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Pot, loaded gun found in SCHS student’s vehicle

By DAVID MELSON - dmelson@t-g.com
Posted 9/14/22

Marijuana and a loaded gun were found in a Shelbyville Central High School student’s SUV Tuesday by Shelbyville police.K9 Trigger and Officer Brock Horner detected marijuana in the vehicle …

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Pot, loaded gun found in SCHS student’s vehicle


Marijuana and a loaded gun were found in a Shelbyville Central High School student’s SUV Tuesday by Shelbyville police.

K9 Trigger and Officer Brock Horner detected marijuana in the vehicle belonging to Jaylin Jontae Love, 18, of Buffalo Valley Court, after School Resource Officer John Cooke said he smelled the substance during parking lot patrol.

A search by Cooke and SCHS administrators turned up a backpack containing 76 grams of marijuana and a loaded Smith & Wesson 40 caliber handgun, Horner’s report said.

“The way the marijuana was packaged is consistent with drug resale,” Horner said.

Love allegedly had $405 in his clothing when searched by Cooke.

The marijuana, gun, and cash were confiscated.

Charges of possession of a schedule 6 drug, possession of drugs in a drug-free zone and possession of a weapon on school grounds were filed against Love. He posted $15,000 bond.

•The school resource officer at Harris Middle School spent more than 30 minutes attempting to handcuff an unruly student Monday morning, a Shelbyville Police Department report said.

SRO Tyler Salyers had the girl pinned down when Officer Laterra Holt arrived to help get the handcuffs on, as the girl kept pinning her arm under her body. At one point the girl allegedly grabbed the handle of Salyers’ taser and tried to pull it from his holster.

The girl is charged with assault on an officer, assault, aggravated assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Assault charges

•A man was charged with assault against a first responder after allegedly spitting on a Shelbyville police officer last Thursday.

Elijah Matthew Hinojosa was allegedly intoxicated and trying to force his way into his Madison Street apartment after being forced out by family members.

Responding officers described Hinojosa as “loud and belligerent.” He allegedly “cursed continuously” at officers while being arrested for public intoxication, then spat on Officer Clint Adams’ head.

Hinojosa, 25, was held on $10,500 bond.

•An alleged attempt to hit a man with a vehicle last Saturday resulted in an aggravated assault charge against a suspect and “some serious damage” to a home on Dow Drive.

Zachary Alexander Stepanov, 20, of Dow Drive allegedly admitted to police he was high on methamphetamine. Stepanov allegedly became upset at a friend who complained about his alleged drug use, then struck his elbow with a compound bow before driving toward him with the vehicle and running into the house.

Stepanov was also charged with public intoxication. He was held on $6,500 bond.


•An attempt was made to cash a check from a checkbook accidentally placed among yard sale items at an East Franklin Street home last week, according to a Shelbyville Police Department report.

A woman tried to obtain $350 from a Shelbyville bank using one of the checks with a forged signature. A teller tried unsuccessfully to stall the suspect, described as a “tall Black female in a white SUV.”

Also reported to area authorities:

•A man seen on a surveillance camera allegedly taking a drill press, ladder, vacuum, two bar stools and lumber from a barn at a Gregory Mill Road home was arrested Sunday.

Mark Benton Molder, 54, of Hickory Hill Road, told a Bedford County deputy he had permission to take the items. Molder was charged with burglary and theft of property and posted $15,000 bond.

•A suspect allegedly helped himself to a pound of luncheon meat at a Colonial Avenue home Sunday.

Residents heard a noise and found Wesley Driver, 43, of White Street eating at the kitchen table, police said.

Driver ran but was found nearby by police.

Charges of aggravated burglary and theft of property were filed. Driver, an acquaintance of the victims, was held on $7,000 bond.

•A cellphone left in a truck at a Sandusky Street home last Saturday was reported stolen after the driver sped away and refused to return it, police said.

•The license plate was taken Monday from the parking lot of A to Z Auto, South Canon Boulevard,

•Ten pairs of Louis Vuitton and Gucci designer shoes with a total value of $2,000 were taken from a storage unit at Compass Self Storage, Green Lane, between August 2019 and last month, police were told last Friday.

A set of bed rails are also missing.

The victim saw no signs of forced entry.

•Four chickens were stolen from a home in the 2000 block of Warners Bridge Road last Thursday afternoon, a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office report said.

Two men were seen on video surveillance footage, the owner said. A suspect was named.

•Fifteen to 20 feet of PVC pipe were stolen from a farm in the 1000 block of Pickle Road, the BCSO was told Sunday.

Drug charges

•The victim of a drug overdose was charged with possession of schedule 2 and 3 drugs when substances were allegedly found near her at a Narrows Road home where she was visiting Sunday.

Bags of crystal methamphetamine and bueprenorphine hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride pills were allegedly brought into the home by Jamie Sheppard, who is being charged with possession of schedule II and III drugs, a BCSO report said.

•Approximately 12 ounces of marijuana were seized from a driver whose vehicle was checked for a window tint violation Sunday afternoon at Fisherman’s Park.

The vehicle driven by Kyro Lan Quinto, 29, of Valley Road, was searched by Officer Ramon Castillo after he smelled marijuana. Castillo also confiscated $3,001 in cash.

Quinto was charged with possession of marijuana for resale, driving on a revoked license, and violation of the window tint and financial responsibility laws. He posted $13,000 bond.