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Arrested Developments: Successful week for K9 sleuthing

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, April 27, 2019
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Most of the time when police dogs make the news, it’s for sniffing out drugs, which often leads to an arrest for a sizable amount of illegal substances.

But a couple of K9 officers used their superior smelling ability to help track down missing people this past week.

Brian Knox

The Decatur Police Department’s K9 and handler were called to help assist the Wise County Sheriff’s Office in locating a felon attempting to evade capture in Newark last weekend.

Local law enforcement agencies had been looking for Calvin Charles Jones of Boyd since he ran from a traffic stop in Boyd Jan. 27. A K9 was called in that instance, but Jones – who had active felony warrants, including a parole violation warrant – could not be located.

On Sunday evening, the sheriff’s office received a call that Jones had been seen in Newark, according to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin. A deputy responded to the location, but Jones had already left.

As she was looking around the area, the deputy found a cap on a trail leading to another house. The deputy left the cap on the ground and requested a K9 respond to the scene. Decatur’s K9 unit that was on duty responded.

“The K9 sniffed the cap and took off to a house not far away and alerted on the house,” Akin said.

No one would answer the door at the house, Akin said, so a search warrant was obtained to enter the home.

When the home’s occupant continued to ignore the officer’s knocking, and the K9 continued to alert, deputies made forced entry and found Jones covered in a blanket behind a door.

Jones was arrested on warrants for two counts of forgery of a government/national institution/money/security, one count of fraud/destroy/remove concealment writing, parole violation and resisting arrest.

Another person in the home, Vicky Sowell, was arrested for hinder apprehension or prosecution of a known felon.

While Decatur’s K9 assisted the sheriff’s office in that instance, one of the sheriff’s office’s K9 officers was able to assist Decatur PD Wednesday.

Decatur PD requested the assistance in locating two teens who were missing from the 900 block of Farm Road 51 North. The K9 quickly picked up the scent and tracked the missing boy to a nearby convenience store. The missing girl was soon located nearby.

The teens were returned to their parents.

I think both of those K9s deserve a hearty “Good Dog!” for their work this week.

Brian Knox is the Messenger special projects editor.

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