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Traffic stop nets three arrests

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Three people were arrested early Tuesday morning following a traffic stop.

According to Brazil Police Department officials, at approximately 12:32 a.m., Tuesday, Patrolman Elliott Mullinix conducted the traffic stop on a white 1997 Chevrolet Blazer in the area of Washington and Church streets, Brazil.

According to a press release, Mullinix made the stop after he observed "some equipment violations on the vehicle."

The driver of the vehicle allegedly identified himself as Paul Callaway, but was unable to produce any identification.

Two passengers in the vehicle were identified as Mackenzie Watson, 24, and Kali Rugenstein, 27, both of Brazil.

Following the traffic stop, Mullinix contacted K9 officer Robert VanBuren and patrolman Jeremy Mace for assistance.

After a brief investigation, the driver of the vehicle -- who had allegedly stated his name was Paul Callaway -- was identified as Justin Burnham, 25, no available address.

Burnham was arrested for False Information and was also found to have a parole warrant through the Indiana Department of Corrections.

Officers then began a search of the vehicle and located 37.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine inside, along with syringes and other drug paraphernalia.

Both Watson and Rugenstein were arrested and preliminarily charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance (a class B misdemeanor). Both were taken to the Clay County Justice Center and held on $3,000 bonds, with no 10 percent allowed.

Burnham was preliminarily charged with Dealing Methamphetamine (a class B felony), Possession of Methamphetamine Over 3 Grams (a class C felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (a class D felony), False Informing (a class B misdemeanor), Possession of Reckless Paraphernalia (a class A misdemeanor), and Driving While Suspended (a class A infraction).

He was taken to the Clay County Justice Center and held on a $25,000 bond, with no 10 percent allowed.

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-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Aug 24, 2012, at 11:53 AM

??? What does that mean Emmes?

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Aug 29, 2012, at 2:16 AM

SMH=Shaking/Scratching My Head

-- Posted by My Dime on Thu, Aug 30, 2012, at 10:59 PM

Thank you My Dime!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Sep 5, 2012, at 6:32 AM

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