Crime Scene

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

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


A little weekend stash

NAME: Pamela Short

AGE: 47


CHARGE: Bringing contraband into jail

DETAILS: Security search procedures were conducted on Pamela Short when she was being booked into the Osage County jail in early March to serve a weekend. A package was reportedly found on Short’s person and it was suspected to contain methamphetamine, some pills, cigarettes and a lighter, according to a case affidavit. Short reportedly begged a security officer to just throw the package away and she would not tell anyone. The officer locked Short in a holding cell and gave the package to her supervisor. The case is set for a status conference on April 25, according to a court record.

“There is a blunt right there”

NAME: Brittany Marie Steel

AGE: 28


CHARGES: Trafficking in illegal drugs; possession of a controlled dangerous substance (two counts); driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol; failure to pay taxes due the state; and failure to maintain insurance or security

DETAILS: State Trooper Romulus Gregory was on patrol about 12:38 a.m. March 8, northbound on the Tisdale Parkway, about 0.2 miles north of Apache Street, when he noticed a black GMC Suburban with an expired license plate. Gregory used his computer to do a records check and found that liability insurance on the vehicle was unconfirmed. He conducted a traffic stop. As Gregory walked up to the vehicle on the driver’s side, the driver reportedly greeted him by saying, “I know my tag is out.” Gregory reported smelling an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. He also spotted several air fresheners and a candle that he thought were probably being used to mask the marijuana smell. The driver provided Gregory with her driver’s license but was unable to provide proof of insurance. Gregory made observations of the driver that led him to believe she had recently used illegal drugs. He asked the driver when she had last smoked marijuana or used illegal drugs. “There is a blunt right there,” Steel reportedly said, pointing out a marijuana cigarette on the center console. She reportedly said that she had recently used drugs. Trooper Gregory asked Steel if any other illegal items were present, and she reportedly pulled two plastic baggies of illegal drugs out of a pocket of her clothing and handed them to the trooper. “Steel immediately stated she was going to sell the drugs for some quick money,” Gregory noted in a case affidavit. Gregory examined the two baggies and found that one of them contained a crystal-like substance while the other contained a green leafy substance and some loose pills that were later identified as hydrocodone. At the Osage County jail, Gregory weighed the bag of crystal-like substance and found that it contained 30 grams of substance. Steel’s case is set for an April 11 status conference.

Tale of the missing mowers

NAME: Kyler Lee Helton

AGE: 19


CHARGES: Knowingly concealing stolen property; littering the highway

DETAILS: Deputy Martin Meek was dispatched about 6:42 p.m. July 31, to the Sperry area of Osage County in regard to a larceny report. The reporting party had discovered that three lawnmowers were missing from a barn on his property. During his investigation, Meek reportedly learned the three missing mowers were the same mowers he had impounded during a traffic stop July 23 at about 1:24 a.m. Meek said in an affidavit that Helton and two other individuals were in possession of the mowers during the traffic stop. The three were nervous and gave conflicting answers about where the lawnmowers came from, Meek noted. A not-guilty plea was entered for Helton in a hearing April 4 in Osage County District Court. His case has been set for a status conference on April 18, according to a court record.

More on the mowers

NAME: Joshua Chance Fulmer

AGE: 29


CHARGES: Knowingly concealing stolen property; and possession of tools by previous burglar

NAME: Jamie Allen Pilon Jr.

AGE: 29


CHARGES: Knowingly concealing stolen property; and possession of tools by previous burglar

DETAILS: Deputy Martin Meek said in a case affidavit that Fulmer and Pilon were the other two individuals he encountered during a July 23, traffic stop when he impounded mowers that reportedly had been taken from a barn in the Osage County portion of Sperry. In a separate affidavit, Meek said he found several items during the traffic stop that are “commonly used to commit burglary and larceny.” The items included “two electric grinders, one electric wireless impact, one set of bolt cutters, two pairs of gloves, two long sleeve black hoodies, one pry bar, one utility light and one black bag containing screwdrivers and impact sockets,” according to Meek. Arrest warrants have been issued for Fulmer and Pilon in Osage County District Court, according to court records.

