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LPD busy with trespassers

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By Jennifer Caldwell

LaFollette Police Officers kept busy with trespassing incidents last week.

Last Tuesday Det. Lt. Monty Miller was traveling on North 13th Street when he observed a person who seemed to be blowing a car horn for no apparent reason. 

As Miller turned onto Iron Street he observed Melissa A. Evans, 36, of 413 North 13th Street, throw a dresser drawer out the back door of a residence, according to reports.

When Evans spotted Miller she allegedly ran back inside the house before running out the front door.

Records indicate after being placed under arrest Evans was found to have a green and white capsule which she had no prescription for. In addition, she later allegedly threw a gray container on the ground “in an attempt to destroy or hide” it. The container allegedly contained several items commonly used to snort narcotics with.

Police reports state Evans admitted to removing objects from the residence that she was not a resident of. In fact, the residence in question had been quarantined after if was discovered to contain a working meth lab in April 2008.

The residence was properly posted with quarantine notices stating the penalties for trespassing.

Evans was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing, theft under $500, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Wednesday Susan Sowder responded to another trespass call.

According to reports, Sowder and Officer Steve Wallen were called to Pleasant Ridge apartments. Upon arrival they discovered all doors were locked and no one would come to the door.

When the officers were given entry to the apartment by a key holder they discovered Jesse James Ballard, 24, of 188 Blue Springs Road, hiding in a small area beside the hot water heater. 

Ballard allegedly told officers he was hiding because he is on the LaFollette Housing Authority no trespassing list and “did not want to go back to jail.”

Ballard was charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and released.

The following day Sowder was back in the area and noticed the shade moving in an apartment that was supposed to be vacant.

Records indicate, Ashley Ledford answered the door and told Sowder she was the only person in the apartment. 

After being asked a second time, Ledford disclosed that Ballard was hiding upstairs.

While Sowder waited for backup, Ballard allegedly jumped from the upstairs window and led Officer Daniel Terry and Miller on a foot pursuit before being caught, reports state.

In addition to another aggravated criminal trespassing charge, Ballard was also charged with evading arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 27.