Crime Scene

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

EDITOR’S NOTE: The people charged with misdemeanors or felonies are innocent until proven guilty in court. Those who want the final disposition of their case reported in the Pawhuska Journal-Capital call Robert Smith at: (918) 287-7366.


High beams, flat tire

NAME: Tyler Lane Ellis

AGE: 24

RESIDENCE: Collinsville

CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and driving with a license that was concelled/suspended/or revoked

DETAILS: Deputy Martin Meek was on patrol about 1:58 a.m. Sept. 16, driving west on 53rd Street North near 25th West Avenue, when he encountered an oncoming vehicle with its high-beam lights on. The driver of that vehicle failed to dim the headlights. As the vehicles passed, Meek noticed the other vehicle’s front driver-side tire was flat and the metal rim was causing sparks as it made contact with the pavement. Meek performed a traffic stop on the vehicle and noticed the driver had an odor of alcoholic beverage about him, as well as slow and slurred speech and red, watery eyes. The deputy asked Ellis if he knew he was driving a vehicle with a flat tire. Ellis reportedly said he was aware, but lacked the appropriate tools to change it. Ellis also reportedly told the officer his driver’s license was suspended. Meek did a records check that showed Ellis’ license was suspended and there was no insurance on the vehicle. Meek conducted a field sobriety test on Ellis. In an Oct. 12 hearing, Ellis entered a not-guilty plea.


Walking in the traffic lane

NAME: Jacob Deerinwater

AGE: 25


CHARGE: Public intoxication

DETAILS: Osage County Deputy Kevin Young made contact with Deerinwater on Aug. 21 at 2:24 a.m., when Deerinwater was walking “down the center of the traffic lane of 52nd W. Ave. near Roper.” During the contact, Deputy Young observed behaviors he interpreted as being consistent with those of someone under the influence of methamphetamine. Young arrested Deerinwater and transported him for booking. Deerinwater pleaded guilty.

11 over at 3:05 a.m.

NAME: Shelby Elizabeth Thompson

AGE: 26


CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, speeding, driver’s license to be carried

DETAILS: On Aug. 19 at 3:05 a.m., a Pawhuska police officer performed a traffic stop on a red Chevrolet Silverado for doing 36 mph in a 25-mph zone. The officer observed Thompson to have slow, thick, slurred speech and red, watery, bloodshot eyes. When the officer asked Thompson for her driver’s license, she reportedly said she had left her wallet at a friend’s home nearby. The officer also observed Thompson to have an odor of alcoholic beverage about her. The officer administered a field sobriety test to Thompson.

Doesn’t want to take tests

NAME: Christopher R. Vulgamore

AGE: 40


CHARGES: Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drug, driving left of center, speeding, driving while privilege is revoked

DETAILS: About 3:55 a.m. on Aug. 16, Officer Hank Guilfoyle of the Skiatook Police Department was on patrol on Rogers Boulevard when he observed a pickup in front of him speeding. Guilfoyle also observed the vehicle cross the center line four times. The officer reported smelling strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the interior of the vehicle. Guilfoyle also reported Vulgamore spoke in a slow, mumbling way, and had delayed responses. Dispatch told the officer that Vulgamore’s license was revoked, and that Osage County had an active warrant for the suspect. The officer asked Vulgamore about taking some tests, and the suspect initially started to agree, but then reversed course. “I meant no. I don’t want to take any tests,” Vulgamore reportedly said. Vulgamore pleaded not-guilty. His next court date is listed as Nov. 2.

Walking down the highway

NAME: Keenen Heth Goyer

AGE: 22


CHARGE: Public intoxication

DETAILS: Deputy Casey Witt, about 12:38 a.m. on Aug. 22, observed a man walking along the shoulder of the southbound lane of Highway 99, and stumbling. The officer activated his emergency lights and made contact with the pedestrian. The officer noticed the man to be unsteady on his feet, to have an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, to have red, watery, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Goyer pleaded guilty.

