3 arrested after suspect attempts to flee


    Adams County Sheriff’s K9 Deputy Bryce Kukelhan and his partner, Cezar, once again assisted in the arrest of three suspects on drug and outstanding warrant charges.
    According to a news release from Adams County Sheriff Dan Mawhorr, Decatur Police Sergeant Kevin Gerber conducted a traffic stop Aug. 27 at the intersection of 4th and Jackson streets. During the stop it was discovered the driver, Jonathan L. Wells, 46, Fort Wayne, and Jennifer K. Elliott, age and address unavailable, both had outstanding arrest warrants.
    A third occupant, back seat passenger Clyde E. Blair Jr., 44, Hicksville, Ohio, was also detained and placed into handcuffs.
    Decatur police had requested Kukelhan and Cezar respond to the scene, at which time the highly trained Cezar conducted a free-air sniff, alerting Kukelhan to the odor of narcotics.
    As the traffic stop continued, the still-handcuffed Blair fled from the scene, but was apprehended within a short distance by Decatur police officers and Cezar.
   Blair was in possession of approximately 14 grams of suspected methamphetamine, according to the release. A further search of the vehicle yielded paraphernalia, while the continued investigation by officers and deputies resulted in the discovery of nearly 35 grams of suspected methamphetamine.
    Blair was arrested on preliminary charges of dealing in methamphetamine, a Level 2 felony, possession of methamphetamine, a Level 4 felony and resisting law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.
    Wells was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Dekalb County, as well as preliminary charges of driving while suspended, a Class A misdemeanor, and possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 6 felony.
    Elliott, 33, Alvordton, Ohio, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Dekalb County. Bond information for Elliott was unavailable.