Thursday, March 22, 2018

My nephew, Noah Hayes Shuler, and his girlfriend, Aubrynne Russell, jump at the chance to avoid a trip to jail for mugshots and other indignities in Sparta, MO


Noah Shuler and Aubrynne Russell
My nephew and his girlfriend, looking at likely drug paraphernalia and speeding charges after a traffic stop in Sparta, Missouri, apparently were reluctant to be taken to jail for fingerprints and mugshots. So when a police officer offered them a proposal that would avoid that unpleasantness, they jumped at it -- almost in comical fashion.

Noah Hayes Shuler, the son of my lawyer-brother (David Shuler), already had a pending speeding case where a state trooper clocked him driving 88 mph in a 60 zone -- and that case is set for a hearing on April 6. Noah's girlfriend, Aubrynne Russell, also has a record of traffic-related charges (more on that in upcoming posts); in fact, she's already had her mugshot taken. Perhaps that's why the two of them were reluctant to go before the jailhouse camera. So, when Sparta police officer Loren Nystrom offered them a way out of that, Noah and Aubrynne jumped on it.

The Sparta PD's narrative report for Case No. 17-12-1722 tells the story. (The report, in full, is embedded at the end of this post.) From Officer Nystrom's narrative, with a primary crime/incident listed as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (City Code 210.540 or RSMo 579.074) against Noah Hayes Shuler, 3825 E. San Poppi Ct., Ozark, MO:

On Saturday, December 30, 2017, around 2015 hours, I stopped a 2013 black Cadillac for speeding, bearing MO license of WM9T8Y at State Highway 14 and [Vanilla Bean].

Upon initial approach, I could smell the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. After checking for warrants through dispatch, I pulled the driver and passenger out of the vehicle. I told them I could smell the odor of marijuana and that I was going to conduct a probable-cause search. I told them if they told me where the items were I would issue citations and allow them to leave the scene, pending a court date. The driver, Aubrynne Russell, asked if she could show me where it was at. I told her if she knew where they were at, she could do so.

As you can see, it didn't take Aubrynne long to react positively to Officer Nystrom's proposal. Noah had the same reaction:

Aubrynne went straight to a couple of boxes and opened them up and provided me with a rubber green colored marijuana pipe, with burnt residue inside it. Also with the pipe were two sandwich bags with a little marijuana residue inside them. I also located a sandwich bags with marijuana residue inside it, located in the glove box. 
I asked Aubrynne who they belong to, and she said her boyfriend, Noah Shuler. . . . At the same time, Noah yelled out, "It's mine." I issued Noah a Sparta Police Department Uniform Citation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia-Marijuana. I gave him the Sparta Municipal Court date of 02-08-2018 at 1330 hours. I then released both subjects and returned to the Sparta Police Department to place the evidence in the temporary evidence locker. 
Nothing further. 
Officer L. Nystrom 615
Sparta Police Department

The original court date was continued, and hearing now is set for April 12. James Randal Howell II is listed as the prosecuting attorney. Aubrynne Russell is charged with exceeding the posted speed limit by 11-15 mph.


(To be continued)





29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting tactic by the cop. Wonder why he did that.

Anonymous said...

Noah sounds like a dim bulb. When you are already facing a speeding charge for driving 88 mph, it's wise to keep thine nose clean.

Anonymous said...

I wonder who was smoking the MJ that drew the officer's attention. Noah, was the passenger, right? I think it would be difficult to smoke an MJ pipe while driving, although maybe could do it at stop sign, etc.

legalschnauzer said...

Yes, Noah was the passenger. GF was driving; it was her car, a Caddie.

Anonymous said...

GF: "The weed is his!"

Noah: "It's MINE!"

GF: "See, it's his -- Noah Hayes Shuler, 3825 E. San Poppi Court in Ozark, MO 6572."

Noah: "It's MINE! It's MINE, dammit!"

GF: "He's right. The Caddie is mine; the weed and stuff is his."


Hah!

Way to stand up and be a man, dog. That GF is a keeper.

Anonymous said...

Noah probably isn't at all worried about this. His daddy is in the lawyer tribe, so Noah probably thinks the lie applies only to other people, not to him.

Anonymous said...

Is the GF's mother "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark"?


https://www.elvira.com/

Anonymous said...

Noah is acting out, probably because he knows his father is a fraud and con man, in a field filled with frauds and con men.

Kids are observant, and Noah probably know his father is a phony, and it makes Noah mad. I suspect Noah's actually a pretty good kid, but he's pissed off -- and deep down, he despises his father for being a fake -- in a field where people are rewarded for being a fake.

Anonymous said...

I knew some pretty rough characters in college, but most of them got through freshman year without having two pending criminal cases. Sheesh!

Anonymous said...

The key to Noah's problems is bad driving -- or riding with someone who is a bad driver.
Millions of Americans smoke weed and use drug paraphernalia, but they never come across the law. But if you are a bad driver, the cops will nail you -- and if you've got weed or paraphernalia on you . . . well, you are in trouble.

Lesson: Don't call attention to yourself by being a bad driver.

Anonymous said...

Noah is a spoiled brat. Those of us who know him aren't surprised by any of this. His parents have told him all his life that he's special and super smart, that he's a great soccer player. Now, that he's learned he's not so special or smart, and he isn't much of a soccer player . . . well, he can't handle it.

Anonymous said...

It's funny that Noah's defenders essentially want LS to cover up this story. Their hero isn't supposed to be outed for the druggie that he is. Props to Mr. Schnauzer for covering this story, whether it's his nephew or not.

