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Altercation results in arrest

Thursday, April 1, 2010

William C. Stone
A Brazil man was arrested Wednesday night after neighbors reported a physical altercation involving a stabbing at West Central Village.

Although information is limited to protect the ongoing investigation, Brazil City Police Department was able to provide some details about the incident. However, the victim's name is being withheld at this time.

Police Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times William C. Stone, 27, resisted arrest when Patrolman Jeremy Mace attempted to take him into custody.

He was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of domestic battery, aggravated battery, strangulation, criminal confinement, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana under 30 grams.

The unidentified victim was taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for treatment of the undisclosed injury, and later released. No other injuries were reported during the incident.

According to paperwork on file at the Clay County Courthouse, Stone also faces pending allegations in Clay Superior Court from two separate incidents in the past two months.

On March 22, he was formally charged with class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and a class B misdemeanor battery.

On Feb. 12, he was formally charged with three class C misdemeanor charges, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license and operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body.

When Stone failed to appear for court proceedings March 9, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Officials confirmed the warrant would be served to Stone while incarcerated on a $25,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed).

Further details are not being officially released due to the pending investigation.

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From the looks of the picture, I would say:

Jeremy Mace.....1

William Stone...0

Ok, who's going to step up and tell us how great a guy Stone is and that he's just misunderstood??

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Apr 1, 2010, at 9:35 PM

I know him. He is nothing but a punk. There, let me be the first.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Apr 1, 2010, at 10:04 PM

I think we should look at the big picture here. He had been arrested twice within the past two months. Granted they are Misdemeanors. But why was he given the opportunity to not appear in court. He had either bonded out or was released by a judge. If you want to point a finger, point it at the failed judicial system in Clay County. Law Enforcement has to arrest these individuals 6 or 7 times before they actually receive a sentence in the Department of Corrections. I commend the BPD, CCSD, the State Police, and Clay City Marshalls for dealing with these people. This is strictly my opinion and mine only but there needs to be a shake up with the prosecutors and judges in the county. The prosecutor and judges are good people but they are not tough on crime.

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 7:41 AM

I think that we need to look at the complete big picture. To house a person awaiting trial in the County Jail costs money. To house an offender in the Department of Corrections costs money.

Then you have "the law". There are mandates in the law that dictate what can and cannot be done under the circumstances of each case.

Our Judges are in a "Catch-22" position, put there, ultimately,by the voting taxpayer. Do you want to put out the money to build the facilities to lock up everyone who commits, say, a second offense within a year until such time as they can have their day in court? Do you wish to change the current law to mandate that? Many times, once sentenced to the Department of Corrections, and offender sits in the County Jail because the DoC will not accept them due to lack of space. Shall we build more prisons?

All a person has to do is to convince the majority that the system is not working properly and to PAY FOR THE NEEDED CHANGES!

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 8:17 AM

I agree with Schraderfan. This time the arrest involved a stabbing. I'm sure the victim isn't interested in how much it costs to lock him up! Our judges and prosecuter are good people but can they not come up with come other form of punishment? I understand the costs involved but what do you do when you keep seeing the same names in the paper? Obviously they know they'll get a little slap on the hand and be out again. I would guess our city/county could use some help with maintaining parks, buildings and properties. How aboutat least giving them several hundred community service hours and they put these people to work improving Clay County instead of just turning them loose? If they don't show up or if they don't do a good job, add hours on. Is that an unrealistic alternative to serving time in our county jail?

-- Posted by just thinking on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 9:36 AM

shut down the welfare village and get rid of all these lazy, drug addicted welfare mongers, thats the answer

-- Posted by otis66 on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 1:15 PM

I agree with Otis66! "Welfare" village has been nothing but trouble for years!!!!

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 7:32 PM

Conservative Dad, you misread my post. Come on, someone tell us how great he is, just a poor misunderstood lost soul.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 7:35 PM

Leo L. Southworth, you forgot to list Attorney at Law as one of the 20 jobs you've held. Typical politican.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 7:38 PM

While I am not an attorney nor ever do I ever intend to practice law, I am a practical person who can see beyond the end of my nose and the brains to know that there is no "magic fix" (even to replacing the current officials) without the public consenting to be taxed at a rate that would let any person in any government position MAKE the changes or to change the current law to allow the officials to do things differently.

Remember, I spent 12 years in the military where, while built to rather exacting Mil Specs (the last time I saw it, the Mil Spec for the common, round, wooden toothpick was 22 pages long), all of the equipment was built by the lowest bidder but most of the time you could find better equipment in the civilian world.

Now, let's look at Stone's recent offenses.

Feb. 12, DWI, no driver's license, and operating impaired. All traffic related Should he have been locked up then?

March 9, Failure to appear for which there was a warrant issued for which he was supposed to remain incarcerated until trial or he posted $25,000. (Was the warrant served or did he bond out?) Was he locked up then and made bail or was he not locked up by the police?

March 22, Misdemeanors of possession of drugs and battery. Should he have been locked up then? How big do you want to build the jail to hold people who commit these types of offenses because we would need one the size of Northview High School if not bigger?

Now, he may well face felony charges, for which he should be held as he has shown he doesn't like to appear in court to face justice and since there was a stabbing, has also shown that he intends to hurt someone.

