Greenville Police Blotter


By Meladi Brewer

Jan. 2

SHOPLIFTING: At 10:10 p.m. officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Wagner Avenue on a reported shoplifting call. Three suspects were being held in the LP Office. It was advised all three subjects were identified, and it was advised they selected merchandise and concealed it in Jarod Barhorst’s backpack. After concealing the merchandise, they went to the self-checkout and proceeded to pay for some of the items but did not pay for the concealed items before exiting the store. Barhorst was cited for theft.

Jan. 4

WANTED PERSON: At 9:09 a.m. officers observed a subject standing at the south east corner of the Family Dollar building. Stephen Bright had an active felony warrant for his arrest for drug possession, with no bond. Bright was arrested and transported to the jail.

THEFT: At 6:47 p.m officers responded to the 100 block of West Main Street in reference to a theft that occurred elsewhere in the City of Greenville. The complainant advised she is in the process of moving, and one of the items she moved was a black American Tactical Omni Max gun. The victim stated her boyfriend was also with her and helped her move the items. Photos of the gun were provided, and the case will require further investigation.

Jan. 6

DUI: Officers responded to the 1300 block of Wagner Avenue at 4:18 p.m. in response to a subject passed out in a vehicle. The vehicle was parked and running in the parking lot, and officers observed Michelle Mendenhall passed out in the driver’s seat. A marijuana pipe was sitting on the center console in plain view. Mendenhall was woken up, and she stated the pipe was not hers and that she was waiting for a friend to return. While speaking with Mendenhall outside of the vehicle, she threw a blue pill out of her pocket and onto the ground. She was detained and searched. Mendenhall advised the pill was and Aleve she was taking for a toothache, and she admitted to smoking a “bowl” of marijuana before claiming the pipe as hers. During the search of her vehicle, several other pills were located which were later identified as Levetiracetam tablets. Mendenhall said the pills belonged to another man and were used to treat seizures. The pills were taken into evidence as they were not in the approved container. A bag of a green leafy substance Mendenhall advised was marijuana, rolling papers, and several cut straws were also located. Officers observed Mendenhall’s phone unlocked on the driver’s side floorboard and noticed she had been messaging a subject in her contacts as Crystal Meth. Due to her admitting to smoking, her being passed out behind the wheel, and also the fact that the vehicle was parked outside of the marked parking spot lines, Mendenhall was asked to submit to standardized field sobriety testing. Officers observed four clues during the test that gave the conclusion Mendenhall was under the influence. She was cited for physical control and was transported to the jail.

Jan. 8

DUI: At 12:23 a.m. officers responded to the 200 block of Euclid Avenue in reference to a welfare check. Dispatch had advised the complainant had advised Chelsia Wintrow was at Tolly’s Bar and she may have possibly left her children (five and eight) alone inside of the residence. Officers tried to make contact at the house, but there was no activity at the door. Officers could visualize a child sleeping on the couch. Officers called Tolly’s and an employee advised a female matching Wintrow’s description was seen leaving the bar with an unknown male subject. As the officer was running license plates to see if any matched Wintrow’s, a male subject came up to him and advised he had driven to the residence to check on Wintrow because she had called him saying someone was knocking on her front door and wanted to be checked on. The male contacted the female stating the officers wanted her to come to the door so they could do a check on the children, and he advised officers she said “she was going to bed and wasn’t coming to the door.” Officers asked the male to show them his truck, and when they approached, they noticed the truck was still running and a female was inside. Wintrow was sitting in the driver’s seat. She was observed to smell of an alcoholic beverage, her speech was slurred, and her eyes were glossy. When officers asked her if there was an adult inside with the children, she advised them that there were no children inside of the residence and they were with their grandma and grandpa. When Wintrow exited the vehicle, she became unstable and began to stumble. There were three open containers inside the vehicle that smelled of alcohol as well. Wintrow was arrested for physical control of a motor vehicle and was transported to the jail. Officers checked on the children and observed no adult was with them inside the residence, but the children checked okay. Officers will make contact with Tolly’s Bar for video surveillance for possible child endangerment charges as well. The police report was forwarded to the Darke County Children’s Services.

To contact Daily Advocate reporter Meladi Brewer, [email protected].

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