Joint Investigation Leads to Three Arrests in Fulton County

A joint criminal investigation by the Indiana State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrests of two rural Fulton County residents Tuesday night, as well as a fugitive from South Bend. Police arrested 37-year-old Charla Richard and 45-year-old John Wise, both from 2183 W. 500 N. in Fulton County near Rochester, on felony charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Precursors, and Possession of a Police Scanner During the Commission of a Felony.

In addition, Richard also faces three felony charges of Neglect of a Dependent and a charge of Criminal Mischief. Police also arrested Tenneil Selner, 32 of South Bend, on two federal arrest warrants and felony charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Hypodermic Needles. All three individuals have been incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail.

The arrests stemmed from an incident Tuesday in which officers from the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Police were dispatched to the J.J. Richard Dairy Farm in northwest Fulton County to investigate a domestic situation. Carl Richard alleged that his wife Charla had damaged a pickup truck parked at the farm, and said she broke windows on the truck and slashed its tires. He further claimed that she had also been firing a pellet gun, and said the two of them are finalizing a divorce.

Police soon obtained a search warrant for the residence, and while looking for evidence related to the criminal mischief of the truck, officers reportedly found methamphetamine, a misdemeanor amount of marijuana, and the fugitive Selner hiding in the home.

A second search warrant was then obtained, allowing police to search for evidence related to the manufacturing or possession of illegal narcotics. The subsequent search allegedly turned up a methamphetamine lab, chemical precursors, hypodermic needles and two pellet guns. Two minor children, belonging to Charla Richard, were also found in the home. The children were first placed into the care of the Fulton County Division of the Indiana Department of Child Services, but were later allowed to stay with relatives.

The methamphetamine lab and related evidence was collected and disposed of by members of the Indiana State Police Peru Post Meth Enforcement Team.