Galena man charged for drugs, allegedly helping inmate attempt escape

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bond at $121,005 spanning multiple cases following recent arrest

A Galena man is being held in the Barry County jail after being charged with possession meth in Lawrence County and allegedly aiding a prisoner’s attempted escape in Barry County.

Michael Davis, 38, of Galena, was arrested on Sept. 19 is being held on a bond of $121,005 spanning multiple cases, including two theft cases where he failed to appear.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Deputy Angela Cole, with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, in July, Davis allegedly helped an inmate at the Barry County jail by holding a door while the inmate pulled a piece of sheetrock from ceiling and crawled into the ceiling, all captured by jail surveillance cameras.

The inmate returned back to inside the jail after two hours through the same opening. Another inmate allegedly helped the first remove the sheetrock.

Davis is also facing a felony possession of a controlled substance charge in Lawrence County. According to a probable cause statement by Brent Curran, police officer with the Aurora-Marionville Police Department, on March 14 at about 9:13 p.m., police were investigating suspicious activity in Aurora and Davis allowed them to search his vehicle.

Nothing was located in the initial search, but at Davis’ feet, Curran said he located a vinyl case containing a clear plastic bag with a white crystal substance testing positive for methamphetamine. Davis claimed the case was not his, but Curran determined it was, as the case was dry and clean on a rainy day, and there were puddles and muddy spots around where the case was found.

Davis also failed to appear for court in two theft cases stemming from 2018 incidents where he and another man allegedly stole more than $9,000 worth of items from Walmart stores in Cassville and Monett.

Davis made an appearance for all the Barry County cases on Tuesday. He is set to be arraigned on the drug charge in Lawrence County on Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert George.

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