The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

May 7, 2013

Suspect ‘needles’ Geneva store clerk

Star Beacon

GENEVA —  Nervous about a nearby Ashtabula County sheriff’s deputy, a 24-year-old Geneva woman walked up to a Circle K clerk and handed her a hypodermic needle, Geneva police reports show.

The woman, who has yet to be charged in the incident, was shopping at the convenience store on Route 534 last week when she saw a deputy enter the store.

“As soon as she saw the deputy come into the store, (she) asked the clerk to dispose of a hypodermic needle,” responding officer Geneva Police Sgt. Joseph Webb said.

The clerk refused to take the needle from the woman and then told the deputy about the possible drug abuse instrument, police reports show.

“The deputy asked (the suspect) about the needle, and first she denied it,” Webb said. “She stated that she had ‘gotten her act together’ and didn’t do drugs anymore.”

During the impromptu questioning, the needle dropped from the suspect’s jean shorts and fell to the ground, police reports show.

The deputy searched the woman’s pockets and purse and didn’t find any narcotics, Webb said.

“The deputy disposed of the needle and a family member came and picked (the suspect) up,” he said.