To those who have expressed a desire to close West Central Village or places like it, I pray that you are never forced into a position to need to live in such a place although I have been in just that position. In 1990, I had a truck accident that put me out of work for a while and when I went looking for jobs in a different field I could barely feed the family with the wages offered. Many times the reason given for not hiring me was that I was "over-qualified" for the position, meaning the company did not want to hire me because I might get a better offer and leave after a short time. I cannot blame them, they were looking for long-term employees and I was looking to make as much money as possible. That's just the facts of life. I almost had to move back into the Village when I became disabled to the point where I couldn't hold a regular job, but they didn't have any openings and a long waiting list. My family almost had to go to the Lighthouse Mission or live on the street. So, do not think that there is no need for the Village.

Yes, there is drugs and crime there, just as there is everywhere in the county, state, nation, and the world. It is everywhere, so shall we shut everything down or continue to fight it everywhere? Should we force the children who live there to live on the streets for their parent's faults?

Clay Community Corrections is an option that the court has to deal with non-violent crime. They are busy keeping the offenders busy. Now, do you wish to upgrade that to running chain-gangs out of the jail? How much higher taxation are you willing to invest in doing that?

All you have to do is to convince a majority to agree with you. Good Luck.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 9:55 PM

It is wrong to to say welfare village.that is the home of children they wouldn't have a home if it was shut done

-- Posted by Randylee7x on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 9:58 PM

It is wrong to to say welfare village.that is the home of children they wouldn't have a home if it was shut done

-- Posted by Randylee7x on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 10:01 PM

lets all just thank judge trout for the excellent job he does at handing down justice...oh wait there isn't any in brazil. i agree that the police are doing their job...but i've sat in that court room many times and watched the "honorable" joe hand down a sentence like 6 months for three felonys. also the prosecuter is a punk...making deals with crooks by initially listing 7 or 8 charges and the knocking all the biggies off and leaving the leser charges. i would say the justce system in this town needs work but that would be and understatement...and a lie because there is no justice here. i say get the hand holding joe and the prosecuter out and find someone who isnt afraid to actually uphold the law and not make decisions based on what he feels like doing...they make this town a joke!

-- Posted by s.o.s. on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 10:45 PM

Randylee7x---thank you for saying that!

-- Posted by s.o.s. on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 10:46 PM

i agree partially with "brazil" - however, if you think changing the prosecutor will change the system - think again... the judges make the final decisions, and if they insist on handing down less than the recommended sentences of the police and prosecutor, nobody in any office will change the way criminals are sentenced. If they won't sentence harshly on lesser charges, what makes you think they have the nads to sentence anything serious? Check the consistency of the sentencing records.. they are all over the place! They may be nice guys, but they can't decide if a first time drug dealer should get 3 days or 3 years. Ever sat on a jury? One idiot can hang it and make sure that someone who is, to every other reasonable person, guilty walks without a day in jail - I would rather see the scum spend some time in jail with a "plea" than walk "scot-free". Maybe it's just me, but 1 year in jail off the street guaranteed is better than 6 months probation on the streets and dealing...

By the way, I understand the need for W. Central Village - I lived there when I lost my job - but I got out as soon as possible, and if I had children... no way would I EVER take them there. I'd sell my organs first.

-- Posted by bigcarnival on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 11:45 PM

Leo L. Southworth I am happy to learn that spending 12 years in the military qualifies you to be a genius on everything. I am also a veteran so don't play that card with me. You were also a truck driver. Next you will tell us that you are qualified to be a highway designer. Or that you were a mechanic so that qualifies you to be a rocket scientist. Actually, it sounds like you couldn't hold a job.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Apr 3, 2010, at 10:30 AM

Cheers to ya oYo. :)

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Apr 3, 2010, at 9:31 PM

Simple way to start cleaning up the town. It would cost some money, but how about a drug screen to everyone that is receiving Government assistance. They would have to go into the office, take a screen, and then upon return of a clean screening, they would get there assistance. Dirty screen, no assistance. Just a thought!!!!

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Sun, Apr 4, 2010, at 8:09 AM

Electriceye has solved our problem. That would be too simple, violate their rights to getting handed a check, blah blah, blah I can just hear the ACLU gearing up to fight this one.

Wake up people, those of us that are carrying the ones that wont carry themselves - we are dam sick of it, and we need to elect people that will stop the handouts.

-- Posted by reddevil on Sun, Apr 4, 2010, at 11:13 PM


You are exactly right. The ACLU would be screaming about it. The same organization that defends prisoners if something doesn't go their way. You are also right in the sense that we need to elect people that will make a stand to change the system. There are people that need help, but at least the working people will know that those receiving the help with not be smoking, shooting, or snorting away the help.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Mon, Apr 5, 2010, at 6:36 AM

I agree with a lot of the postings here, but moreso I want to address Leo L. Southworth's comment "we would need a jail the size of NVHS" - not if the punishment meets the crime.

Of course we have repeat offenders weekly in the paper - because probation and minimal jailtime is a joke!

Personally, I LOVE the idea of chain gangs. Our parks are being destroyed, our roads are in dire need of repair. Why not get the 'repeaters' (or anyone serving time in jail) doing a little "community service"? I think most people in Brazil would complain less if they could SEE that these guys were working off their debt to society. I know I would.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Apr 6, 2010, at 11:45 AM

Am I mistaken but is it not against the law to pocess or deal drugs on or within 1000 feet of a Government housing project,church,school,or Daycare?I think the law states that it carries a Felony?I will never understand why some people are charged with that felony for living too close to village(which I have read in paper numerous times)while others who live within Village and recieve government assistance is given a slap on wrist and it is sometimes swept under rug.See I live in the area and watch when any "bust" go down and within a couple of months the person is right back out and still living and getting assistance.Therefor the cycle continues, those that are abusing and manipulating the system continue to do so because they are allowed.

-- Posted by westsidemom on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 9:43 PM

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