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Probation visit yields three drug-related arrests

By John Estridge, Editor

Probation checks in late December led to the arrest of three people.

According to a Franklin County Sheriff's Department press release, Wilhelmina C. McDaniel, 42, Laurel; Bonny L. Johnson, 30, Metamora; and Philip J. Fenker, 43, Batesville, were arrested on a variety of felony charges.

Probation officers, with the assistance of FCSD deputies and an Indiana State Police Trooper, went to a number of probationers homes for checks on Thursday, Dec. 21.

According to Indiana law, probation officers can visit probationer’s residences and search the premises without search warrants.

At the McDaniel residence located at 12174 Bulltown Road, McDaniel, Johnson and Fenker were arrested.

McDaniel was charged with Possession of a controlled substance, as a Level 6 Felony; Possession of methamphetamine, as a Level 6 Felony; Possession of a syringe, as a Level 6 Felony; Possession of a legend drug, as a Level 6 Felony; Maintaining a common nuisance, as a Level 6 Felony; Resisting law enforcement, as a class A misdemeanor; and Possession of paraphernalia, as a class C misdemeanor.

Johnson was charged with Possession of methamphetamine, as a Level 6 Felony; Possession of paraphernalia, as a class C misdemeanor; and Visiting a common nuisance, as a class B misdemeanor. Fenker's charges were the same as Johnson.

All three were transported to the Franklin County Security Center and incarcerated there. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

If convicted of a Level 6 Felony, the trio could receive a sentence ranging from six months to two and a half years in the FCSC. A class B misdemeanor conviction could result in a sentence of up to 180 days in the FCSC. A class C misdemeanor conviction could result in a sentence of up to 60 days in the FCSC.

McDaniel pleaded guilty to a charge of Intimidation, as a class D felony in 2014. She was sentenced to 545 days in prison with 365 days suspended to probation. A charge of Bribery, as a class C felony, was dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

McDaniel also pleaded guilty to Dealing in cocaine, Dealing in marijuana, Maintaining a common nuisance and two counts of Dealing in a schedule I controlled substance, all as class B felonies, in July 2013.

She was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with one year suspended to probation in a plea deal where the prosecutor's office agreed not to ask more than 10 years in prison during the sentencing hearing and not to have the sentences run consecutively.

At the time of that arrest, police said McDaniel made drug deals with her children present. At least one drug deal occurred at Dairy Cottage when her children were present, police said.

She was a former school bus driver before her first round of arrests.






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