Welfare-check contact brings arrests

From Local Sources


DUBOIS — Authorities say the arrest of two people Tuesday followed a chance encounter that occurred while officers were conducting a welfare check.

A Dubois County Sheriff’s Department deputy and an Indiana State Police trooper were in Dubois on the welfare-check detail at 3:39 p.m. when Hannah M. Fischer, 32, 7425 E. Dubois-Cuzco Road, drove up to the location in a vehicle that was also occupied by Richard E. Looney, 31, 8136 N. Hickory Grove Road.

Police reported that Looney initially refused to roll down his passenger window and was reportedly confrontational as officers noted the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Looney was alleged to have attempted to reach under the seat while exiting the vehicle and to have attempted to run from the deputy while being placed into custody.

A search of the occupants and the vehicle allegedly resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine and marijuana, hypodermic syringes and drug paraphernalia.

Police reported that a small child was also in the vehicle.

Fischer and Looney were booked into the Dubois County Security Center on preliminary charges that included Level 6 felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of syringes, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia. Police said Fischer was also wanted on a body attachment warrant.

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