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Adults in Villa Motel case formally charged

Friday, August 27, 2010

Zachariah Joseph Jones
Formal charges have been filed against two adults who allegedly maintained a common nuisance at Villa Motel.

According to documentation at the Clay County Courthouse, Zachariah Joseph Jones, 20, Brazil, and Chelsea Rose Gallagher, 18, Greencastle, have appeared in Clay Superior Court to be formally charged by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for their alleged involvement in an Aug. 19 incident, which, according to case documents, coincided with Jones' 20th birthday.

Both appeared in court Tuesday.

Chelsea Gallagher
Jones was charged with class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and four class A misdemeanors, including possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Attorney Charles Hear was appointed defense counsel. A $7,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent) was established for Jones, who remains in custody at the Clay County Justice Center.

Gallagher, appearing by video conference, was charged with a class D felony neglect of a dependent, class A misdemeanor taking a minor to a nuisance and class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. Attorney Matthew Effner was appointed as defense counsel. A $7,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed) was established for Gallagher, who bonded out on Wednesday to await further court proceedings.

Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers established no contact orders in both cases, and tentatively scheduled both Jones and Gallagher's jury trials for Jan. 10.

According to the Clay County Sheriff's Department press release, deputies responded to a complaint of suspicious activity and a request to check on the welfare of an unidentified infant in room 10 of Villa Motel sometime before 5:30 a.m., Aug. 19.

Initially unable to get anyone inside the room to answer the door, deputies looked inside the window and could see Gallagher lying on the bed, apparently unresponsive to the repeated knocking that woke neighbors.

Also, in plain sight on a nearby nightstand, officials could see what appeared to be marijuana, remnants of burnt marijuana cigarettes, various devices commonly used to smoke marijuana as well as a half empty bottle of Captain Morgan.

Deputies reported an infant child was sleeping in a car seat carrier near the door.

When Gallagher finally opened the door, deputies reported the "overwhelming odor of burnt marijuana enveloped" them.

While speaking with Gallagher, Jones and two juvenile suspects, who was reported present in the room earlier, returned to the motel.

The two unidentified 17-year-old juveniles were detained on allegations of delinquency involving visiting/maintaining a common nuisance. No information is available regarding the outcome of the juvenile cases due to privacy issues.

The 1-month-old child was released into the custody of a family member after Child Protective Services requested the child be medically evaluated.

No further information is available due to the ongoing investigation.

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I pity the baby, but it looks like it will be better off without Mommy.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Aug 27, 2010, at 10:20 PM

Hey! It's my 20th birthday! Let's celebrate. Let's see... what do I want for my birthday? I know!! I want to be "charged with class D felony maintaining a common nuisance and four class A misdemeanors, including possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor."

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 2:51 PM

This is sad! Poor little baby has a ignorant selfish druggy for a mother. Maybe parents should think about putting chasity belts on teenagers who obviously arent mature enough to have babies!!!!!

-- Posted by lillyblossom on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 4:44 PM

I am glad to see there is no 10 percent for Zach..If Brazil is lucky they wont let him out this time!!!! He is nothing but T-R-O-U-B-L-E as someone else said previously!!! Especially since he has a child on the way!!

-- Posted by rockon73 on Sat, Aug 28, 2010, at 11:27 PM

I hear ya'll talking bout the baby will be better off without its mother but children need their parents. She shouldn't have had the baby there or got to the point where she passed out but at least she had enough sense not to have the baby in a vehicle in that condition. So tell me rockon73 have you always been perfect all your life? Zac hasn't always made the best choices because he hasn't always had disipline in his life. Another question for you rockon73, you don't want him to get out because he's black?

-- Posted by sanctified740 on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 1:11 AM

Oh and another question for you rockon73, so its alright for the baby to be without its father(if its his baby)?

-- Posted by sanctified740 on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 1:16 AM

Well sanctified740.. Obviously you dont know him very well.. What else kind of disipline should he have had. In and out of juvie all his life. No I never claimed to be perfect!! We ALL make mistakes. The fact that he hasnt learned anything from them is whats bad!! It has Nothing to do with him being black.. It is due to the fact that im sick of him just getting slap on the wrists!! HE has caused Alot of problems with ALOT of people in Brazil. Oh! and by the way!! With a father like that... Yes the baby would be better off!!

