Charges have recently been filed in Scott Circuit Court against four individuals involving drugs.
David A. Zollman, 25, Scottsburg, was formally charged on November 4 with Level 5 felony dealing in methamphetamine.
Mary Nichols, 28, and Dustin R. Rider, 32, Scottsburg, are being charged with Level 4 felony dealing in a narcotic drug and Level 6 felony maintaining a common nuisance.
Willie J. Combs, 49, Austin, is facing a dealing in a narcotic drug charge, a Level 5 felony.
In Zollman’s case, the probable cause affidavit related how Scottsburg patrolman Troy Ford and Sgt./Detective Steven Herald arranged for an undercover drug purchase from Zollman on November 2. Zollman’s apparent girlfriend, Brittany N. Coomer, 26, and the woman’s two-year-old toddler were also in the home on Curtsinger Drive when the drug methamphetamine was purportedly purchased.
Coomer was also taken into custody that date, and she now has six charges against her in Superior Court. Those include possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of meth, and possession of a Schedule 1-4 controlled substance, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Zollman also has Superior Court charges, which include Level 6 felony possession of meth and unlawful possession of a syringe, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
He appeared in both courts for initial hearings on November 7. In the Circuit Court case, he was assigned an initial jury trial date of April 4, 2017. Bail was set at $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $5,000 cash. In Superior Court, he was assigned a public defender and a jury trial date of February 23. Bail in that case is set at $45,000 by bond or $4,500 cash.
Coomer was released on November 16 after $4,500 cash bail was filed for her.
Her jury trial was scheduled February 23. A public defender has been assigned to the case.
Nichols and Rider listed the same address, 615 Lakeshore Drive. Reportedly, an undercover drug purchase was made in the early afternoon on September 28 at their residence. Ten Hydrocodone pills were obtained in the buy, the affidavit stated. Allegedly, the couple obtained the Schedule 2 controlled substance from a prescription meant for Rider’s grandfather. The elderly man was seen on the residence’s porch during the transaction.
The two cases were filed November 10 with both defendants having their initial hearings that same day. Bail for each was set at $75,000 by surety bond or $15,000 cash. They also were each appointed public defenders.
Rider received an initial jury trial date of January 17 through his request for a fast and speedy trial. His attorney also filed a motion to reduce his bail; earlier this past week, no date had been set for that motion to be argued.
Nichols’ jury trial date is March 28.
The arrest of Willie Combs occurred after Scottsburg Ptl. Ford received a report of drugs being sold at Combs’ residence on Paulanna Ave. Ptl. Ford, Det. Herald, Officer Eric Mills of the Salem department, Austin Chief Robert Gudgel, Major Donald Spicer, and reserve officers Mike Tscheulin, Raymond Richie, Daniel Morris, Delmar Coomer and Bobby Cravens were involved in the case.
An undercover purchase of Oxymorphone was reportedly made from Combs on November 1, with charges filed November 9.
Combs was in court for his initial hearing on November 10. Bail was set at $50,000 by surety bond or $10,000 cash.
An initial jury trial date of March 28 was scheduled, and a public defender was appointed to the case.