Six Montgomery County residents were arrested Wednesday, April17, following an investigation into possible probation violations.
Sheriff Robert Dierks said local officers, in conjunction with probation authorities, received information that several people on probation were allegedly violating their probation conditions at a residence in northern rural Montgomery County area.
Dierks said officers went to the residence to conduct a home visit and check on the conditions of probation. Six people were in the residence, all of whom were violating their probation directives, he said. They include Gary Best, age 27; Rochelle Best, age 25; Norma Johnson, age 37; Christopher Blevins, age 36; Garrett Crutchfield, age 38; and Wyona Marshall, age 38.
Four young juvenile children were in the home at the time of the visit. Dierks said conditions inside the residence prompted officers to have a concern for the children’s well being. They were taken into protective custody.
Based on what was observed when officers arrived, a search warrant was conducted and a small amount of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia was discovered.
Dierks is recommending Gary Best and Rochelle Best to be charged with child endangerment as well as probation violation. Norma Johnson and Christopher Blevins are expected to be charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and probation violation. The recommended charges against Wyona Marshall and Garrett Crutchfield will be probation violation.
Dierks said he was pleased at the results of the investigation, especially discovering the four children were in dangerous conditions inside that home.
“Our main goal is to ensure the safety and welfare of the kids,” said Dierks, noting that more charges may be probable as a result of an ongoing investigation.