-- Posted by rockon73 on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 10:42 AM

Sanctified740.....did you really throw the color card up? I have too many relatives (including my own grandchildren) who are mixed, black and mexican to count.....so I will say this without you being able to pull the color card. NO CHILD deserves to be around parents who are indulging in drugs and alcohol to the extent they are passed out on a bed in a hotel! That's when you simply get a babysitter, if that is your intentions~ I mean seriously, I'm not saying what they did was right or wrong but any mother or father; white, black, brown, red, purple or green, should have enough sense to take their child to a family member to watch, a baby sitter, or DON'T go out...but DON'T take the baby! And I don't know if this person should or shouldn't be in their child's life, but I would say that right now when they are making dangerous and wrong decisions involving their child, then they need to straighten their life up before they are. Just my thoughts....

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 11:39 AM

Sanctified740 NO that baby does not need to be with its mother if shes going to put it in a situation like that! What if the building caught on fire and she was to drunk to wake up??? Or if the baby got sick for whatever reason and needed to get to the hospital??? Or what if someone that was there sexually mollested that baby and its MOTHER was to drugged up and drunk to do anything or even realize what was happening????

why is it everytime a black person gets arrest for doing something illegal over and over again people always try to bring up the race card??? Ok yeah slavery was wrong but just because they went through it DOES NOT mean you went through it!!!!! You dont see white people going around saying that an all black college is racist and WE have a right to go to that college or an all black music channel is racist cause they dont play music by white people. No you dont so give it up already!Oh and for all you know rockon73 could be a black person.

-- Posted by lillyblossom on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 4:59 PM

Oh and if a criminal raises a child that child will turn out to be just like their parent A CRIMINAL! So the cycle has to break somewhere.

-- Posted by lillyblossom on Sun, Aug 29, 2010, at 5:01 PM

sanctified740....do you really believe these two individual's problems are someone else's fault other than there own? It appears that they knowingly made decisions and they should have to pay the consequences of those decisions....regardless of if they are parents, made a momentarily bad decision, or had less then stellar parents when growing up (the worst defense ever drummed up by a defense attorney ever!!!!).

-- Posted by madman36 on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 8:13 AM

I don't understand how a mother can sit there smoke weed in the same room as her child! They is such a thing as contact buzz! Worthless parent no she shouldn't have her baby and I think of she wants him/her back in the future she should have to take random drug test for now on!

They baby would be better off going to a good family. Many people would love to be able to have a child.

-- Posted by lilmomma on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 9:46 AM

One month old child that was probably being breast fed .. and Mama is enjoying her "weed" and Cpt Morgan.

SANCTIFIED - (1) if the court system does its job, neither of these so-called "parents" will ever see this poor child again. Personally, I recommend sterilization, but that's just me.

Many children have grown up in stable, adoptive families and contribute to society, instead of being supported by it.

(2) Discipline out the window - I guarantee BOTH of these kids knew it was WRONG to smoke pot and drink (to passing out) around a 1-month old child, not to mention 17-yo juveniles! Instead they CHOSE the drugs/alcohol over the welfare of their own child.

This isn't a "mistake" .. it's a travesty. You don't "learn" from something like this .. you're smart enough not to do it in the first place! Good parents put their children's welfare before their own.

Do these kids and yourself a favor and stop making excuses for their behavior. With someone like YOU around giving them an out .. they'll never be held accountable for their actions.

Oh, and THANK YOU to the person(s) who called the police for the child's sake!! You should be commended for your selfless act.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 11:43 AM


Why on earth would you bring up race? Nobody even came remotely close to talking about his skin color, yet you choose to bring it up as some sort of defense for him. What a crying shame. It's people like you that keep racism active.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 12:20 PM

Thanks everyone!! People like that are y he has gotten away with so much.. Always makin excuses for him! Sanctified must be one of them!!

-- Posted by rockon73 on Tue, Aug 31, 2010, at 2:28 PM

Whats all the fuss about. All they wanted to do was have a little fun, whats the harm in that

-- Posted by Thorn44 on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 5:17 PM

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