Sleep Safe, Greensburg. You Won’t Have To Worry About These Monsters Anymore

Monday, March 8th, 2010

There are no dead dogs, lying informants, or flash grenades, but this story from Greensburg, Indiana, really captures the mundane stupidity, utter dissonance, and day-to-day waste of resources that is America’s drug war. Seems that last week a concerned citizen called a tip line to report some young people smoking pot at the house next door.

Here’s what happened next:

The caller advised that there was suspicious activity, strange noises and unusual odors coming from the apartment. When GPD officers arrived, the strange smell was identified as “burnt marijuana,” Chief Heaton reported.

After identifying the apartment that was emitting the odors, the GPD attempted to make contact. But inside the apartment, no one answered.

Working quickly to establish probable cause, the officers sought to obtain a search warrant from the office of the Decatur County Prosecutor.

In the interim period before the warrant was granted, the GPD kept a secure perimeter around the residence, making sure that no one went in or out of the apartment, Chief Heaton explained.

“It definitely tied up our units (for about two hours),” Heaton said.

The search warrant was secured and served at 1:23 a.m. Tuesday. Upon gaining entry to the apartment, the police found marijuana and proof of marijuana consumption and the five suspects were arrested.

Four of the five perpetrators were charged with “visiting a common nuisance,” and one was charged with misdemeanor possession. One was also charged for failure to appear on a separate warrant.

The Greensburg Daily News dutifully adds that the “watchful citizen’s” tip “brought the Greensburg Police Department closer to exterminating the drug problem in the city.”

Yeah. Good luck with that.

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36 Responses to “Sleep Safe, Greensburg. You Won’t Have To Worry About These Monsters Anymore”

  1. #1 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    The Greensburg Daily News dutifully adds that the “watchful citizen’s” tip “brought the Greensburg Police Department closer to exterminating the drug problem in the city.”

    One reason for the death of print media is because “they” are flacks for the man. This make them the enemy.

    Maybe the reporter was writing ironically.

  2. #2 |  Steve Clay | 

    One “marijuana den” shut down!

  3. #3 |  Ben | 

    And I said, “Littering.” And they all moved away from me on the bench
    there, and the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean nasty things, till I
    said, “And creating a nuisance.” And they all came back, shook my hand,
    and we had a great time on the bench…

  4. #4 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    “the GPD kept a secure perimeter around the residence, making sure that no one went in or out of the apartment, Chief Heaton explained.”

    Good thing they maintained a secure perimeter.
    That’s important when confiscating reefers.

  5. #5 |  pam | 

    Is weed dangerous? I guess I missed that somewhere. Or is it the war that’s dangerous? I’m confused.

  6. #6 |  anarch | 

    Just occurred to me that the WOD is actually pretty aptly named. I.e., it’s a war that’s on drugs.

  7. #7 |  Kristen | 

    brought the Greensburg Police Department closer to exterminating the drug problem in the city

    Say wha?

  8. #8 |  Bryan | 

    Indiana comparison
    Greensburg Police < Butt Drug

  9. #9 |  Kevin | 

    “exterminating”
    interesting word choice.

    when I think of exterminating, cockroaches, rodents, ants, termites come to mind….but people who smoke pot?

    and this from a “journalist”….er shill, dupe, ass kisser, tool.

  10. #10 |  Buc | 

    “The caller advised that there was suspicious activity, strange noises and unusual odors coming from the apartment.”

    Ha, what a tool the caller must be. If the caller had no idea what the smell was, not surprising the guy decided to call the cops. Ever notice it’s always people that live a really sheltered life that are the ones that resort to calling in the fuzz at the first sign of any activity that they don’t consider normal?

  11. #11 |  InMD | 

    I feel safer already.

  12. #12 |  claude | 

    I cant believe they actually included not only all of their names in the story, but their home addresses as well? WTH?

  13. #13 |  claude | 

    “Bronwyn Elizabeth Stormes, 24, 720 N. Perkins Street, Rushville, was arrested on charges of visiting a common nuisance.”

    Ya know… for a brief moment… when i saw that name…

  14. #14 |  Zargon | 

    I cant believe they actually included not only all of their names in the story, but their home addresses as well? WTH?

    Really? It seems to be SOP anymore to inflict as much damage against the accused as possible with any tools at hand, whether that be the press, a weekend wait for processing, or a cement wall.

    That’s the name of the game anymore – fucking people up. Silly ideals like “justice” or even “getting the right guy” are hardly even paid lip service anymore.

  15. #15 |  Cynical in CA | 

    Indiana? Don’t care.

  16. #16 |  ShelbyC | 

    Not so safe. It looks like they’re out on a $155 bond.

