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June 30, 2014

Two face drug, gun charges

NEW CASTLE — Two people are in the Lawrence County jail after a police investigation led to the discovery of drugs.

New Castle police arrested Antonio Kelly, 28, described as homeless, and Shelea L. Gilmore, 21, of New Castle after they responded to a report of shots being fired on Booker Drive shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday.

According to police, they received information that a woman had fired multiple shots outside, then entered, 1124 Booker Drive.

Police said they knocked on the door and several minutes later a woman answered. She was ordered to make her hands visible and leave the apartment, officers said, but she refused. She was detained after a brief struggle, police said.

Meanwhile, other people came from the second floor of the apartment, while an officer in the rear of the building observed two males, later determined to be juveniles, leaving through an upstairs window.

All the people in the apartment, which police said smelled strongly of marijuana, were detained. Police contacted District Judge Jennifer Nicholson, who authorized a search warrant for the property.

Officers said they found five spent .22-caliber shell casings outside the home, as well as three others in a bag inside. They also said they found a marijuana cigarette, eight stamped bags of heroin, 13 Ciproflaxacin tablets and one Xanax tablet. In addition, police said, they discovered two handguns in a toilet tank — a .22-caliber Walther semiautomatic and a 9 mm Beretta semiautomatic. The serial number of the Walther had been obliterated, according to police.

Most of the people in the apartment were released after officers had conducted interviews, they said. But Kelly and Gilmore each were charged with illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with an altered number, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and illegal discharge of a firearm. They were arraigned by Nicholson who set bond for Kelly at $75,000 bond and Gilmore at $10,000.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Thursday.

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