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Welfare check leads to arrest

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By Jennifer Caldwell

Arrests seemed to come in pairs for LaFollette police officers last week.

When Officers Pam Jarrett, John Baker and Joe Brown responded to a request to check a citizen’s welfare at an East Elm Street address they found drugs and paraphernalia instead of a person in distress.

The owner of the residence reported she became concerned about the welfare of Elizabeth Paige Douthat, 19, of 195 East Elm Street, when she was unable to reach her.

The home owner told officers she was concerned for Douthat’s safety because her boyfriend, Allen Dewayne Cordell, 25, of 1226 Long Hollow Road, had allegedly been physically abusive, according to Baker’s report.

After making contact with Douthat, officers gained consent from the home owner to search the home.

During the course of the search officers discovered a number drug related items including 15 empty morphine capsules, six spoons, four syringes and a metal container with two more morphine capsules.

Douthat and Cordell were arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. They are scheduled to appear in court on April 17.