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Cloverdale couple arrested on theft, neglect allegations

Monday, October 18, 2010

Curtis Deem
Officials arrested a Cloverdale couple amid allegations of their involvement in a series of criminal activities Saturday, including driving off and leaving a small child behind when they almost got caught.

According to information provided by the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Curtis Deem, 36, and Katherine Davis, 39, were taken into custody after an investigation into reports of their involvement in various criminal activities throughout Clay County.

At approximately 6:40 p.m., Saturday, employees at Steel City/Gas City Truck Stop, located at the intersection of State Road 59 and State Road 42, reported a theft. Apparently a man, who was believed to be with his 11-year-old son, asked to see a power inverter locked inside a secure display case, and then requested to look at another item. When the employee turned away, the man left with the power inverter.

Katherine Davis
An employee followed the man to a pickup truck parked outside to request the man return to pay for the item.

However, a female companion began yelling at the employee before the pickup sped off, allegedly leaving the young boy inside the store. The couple returned to Steel City and picked up the young boy a short time later.

The license plate of the vehicle matched that of another truck reported to E911 dispatchers allegedly involved in the theft of a tip jar from Eddie's Sandwich Shop, 13 S. Walnut St., Brazil, earlier in the day.

A short time later, the Clay City Police were able to locate and stop the vehicle and take Deem and Davis into custody. During a search of the vehicle driven by Deem, officers located an undisclosed amount of marijuana, paraphernalia and the stolen merchandise, which included a second power inverter reported stolen from Pilot Travel Center, 4376 N. State Road 59, Brazil, in a separate earlier incident.

Deem was arrested on preliminary charges of two counts of theft/receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and neglect of a dependent, while Davis was arrested on an arrest warrant issued from Vigo County for a probation violation and new preliminary local charges of theft/receiving stolen property and false informing.

Deem is currently awaiting formal court proceedings while incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed), while Davis was transported to the Vigo County Jail to await further court proceedings Monday.

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I bet it was an awkward moment when they realized they left their son at the store...

-- Posted by JHeffner on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 11:56 PM

..and what happened to the little boy when parents hauled to jail?? What role models for our youth. No wonder so many adults are screwed up. They learned it from their parent "mentors".

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 7:45 AM

I'm putting both of these donors (sperm/egg) in for "Parent of the Year" awards.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 12:07 PM

What they did was truly horrible, but one wonders if they were stealing to buy food or drugs or both? I guess if they'd skipped the pot, they could have fed themselves for quite a while...

-- Posted by gratefoole on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 1:27 PM

I am not going to say anything more except for that the little boy involved is just fine and with other family members. The man arrested is the father of the boy but the lady involved in this IS NOT his mother. When I saw him on Sun, he was with his grandmother & headed back to be with his mother. Thank you Jenny for your concern.

-- Posted by Kayk on Tue, Oct 19, 2010, at 2:51 PM

This is the not the first time that this man has had a runin with the law....HE has a lengthy history of arrests and prison.But he usually turns tail and tell son someone to get a lesser charge or to get out of it.It will be interesting to see how this one turns out!!!!

-- Posted by westsidemom on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 11:41 AM

Catherine looks quite happy to be arrested, but Curtis on the other hand looks a little concerned. Just two more scum bag jail birds we will be supporting for years to come. I'll include the little boy in my prayres.

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Wed, Oct 20, 2010, at 6:01 PM

What a friggin loser. Its a shame to say that he is my father. I can't believ he left my 11 year old little brother behind while he ran. That is terrible. I think its time to change my name.

-- Posted by mdeem19 on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 1:25 PM

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