Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


September 9, 2011

12-Month Drug Investigation Nets Multiple Arrests

Greensburg — A year-long drug investigation conducted by the Greensburg Police Department with assistance from the Decatur County Sheriff's Department and Indiana State Police resulted in seven arrests Thursday.

According to a report provided to the Daily News by Greensburg Chief of Police Stacey Chasteen, the seven arrests included five individuals from Greensburg and two from Hartsville. Six are currently housed in the Decatur County Jail.

Information given to the Daily News states that John D. George, 29, of Hartsville, was arrested on a charge of Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Class "B" Felony. George was arrested in Hartsville with Keisha D. Davis, who was charged with Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. A source at the Decatur County Jail stated Davis was not housed there at press time, and the location of her incarceration following her arrest had not been disclosed.

Also arrested were Linda Spurling, 49, who was charged with Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Class "A" Felony; Jonathon Thompson, 29, who also faces a charge of Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Class "A" Felony; Kenneth L. Fromer, Jr, 30, who is charged with Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Class "B" Felony; and Cecil N. Thompson, 31, who has been charged with Reckless Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Class "A" Misdemeanor.

Cecil Thompson's charge is a violation of his parole.

Kristin Cuskaden, 30, was also arrested and charged with Dealing in a Schedule II Controlled Substance, a Class "A" Felony. According to Daily News sources, Cuskaden is an habitual offender. She faces a commercial bond of $500,005 or 10 percent. Similarly, Fromer faces a commercial bond of $250,000 or 10 percent.

George's bond was set at $25,005 cash. Linda Spurling and Jonathon Thompson's bonds were set at $50,005 cash.

In a press release faxed to the Daily News Thursday morning, Chief Chasteen noted her department's gratitude to the community for its assistance and information.

She also stated the Greensburg Police Department's (GPD) contributions to the war on drugs are ongoing and they will "continue to dedicate resources in the long term" to the effort.

Chief Chasteen went on to acknowledge and offer appreciation to the GPD, Decatur County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, the City of Columbus Police Department, the Decatur County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Shelby County Probation and the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department for their participation in the warrant roundup.

"We have a good working relationship with the departments involved and the Decatur County Prosecutor's Office," said the Chief in a telephone call with the Daily News this Thursday afternoon.

"That's the biggest plus in this kind of relationship: Working together to get the job done."

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