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Tied-up dog at Oxford hotel leads to drug charges

Three people ended up charged with different offenses as the result of a report of a dog being tied to a luggage rack at a local hotel.

Police were called to the Baymont Inn on Aug. 28 on the report of the dog tied to a luggage rack, and the officer was told those believed responsible for tying up the dog were in a third-floor room.

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As the officer approached, several people were seen running from the room, according to a police report.

One of them was Tammy Friend, 31, who was recognized as having a warrant out of Butler County against her.

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Another, later identified as Ramondo Richardson, 35, reportedly fled on a bike with a backpack.

The officer was able to stop Marshall Woolum, 29, and another person who was ultimately an uncharged suspect.

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Woolum said the room was his and gave permission for a search for stolen property but none was found. Multiple pills and two baggies of white crystal-like substance were found, however, in Woolum’s wallet. He and the uncharged suspect were taken to the police department.

Officers later saw Richardson riding his bicycle on College Corner Pike, but he refused to stop when ordered to do so. Police saw him cut through Parkview Arms Apartments, according to the report.

The officer went to an apartment Richardson was reportedly sharing with a woman, who said she had not seen him for several days but pointed to suitcases and bags by the door saying they were his. They contained items suspected stolen from vehicles and the four bags were taken away.

An officer returned to that apartment a short time later and located Friend, who was arrested on the warrant out of Butler County.

At the police department, Woolum said the pills found belonged to his mother and that one of the baggies contained “ice” while the other was scrapings from an old meth bowl. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

A warrant was prepared for Richardson on a charge of obstructing official business.

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