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Pair of arrests made during welfare check

Friday, July 24, 2009

Karen Sutherlin
During a welfare check by officers of Brazil Police Department, two Brazil residents were arrested for various drug charges and allegations of neglect at a local government housing project Tuesday.

When BPD Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill arrived, Karen Sutherlin allowed him to check her apartment. However, when Hill noticed drugs and paraphernalia laying in plain view, two juveniles and Derek Taylor -- who has been previously notified of a court order to not be on any property of the Brazil Housing Authority -- in the residence, Sutherlin refused to let the officer continue without a search warrant.

Hill told the couple they would be taken into custody while he applied for the warrant, Taylor, 45, for trespassing and Sutherlin, 52, for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

The couple was transported to the Clay County Justice Center without incident, while Child Protective Services was contacted to ensure the proper care and safety of the children. No further information was released about the juveniles, although officials confirmed a case report has been forwarded to CPS.

When the search warrant arrived, officers discovered various narcotics and paraphernalia located throughout the apartment, including burnt marijuana cigarettes, pseudoephedrine caplets, digital scales, glass-smoking pipes, baggies with a white powder substance, rolling papers, syringes and several containers that field tested positive for methamphetamine residue and others that tested positive for marijuana.

Derek Taylor
Upon review of the probable cause affidavits, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office amended the couple's charging information.

The two appeared for their initial hearings on Thursday.

Taylor was formally charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a single precursor, neglect of a dependent, two counts of possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of paraphernalia and criminal trespass in Clay Superior Court. Judge J. Blaine Akers has tentatively set a jury trial date for Nov. 2.

Sutherlin was formally charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of a single precursor, neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of paraphernalia in Clay Circuit Court. Judge Joseph Trout has tentatively set a jury trial date for Nov. 16.

Due to the ongoing investigation, further information is not available.

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Look at both of these people. Devoid of "light" in their eyes. We have to go find out the root cause of why they would choose this lifestyle? No child in the first grade says, "I want to be a drug addict or crack whore when I grow up". We have spent trillions on welfare, public housing, etc. and this is the result? The experiment isnt working and we need to change it. I recommend huge intervention programs to take kids away from unfit parents, drug/alcohol rehab programs, and mandatory life sentences for child abusers/sexual offenders. It's this crap that creates people like this.

-- Posted by classof1979bhs on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 9:31 PM

Good job Officer Hill and the Brazil Police Department It's nice to have these thugs where they belong.

-- Posted by mdh1175 on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 9:41 PM

Man I used to live in the village 2 years ago and I am glad I got out before things got like this. Or maybe it was going on and I was oblivious. But this is exactly why I didn't associate with anyone. These people are making everyone else that recieves assistance look bad and I cannot beleive they have that stuff laying around with their children! I do recieve assistance and I think they should drug test people that are on it. I would pass no problem and I am sick of seeing people like this that can spend there money on drugs and get a free ride and I am barely getting help at all while I'm bustin my butt!!!

-- Posted by SKCC on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 10:27 PM

I have to pass a drug screen in order to "earn" a paycheck. Why not make them pass one to get free housing, food stamps, and money?

-- Posted by houseofhate on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 12:19 AM

Get "gangsta boy" outta my town please. His kind and HERS are a plague. We don't want them here! Hear our voices in this wonderful town, we want them out and we DO NOT want them back!!!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 12:37 AM

I appreciate the efforts to get rid of meth in this town, however race need not be an issue or where they live or social status. Drugs have been in this town for years way back to Palmers. The issue is that this meth is cheap, easy to get. It is also a huge money maker for the county in terms of fees fines and arrests. A more concious effort needs to be the form of rehab. Most of these people are already in the system for prior arrests. Jail is not a determent. For most.

-- Posted by bellababy on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 1:07 AM

You can give these people all the rehab you want. Its not gonna do a bit of good unless they want to be clean.

-- Posted by confused33 on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 8:49 AM

Confused33 hit the nail on the head....these people do not WANT to be clean. Our give away system has conditioned these type people to be what they are. As long as they continue to have everything handed to them they will continue life as usual.

If you beleive that drug arrests generate revenue for our court system you are wrong! Call either of the judges or prosecutor and make an appointment with them to have this explained to you. It will sicken you to know how much of our tax dollars goes to this problem.

Drug testing for any assistance needs to be implemented immediately. If your not clean your out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by IHMagnum on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 9:10 AM

Everyone, I think, pretty well agrees that drug testing prior to and/or receiving benefits might be a stimulus to curb illegal drug use. One question that I have is how do we pay for the testing?

The continuation of this on-going problem has riled at least one good Christian lady to forget charity and compassion, I see. This problem has been in the Village, this town, and this county for decades that I know of. Prohibition of things that are readily available or easily made from things that are just doesn't work. Continued assistance without incentive to improve one's situation leads some to accept the lifestyle without attempting to improve themselves.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 9:18 AM

Legalize marijuana, collect taxes on it. Tobacco is just as evil. but it generates too much taxes to outlaw it. This would free up jails, (which cost us money). The revenue can be earmarked for public assistance programs......see pot is good.

-- Posted by reddevil on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 12:52 PM

You know, the people that live in goverment housing, does not pay rent . Well , the working class of people pay their rent. It,s taken out of our paycheck,s in the form of taxes. They also eat free on foodstamps. Where does that come from? The working people in the form of taxes. Yet, they have the money to buy drug,s I,ts NOT right.

