Woman with warrant arrested in Cassville

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Meth allegedly found in vehicle at local parking lot

A Monett woman, who had a warrant for her arrest for an alleged burglary in Pierce City, was arrested in Cassville Friday after police found her asleep in her vehicle at Payless Rental.

Trisha Hileman, 30, of Monett, is facing charges in Cassville of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession with intent to distribute. In Lawrence County, she is charged with second-degree burglary and theft of a credit card.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Danny Boyd, with the Cassville Police Department, he responded to a Payless Rental on Old Exeter Road at 4 p.m. Thursday to a report of a subject slumped over her steering wheel in the parking lot. Upon checking her license, Boyd discovered she had a warrant out of Lawrence County.

After arresting her for the warrant, Boyd said he saw a glass pipe in the front passenger seat, as well as a green Crown Royal bag on the floor.

"I opened the Crown Royal bag and found a set of digital scales, a clear plastic bag containing several smaller baggies, two small baggies with a white powdery substance, a small clear straw, two small red straws, a small baggy containing 28 small round blue pills and two glass pipes," Boyd said in the statement.

Boyd said the white substance tested positive for methamphetamine, and the blue pills were identified as Clonazepam, a schedule 4 controlled substance.

The warrant in Lawrence County stems from an incident on Dec. 30, 2015, when a woman reported a burglary at a home on Walnut St. in Pierce City.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Michael Abramovitz, Pierce City police chief, the victim reported being away for a couple days, and upon returning home, noticed things in the home were out of place and several credit and debit cards were missing, as well as two safety deposit keys and a house key.

According to bank representatives, Abramovitz reports, the credit card was used at a Walgreen's in Neosho for a purchase of just under $500. He said the manager of that store remembered a woman and man using the card, and they had tried to use a different card, but it was declined.

On Jan. 7, the victim's daughter reported she allowed Hileman and her boyfriend, Blake McEvers, to borrow a van, and the two met at the home where the incident took place. The daughter said she used the spare key to open the back door of the home, replacing it under a mat nearby.

After obtaining surveillance video from the Walgreen's, the daughter identified Hileman and McEvers as the ones using the credit card. Warrants for the arrest of Hileman and McEvers were filed on Feb. 16.

Hileman is being held in the Barry County jail on a $25,000 bond. A disposition hearing for the drug charges is scheduled for March 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke. A hearing for the Lawrence County charges has yet to be set.

McEvers was arrested in Mt. Vernon on March 2. He is being held in the Lawrence County jail on a $25,000 bond, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for March 24 at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Scott Sifferman.

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