Woman arrested with drugs, forged check in Sandy court
Sometimes there's no explanation for why people do something that is - without a doubt - going to land them in jail.
For example, bringing into a court of law a forged stolen check, illegal prescription drugs and a glass pipe with methamphetamine.
This scenario took place inside Sandy Municipal Court just after 3 p.m. May 14 when the bailiff asked a young man if he could check his backpack for weapons, which are not allowed inside the courtroom.
The young man complied willingly, according to the police report, and that's when the meth pipe, drugs and forged check for $400 were discovered.
Another officer took over the case so the bailiff could return to his courtroom responsibilities.
When questioned, the handcuffed man said he didn't know any of those things were in the backpack because he was just holding it for his girlfriend, who was appearing in the court.
The handcuffs were then transferred to Michelle L. Simms, 23, 37768 Coralburst St., who was questioned and arrested.
According to the police report, Simms allegedly admitted she had taken the drugs from her sister and had smoked meth in the pipe. She also allegedly admitted forging her name and signing a blank check from a man whose address is in Bend. She said she had found the blank check at a house on Summertime Drive, where she had been staying.
She told the officer she was 'down on her luck' and was holding onto the (endorsed) check in case she needed money.
The check, pills and the meth pipe were seized as evidence.
Simms was released from custody after the officer told her he would forward the case to the Clackamas County district attorney to review the charges and issue a warrant for her subsequent arrest.
The next day, the officer called the man who lives in Bend - using the information he found on the check.
The Bend man said his truck had been stolen, and there likely were some checks inside the truck. He had immediately canceled the account, he said, and is still waiting to hear that his truck has been found - but there has been no such call.
The truck (and the check), the man suggested, were likely stolen from a 'known drug house' on Summertime Drive.
Asked how he knew there was a drug house on that road, he said some of the neighbors had told him.