Suspicious activity leads to arrest of two in North Vernon

Nicole Stephens; photo courtesy North Vernon Police Dept.
William Baugh; photo courtesy North Vernon Police Dept.

Two Jennings County residents were arrested Wednesday night when North Vernon Police went to investigate suspicious activity when three people went behind a gas station. When officers went to investigate, two of them ran off, but were quickly caught.

One suspect, 26-year-old Nicole A. Stephens, of North Vernon, had an active warrant issued out of Jennings County for failure to appear. She was arrested.

The other suspect, 28-year-old William F. Baugh, of Scipio, allegedly dropped drugs during his escape attempt. Police say they were able to recover 7.5 grams of methamphetamine packaged in separate bags, a bag of prescription pills not in their prescription container and other drug paraphernalia. Authorities add that Baugh was also wanted on a state police warrant.

Baugh is facing preliminary charges of:

– Dealing in Methamphetamine
– Possession of Methamphetamine
– Legend Drug Violation
– Possession of Paraphernalia