Pot party leads to charges for students, athletes
Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
Several students and athletes were charged with marijuana possession after a party was busted by the Jonesville Police Department, according to an incident report.
Town officers responded to 110 S. Arlington Ave. in Jonesville Saturday, Aug. 31 shortly before 2 a.m, according to the report.
According to the report, Tyler Keith Brown, 18, of Elkin; Thomas Jordan Carlton, 17, of Boonville; Isaiah Jerome Billips, 16, of Jonesville; Austin Michael Holcomb, 16, of Yadkinville; Tristin Dwayne Cummings, 17, of Jonesville; and James Tyler Weaver, 16, of Boonville were each charged with one count of misdemeanor possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana.
Everyone except Tyler Brown was charged with an additional misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Brown was arrested and confined in the Yadkin County Jail when officers found he had an order for his arrest from outside Yadkin County, according to the incident report.
Lauren Alexandria Taylor Carson, 17, of Boonville, and Karmen Jensen Buie, 17, of Jonesville, were also charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
James Michael Ashley, 16, of Hamptonville was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of alcohol by someone less than 19 years old.
Paul Franklin Ashley, 19, of Hamptonville was charged with one misdemeanor count of resist, delay or obstruct.
According to the Jonesville Police Department, a minor under the age of 18 can be released if that person is 16 or older.
Those 16 years old and above are subject to their arrest reports becoming public information, as was the case with these incident reports from the Jonesville Police Department.
One other student was charged, but due to the fact the student was a minor under 16 the name was not released.
The host of the party has been charged with a felony and three misdemeanors, according to a later incident report with the Jonesville Police Department.
Haley Brooke Jarrett, 17, of Jonesville was arrested on Sept. 5 at 6:15 p.m, according to the incident report.
According to the report Jarrett’s current address is 110 South Arlington Avenue in Jonesville, the location of the Aug. 31 party.
Jarrett’s charges include one felony count of maintaining a drug dwelling, a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana less than half an ounce, a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the incident report.
A warrant dated Sept. 5 was listed with the felony charge.
According to the North Carolina crime book used by Jonesville Police, “North Carolina Crimes: A Guidebook on the Elements of Crime,” a person guilty of maintaining a drug dwelling has to meet certain criteria:
“A person guilty of this offense:
1) knowingly keeps or maintains
2) a store, shop, warehouse, dwelling house, building, vehicle, boat, aircraft, or other place
3) (a) being resorted to by persons unlawfully using controlled substances, or (b) being used for unlawfully keeping or selling controlled substances.”
While Jarrett was charged with possession of both marijuana and drug paraphernalia, she was listed as not having consumed drugs or alcohol on the report.
Her occupation was listed as “student” on the incident report.
Jarrett was arrested and taken before a committing magistrate. She was released on an unsecured $1,500 bond and was not confined.
Several students were Starmount athletes, including a varsity football player and two varsity basketball players.
Starmount Athletic Director Scott Carter said, “My comment is ‘no comment.’”
He said he could not speak on the matter because it was ongoing and some of those involved were underage.
Starmount Principal Cody Hemric also declined to comment.
N.C. High School Athletic Association’s Rick Strunk said matters relating to athlete convictions of felonies were handled by the association, but charges of misdemeanors were left up to either the local school system or the school itself to decide on a course of action.
As of press time no suspensions have been announced.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 is the trial date for many of those charged, according to the police incident reports. They will appear in court in Yadkinville.
To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at email@example.com.
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