Tzouanakis placed on lockdown following drug investigation in area

Monday, April 29, 2013

A police investigation into a possible drug deal on the city's north side led Greencastle Schools officials to place Tzouanakis Intermediate School on lockdown Monday afternoon.

At 1:17 p.m. Officer Darrel Bunten of the Greencastle Police Department was dispatched to a possible drug transaction in the parking lot Northview Apartments at Albin Pond and Houck roads.

Two men initially fled the scene, with another fleeing after Bunten discovered a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine inside of a car.

Due to the proximity to Tzouanakis, GPD Chief Tom Sutherlin notified school officials, who chose to keep children inside for the remainder of the day.

Superintendent Dawn Puckett sent a recorded message to all parents in the corporation at 2:57 p.m.

"As soon as staff were notified (of the police incident), all students were kept inside safely for the day," Puckett said. "At the time of this call, two individuals have not yet been apprehended by the police."

With the suspects still at large, school authorities took special precautions, releasing as normal, but "with appropriate police presence."

Any students who normally walk home had to wait in the office until their parents either arrived or arranged for transportation.

"We apologize for the late notice but given the timing of the events, this was the earliest opportunity we have had to notify parents and we have opted for taking the safest measures possible," Puckett said.

Bunten emphasized that the school and students never appeared to be in danger, but that proximity likely dictated the decision to lock down the school.

"There were no guns. There were no threats of violence," he said.

As for the investigation, two other suspects were arrested following Bunten's initial investigation. Upon finding the possible methamphetamine, he handcuffed the female, Brittney Thompson of Greencastle, and instructed Capt. Mike Hanlon to do the same with the man who had been standing next to the car.

At this point, the man, William T. Fox of Greencastle, fled the scene as well. Fox was later taken into custody and taken to the Putnam County Jail, where he was initially charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance and resisting law enforcement.

Thompson was also taken to the jail and charged with possession of methamphetamine, visiting a common nuisance and petition to revoke bond.

Thompson was out on bond following a Jan. 13 arrest in which she and two men fled police with her young daughter in the car. Police discovered a controlled substance, paraphernalia and syringes in the car in that case.

She was charged with unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance. A change of plea hearing had been set for Thursday, May 2 in the original case.

The white, granular substance had not been identified as methamphetamine as of Monday evening, but Bunten said its physical properties are consistent with the drug.

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  • Hello, I am commenting in response to some false information on your part. I was one of the men with Ms. Thompson on her January 13Th arrest. I wanted you to know that for the SECOND time you referenced this day you have printed FALSE information and it's not appreciated! First thing, NO ONE arrested the night of the 13th was arrested for drug possession. It would also have been hard for Brittney to flee police in the vehicle as she was NOT the driver, nor did the driver get charged with fleeing. Also, as an added bit of TRUTHFUL information, Jerramy bushong and kenneth manning got the evidence against them suppressed because of an illegal search and seizure. So while your busy trying to portray people as criminals why don't you have a look at the greencastle police force because Im not the only one to be ILLEGALLY searched! Or at least VALIDATE your information before you print it. I don't appreciate your bogus information in these articles. News is SUPPOSED TO BE based on FACT and not slander meant to make people look worse than they are.

    -- Posted by antigraphic26 on Tue, Apr 30, 2013, at 2:39 AM
  • If it walks and talks like a duck... It's probably a DUCK! If you are innocent, please do all of us a favor and move somewhere else and reestablish your life. If you're going to continue dealing with meth - then you will eventually get arrested, convicted, etc., etc., etc!!! We really don't know if it was an illegal search or not - just your word for the info. I'm guessing that your info is very questionable.

    -- Posted by gunner on Tue, Apr 30, 2013, at 12:33 PM
  • Bushong is a well known drug dealer and has been arrested numerous times. I say lock his butt up and throw away the key. He is trash and will be till is life style catches up with him. Which in my opinion will not be soon enough.

    -- Posted by ou812 on Tue, Apr 30, 2013, at 3:41 PM
  • Where are all the pro Britteny people now? Apparently she didn't learn her lesson sitting in jail last time!

    -- Posted by pcmom&gma on Tue, Apr 30, 2013, at 6:43 PM
  • Meth sucks!

    -- Posted by 1stamendrights. on Tue, Apr 30, 2013, at 10:02 PM
  • As a parent, you should NEVER put yourself or your child in that kind of a situation. Its time to put on your big girl/boy pants and make something out of yourself. Quit hanging out with drug dealers/addicts/felons or anyone who will or would put you in that type of situation. I'm highly disappointed with Ms. Thompson, she is a good mother and comes from a really good family. Such a sad situation for her beautiful daughter. Obviously Mr. Bushlong hasn't learned his lesson and will sit in prison/jail. I can only hope those with children will see the light and come to terms with the fact the the child comes first, but from the looks of it...probably no. Its time to grow up!

    -- Posted by MrCbanner on Fri, May 3, 2013, at 5:02 PM
  • ha ha .. REALLY? You're not complaining that you're a DRUGGIE .. but that you were "illegally searched"? Shut up.

    Doesn't matter whether you're a pitcher or a catcher .. you're still playing the game.

    Put them all away for a long, long time .. illegal search + illegal activity = jail time.

    -- Posted by Emmes on Tue, May 7, 2013, at 12:40 PM
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