A car stopped in the middle of Webster Road near Blocher on Monday, April 25, raised the worries of passers-by in the area, and deputies were dispatched to investigate the unusual incident.
Chief Deputy Don Campbell and Deputy Rodney Rudder answered the call and sped to the scene, finding a dark-colored car in the middle of the road with what appeared to be two individuals asleep inside.
It was after dark, so Chief Deputy Campbell left his headlights on, shining into the parked car. Neither of the occupants woke up. In fact, the chief deputy had to knock on the driver's side window and yell before the man woke up.
James Kennedy, 31, Scottsburg, eventually identified himself, replying to Campbell's query about if Kennedy knew where he was by saying, “Yes, I am right here.” The man did not know the name of the road but told the officers that he was waiting on a friend.
Kennedy stepped out of the vehicle when asked to do so by Chief Deputy Campbell. He also told the officer that he had a glass pipe and a knife in a pocket. Those items were removed and Kennedy was placed in handcuffs.
Deputy Rudder asked the now-awakened woman to get out of the car. She complied, identifying herself as Heather J. Albertson, 30, Salem. As she got out, the deputy said he saw something protruding from a pocket of her hoodie. The item turned out to be a loaded hypodermic syringe. Albertson did not have a needle exchange card identifying her as a participant in that program. She was also placed in handcuffs.
Deputy Rudder transported the woman to jail in Scottsburg, while Chief Deputy Campbell waited with Kennedy for a wrecker service to transport the impounded car. Once the car was removed, he took Kennedy to the Scott County Security Center as well since the contents of Kennedy's glass pipe tested positively for methamphetamine.
At the county jail, jailers reported they found a total of ten syringes among Albertson's belongings as well as two glass pipes, a spoon, four pills which proved to be the legend drug Promethazine. A legend drug requires a prescription. Six pieces of a Alprazolam pill were also located, a controlled substance.
Albertson's charges include Level 6 felonies of unlawful possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of a legend drug, a Class A misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance and a Class C misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Kennedy's charges include possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony, and the Class C misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia.
All were filed in Scott Superior Court.
At their initial hearings on Wednesday morning, April 27, preliminary pleas of not guilty were entered for them, and each was assigned an initial jury trial date of August 1. Public defenders were appointed to their cases.
Bail for each was originally set for $15,000 by corporate surety bond or $1,500 cash, but Albertson was granted a reduction in bail to $5,000 by bond or $500 cash.