SYRACUSE — An investigation into an intoxicated driver resulted in the passenger being charged with possession of a syringe, a level 6 felony, and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.
Katheryn E. Shipp, 29, 1237 Alpine Drive, South Bend, was arrested Monday, May 23, and booked in the Kosciusko County Jail. She is being held on $5,000 surety, $250 cash bond. She is also shown with an address of 316 E. Colfax Ave., Mishawaka.
On March 13, Syracuse police were called to Casey’s General Store regarding an intoxicated person. Officers arrived to find a pickup truck facing the wrong way between the gas pumps. The driver, Philip A. Magaldi, appeared to be nervous and told police his girlfriend, Shipp, was sleeping inside the truck.
Police spoke with Shipp, noticing she was having trouble staying focused and awake. While talking with her they observed a piece of char boy copper scouring material with a burnt residue lying on the floor by her feet. Winona Lake Officer Joe Bumbaugh and his K9 partner were called to the scene and conducted an open air search. The K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle resulted in police finding several plastic bags containing a powder residue, several pieces of char boy style scouring material with burnt residue, metal spoon, smoking device, knife and syringe. Near Shipp, police found a smoking device, metal spoon, multiple pieces of scouring material, knife and syringe.