St. Clair Township Reports

Police received a call from a Lifeteam ambulance saying the ambulance had just passed a westbound truck on Duke Road dragging a dog behind the truck. En route to the call, the officer noticed a truck matching the description in the McDonald’s parking lot with two women standing by the tailgate and a man sitting in the bed with a dog. The driver, Sarah A. Nelson, was asked if she had been dragging the dog with the truck and she said she had but not on purpose. Nelson said she had taken the dog from a home on Duke Road where the residents had left, leaving the dog behind to fend for itself. She tied the dog in the bed of the truck and it jumped out unbeknownst to her, Nelson said. The man in the bed of the truck, Adam W. Nelson, was following behind and began blowing his horn but Sarah Nelson failed to stop until she saw the ambulance approaching with its lights on and pulled over. At that time, Adam Nelson ran to her truck, told her she had been dragging the dog and he placed the dog in the bed, getting in with it and telling her to drive to McDonald’s. After the officer spoke to them, the Nelsons drove the dog – which had both back feet and heels and its hip injured and bleeding and was covered in fleas, cold, scared and shaking, according to police – to the county dog pound, where employees refused to take custody because it had fleas. The Nelsons were advised to take the dog to Angels for Animals.

Melissa Barnhart, no age or address listed, told police she was on her break at work at Walmart, sitting in her car, when her estranged husband arrived, took her cell phone and smashed it in front of her 9-year-old daughter. She told officers he has been coming into work and sending text messages. An officer returned to the store and waited until Barnhart left work to make sure she left safely.

After stopping a vehicle with expired plates, and officer reported smelling marijuana coming from inside. The driver, Nicholas A. Anderson, 22, no address listed, had two active warrants and was taken into custody. His passenger Chase A. Smith, 21, no address listed, had a small amount of marijuana and a glass pipe and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers responded to 16916 Annesley Road for an assault, offering no other details in the report.

Brian Mathe, South Park Circle, reported a theft from a vehicle at his residence.

Robert Fair, 37, no address listed, reported receiving a call at work at Walmart from a man who has issued threats before, whose ex-girlfriend Fair is now dating. The man wanted to meet and talk with Fair after work. Fair wanted a report on file.

Marie Huston, a realtor, reported she was trying to access property her firm has for sale and a neighbor had it blocked with a vehicle and large rock. The neighbor, Kelly Emmerling, said the property where the vehicle was parked is his private land. They were advised this is a civil matter.

Edward Wright, no address listed, was at the Splish Splash laundry on Calcutta-Smith Ferry Road when he heard his vehicle’s horn blowing and found its lights flashing and a man walking away from it. He found several scratches on the trunk and rear quarter panel. Officers could not locate the man Wright described.