Disturbance leads to felony arrests

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Police officers, dispatched to a local address Saturday, arrested two persons on felony charges.

Jackie Martin Hickey, 68, of the 300 block of Miller St., Minden, was arrested for possession of Methamphetamine. Jeremy Patterson, 47 of 1100 block of Victory Dr., Minden was arrested for disturbing the peace by fighting and resisting with force or violence.

“When Lt. Chris Hammontree arrived, he found Hickey standing in the doorway of her apartment,” said Police Chief Steve Cropper. “There was an open vodka bottle on the ground, a cell phone case in the yard and several broken items on the front porch.”

Hickey reportedly told Hammontree that two of her relatives were fighting and still inside the house.

“Lt. Hammontree entered the house and found Wesley Griffith standing in the kitchen,” Cropper said. “When ordered out of the kitchen, Griffith sat on a couch in the living room and told the officer there were two subjects hiding in a back bedroom.”

At that point, Hammontree requested more officers and officers Jason Lee and Anthony Miller responded.

“Hammontree gave loud verbal commands for the people in the house to come, but no one responded,” said the chief. “Officers entered the main bedroom and located Skyler Martin hiding behind the bed. He was detained and then officers located Jeremy Patterson in the bathroom.”

Cropper said Patterson refused multiple times to verbal commands to exit the room.

“After about three minutes of warnings and commands, Lt. Hammontree deployed a burst of chemical spray to Patterson’s face. He still refused to comply,” Cropper said. “When Patterson finally got near the door, Officer Shane Griffith grabbed him. As they were pulling Patterson out of the room, he grabbed Lt. Hammontree’s ballistic vest with his left hand and all three went to the ground.”

According to reports, Hammontree learned during the investigation the original fight that caused the neighbor to call 911 was between Martin and Patterson.

“This fight started on the porch and continued into the house,” Cropper said. “It was learned that Wesley Griffith had three active warrants through our office.

“When Griffith stood up off the couch, a digital scale used for packaging narcotics was on the couch, along with plastic baggies,” the chief continued. “Officers searched the wingspan area and located a wallet between the cushions. Inside were more clear baggies. One contained .69 grams of Methamphetamine. Also, in the purse were prescriptions labeled for Hickey.”

In addition to Hickey and Patterson, Skyler Martin was arrested for disturbing the peace, resisting an officer and outstanding warrants.

Wesley Griffith was taken into custody on the three active bench warrants.

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