Woman faces new charges after lying to police

SALEM – On Friday evening, authorities learned that the female arrested on multiple drug charges on Tuesday, March 23, provided false information about her identity at the time of her arrest when she was booked-in at the Washington County Jail.  

Marcia Pearl Thompson

The woman listed as Carolyn Beatty is actually 59-year-old Marcia Pearl Thompson, of Madison, Indiana.

Officers learned that Thompson provided false information and provided her sister’s identity at the time of the arrest. Marcia Thompson was wanted on a warrant on a charge of theft in Decatur County at the time of her arrest. She is now facing additional charges of identity deception and false informing.

The arrests:  

Three people were arrested Tuesday, March 23 on drug-related charges in two separate incidents.

At approximately 3 p.m., an Indiana State Troopers went to a home in the 100 block of Teressa Street to locate 39-year-ld Michael Marino who was wanted on a warrant for batter.

The troopers found Marino hiding in a bedroom closet.

As a trooper attempted to arrest Marino he threw something under the bed.

Police found a baggie containing 3.5 grams of meth.

Marino was arrested on the battery warrant, and new charges of dealing meth, possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Around 10 p.m. that same night, a trooper stopped a Ford Ranger for speeding and a taillight violation near College Avenue and Cherry Street.

The driver, 48-year-old Shannon Bell, of Campbellsburg, and her passenger 60-year-old Carolyn Beatty (Marcia Pearl Thompson), of Madison, was arrested after a trooper witnessed Bell throw a baggie of meth from the vehicle.

A second baggie of meth was located on the passenger floorboard. Police also found several syringes, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana.

The meth totaled approximately 12 grams.  

Bell and Beatty (Thompson) were arrested on charges of dealing meth, possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe, and possession of marijuana.

Bell was also arrested on a warrant for possession of meth.

All three are being held in the Washington County Jail.

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