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Off-duty chief spots drug deal, makes three arrests

Friday, April 2, 2010

Julian A. Ley
One local law enforcement officer learned Thursday evening that crime happens all the time.

Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs talked with The Brazil Times Friday about witnessing a drug deal take place in plain view.

Off duty and in his personal vehicle, Skaggs had just stopped for gas at a local service station in Clay City and was waiting to turn onto State Road 59 when he witnessed suspicious activity in a store parking lot across the street.

"While I was waiting for traffic to pass, I saw three familiar individuals," Skaggs said about the incident that occurred on Main Street.

Julian A. Ley, 26, Heather D. Turpin, 20, both of Clay City, and an unidentified 15-year-old juvenile were apparently involved in some type of transaction.

When the road cleared, Skaggs said he pulled across the road, parked behind the two vehicles (blocking them in) and called for backup from the Clay County Sheriff's Department as the suspects continued what they were doing.

During questioning, Skaggs said the situation took a strange, yet humorous turn when the suspects attempted to "swap back the drugs and money in an effort to make things right" and stay out of trouble.

"It just doesn't work that way," Skaggs said.

The adult suspects were taken in to custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center for booking.

Heather D. Turpin
Ley was preliminarily charged with dealing in a controlled substance schedule 1, 2, 3, possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana under 30 grams.

Turpin was preliminarily charged with dealing a controlled substance schedule 1, 2, 3.

They remain in custody at the CCJC awaiting formal arraignment and further court proceedings. The case file has been turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for official review.

The juvenile's information has also been turned over the prosecutor's office for review of the allegations of criminal activity in the matter and the filing of a potential summons to appear in juvenile court at a later date.

"I wasn't in my uniform," Skaggs said. "But that doesn't really matter, because a law enforcement officer is always on the job."

Ley and Turpin are currently incarcerated at the Clay County justice Center on $25,000, no 10-percent allowed, bonds.

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Do you think she will still have the smile in court?

I loved the humor in "we'll just trade back and everything will be okay"!

What were they thinking?

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Apr 2, 2010, at 10:31 PM

The THINKING part is usually the problem with drug usage.

-- Posted by brazilian on Sat, Apr 3, 2010, at 8:34 AM

This is all great work from the off-duty police chief,to the sheriff's dept. The big picture here is, the war on drugs has been a compete failure! These officers risk their lives everyday, only to to go back out to arrest the same people over and over.( officer saw three familiar individuals).I think we need tougher criminal-justice for these thugs rather than a slap on the wrist.

-- Posted by CHISMOSO on Sat, Apr 3, 2010, at 10:36 AM

**"I wasn't in my uniform," Skaggs said. "But that doesn't really matter, because a law enforcement officer is always on the job."**

LOL, he honestly said that? I can just see him now, he puffed out his chest and said in his best Barney Fife voice, "I wasn't in my uniform, but that doesn't really matter, because a law enforcement officer is always on the job."

Well no kidding.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Apr 3, 2010, at 10:41 AM

I. M. Lee Thall, Esq,

Many people -- from criminals to dopers to unappreciative or clueless citizens to internet commentators who just want to stir up crap by posting rude and insolent comments -- don't know what law enforcement officers do to protect the communities they serve. Many don't have a decent thing to say about the cops or anything else for that matter.

Whether in a uniform or not, police officers are on duty to protect and serve. It doesn't matter if he puffed out his chest or spoke like Barney Fife, by posting your comment you demean his efforts to do his job. Which he apparently did right.

You almost exclusively have something negative to say when you post comments. Often I agree with your point of view or find you to be humorous. However, this time, why not just give a police officer his due and say "Atta boy."

I'm sure that being off duty Skaggs like everyone else probably had something better to do than get involved with three dumb criminals. The point is, he took the time. He did something.

Thank you to everyone who helped stop illegal activity in our community.

-- Posted by Cy on Sat, Apr 3, 2010, at 6:49 PM

Cy, I appreciate what they do, point out where I said I didn't. That's correct, you can't. Now careful you don't fall off of your soapbox.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Apr 3, 2010, at 9:26 PM

Heather and Shawnacy are sisters.

