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Two charged with felonies

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

THAYER -- Officers with the Thayer Police Department have arrested two Thayer residents, Dustin J. Frillman, 17, and Michele R. Lindley, 40. Both have been charged with felony conspiracy to commit burglary and felony conspiracy to commit stealing.

In a probable cause statement from the Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Thayer Police Chief David Bailey said his office received a call Dec. 17 from Connie Rogers, a secretary at the Thayer Housing Authority, (THA) who said her prescription medication had been stolen from her apartment. Rogers also lives at the THA.

Rogers said she always keeps her medication in a lockbox and when she returned home from work the lockbox was missing. Inside the lockbox were Xanax, Cymbalta, Geodom, Soma and Equate sleeping pills.

Bailey said on Dec. 17 officers from his department were called to the Thayer Walmart to work a two-vehicle accident. Officer Josh McDaniel found the operator of a Nissan truck under the influence of drugs. The driver of the truck was Frillman.

Frillman had lost control of the truck and struck a parked vehicle. He was later interviewed by Chief Bailey and Assistant Police Chief Michael Bunting for several stealing incidents involving signs and other properties.

When asked what he had taken prior to the accident, he replied, Xanax. Frillman said he got the drugs from Lindley who was the manager of the THA.

Lindley had called him the day prior to the burglary of the Rogers' apartment and told him she had a proposition for him if he was interested. Frillman said he was.

Frillman stated she was aware Rogers had just gotten a fresh prescription and she would provide him the master key to her apartment if he would go get the drugs and split them with her. He said he would.

Lindley told him to go to the apartment of Sharon Rackley who is a THA board member and she would give him a master key. On Dec. 17 he went to Rackley's apartment where she met him outside and gave him the key. He then entered Rogers' apartment but could not find the lockbox. He then went to Lindley's office and told her he could not find the lockbox. She told him to go back and look again because she knew it was there. He did and found it. He took the lockbox to the home of Zack Cobb in Mammoth Spring who helped him open it.

He then advised Lindley he had the drugs and she told him to take them to her home and put them in the medication cabinet and later in the evening they would split the drugs. He said he then took the lockbox and threw it in the Warm Fork River by Town and Country Grocery Store. The lockbox was later recovered from the river and found inside were several containers of medication and two credit cards belonging to Rogers.

On Dec. 18, Frillman gave the officers a written consent to search his truck and his bedroom. Officer Bunting retrieved a plastic cigar holder under the passenger side seat of the truck. Inside were 28 Xanax capsules and 16 Soma tablets. Frillman said the drugs were his share of what was taken from the Rogers' apartment and was what he had taken prior to the accident at Walmart.

The officers then received a search warrant for the Lindley home located on Wyandotte Street in Thayer and found needles, a small quanity of marijuana and pills believed to be Tetracycline with the name Evan Barbee on the bottle. Other drugs with labels missing, a silver container with a white powdery substance inside and a glass vial containing four unidentified pills were also found. One of the items found was generic Darvocet 3.

The chief said all of the items were taken to the crime lab for analysis.

Frillman is in the Thayer City Jail with a bond set at $996.

Besides the original charges of burglary and theft, additional charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana were given to Lindley.

She posted a $4,900 bond. No court date has been set for the pair.

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I read this story and I seemed to notice one thing.

It appears to me that this story assumes that Miss Lindley is guilty of all charges because there is no place in there where it even leads a person to think that she she could possibly be innocent.

It is funny because even the people that I have talked to around town, when they bring this up they treat it like they know that she did these things.

I'm amazed that we are presumed innocent until proven guilty. People of Thayer think about it.

-- Posted by homerbjenkins on Mon, Jan 5, 2009, at 6:26 PM

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