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September 24, 2017

9/12/2017 3:37:00 PM
Man facing drug charges in both Wellston, Jackson
This Wellston Police Department photo shows some of the items confiscated by officers following a traffic stop last Saturday in Wellston which led to charges being filed against two Wellston men.  (Photo Courtesy Of Wellston Police Department)

This Wellston Police Department photo shows some of the items confiscated by officers following a traffic stop last Saturday in Wellston which led to charges being filed against two Wellston men. (Photo Courtesy Of Wellston Police Department)

A Wellston man faces felony-level drug-related charges in both Wellston and Jackson after separate incidents in the two cities last week.

According to Wellston Police Chief Tim Ackley, Salvatore Rotolo IV, 31, of 409 E. Second St., Wellston, was driving a car in Wellston last Friday, Sept. 8, when Wellston Police officers conducted a traffic stop. The car was owned by Sheila Rotolo and a passenger in the car was identified as Harvey Hale, 33, of 713 W. "D" St., Wellston.

After Wellston Police Department's canine unit, Faulk, alerted on the car, a search was conducted with both Rotolo and Hale being charged with drug-related offenses as a result of what was found.

Rotolo was charged with a 3rd-degree felony charge of Trafficking In Drugs (with the bulk amount), Possession Of Drug Abuse Instruments, and No Operator's License. Hale was charged with Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

According to the Jackson Police Department, the incident involving Rotolo in Jackson occurred at 7:54 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and sprung from an alleged shoplifting incident at the Jackson Walmart store involving Rotolo and another man, Andrew T. Shepherd, 22, of 14 S. Illinois Ave., Wellston.

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Jackson officers were called to the store after two men fled in a vehicle from the Walmart parking lot after a store representative attempted to detain them outside the store due to suspected shoplifting. The man gave some presumably stolen items back to the store representative, but fled the scene and they were last seen turning south out of the parking lot onto State Route 93.

Police quickly followed and were able to make a traffic stop nearby on the lot of Best One Tire on State Route 93 and identified the suspects as Rotolo and Shepherd. In a subsequent search, officers confiscated baggies of a white crystal substance which later tested positive as Methamphetamine; also some Marijuana, rolling papers, four glass pipes, and a syringe. Police also found three T-shirts which were suspected as being stolen from Walmart.

Store personnel concluded that both men had attempted to take items during two different trips into the store prior to being confronted outside the store. Reportedly, they paid for some items, but concealed some other merchandise in a backpack.

Jackson Police charged Rotolo with a 5th-degree felony charge of Possession Of Drugs as well as Possession Of Marijuana, Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Theft, and No Operator's License. Shepherd was charged with a 5th-degree felony charge of Possession Of Drugs as well as Possession Of Drug Abuse Instruments, Possession Of Marijuana and Theft.



Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Article comment by: Joseph Eggers

Its funny how this paper only submits the very first charge and never a follow up on the outcome. My name has been half way slandered because of articles posted about charges brought upon me, yet i've never witnessed an article showing how many cases are thrown out due to negligence on the police departments behalf. Or the fact that they didn't follow due procedure, or they outright lied. These articles are made to shame people and I think it would be funny as all get out to see all of your skeletons thrown out for all to see.

Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Article comment by: Billie Shepherd

I pray my son will make it. He was not raised to hang around with these types of people. It makes me sad, disgusted, angry that he has turned out this way. I will continue to Pray that God will hold him in the palm of His hands. Whatever it takes.



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