On Sunday, December 03, Sergeant Les McFarland with the Marshall County Police Department stopped Russell Kearney, age 48 from Syracuse for exceeding the posted speed limit, 80 mph in a 60 mph zone on US 30 in the area of State Road 331.
During the traffic stop, it was found that Kearney had a suspended – prior driver license. He also had an active arrest warrant for Auto Theft through Kosciusko County.
Russell Kearney was arrested and lodged in the Marshall County Jail on a $3,000 cash bond.
While conducting the traffic stop, Officer McFarland located a substance believed to be marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The front seat passenger, Aaron Hoffman, age 33 of Warsaw was also arrested. Hoffman was lodged into the Marshall County Jail for Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia and held on a $3,000 cash bond.
A case report will be completed and forwarded to the Marshall County Prosecutor`s Office for review and formal charges being filed.
Listeners and readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is merely an allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.