A traffic stop and an arrest at Palestine's Casey's General Store highlighted the Palestine Police Department's weekend.
According to Chief Jeff Besing, he spotted a 1998 black Dodge Ram truck about 12:44 a.m. Sunday east of Gordon Junction and pulled over the vehicle in reference to a possible non-licensed driver. The driver Bryan A. Shanes, 31, Robinson, was found wanted on a Knox County warrant for failure to appear, which is extraditable. Shanes was also cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
Meanwhile both he and his passengers identified as Myra G. Hooten, 24, and Dee Etta M. Ramsey, 26, Vincennes, Ind., were all arrested on charges unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of cannabis and unlawful possession of methamphetamine following a further investigation of the vehicle. All three were taken to the Crawford County Jail, where they are awaiting bond to be set by a judge. Robinson Police Officer Nick Earnst assisted in the arrest.
Shanes is also being held on the Knox County warrant.
Another arrest was made by Palestine police on Friday. About 9 p.m. Officer Brandon Carpenter observed a male subject, Coltin T. Woods, 22, Palestine, known to be wanted on an Effingham County body attachment warrant walk into Casey's General Store. Officer Carpenter made contact with Woods and arrested him on the warrant. During a search Woods was also find in possession of suspected cannabis.
He was arrested on the warrant and unlawful possession of more than 30 grams of cannabis, and taken to the Crawford County Jail where he was released after posting bond.