Pamela Rozelle, 37, of Warsaw, resigned her position as a guidance counselor at Warsaw Community High School today amid allegations that she was in possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. (See related)
Kosciusko County Prosecutor Dan Hampton today released the full Winona Lake Police Department report that confirms Rozelle was located in her vehicle that was parked at Stonehenge Country Club at about 12:25 a.m. Tuesday. According to WLPD Officer Joe Bumbaugh, he was on routine patrol when he came across the silver Honda Accord and its two occupants.
The officer said he exited his patrol car to approach the driver of the vehicle, identified as a 17-year-old boy. As the officer approached, the male subject exited the driver’s seat of the vehicle and dropped marijuana paraphernalia on the ground. The officer also noticed the strong odor of burnt marijuana and asked the juvenile where the marijuana was. The teen replied, “She probably has it.”
Officer Bumbaugh then asked Rozelle twice where the marijuana was before she told him it was under the passenger seat of the car, registered to Rozelle, where she was seated. Rozelle retrieved the marijuana from under the seat and handed it to the officer.
Rozelle told the officer she and the male suspect were “just really good friends.” The teen also told the officer the two were “friends.”
Officer Bumbaugh, with the assistance of Warsaw Police Officer Ryan Petty and Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department deputy Travis Shively, conducted a visual inspection of the vehicle and located a blue and purple glass pipe under the front passenger seat that contained a small amount of partially burned marijuana.
In all, less than a gram of marijuana was located.
The teen boy’s father was called to the scene and picked up the boy. Rozelle was taken into custody and transported to the Kosciusko County Jail.
Rozelle’s charges of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor are all misdemeanor offenses.
Rozelle was released from jail after posting $500 cash bond. She was initially held without bond until she appeared in Superior Court II.