elementary school in the near proximity of their addresses, I'm not saying they did it at all!

But I am saying someone with the same mentality did it. Whats in their future, rehabilitation at this point did not help, and you're right,it is sad.

-- Posted by Centered on Sun, Dec 7, 2008, at 10:55 AM

I am going to say something that I've said many times before. Education is the only way to prevent people from turning to crime and drugs [or drugs and crime as it is in many cases and I include misuse of alcohol in drugs part as it's abuse is just as bad as illegal drug use even if socially acceptable in this society].

Though most of us agree that ultimately it is the parent's responsibility to make sure kids take school seriously, the truth is that there are many who do not and more who are not capable of it due to their own lack of education.

If we as a community don't invest in education on the front end, EVEN for those whose parents don't do their job, we will continue to pay on the other end in supporting these people through out their lives on welfare or in prison via our taxes.

Either way we will end up paying. We might as well invest in education and literacy so less will turn to drugs and crime so as to achieve and temporary escape from their impoverished lives.

These guys might be truly lost to our society due to their parent's lack of skills/responsibility but what about their children? Can we stop the trend by helping them? These guys are just another example of a deep seated problem/trend in our community and many others who say they are for education but don't put their money and their vote where their mouths are but are against supporting libraries and educational projects via their taxes. If you really care about the money we are continuing to "waste" we need to improve our educational insitutions...We already have good teachers but it takes money and a lower student/teacher ratio to intervene when parents don't. It also takes access to countywide library system for those parenst who cannot afford to pay for a library to have access to it for reading materials for their preschoolers and elementary school aged children so that they can better establish a pattern to make their kids life long readers. We've just had a survey sent to us from the school corporation...I'd like to see the results of a survey of those incarcerated as to how much time they sent at the library and in story times as children as I believe that some of their lifestyle patterns of their desire to learn starts there.

Though these guys have to take responsibility, so do the people who blindly think that they are investing wisely when they refuse to support public programs like libraries and public education.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Mon, Dec 8, 2008, at 6:52 AM

While I don't believe anyone is hopeless I do agree with Centered that it's time our Clay County judges make these people accountable for the things they do. The police are making arrests and then the judges let them go with minor consequences. I guess we need to remember this at election time!!

-- Posted by just thinking on Mon, Dec 8, 2008, at 7:35 AM

Since when can cops pull you over because you had a previous license suspension?

-- Posted by ape1 on Sat, Dec 6, 2008, at 8:27 PM

Looks like you need to brush up on your Indiana law mr. ape.

-- Posted by Pro Se on Mon, Dec 8, 2008, at 8:56 AM

Did it mention somewhere in here about these gentelemens education level? I am trying to see it but I do not see a mention of it ANYWHERE

-- Posted by sassypants on Mon, Dec 8, 2008, at 10:16 AM

Yet another persons son, brother, dad and/or husband lost in the disease of addiction.. I will pray they will find a way out of the destruction and chaos that addiction causes including jails, institutions and DEATH..

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Mon, Dec 8, 2008, at 2:08 PM

I think we need to do more to help people with addictions. I saw a statistic that 84% of inmates are there because of drugs. I know the have some classes while incarcerated for substance abuse. I know people who have taken these courses and the majority of inmates only take them to get a sentence reduction. There are soooooo many young people with addictions, I know that they must pay for their crimes, I'm just not sure prison is the answer.

It does not matter their education levels, drugs affect all walks of life. I work in healthcare and I have seen some very educated workers get addicted. I know everyone thinks that they need the book slammed on them, again, I think they need treatment-extensive treatment- not incarcerated. I see so many more lives destroyed by alcohol than any other drugs. I know that maybe they have been in trouble before, but the original problem still exists, they are addicts, this is the only life that they know, and without intervention their lives will always remain the same. Sometimes, when people have resources and are with people with a different perspectives, they can turn their lives around.

I guess until someone that you love lives are affected by addiction you don't know what it is like to walk in their shoes.Working with families, I have experienced first hand how drugs destroy families it is very sad. Yes, there are some violent scum bags who really need locked up but the majority need extensive therapy.

-- Posted by ape1 on Mon, Dec 8, 2008, at 3:37 PM

As it stands now the traffic stop was iniated by Officer Clarke on good faith of a suspended drivers license. In the criminals "infinite" wisdom he decided to drive with a false/ficticious registration. Now Officers have the authority to tow the vechicle and create an inventory of the contents. Officers Clarke and K-9 Forest would have found the items anyway but the criminals admitted to possession.

-- Posted by reasonablesuspicion on Mon, Dec 8, 2008, at 5:07 PM

Gosh *Jenny Moore .. I had no idea that only the "uneducated" were drug users. Thanks for letting us all know .. now all the police need to do is arrest all kids NOW who aren't going to school or who aren't learning .. and our drug problems are solved!! You're a genius! Thanks!

Ridiculous you say? You started it!

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Dec 9, 2008, at 12:56 PM

I'd like to know how much time you spent at the library .. AND if there's a way to prove who visits the library?

You said .. and I QUOTE:

"I'd like to see the results of a survey of those incarcerated as to how much time they sent at the library"


-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Dec 9, 2008, at 12:59 PM

If someone has to be big enough to have that responsibility, bronco .. I appreciate your vote of confidence. ; ) Thanks!

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Dec 11, 2008, at 12:32 PM

I have to agree with Emmes. Back in college, almost everyone I knew often drank too much and/or smoked marijuana. I also knew a few college students (and graduates, including junior high teacher, and others with respectable careers) who did meth, took pills, or did other drugs.

Statistically, I suppose drug use is higher among uneducated people, but it is definitely not exclusive.

On the other hand, I don't think Emmes is up to being the site editor, after the response referring to "brono921" as "bronco".

-- Posted by bsmom on Sun, Dec 14, 2008, at 10:50 AM

Reasonable Suspicion.

They still need a valid reason to do the traffic stop, just because the officer saw the suspect driving is not reason enough. Brazil Police love how stupid people are to their rights, because they get away with constitutional violations that way. I am not saying that these people shouldn't have been taken off of the streets but they need to do it the ethical way. All these kids have to do is fina a good enough lawyer and they are all off scott free.

" am going to say something that I've said many times before. Education is the only way to prevent people from turning to crime and drugs [or drugs and crime as it is in many cases and I include misuse of alcohol in drugs part as it's abuse is just as bad as illegal drug use even if socially acceptable in this society]."

Jenny is right, though educated people committ crimes and do drugs also, the leading cause of crimes is lack of education and supervision, juvenile delinquents (which these two previously were) grow up to become criminals if not rehabilitated. One of the nations facts is that if we prevent more kids from dropping out or being truant we can cut future crime rights by more than half. So before you diss what she has to say, do some freaking research.

-- Posted by h_n_mccreery on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 12:27 PM

.. ha ha .. let me know when you figure out what yours is .. ; ) brono/bronco .. makes no difference .. you knew who I meant. (eye roll)

bsmom .. isn't worth a retort. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 1:33 PM

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