Man charged with felony possession

FAIRMONT – An 18-year-old Fairmont man, Lucas Anthony Wade, faces third- and fifth-degree drug charges for allegedly being in possession of and using methamphetamine in a city park.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

Around 1:10 p.m. Monday, a caller reported suspicious activity at Sylvania Park, and believed the activity was drug-related.

Police went to the park and saw two men in the shelter house. As police approached, they could smell burnt marijuana and a chemical smell. One of the men had a bulge in his pocket that was in the shape of a drug pipe. The man admitted it was a drug pipe and it was retrieved by police. The other man, identified as Wade, had his hands in his pockets when asked if he had any drugs or weapons in his possession. When he was searched, police found a cylinder object, and a plastic baggie fell out when the object was removed from Wade’s pocket. The baggie held a white crystal substance that later tested positive as meth. Wade admitted to snorting meth just before police arrived.

After his arrest, Wade originally refused to answer questions, but after advised of his constitutional rights, he told the officer he had snorted meth at the picnic table in the park.

Wade faces a third-degree drug crime charge for possession of meth in a city park; maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The fifth-degree drug possession charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Wade is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Man charged with second-degree DWI

FAIRMONT – A 32-year-old Fairmont man, Aaron Christopher Kiss, faces a second-degree driving while impaired charge.

According to information from the Sherburn-Welcome Police Department:

In the early morning hours of June 7, Sherburn-Welcome Police were dispatched to a complaint where a man had exposed himself to women on the back porch area of the Sherburn Liquor Store. A?witness reported the man and another man had driven away and were likely too intoxicated to drive, but were believed to be headed toward Welcome.

A Sherburn-Welcome police officer spotted a vehicle as described by the witness on County Road 26. The passenger was identified as the man who had exposed himself, and the driver was identified as Kiss. The passenger was heavily intoxicated and was unable to communicate clearly with the officer. Kiss told the officer the passenger had consumed about a half-pint of whiskey, and that he had been urinating outside at the Sherburn bar when they were asked to leave.

The officer administered sobriety tests on Kiss, which indicated he also was intoxicated. A preliminary breath test registered at more than twice the legal alcohol limit for driving, and he was placed under arrest.

A background check showed Kiss had a driving while impaired conviction in 2009 and a similar conviction in Iowa in 2008.

The second-degree driving while impaired charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Woman charged with domestic assault

FAIRMONT – A 25-year-old Fairmont woman faces a gross misdemeanor charge of domestic assault for allegedly hitting her brother during an argument.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

Shortly after 7 p.m. June 6, police received a call regarding a person to be removed from a residence on North North Avenue. When police arrived, they found an angry woman identified as Savannah Lin Weber, who wanted her 26-year-old brother removed from the residence. The brother reported Weber had hit him in the mouth, and police noted he had a swollen lip.

Weber told police she and her brother had been drinking when they got into an argument. Weber said her brother got up in her face and she shoved him away from her. She said it was possible she might have scratched him with her nails when she shoved him, but claimed she did not hit him. Weber said her brother did hit himself afterward to make the injuries look worse.

The brother reported that during the argument, Weber pushed him and then punched him in the mouth. A witness to the disturbance said she had to hold Weber back from her brother.

Police took photos of the brother’s injuries, including scratch marks on both sides of his neck and a blood blister on the inside of his lip. Weber had no visible injuries, and was placed under arrest for domestic assault.

A background check showed Weber was convicted of a fifth-degree assault for an incident in August 2012.

The gross misdemeanor domestic assault charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine. Weber also faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.