Tip prompted Lawrence County Probation to conduct a home visit, two arrested

FORT RITNER – Two people were arrested Wednesday after Lawrence County Probation conducted a home visit in the 200 block of Perry Street.

Officers went to the home after receiving a tip there were drugs and firearms in the home.

Probation was assisted by Sheriff Greg Day, Capt. Andrew Phillips, Officer Josh Rhoades, and Sgt. Michael Williams, along with Indiana State Police Trooper Chance Humphrey and Detective Zach Robbins.

Justice Kennedy

When officers arrived they found 35-year-old Justice Kennedy who was on probation and her husband 44-year-old Brandon Kennedy. Both were in the driveway when police arrived.

Brandon Kennedy

There was also a protective order in place preventing Brandon Kennedy from being there. As an officer attempted to detain Brandon for the protective order violation, Brandon struck the officer in the arm and ran. Officers quickly apprehended him after a short foot pursuit. Brandon was in possession of a loaded handgun and meth.

Justice refused to allow probation to search her home, which is a violation of the terms of her probation. Officers applied for and obtained a search warrant for the residence and property.

During the search, police found approximately 27 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, suboxone pills, and more than 110 grams of marijuana, and other items associated with dealing drugs.

Brandon Kennedy was arrested on charges of dealing and possession of meth while armed with a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, maintaining a common nuisance, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest by force and fleeing and invasion of privacy.

Justice Kennedy was arrested on charges of dealing and possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a narcotic drug, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. In addition, she will face the charge of petition to revoke her probation.

Sheriff Day stressed this is just the latest example of the Sheriff’s Department’s commitment to work with other agencies and to put drug dealers in jail.

“I want to thank the Indiana State Police and their continued efforts to work closely with our department,’ added Sheriff Day. “This partnership has proven time and time again to be successful. Additionally, these two investigations should serve as a reminder to those people who deal this poison in our community that we will eventually find you and hold you accountable.”

Anyone with illegal drug activity information is encouraged to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 812-275-3316, the Indiana State Police Bloomington District at 812-332-4411, the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s tip line at 812-545-4700, submit a tip on the Lawrence County Sheriff’s App, or send an email to drugactivity@lawrencecounty.in.gov. All such calls are confidential.