Speeding stop halts apparent contraband delivery

NAME: Acamie Decole Moton

AGE: 46


CHARGE: Falsely personate another to create liability

NAME: Darren D. Hill

AGE: 37

RESIDENCE: Oklahoma City

CHARGES: Unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute; and conspiracy

NAME: Tiffany Diana Hill

AGE: 38

RESIDENCE: Oklahoma City

CHARGES: Unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute; and conspiracy

DETAILS: March 12 at about 2:32 a.m., Officer Bret Taylor conducted a traffic stop on a small four-door vehicle that was doing 38 mph in a 35 mph zone. Officer Taylor noted that the backseat passenger on the right side of the car made movements as if moving items underneath him. When Officer Taylor moved closer to the vehicle, he noticed that both backseat passengers acted as though they were sleeping. In a case affidavit, Officer Taylor noted previous dealings with Darren and Tiffany Hill. During the events that followed, authorities reportedly found methamphetamine, marijuana, bottles of vodka and packages of tobacco in the vehicle. In his affidavit, Taylor expressed concern that contraband items were meant for delivery to the Dick Conner Correctional Center, a state prison facility in the Hominy area. During an interview with law officers, Darren Hill reportedly admitted he knew that items he was transporting were intended for delivery at a prison, and he reportedly admitted that he was receiving $2,000 to make the delivery.

Sitting on the couch

NAME: Christian Star Riddle

AGE: 36


CHARGE: Second-degree burglary

NAME: Nikki Andrew Holt

AGE: 33


CHARGE: Second-degree burglary

DETAILS: Chief Michael Martin of the Hominy Police Department investigated a burglary reported to have occurred Sept. 27, 2018, at a residence in the 400 block of West 4th Street. The burglary victim told Martin that she wanted to file charges against two persons who went into her unoccupied home without her permission. The victim reportedly told Martin that she had not been living in the dwelling for about two weeks and she stopped by to check on it. The victim reportedly found the two defendants sitting on her couch. The defendants reportedly told Martin that they were in the house because they walked by and saw the door standing open. According to Martin, the defendants said they saw two people fleeing from the house and went inside to make sure no one else was inside. The defendants reportedly admitted entering the house without permission, but denied taking anything. The victim said there were items missing.


Dark car with a flat tire

NAME: Janet Marie Wilson

AGE: 70


CHARGES: Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and drugs; leaving the scene of an accident involving damage; and failure to carry insurance/security verification form

DETAILS: Officer Tyler Wilson of the Skiatook police helped to respond last Sept. 19 to a call regarding a hit-and-run accident. The suspect vehicle was described as a dark-colored car with a flat tire. The suspect vehicle reportedly pulled over in a parking lot along West Rogers Boulevard (State Highway 20). Upon making contact with the defendant, Officer Wilson reportedly noticed her speech was slow and slurred. The defendant was observed leaning up against the victim’s truck and when she was asked to retrieve her driver’s license and proof of insurance she was observed to be unsteady on her feet. When asked if she had consumed any alcohol, the defendant reportedly said more than once that she had consumed some medication earlier; however, she reportedly added that she had consumed a few drinks. The officer administered field sobriety tests to the defendant before taking her into custody. In a March 1 hearing, Janet Wilson pleaded guilty and was placed on deferred sentencing status, according to a court record.

Clocked at 42 in a 35

NAME: Michael Allen Cowen

AGE: 57


CHARGES: Driving while impaired; transporting an opened container of beer; and speeding

DETAILS: Officer Bret Taylor of the Hominy police was running radar when he noticed a vehicle doing 42 mph in a 35 mph zone. Officer Taylor turned on his emergency lights and siren to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle reportedly did not stop for him. “The vehicle was riding on the white fog line and did not change speeds,” Taylor noted. The officer advised dispatch he had a vehicle that was not stopping for him. “The vehicle then began to drive on the shoulder and finally came to an abrupt stop near the intersection of Highway 99 and Brown,” Officer Taylor said in a case affidavit. Upon making contact with the driver, the officer could reportedly smell the odor of an aloholic beverage coming from the vehicle. The officer administered field sobriety testing to the driver. The officer also reportedly retrieved from the suspect’s vehicle a six-pack of beer cans with five cans empty. The next hearing date in the case is listed as May 3.