Heather will be out on bond and free for a year because of the way the courts work. The system will let her run free until she is sentenced which will be continued on for the next year so she can snitch out and set up a few of her friends!

Also, I wonder what ever happened to endangering a minor,and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

-- Posted by CCmudman on Sat, Apr 3, 2010, at 10:23 PM

That would never happen with the chief in Brazil, unless they called in to the dept. to tell him when and where maybe, Way to go Chief Skaggs !

-- Posted by Edward Kane on Mon, Apr 5, 2010, at 8:33 AM

Technically Lee Thall, you didn't say anything about not appreciating the work done by law enforcement.

However, YOU compared Skaggs to albeit a loveable character who was famous for being a bumbling, inept know-it-all. Whether you want to admit it or not, your constant "negativitis" and implications about what is wrong is demeaning to this officer and other law enforcement officers. That is NOT a sign of appreciation.

Maybe it is humorous, but it still isn't the nicest way to show your appreciation. How about you ask a police officer if they find it funny to be compared to Barney Fife for doing their job. Some might laugh a little bit, but most will privately not like it because it's one of many slams people like to make about them.

As for the "Well no kidding" remark, you could have just as well wrote WELL DUH. It's the same principal of rudeness.

I only made a simple suggestion to you: If you are truly appreciative, then say it without being snide or rude. That way no one can misinterpret what you meant, especially those you are supposedly trying to compliment.

As for a soapbox, I don't think mine is quite as large or as combative as yours!

-- Posted by Cy on Mon, Apr 5, 2010, at 12:29 PM

Don't have a soapbox, someone stole mine while Skaggs was in Clay City. But thanks for your concern Cy, it is appreciated.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Mon, Apr 5, 2010, at 2:43 PM

Boy, how proud thier mother must be... Two sisters very young, both addicts & in jail!!! How sad!! Maybe they will have to stay in jail, not be allowed to tell on others for a get out of jail free card!!! They might be young enough to change thier ways.. Who they tell on could be already set in there ways!!! They did the crime, make them do the time!!!

-- Posted by nascarfans on Mon, Apr 5, 2010, at 5:28 PM

I think that they should get what they deserve, in stead of letting her or him go for something for what they got caught for, but take an innocent man, being called guilty for something that he didn't do. Tell me, what's the justice in that? All I gotta say is....WAY TO GO SKAGGS!!!!! I think that is bull crap that they are doing what they are doing! I think that the justice system isn't like of what it once was, granted this isn't the past, but still come on, get with the program, well I think that they should anyway. And I know that there are other's that feel the way that I do. I think that the justice system needs to get a clue on what is fact and what is fictional.

-- Posted by SW2682 on Tue, Apr 6, 2010, at 11:56 PM

Because sarcasm is my 2nd language, I have to agree with CY (plus I enjoy reading intellectual posts). The comments above were dripping with contempt. Nice attempt at deflecting toward a soapbox instead of just saying "you're right, Cy, my bad. Maybe next time, eh? (holds breath)

That said - GREAT job catching the bad guys (Barney or whoever you are). I agree (and have said before) that the punishment for these repeat offenders needs to be more stern and send a better message. Obviously, the way it is now isn't working.

Doing something is better than doing nothing.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 12:09 PM

I agree with you on that Emmes, They need to be doing something instead of giving them a smack on the wrist and say don't do it again, but that's how it works any more. They just give them a smack on the wrist and say,"don't do it again?", in todays society that's how that works. It's not Barney Fife, It's Terry Skaggs, or just called Skaggs.... he's not as bad as Barney Fife was on that show, I have seen it enough to know on that. I mean how could you compare the 2??? But anyway, I have put my two cents in for today, since it's free....lol

-- Posted by SW2682 on Wed, Apr 7, 2010, at 4:36 PM

I believe that maybe Officer Skaggs needs to become more familiar with Clay City or get his Laptop out so he will know where he is. Because if he would google earth his location, I think he will find that his off duty bust was within 1000 feet of a school and a day care. Is this not an "A" Felony? Check it out!!!!!!

-- Posted by Natureone on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 7:46 AM

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