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by Jonathan McNamara
FRANKLINTON — Blood alcohol content and tempers ran high resulting in the arrests of a Franklin County couple last week.
Deputy G. Perry of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report that Walter Schimkus, 49, and Laveda Christine Johnson, 66, both of 30 Misty Way were having a domestic dispute Sept. 19 at the residence.
According to incident report, Perry arrived and found the front door open. He observed Schimkus walking around inside unresponsive to his knocks on the door.
Fearing the woman was in jeopardy, Perry walked inside announcing himself three times while ascending the stairs.
When Perry reached the top floor he noticed magazines everywhere and a table turned over.
Also, a small semi-automatic pistol was in front of the TV in lunging distance of Schimkus.
Perry instructed Schimkus, who was sitting on the couch, to remove his headphones, which he complied.
Perry then turned off the TV and took custody of the pistol.
Schimkus stated he and his wife had been in a heated argument but denied any assault had occurred, Perry said in his report.
Schimkus also told the deputy his wife, Johnson, was drunk and had left the property in a green Honda Accord.
Perry went back to his police cruiser to notify surrounding law enforcement to be on the lookout for Johnson and the Honda since she was reportedly driving while impaired.
While Perry was in his cruiser he ran a background check on Schimkus discovering he was a convicted felon who can’t possess a gun.
So Perry reentered the residence and arrested Schimkus for felony possession of a firearm by a felon.
While on the porch arresting Schimkus, Perry observed Johnson pull into the driveway and exit the Honda.
According to Perry, Johnson was unsteady on her feet and smelled strongly of alcohol.
Perry asked how much she had to drink and Johnson replied, “some drinks,” he wrote.
Two preliminary breath tests, eight minutes apart, resulted in readings of .15, over the legal .08 blood alcohol content limit.
Johnson was arrested for driving while impaired.
Schimkus and Johnson were transported to the Franklin County jail. Schimkus was held on a $10,000 secured bond and Johnson on a $2,500 secured bond.