  17. #17 |  dsmallwood | 

    ok, Ben had the best quote.

    when i read the “one step closer” line i thought of a Simpsons quote

    John Waters: “Homer, I won your respect, and all I had to do was save your life. Now, if every gay man could just do the same, you’d be set.”

    Homer: “and how”

  18. #18 |  Greg C | 

    This is some “Onion”-type “news”paper, right?

  19. #19 |  scott | 

    Alright, I’ll bite.

    WTF is “visiting a common nuisance”?

  20. #20 |  robertkat | 

    IC 35-48-4-13 Visiting or maintaining a common nuisance

    Sec. 13. (a) A person who knowingly or intentionally visits a building, structure, vehicle, or other place that is used by any person to unlawfully use a controlled substance commits visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.

  21. #21 |  gs | 

    To the benefit of any lowlife Greensburgers who are plotting dirty deeds, ace reporter Joe Hornaday, with the full cooperation of Police Chief Brian Heaton, has published a detailed, proven plan for distracting the cops.

    Or should I say crack reporter Joe Hornaday?

  22. #22 |  Reggie Hubbard | 

    YAY!!!

    Five more lives that now have a permanant black spot on them. Five more people in the system who may be unable to get a solid job thanks to this. See how harmful marijuana is? Huh? All you dumbass stoners… you see the harm that marijuana can do?

  23. #23 |  brack | 

    I’ll defend the caller on this one. Meth labs, natural gas leaks, too much chlorine in the pool, also have funny smells to them. You may laugh at the caller for being “sheltered”, but if I smelled something I wasn’t sure of and I knew it might affect one my my kids, damn right I’d contact the fuzz.

    The problem with people…they think they’ll never get caught because they think they’re not affecting anyone else. The fact remains, though, that marijuana stinks and does carry past your personal space. The other thing it does…it impairs your abilities, especially the ability to make good choices.

  24. #24 |  Marty | 

    if they lived around here, they’d rack up a TON of legal fees… if you have any drug convictions, you can’t live in most of the apt complexes or trailer parks (those that are corporate owned). this can impact employment. this can impact student grants.

    almost all of my tenants have some bullshit drug conviction in their past. they take care of my property because they know their options are very limited. on the flip side, if one is arrested, I’m probably losing a tenant because there’s no way they can afford rent and legal fees… hell, I’ve lost tenants because traffic fines are so expensive.

  25. #25 |  Marty | 

    ‘The fact remains, though, that marijuana stinks and does carry past your personal space.’

    so does the perfume that old women seem to enjoy wearing by the gallon…

    people don’t realize the potential headaches they’re opening themselves to when they call 911 for bullshit. 911 is a sledgehammer- most people just need a tack hammer. there are countless stories on here of dogs being shot, property damaged, and people arrested because cops showed up and created a crime- not because of any crime being committed prior to their arrival. I’ve seen cops report people for having 3 little dogs because the city ordinance allows for only 2. the guy was having a heart attack and the cop was there to assist ems.

    people call 911 because ‘they’re concerned’ about a possible fire behind someone’s house- not concerned enough to stop and warn the people or find out they’re grilling in the back yard. this opens all kinds of potential headaches for these people…

    if the old people concerned about the kids smoking dope would’ve called the landlord, chances are he would’ve warned them and told them to knock it off. if they were poor renters (not paying, other complaints, etc), they probably would take action to have them removed.

    911 is a great tool when it’s used appropriately- but it can do far more damage when people don’t use common sense.

  26. #26 |  brack | 

    go knock on the old lady’s door and tell them to stop putting it on. there’s a distinct difference in how an old lady “carries herself” and for that matter how a medicinal user carries themself and a “pothead.”

    This boils down to personal responsibility…if you consume an illegal substance and it affects those that are around you, you must be willing to take responsibility for that action.

    One final thought before I get a contact buzz from this site…does smoking marijuana fall into the category of using “common sense?”

  27. #27 |  paranoiastrksdp | 

    Hello Brack! You must be new here.

    Nobody likes a (thinks they) know it all self-righteous prick.
    Cheers!

  28. #28 |  David in Balt | 

    Is it just me or when others read Brack’s posts did you find yourself doing it in that G.I. Joe, infomercial voice…. “because knowing is half the battle!”

  29. #29 |  Jane | 

    On the other hand you can like in Jackson Mississippi, where you’ve watched some dude living rent free in a HUD-paid-for house across the street from you openly deal drugs in his driveway day after day (which doesn’t bother you all that much; it’s the domestic disputes that take place in the middle of the street that you feel ruin the tone of your-soon-to-be ghetto neighborhood), call the cops and have them completely refuse to give a shit because what the hell would you know about a drug operation despite the fact that 1) it would be obvious even to an idiot and 2) you’ve been a criminal defense lawyer for 18 years.

