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Trio arrested on multiple charges after traffic stop

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

John S. Laffoon Jr.
Three Terre Haute residents were taken into custody early Monday morning after a traffic stop.

According to information provided by the Clay County Justice Center, John S. Laffoon Jr., 40, Christopher I. Payton, 40, and Shawnacy C. Turpin, 22, are currently incarcerated on individual $7,000 cash bonds (with no 10-percent allowed) for allegations of their involvement with the manufacture of methamphetamine, theft and illegal weapon charges.

At approximately 4:20 a.m., Monday, a Clay County Sheriff's Department patrol deputy witnessed Laffoon allegedly swerving his truck across the centerline of an undisclosed rural county road. During a traffic stop, the deputy saw an altered storage tank -- which officials say can be used in the theft and storage of anhydrous ammonia -- in the back of the truck when he approached the vehicle.

During questioning, the deputy witnessed Turpin sending suspicious text messages to an unidentified person about the traffic stop. The couple also informed the deputy a third individual, Payton, had been dropped off near an undisclosed anhydrous storage facility with a 4-wheeler.

Christopher I. Payton
When Payton was located a short time later, officers discovered he was in possession of an unlicensed firearm. Payton then allegedly admitted to officers he was currently waiting to turn himself in to serve a jail sentence for a felony conviction in another county. However, officials told The Brazil Times they have been unable to confirm this information at this time.

The three suspects were taken into custody and transported to the CCJC for booked with the following:

* Laffoon for preliminary charges of theft, maintaining a common nuisance and meth drug lab,

* Turpin for charges of visiting a common nuisance, illegal drug lab and theft, and

* Payton for charges of trespass, illegal drug lab, theft, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of an unlicensed weapon and felony possession of firearms.

Shawnacy C. Turpin
The probable cause affidavits and case files have been turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for review and filing of potential formal charges.

Further information is unavailable as the investigation into the matter continues.

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Please notice the sores on Turpin's face, my God... she's only 22! Can you imagine what she'll look like at 30 if she keeps this lifestyle? These are more than likely "meth sores". This is a tell-tale sign of drug use. No jokes, please. Drugs and alcohol are taking over our county rapidly. If you notice these sores on a friend or family members face, please, there IS cause to be concerned. Either confront them or call a help center or refer to http://www.in.gov/cji/2355.htm for information. Your "interferring" with other peoples lives may just save a loved one.

Please don't pull the "innocent until proven guilty" card on me, either. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it is probably a duck.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, Apr 1, 2010, at 8:20 AM

Amen, Thoughtful. Amen.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Apr 1, 2010, at 11:12 AM

Too much time on their hands from being handed food stamps, housing, nut checks, disability checks for what ails'em. Stop handing them our hard earned tax money and make them work for a living like I do, and they wont have time to play their stupid little neighborhood pharmacist games.

How about we count people on publi assistance as, sat 3/5's a man, like they did before the civil war for the colored people. Not trying to sound racist, the point is this, should these type of people have a vote in elections. Maybe a little pride on election day that voters are only those not on public assistance.

-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Apr 1, 2010, at 5:58 PM

Food stamps and nut checks, whatever, your an idiot obviously, who knows nothing about the suspects pictured. U should stop running your mouth about public assisted people like they are criminals. The right to vote is not to be questioned by some hillbilly redneck that cant even make a correct sentence while sticking his foot in his mouth about the right to vote. Maybe a little pride on election day .....what does that mean other than people who cant even write a sentence should stay the hell out of political philosophy.

-- Posted by The Punisher on Sun, Apr 4, 2010, at 10:00 PM

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