Anonymous said...

@3:04 --

You are right. That's their white entitlement showing through. Black druggies are supposed to be put to death. White druggies can dabble in weed to their heart's content -- no problem.

Anonymous said...

Pretty clear what happened here -- Noah was so quick to claim the weed as his because he knew that meant the cop wasn't going to do a search. And Noah had dumped the weed somewhere in the vehicle, probably under the seat. A pretty poor job of policing, but that's what you get in a small town. Noah managed to avoid a possession charge. No way three baggies and the pipe all turned up empty, except for residue. Someone dumped the weed.

Anonymous said...

The GF already has a mugshot to her credit, and it sounds like she's not even 20 years old. Sounds like a real winner.

Anonymous said...

Were Noah and his GF heading into Sparta or out of Sparta at the time of their arrest?

legalschnauzer said...

@5:30 --

That's a good question, and I don't see an answer on the incident report.

Having been to Sparta, and having been to the intersection where Noah and GF were pulled over, my guess is that they were traveling east, toward town. If they had been traveling west, away from town, they would have just passed through what serves as "downtown Sparta," and you almost have to go slowly through there.

If you are going east, at the intersection where they were stopped, you haven't reached downtown yet -- it's maybe a quarter mile or so away -- and it would be quite easy to be speeding because you are going from an open highway into the outskirts of a little town. That's a classic speed trap, and the city of Sparta probably pays its bills from speeding cases in that area. If my memory is correct, the speed limit is 40 in that area, so she probably was doing 50-55. I'm not sure she would have had time to work up to that speed if she was coming from the other direction, heading west.

Again, that's a guess on my part from having been to Sparta. I'd say it's about 80 percent likely they were heading east, toward downtown Sparta.

legalschnauzer said...

Memo to 5:41 --

Is life so boring in Charlottesville that you don't have anything better to do.

Actually, I suspect you aren't in Charlottesville, but I have a pretty good idea where you are. Will be fun to track you down someday. You've left a nice digital footprint to follow.

Anonymous said...

@5:44 here --

So Noah and GF were heading toward Sparta, away from where they live -- if your guess is correct? That makes me wonder if they were dealing, going to sell weed to somebody out in the sticks. Coming from the other direction, my guess would be that they had just purchased weed from a dealer. But this smells to me like Noah and GF were the dealers.

I agree with the other commenter that the three sandwich bags almost had to be full of weed, and Noah dumped them in the car when he saw the flashing lights. If he and GF were just users, why would they have three sandwich bags, all with weed residue, with them?

I think they were dealing, and Noah jumped at the offer of no search because he knew a search would turn up an amount of weed that pointed to dealing. Paraphernalia, possession, dealing . . . you are looking at big-time trouble there.

I'm not an expert on measurement of marijuana -- how much fits in a bag etc. -- but three bags sounds like quite a bit to me, given they were just driving down the highway toward the middle of nowhere. I think they had that amount with them for a reason.

legalschnauzer said...

Yes, if my guess is correct, Noah and GF were heading away from where they live.

Anonymous said...

For the uninitiated, here is a good article about MJ and weights (ounces, grams, etc.). From NY Mag:

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/this-is-what-2-ounces-of-weed-looks-like.html

Anonymous said...

Interesting article about weed in Springfield, MO. Says high-quality legal weed from Colorado is making its way to your fair city:

https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/28/high-quality-pot-legal-states-flooding-market-springfield/29434413/

Anonymous said...

I've always heard that one baggie equals one ounce, especially if the baggie is pretty much filled. Of course, you can put way less than that in a baggie, but I don't think much more than one ounce will fit into one bag.

I do know that one ounce is considered quite a bit of marijuana.

Anonymous said...

Here is an interesting article about MJ and measurements --


https://www.ganjapreneur.com/units-measurement-marijuana/


Here is the definition of an ounce --

Definition: An ounce is roughly equivalent to 28 grams, and is the most common denomination of marijuana when purchasing or buying in extremely large quantities. In actuality an ounce is a sizable amount of weed, and most people would never desire for anything more than one ounce at a time. An ounce of marijuana will usually fill a typical zip-lock baggie or mason jar (which is why the slang term "zip" can also refer to an ounce of pot).

Anonymous said...

From the New York magazine story:


According to Price of Weed, a global index, two ounces of medium-quality marijuana has a street value of $500 in Brooklyn. In other words, it’s much more than your average casual smoker will possess at any given time. It’s definitely too much to fit comfortably in most people’s pockets. It would probably stink up a subway car, even while concealed.


If Noah had three full bags of weed (3 ounces), he almost certainly was dealing. My guess is that the bags were not full, and he had way less weed than that. I think it's less than 50-50 that he was dealing, but the three baggies are suspicious. Can't think of any reason to have three baggies for personal use.

Anonymous said...

Hey, @5:41,

What's going on in Charlottesville? Or should I ask, "Why did you pick Charlottesville for your fake IP address?" Or better yet, "Why would someone feel the need to communicate with LS via a fake IP address?"

legalschnauzer said...

@8:50 --

I'll add a question. If the Charlottesville IP address is real -- and I don't think it is -- why does someone in Ch'ville, VA, care about the Noah Hayes Shuler drug case in Sparta, MO?

Anonymous said...

Memo to 5:41 --

Is life so boring in Charlottesville that you don't have anything better to do.

Actually, I suspect you aren't in Charlottesville, but I have a pretty good idea where you are. Will be fun to track you down someday. You've left a nice digital footprint to follow.
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And when you "track me down" -- then what happens?

legalschnauzer said...

What do you think?