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On Friday evening, authorities learned that the female suspect arrested on multiple drug charges on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, had provided false information about her identity at the time of her arrest and book-in at the Washington County Jail.  

The suspect listed as Carolyn Beatty is actually Marcia Pearl Thompson, 59, of Madison, Indiana.

Officers learned that Marcia Thompson provided false information and provided her sister’s identity at the time of the arrest. Marcia Thompson was wanted on a Theft warrant from Decatur County at the time of her arrest and is now additionally charged with Identity Deception, a Level 6 Felony, and False Informing, an A Misdemeanor. 

At approximately three o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Troopers Eric Powers and Kyle Taylor went to 104 Teressa Street in Salem to locate 39-year-old Michael Anthony Marino. Marino was wanted for Battery.

After a brief search, Trooper Powers found Michael Marino hiding in a bedroom closet.

As Powers attempted to take Marino into custody, he observed Michael Marino throw an item underneath a nearby bed.

That item was later identified as methamphetamine. An approximate total of 3.5 grams of methamphetamine was eventually located.  

Around 10 pm that same evening, Trooper Kyle Taylor stopped a Ford Ranger truck for speeding and a taillight violation near College Avenue and Cherry Street.

The driver was identified as Shannon Bell, 48, of Campbellsburg, Indiana.

The passenger was identified as Carolyn Sue Beatty, 60, of Madison, Indiana. Trooper Taylor observed Bell throw an object towards a nearby house as Bell stepped from the vehicle.

Bell was detained and found to have an arrest warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

The object was located and identified as methamphetamine. During a subsequent vehicle search, Trooper Taylor located a second bag of methamphetamine on the passenger floorboard.

Several syringes, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana were also found in the search. The methamphetamine totaled approximately 12 grams.  

As a result of both investigations, the three subjects were arrested and charged as follows: 

Michael A. Marino: 

  1. Battery(Warrant) – Level 6 Felony
  2. Dealing in Methamphetamine over 1 gram – Level 3 Felony
  3. Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 5 Felony
  4. Possession of Paraphernalia – A Misdemeanor

Shannon Bell and Carolyn Beatty:

  1. Dealing in Methamphetamine – Level 2 Felony
  2. Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 4 Felony
  3. Unlawful Possession of Syringe – Level 6 Felony
  4. Possession of Marijuana – B Misdemeanor
  5. Possession of Paraphernalia – A Misdemeanor

Bell was also arrested on a warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine – Level 6 Felony.

All subjects were incarcerated at the Washington County Jail without further incident.  

Trooper Powers and Taylor were assisted by officers from the Salem Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.