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July 30, 2009

Police make drug arrests near Stroh

LAGRANGE — Indiana State Police troopers from Fort Wayne arrested a rural LaGrange County man and a transient women on several drug-related charges at a home outside Stroh early Wednesday after responding to a call that a woman was stabbed at the home.

According to Troopers Brian Kreger and Jake Quick, at about 1 a.m. the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a woman indicating she was being stabbed at a home in the 10400 block of C.R. 350 S, just outside Stroh in LaGrange County.

When they arrived at the home, state troopers found a woman, Jilyan J. DeGraw, 27, no address, hiding under a bed. Officers also saw marijuana in plain view and obtained a search warrant for the home.

Police learned that DeGraw had cut a 35-year-old Ligonier woman during a fight over a man they were both involved with. The victim did not sustain serious injury and declined medical treatment.

During a search at the home, police said they found a sizeable quantity of marijuana. They also found methamphetamine, mushrooms and other items associated with drug usage and methamphetamine production.

The homeowner, Timothy J. Hanselman, 35, 10450 E. 350 S., LaGrange, and DeGraw were both arrested, booked at the LaGrange County jail and held without bond.

Hanselman is charged with attempted methamphetamine dealing, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of drug precursors, attempted dealing marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a vehicle with an altered VIN plate.

DeGraw is charged with dealing methamphetamine, battery with a deadly weapon, identity theft, possession of paraphernalia and on warrants from Noble and Steuben counties.

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