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That's the great thing about entering the wonderful world of a scumbag criminal career: No IQ requirements. Still, I think this guy will agree that his job stinks.


A suspect was in up to his neck -- figuritively and literally -- when police pulled him out of a manure pit near Albion to face multiple arrest warrants Tuesday, April 21.

Thomas Hovis Jr., 52, was held on thirteen Steuben County arrest warrants, most drug related, after being taken into custody at 0866 W US 6, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Department. Charges are also now pending out of Noble County after the incident, which went on for most of the evening as Hovis allegedly stood off officers, then resisted arrest.

Emergency response teams were sent to the locatiion due to the nature of the charges and Hovis' criminal history, which include a murder conviction, aggravated battery with a knife, drug charges, and burglary. When units arrived they saw Hovis flee into an outbuilding on the property and surrounded it. Hovis allegedly refused to come out, even after police fired tear gas into the structure, and they ended up having to force their way insde.

There they allegedly found Hovis standing neck deep in a liquid manure pit in the building, which had previously been used as a hog barn. After they got him out Hovis allegedly became combative, but was subdued with a Taser and placed into custody.

Hovis was taken by EMS to Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville, where he was treated for hypothermia before being taken to the Steuben County Jail. There he faces the thirteen charges, which include Manufacturing and possession methamphetamine, possession marijuana, paraphernalia, and controlled substances, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, habitual offender, and habitual substance offender.

During the course of the afternoon and evening officers spotted items related to narcotics, and obtained a search warrant for the property. After arresting Hovis they reportedly found three "one pot" meth labs, one of them still active, along with two grams of meth, eighteen marijuana plants, three handguns, and an assault type rifle. That could result in several more charges against Hovis once the investigation is complete.

Agencies involved in the incident include the Sheriff's Department, Albion Police Department, IMAGE Drug Task Force, Northeast Indiana SWAT, Noble County Special Operations Group, Indiana State Police ERT Team, and Noble County EMS.

The Albion Fire Department was initially called out to wash Hovis down, but they were disregarded when police determined he was sufficiently cleaned off.

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cbtreks
Apr. 22nd, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
Pig poo is the stinkiest stuff, too. It's one of the few things that will make me turn off the a/c (or roll up the windows, if I'm in a car with working windows) when I'm driving. Gah.
ozma914
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
I know -- I grew up just down the road from a hog farm. It's one of the few childhool memories I'm not particularly nostalgic about, and I can tell you it was a better day when the wind blew from the south -- from the much closer dairy farm.
adriana_is
Apr. 22nd, 2010 11:31 am (UTC)
Judging from all of his past and present history, pig poop is pretty apropos.
ozma914
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
yeah, he's definitely a shithead.
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ozma914
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
Let him escape ... tracking wouldn't have been a problem.
enigmaticblues
Apr. 22nd, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahaha! When I worked in the county attorney's office, we joked about how the criminals made it easy for us to catch them.
ozma914
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
It's definitely to our advantage that brain surgeons and rocket scientists usually tread the straight and narrow!
cornerofmadness
Apr. 22nd, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
and that stuff is gag you smelly. though given his record, couldn't be more appropriate for him
ozma914
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm only sorry I couldn't use the term "shithead" in the article.
cornerofmadness
Apr. 23rd, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
yes how disappointiing
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ozma914
Apr. 23rd, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
They washed him down at the scene with a garden hose, but I'll bet they still had to air out the ambulance *and* pump it full of disenfectant.
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