K-9 Assisted Traffic Stop Leads to Two Arrests


A Wednesday traffic stop at the intersection of Lake and McGill Streets in downtown Knox ended with a trip to jail thanks to assistance from Starke County’s new K-9. A deputy pulled over a vehicle driven by David P. Howard, 31, because he was known not to have a valid driver’s license. The vehicle was registered to the passenger, Brandy Gayheart, 22, of Walkerton.

K-9 Terror indicated narcotics were present in the vehicle, according to a sheriff’s department news release. Officers found methamphetamine precursors inside the truck cab and a backpack with all the ingredients needed to manufacture the drug in the back, according to the report. Howard and Gayheart face preliminary charges of dealing methamphetamine, possession of precursors with intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance and posse of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Formal charges are pending.