  30. #30 |  brack | 

    this isn’t about being self-righteous, its about being self-responsible. you think you got a better opinion, share it, but I doubt you do as all you could come up with was “self-righteous prick.”

    And I don’t care about you guys liking me. I care about you being responsible.

  31. #31 |  Peter Ramins | 

    Brack, can I sell you new carpet or kitchen tile? Hobnails must be tearing yours up.

    ‘Impairs your abilities, especially the ones to make good choices’. I’ll somewhat agree with that. Maybe the people featured in the article should have gone to a private residence to partake, away from car keys, roads, and the public the large. OH WAIT THEY DID!

    The fact is a significant portion of the populace (myself NOT included, I’m not a user) make marijuana a part of the their lives and the worst thing that will ever happen to them and the people around them is if they get caught. If they don’t get caught, no trauma. I know a good number of people who smoke for recreational purposes, and they all have fine jobs, some have mortgages they are easily on top of, etc.

    I’ve seen a lot of propaganda about the evils of pot, and the only place I’ve seen it is in that propaganda. I’ve *never* seen it in real life. Unless, of course, you include the war waged on citizens in ‘evils of pot’, and it is definitely an evil to be invaded by jackbooted thugs while you are in the middle, in flagrante delicto, of… hurting no one, harming nothing.

  32. #32 |  ShelbyC | 

    “A person who knowingly or intentionally visits a building, structure, vehicle, or other place that is used by any person to unlawfully use a controlled substance commits visiting a common nuisance, a Class B misdemeanor.”

    So if a parent goes to their kid’s pad to implore them to stop smoking crack…

  33. #33 |  David in Balt | 

    @ Brack

    As others have stated these people were behind closed doors, in a private residence, partaking of a substance which, aside from physical harm resulting from its illegality, no negative health effects. Sure, you can make dumb choices when your high. You also probably should not operate machinery, especially something like a car. Yet if this is your concern then why are you on here railing on about pot when alcohol is for sale all over this country? Now there is one hell of a drug. I mean, unlike pot which has never killed anyone, hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. alone will die from alcohol related diseases this year. And talk about a drug that makes people do -stupid- things. But your not really concerned about health effects or poor choices are you?

    Let me ask you a question Brack. Why is it your or the governments business what someone does with their own body? Seriously, if their not causing you physical harm, and not putting your life in jeopardy, why is it any of your, the cops, or a nosy neighbors concern?

  34. #34 |  brack | 

    “Hobnails must be tearing yours up.” – explain please.

    David, you and I have ground we can communicate on. Alcohol does kill way more than mari ever did or will. You might be surprised, but I think any “drug” should be legalized as long as alcohol is sold in stores…but along with that, folks who want to use these drugs have to take responsibility for their stupid actions. This article, nor this discussion, has afforded the opportunity to rail on alcohol until you mentioned it.

    And yes, you’re right its not my business to know what’s going on in private residences…until that “funny-yet-to-be-determined” smell reaches my kids bedroom. If I don’t know what that “smell” is and I’m unsure if it puts my family’s life in “jeopardy” I will become that nosy neighbor.

    A private residence is not a place to do “everything” as you please. Somebody above proved that point by citing “abuse.” Flushing pills into the toilet, playing loud music at 10pm when my baby trying to sleep, flushing aligators, and cheating on your taxes all occur in private residences. It doesn’t make any of the them right. And they all certainly affect the rest of us, because the government then makes it their business and they “create” new laws that affect the descent law-abiding folks. Every action has consequences.

  35. #35 |  David in Balt | 

    @ Brack

    And again I ask you why is what another person does with their body any of your, the government, the police, anyone’s business? If people do things that are going to harm other people, then make those things illegal, you know like how it is illegal to drive while intoxicated. Nothing these people did constitutes ‘stupid’ if we exclude the neighbor and the police. As far as a private residence not being a place to do whatever I please, why is it not? As long as what I am doing is between consenting adults and does not put you or someone else life in danger how is what I or anyone else does on their property any of your business? If you don’t like loud music move to an apartment complex or neighborhood that bans such actions.

    Again, what gives you or anyone else the right to determine what someone can or cannot do with their own body (excluding the obvious exception of danger/damage to another) or on their property?

  36. #36 |  supercat | 

    //IC 35-48-4-13 Visiting or maintaining a common nuisance//

    By that definition, would an apartment-dweller be forbidden from going home if he had reason to believe that someone in his apartment building was smoking pot?

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