Tag lights non-functioning, crossing center line

NAME: Theasa Mae Rodriguez

AGE: 37


CHARGES: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance (two counts), transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, transporting an open bottle or container of liquor, driving while the privilege is suspended, defective vehicle, failure to maintain insurance or security and driving left of center

DETAILS: Deputy Kevin Young, at 12:09 a.m. on Aug. 22, was driving southbound on N. 41st W. Ave., near the Gilcrease Expressway, when he spotted a green Chevrolet pickup with non-functioning tag lights. Young also observed the pickup cross the center line twice within a short distance. The officer did a records check on the driver and found that her license was suspended and insurance on the vehicle was unconfirmed. The officer asked the motorist for a copy of her insurance verification and she was unable to provide a current copy. Young cited Rodriguez for driving with a suspended license and decided to impound the truck because of the insurance issue. The officer called for a wrecker and prepared to do an inventory of the vehicle. The officer also asked the suspect during their conversation if she had anything illegal in the truck. She reportedly replied that she had a loaded handgun in a purse, and she acknowledged that she did not have a current Oklahoma Concealed Carry license. When the officer retrieved the gun from the purse, he also spotted a zip-lock bag that appeared to contain crystal residue. The officer conducted a broader search, discovering a back pack in which he located what appeared to be both marijuan and crystal methamphetamine. Elsewhere in the vehicle, the officer reportedly located a small metal smoking pipe and a bottle of Crown Royal on which the seal had been broken. Rodriquez pleaded guilty to the charges brought against her.

Pushed her down and sat on her

NAME: Jeremy Collins

AGE: 40

RESIDENCE: Barnsdall

CHARGE: Domestic abuse - assault and battery

DETAILS: Barnsdall police officer Rick Harper, about 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 17, responded to a call from a woman who said her boyfriend had just thrown her down during the course of an argument. Upon arrival at the scene of the reported incident, Harper observed Collins attempting to leave. Collins reportedly told the officer that the argument was over and he was leaving. Harper detained Collins until he could speak to the woman who had called the police. The woman told Harper that Collins had shoved her down on a couch, held her down and then sat on top of her. The woman reportedly said she scratched Collins in an effort to get him off of her. According to a court record, Collins pleaded guilty on Oct. 2 and was found guilty.

Hiding in the grass

NAME: Jacki N. Thornburg

AGE: 26


CHARGE: Public intoxication

DETAILS: Officer Jerry Garrett, about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 22, received a call from a man who said Jacki Thornburg was at his house and “out of control.” “I could hear her screaming and yelling over the phone,” the officer said in an affidavit. The officer responded to an address on West Birch, in Barnsdall, and was informed Thornburg had run out of the house and was hiding in an alley. As the officer drove down the alley, he reportedly discovered Thornburg “hiding in the grass.” She initially ran and then stopped, the officer reported. He noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her mouth and asked if she had been drinking. Thornburg reportedly acknowledged that she had. Her case is set for a hearing on Oct. 19.

Did not know where she was

NAME: Angela Dawn Peugh

AGE: 36


CHARGE: Public intoxication

DETAILS: Pawhuska police officer Paris Robertson, about 10:44 p.m. on Aug. 22, was on duty when Peugh reportedly entered the police department. “The defendant could not form or complete as sentence, did not know where she was, what year it was or how she got there,” Robertson noted in an affidavit. The officer made a determination that Peugh was intoxicated and arrested her. Peugh pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail with credit for time served. She then requested to withdraw her plea, but the request was denied.

Observed crossing center line

NAME: Cheyenne Ivory Mead

AGE: 18


CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, driving left of center, and failure to pay all taxes due the state

DETAILS: Officer Chris Edwards of the Skiatook police, about 12:17 a.m. on Aug. 19, was on patrol when he noticed a black Ford automobile in front of him on West Rogers Blvd. go over the center line two times. Edwards conducted a license plate check and was informed the tag on the vehicle was expired. Edwards noted in an affidavit that he smelled the odors of alcoholic beverage and marijuana when he talked with the drive of the car after performing a traffic stop. The court entered a not-guilty plea for Mead and a court date was set for Nov. 2.

Defective headlight

NAME: Jessica Renay Childers

AGE: 41

RESIDENCE: Sand Springs

CHARGES: Driving while the privilege is suspended, failure to maintain insurance or security, driving without headlights, removing proper or affixing improper license plate, and failure to pay taxes due to the state

DETAILS: Deputy Martin Meek, about 1:18 a.m. on Aug. 27, observed a vehicle with a defective passenger side headlight. Meek made contact with the defendant, who reportedly told him that her driver’s license was suspended. She was also unable to produce a current copy of an insurance verification form.The officer conducted a records check and learned that Childers was the subject of an active traffic warrant for driving while under suspension. Childers pleaded guilty.