apprehended in neighboring county
Wanda English Burnett
William W. Woody
Baker, 33, had eluded police since December of last year when
they searched his Holton home and found a working methamphetamine
lab, stolen auto parts and more, according to information from
Ripley Publishing Co. files.
On Monday of this week, after Baker had been seen frequenting
a residence in Butlerville, police were able to positively identify
him as the suspect they were looking for. About 4:30 p.m. on April
5 as he left the residence, Baker was taken into custody without
incident, according to information from the Indiana State Police.
Baker was wanted on charges from Ripley County for Manufacturing
Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony. He is also connected with drug
related activity in Jennings County, that includes stolen high
performance auto parts that were found at his Holton home in a
At an initial hearing held Wednesday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. in
Ripley County Circuit Court, Baker faced four charges from the
previous raid on his home in December of 2009. They are: Manufacturing
Methamphetamine, a Class B Felony; Possession of a Controlled
Substance, Class D Felony; Possession of Marijuana over 30 grams,
Class D Felony; and Receiving, Retaining or Disposing of Stolen
Property, a Class D Felony.
Judge Carl Taul explained that the B felony charge carries up
to 20 years imprisonment and the D felonies carry up to three
years, with the possibility of a $10,000 fine for each offense.
Prosecutor Ric Hertel requested bail be set at $100,000 due to
the fact that Baker knew he was wanted since early January and
didnt turn himself in. He said he was a flight risk.
The judge honored the request and also set a trial date of September
Baker faces additional charges of Possession of Methamphetamine,
a Class D Felony and Possession of Paraphernalia, a Class D Felony,
from the Jennings County arrest on Monday.
Baker was at the residence of Arnold Boshears, 46, who gave police
consent to search. There they found numerous articles of drug
paraphernalia, methamphetamine, along with 36 marijuana plants.
Boshears was arrested along with Baker and charged with Maintaining
a Common Nuisance, Class D Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine,
Class D Felony; Cultivating Marijuana, Class D Felony; and Possession
of Paraphernalia, Class D Felony.
Also arrested at the residence were Debbie Collins, 37, who was
charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance, Class D Felony; Possession
of Methamphetamine, Class D Felony; Possession of Marijuana Less
than 30 Grams, Class A Misdemeanor; and Possession of Paraphernalia,
Class A Infraction.
Readawn Ferris, 20, of Butlerville, was also arrested and charged
with Visiting a Common Nuisance, Class D Felony; Possession of
Methamphetamine, Class D Felony; and Possession of Paraphernalia,
Class A Infraction.
All four were booked into the Jennings County Jail.
The lead investigating officer, Senior Trooper Rick Hewitt with
the Indiana State Police, noted, This (arrest) is a good
example of team work between police agencies. The Jennings County
Sheriffs deputies were able to provide additional information
and their assistance helped lead to a successful investigation
which took a wanted criminal off the streets.
Hewitt was assisted by members of the Indiana State Police Marijuana
Eradication and Suppression Team, the Indiana State Police Emergency
Response Team-South, the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine
Suppression Unit, and the Jennings County Sheriffs Department.
The Indiana State Police encourage anyone who may have information
or suspect any kind of illegal activity to call their local state
police post. All information is investigated and callers can remain
The Indiana State Police, Versailles Post can be contacted at
800-566-6704 or 689-5000.