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Joint investigation nabs 3 arrests

Friday, September 7, 2012

Stephen Burk
ROCKVILLE -- In a joint investigation between Parke, Putnam and Clay County Sheriff's Departments, three individuals were arrested, two of which have connections to Clay County.

Authorities seized marijuana plants with combined potential values of nearly $500,000 after several search warrants were executed including: One Clay County property, one Putnam county property and two Parke County properties.

The searches resulted in the arrests of Tracey W. Burk, 43, Rockville, Stephen D. Burk, 66, Reelsville, and Kristie L. Walker, 40, Rockville.

The first warrant was served at a Rosedale residence and revealed an elaborate indoor marijuana growing operation in the unoccupied residence.

Police found 469 marijuana plants growing throughout both floors of the house. Each of these plants has a potential value of $1,000 when fully grown.

A second warrant was served in Rockville (in Mansfield), at the residence of Tracey and Walker.

Tracey Burk
Both subjects, as well as Tracey's father Stephen, were arrested and approximately 8 ounces of marijuana was seized.

The Parke County Department of Child Services also took the 7-month-old child of Tracey and Walker from the house.

Putnam County Sheriff's deputies executed a third search warrant at Stephen's home in Reelsville, where officials seized documents related to the investigation.

The Clay County Sheriff's Department also obtained and executed a search warrant at a property in Brazil in relationship to the investigation.

Both Tracey and Stephen face identical sets of charges in connection with the indoor marijuana growing operation. Each individual is charged with a class C felony Dealing in Marijuana over 10 Pounds, a class D felony Possession of Marijuana and a class D felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

Walker faces two class D felony charges: Possession of Marijuana over 30 Grams and Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

All three individuals have criminal histories in several counties.

Tracey served seven years with the Indiana Department of Correction for a Clay County conviction of Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated Resulting in Death. The accident resulted in the death of 57-year-old Jerry Barret, Center Point. Burk and two passengers were also injured.

He was released from prison in February 2012.

Tracey's criminal history also involves several convictions and arrests in Clay, Putnam and Hendricks counties for Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated, Auto Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Battery and a number of drug and firearms charges.

Stephen plead guilty to 2008 Clay County charges of Misdemeanor Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated and Misdemeanor Criminal Recklessness.

Two felony charges were dropped in the case, but Stephen later violated his probation.

Walker was convicted of Possession of Marijuana in Morgan County in 2002 and again in Clay County in 2006.

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I would have guessed Alice Cooper for the first one, but then again...

It's not Tracey, it's Tracy. Lord, I hope a lawyer doesn't get him off on a technicality. You know haw that ICLU is. Bless their hearts. *cough*

Tracy was released from prison in Feb. 2012. He's been a good boy for a whole seven months. Or at least it took him seven months to get caught. What the article doesn't say is he was serving the sentence for the death of Jerry Barret at the same time he was serving a Felony conviction for POSSESSION OF COCAINE OR NARCOTIC DRUG from Hendricks County and another misdemeanor case (Battery) from Clay County.

I'm sure glad these will be handled in another county!

-- Posted by My Dime on Fri, Sep 7, 2012, at 7:07 PM

Looks like a good crowd to run with. Someone will be along shortly to profess their innocence.

Marijuana is all they found? WOW!!

-- Posted by MS660 on Sat, Sep 8, 2012, at 6:48 AM

Glad they got them but especially glad there was not meth found. Send Tracy back to prison and throw away the key.

-- Posted by indianamama on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 5:16 PM

Excellent job law enforcement!

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Tue, Sep 11, 2012, at 6:25 PM

Wow. I've known Kristie since she was a youngster. What a shame. Thought she had another child, too. Not sure of that.

It's obvious the 'system' didn't (and doesn't) rehabilitate offenders .. isn't it?? Let's do this - let's lock them up and forget where we put the key. Doesn't matter what happens to them inside the pen .. they won't change. I've seen it thousands of times.

Do the right thing, Judge. THIS time, do the right thing.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Sep 12, 2012, at 11:52 AM

Emmes the problem with locking people up forever is

1: There are too many people that aren't smart enough to stay out of trouble.

2: There isnt enough money for the state to build more prisons. Partly due to everyone wanting lower taxes.

You are right the system doesn't rehabilitate people.

Why would some one that can make $100,000 a year slinging dope want to stay on the straight and narrow path to make $15,000 a year slinging burgers at McDonalds?

The way they see it the risk is worth the reward. Get busted, spend 6 months to a year in prison (and not be expected to do anything productive while they are there), get out and do it all over again for another 2 or three years before getting caught again.

-- Posted by MS660 on Thu, Sep 13, 2012, at 6:13 PM


pretty much agree with you on this. but on no:2 our taxes are so high due to governmental greed and corruption! so why should we pay for the government to live so well!

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 9:02 AM

Everyone is so quick to say lock them up and throw away the key! Don't you know that it's YOUR tax dollars letting them eat three healthy meals a day, watch cable TV all day long, suffer with heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, and many more amenities all for FREE thanks to tax payers! I get to witness this every day when I come to work. Oh and by the way it DOES matter what happens to them in the pen, because I am paid to make sure these dirt bags are protected at all times! Especially the wonderful child molesters, that most of the time has to be single celled because it would be OUR fault if we put someone in with him that wasn't a child molester and killed him. They are provided with better medical care than the regular Joe that works hard for a living, and pays out the *** for medical insurance. I understand that general society doesn't have to deal with these people once they are off the streets, by my husband and I deal with them every day to protect the public from these blood sucking insects. I would switch anyone my job for a day just to see if the lock them up and throw away the key attitude is still there. I personally think a few town stoning's would deter a few people from making wrong decisions, and save the tax payers money at the same time!

-- Posted by trapperfrye on Fri, Sep 14, 2012, at 8:55 PM

I agree trapperfrye, I worked in the DOC for a while, and why did a pretty girl (back in the day) have to get hooked up with a dirt bag like Burk? I went to school with hi his brother and sister. Both boys have been and will be nothing but trouble, this is why I believe in abortion even if the person is 40ish years old. Spend my tax dollars on something useful other than a useless murderer like Burk

-- Posted by tea partier on Sat, Sep 15, 2012, at 5:40 AM

Yes they have done some bad things. Yes they have been in trouble before, but as the neice and the granddaughter of Steve and Tracy I can assure you they would appreciate it If you all kept your hateful comments and opinions to yourselves! My family is as full of love as any one else's probably more! If you people took two seconds two read the Bible you would read in there that no sin is greater than another! So now why don't we also remember one of the most important rules in life DO NOT JUDGE SOMEBODY UNTIL YOU HAVE WALKED IN THEIR SHOES! Do you not think that they know they have messed up? But then again how many of you today are struggling to make it by financial wise? My family is willing to do what ever it takes to provide for their ENTIRE family not just their sons and daughters! And as for kristy she is a beautiful woman who has a pure heart who unlike you all, sees the good in Tracy, and the rest of my family!

-- Posted by TaylorB on Wed, Sep 19, 2012, at 3:40 PM

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