-- Posted by rightwaygirl on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 4:18 PM

I am in agreement that anyone receiving any type of public assistance should be random tested as part of living there or receiving any benefits. Some that live in the village and other income based housing do pay rent it is just based on how much that they make. I have volunteered with many drug programs to help people as my own brother suffered from addiction. He also was arrested several times. Once you are that far gone ...the brain no longer sends signals to you to get better. You don't produce seratonin anymore. So if you do want to get better, without intervention, your body wont let you. The only time you have a choice is to start using or not. Or, once you have been clean for at least 3 to six months, you have to change your people places and things. Then it is a choice. No one wants their teeth to rot, to lose their children, to go to jail. Noone in their right mind. Once the demand is gone, the suppliers will go also. Most of these drugs leave your system in three days. The court systems due to costs do not follicle test. The tests have to be random. Also when a person goes on probation and has a dirty test they get 30 days to 90 days for it only. Watch the paper its the same ones for violation of probation. The addiction to prescription drugs in this town is just as severe. They are sold on the streets just like any other drug.

-- Posted by bellababy on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 8:03 PM

As a former resident of Clay County who still remembers how it was to grow up in this once safe, clean place, reading this story from a distance makes me sad. Your hometown needs assistance, and people there need hope.

But what frightens me is you, karenmeister-

(Your quote)"Get "gangsta boy" outta my town please. His kind and HERS are a plague. We don't want them here! Hear our voices in this wonderful town, we want them out and we DO NOT want them back!!!"

Whomever you are, I respectfully suggest that you read Mein Kampf, English version, Chapters 10, and 11 specifically. There was one before you that spoke of specific groups of people as "plagues", and of a desire to rid "his town" of "these kinds of people".

While it was Hitler's contention that you cannot be both a German and a Jew, I suggest that you, karenmeister, cannot be both a Christian and the author of that comment.

Back to Clay County and the drug situation - those of us living far away still hope (and pray) that your town survives, and that the people living there prosper again in peace and cooperation.

-- Posted by quentin58 on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 3:08 PM

Whoa quentin58: you assume that Ms. Karen is Christian, and that she is comparable to Hitler, because she wants to rid our community of drug criminals. Big difference between those who CHOOSE to break the laws, and those innocents who are just trying to exist.

Nice try. I bet you are an Oblama clone, aren't you? Glad you are not here. We still try to maintain some civility in our community.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 9:25 PM

Wow. I just can't believe how many of these stories there are in this paper. I live about an hour away from Brazil and I had no idea things are this bad there. I'm worn out from reading & commenting on the postings.

-- Posted by Blueyedame on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 10:25 PM

Wow, this thing is way out of proportion. Obama clone??????How does this relate to our community. Yes the drugs and criminals need to go, crime goes way back in our town. I am glad its being addressed now. The reference conservative is: that its criminals and drugs not race that needs to be removed period!!!! Its narrow minded people only fuel hate in this town.

-- Posted by bellababy on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 12:34 AM

The guy in the mugshot is none other than my Father. After reading this artical and seeing his face i cant help but to just cry. Im glad the comments arent what i expected them to be but even if they were severly negative i would understand. My dad makes horrible desicions as you can see and it hurts me to no end to have to look at this. I feel like i am loosing my best friend sometimes. I cant and wont condone anything he does that isnt consistant with what the laws require but i will say that before passing judgement realize what your dealing with. My father would give you the shirt off of his back if he could and always willing to help anyone that he could help but his choice of friends and his willingness to "try" anything has landed him in this position countless times. Sometimes i just want to ask god why i had to grow up with so much heartache and pain by seeing my father go through some of the things he has gone through. He is so smart and caring but his actions dont reflect his true personality. I am going to stand by my father and pray that everything works out for him. I love you daddy and im always going to be here for you.


-- Posted by Junior33 on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 2:29 AM


I am so sorry for your hurt, it must be overwhelming. I will pray for your Daddy as I was once where he is (literally and figuratively) but found help in Narcotics Anonymous there is help and there is hope. I will celebrate 4 years clean on November 14. I hope your Dad will search for the kind of recovery program that God has led me to. Like I said I will pray for him and for you.


A Recovering Addict-who knows you can stay clean one day a a time!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 7:24 AM

okay, first off how dare you people judge them. i just want to say that it is inappropriate. they have made bad choices but don't disrespect them.

-- Posted by classof2006 on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 2:59 PM

also they have children. think of how you would feel if your parents were the ones getting talked about like this!!

-- Posted by classof2006 on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 4:12 PM

How dare we judge them? Disrespect them? Give me a break. They are the ones screwing up their lives and the lives of many. Instead of feeling sorry for them we should be glad they are in jail and off our streets. I feel no pity for these "poor misguided people". I hope they rot in jail!

-- Posted by maggiegirl on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 6:09 PM

We do have a problem with drugs in Clay County,

but as long as we can afford to let the housing

people live there for years and years, come on they need to limit these people to a 3 year term to

livein housing, and they must show improvements in

income, or they will be denied another year lease.

You have to want to help yourselfs before anyone

will hand out to them forever. We need to see some

progress with getting jobs, somewhere! If you can

get the drugs, you can get a job! Of course there

are law abiding folks in housing also.

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 5:48 PM

There is no judging here only facts and time and

time again! When will they learn? If they don't

learn after one time, don't let them back in housing. There are rules in this world, we all need to follow, or you pay with doing the time.

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 5:51 PM

Well I'm sorry but I do not feel sorry for your daddy junior. The fact that he had needles laying around your two little brothers tells me what kinda of person he is. I feel very sorry for those kids!

-- Posted by SKCC on Tue, Jul 28, 2009, at 7:32 PM

jjpdlp: they have families!!!! feel what you want to feel, but leave your stupid and rude comments to yourself!

-- Posted by classof2006 on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 8:06 PM

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