In one of several recent embarrassing incidents for citizens of the Hoosier state, an officer of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has been charged in connection with a marijuana growing operation she set up in her own home.
22-year veteran officer Christina Slack contributed to her own downfall when IMPD police were sent to the 2900 block of S. Pasadena St. on Dec. 27, 2021 for a domestic disturbance. When the responding officers arrived at Slack’s residence, she informed them her boyfriend, Jamel Owens, had attacked her. As he was being taken into custody, Owens informed the arresting officers that they should check the back badroom of the house for marijuana.
Police received a search warrant for the premises and found 18 marijuana plants growing in a tent with fans and an air filtration system. According to court records, the pot weighed 1,285.2 grams. Psychedelic mushrooms were also found in the search, as well as marijuana seeds and paraphernalia. Text messages and cell phone videos sent between the couple confirmed Slack’s involvement in the grow operation.
Jamel Owens was charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of criminal mischief stemming from the alleged assault. Those charges were dismissed earlier this month.
However, Officer Slack and Owens both still face charges on two misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana — growing, and growing on-premise while failing to destroy. No charges were filed in connection with the mushrooms, paraphrenalia, or any intent to distribute the more than 45 ounces of pot.
February 9, 2005 – After receiving a tip from Missouri authorities, Indianapolis police discovered three bodies buried in basement of a Linwood Avenue residence.
Siblings Kenneth (29) and Kari (18) Allen had been pulled over for speeding in St. Charles County, Missouri the previous day. During a search of their rental car, several suspicious items – including bloody bedding, credit cards, and identification belonging to an elderly couple – were found. When questioned, Kari abruptly admitted to helping her brother kill not only their grandparents, Leander and Betty Bradley, but also their mother, Sharon Allen. Indianapolis police executed a search warrant based on the information and found all three bodies beneath freshly-poured concrete in the basement of the Bradleys’ home.
The motive for all three deaths was the same: Kenneth had wanted his grandfather’s life savings to pay off gambling debts. He pleaded guilty in January 2010 and received a sentence of life in prison without parole, plus 130 years. Kari pleaded guilty to three counts of conspiracy to commit murder. In April 2010, a judge sentenced her to 38 years in prison, plus two years in community corrections programs.
An Indianapolis man is accused of murdering his childhood best friend in an argument over a woman. And, police say, he wore a court-ordered GPS monitor to the crime scene, documenting his presence.
According to reports, 29-year-old Andre Johnson was wearing a GPS bracelet due to a previous criminal conviction when he drove to Indy’s Carriage House East Apartments last Sunday night. After lying in wait for two hours, Johnson allegedly ambushed his childhood best friend Marlin Kiser, also 29, firing at least eight shots at the man before fleeing. Kiser, a father of three, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Unfortunately for Johnson, IMPD detectives were able to locate security camera footage showing the shooter leaving the scene in a 2006 Ford F-150 truck that they were later able to tie to him. Even more unfortunately for the accused, he apparently failed to take his own GPS monitor into account when committing the murder. Police say the data provided by the monitor proves he was in the area for two hours prior to the shooting.
Johnson is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail. Although he’s been booked on a preliminary charge of murder, formal charges are still pending.
IMPD is asking the public to help locate a missing Indianapolis teen. 15-year-old Cabrini Stott, a sophomore at BELIEVE Circle City High School, is described as about 5 feet, 3 inches, weighing 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Cabrini was last seen Sunday in 5800 block of Village Plaza S. Drive, near the Pangea Vistas Apartments on Indy’s east side. Police believe there is reason to think she may be in danger.
Anyone with information on Cabrini Stott’s whereabouts is asked to call IMPD Missing Persons Department at 317-327-6160, or just dial 911.
In case you missed it, Indianapolis has officially broken its criminal homicide record for the second year in a row. An IMPD spokesperson confirmed the numbers posted by IndyStar last week, conceding that the city has experienced more than 218 acts of criminal homicide already this year, surpassing the previous record set in 2020.
Next year’s Indianapolis City-County Council budget includes $295 million for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Mayor Joe Hogsett has called the allocation the “largest anti-crime investment in the history of Indianapolis” but just how it will equate to public safety remains to be seen. Meanwhile, Indy residents are just hoping for some kind of return on their investment. According to a study released in October, this year’s unsolved murder rate is nearly 65%.
Few things in life are less reassuring than when local police announce seemingly apropos of nothing that, despite what you may have heard, there is not a serial killer preying on your community.
Many Indianapolis citizens were startled a few weeks ago when IMPD issued just such a statement in regard to a rumor making the rounds on local Facebook groups and chat boards at the time. According to a since-deleted post, a Twitter user stated an active serial killer has been targeting women and teenagers, claiming at least a dozen victims before dumping their bodies in wooded areas just south of I-465. The Twitter post then moved over to Facebook, where it was shared hundreds of times. However, authorities say the rumor is false and there is no evidence to support the allegations. “Detectives continue to investigate criminal cases looking at every reasonable motive,” asserted Officer Genae Cook.
As of last month, Indianapolis Metro Police had in excess of 5000 untested rape kits on their shelves, and more than 200 criminal homicides have occurred in their jurisdiction over the last year alone.