On September 14, 2015, Madison Police Detective’s Kurtis Wallace and Jonathon Simpson, received information about possible narcotic activity occurring in the Big Lots parking lot in Madison. Detectives Wallace and Simpson, along with Patrolman Shawn Scudder, went to the area and located three persons of interest in a vehicle. The Officers ordered the three from the vehicle. Two of the occupants complied with Officer commands, but a front seat 17 year-old passenger was slow to do so. After being ordered to again, the 17 year-old eventually complied. While exiting the vehicle, the 17 year-old dropped a loaded handgun that was lying in his lap.
Sr. Patrolman Ricky Harris and his K-9 partner “Max” were called to the scene. K-9 “Max” gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics inside of the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle Officer’s located prescription pills and paraphernalia. The driver of the vehicle, Kyla Earl, 18, of Madison, also informed Officers that she had methamphetamine on her person. As a result of this investigation, another passenger in the vehicle, Christian Lauderbaugh, 20, of Madison, was also arrested on narcotics related charges. All three were arrested and transported to the Jefferson County Jail on their preliminary alleged charges. The Madison Police Department was assisted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
-Kyla Earl: Poss. of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance
-Christian Lauderbaugh: Poss. of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, visiting a common nuisance
-17 year-old juvenile: Carrying a handgun without a license, possession of a controlled substance