On Feb. 4 at approximately 9:19 a.m., Cave City Police Chief Vernon Gann responded to the Cave City High School principal's office in regards to a student in possession of assorted contraband, including a marijuana pipe and a clear plastic bag with what appeared to be a white powdery residue inside.
The juvenile's mother, Janet Lyons, was called to come to the school to take custody of her son and to discuss the incident. When she arrived at the principal's office, Chief Gann said he noticed there was an odor of intoxicants on her breath and she appeared to be intoxicated. Chief Gann walked Ms. Lyons out to the parking lot of the school and gave her a portable breath test which confirmed that she had been drinking, he said.
Chief Gann then attempted to place Ms. Lyons under arrest for public intoxication; however, she resisted and a brief struggle ensured on he parking lot of the school. During the struggle, Lyons kept telling her son to take her purse and leave with it, Gann said. The chief said he ordered the boy to remain where he was and not to move.
Lyons was eventually subdued and placed in the back seat of the patrol car. Chief Gann checked her purse and located a white rock-like substance wrapped in a piece of tissue paper. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine.
Lyons was transported to the Sharp County jail where she was incarcerated on the charges of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), class C felony; public intoxication, class A misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, class C misdemeanor. She appeared before Sharp County District Judge R.T. Starkin on Feb. 5 for a bond hearing.
On Jan. 31 at approximately 10:50 a.m., Gann traveled to the Ericka Schales residence, located at 205 E. Spring Street in Cave City, to assist Department of Home Services representatives on a home visit.
Upon knocking on the door, a white male identified as David West opened the door and informed Chief Gann and the DHS representative that Schales was not home. While speaking with West in the living room, Chief Gann observed suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain view. A subsequent search of the residence was conducted and Schales was found hiding in the bedroom closet.
Schales, 28, of Cave City, was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), class A misdemeanor, and transported to the Sharp County jail where she was incarcerated.
West, 33, of Cave City was arrested for obstructing a governmental operation, class C misdemeanor, and was also incarcerated in the Sharp County jail.