A search warrant obtained due to an ongoing investigation relating to the alleged use of methamphetamine in a home where a six-year-old child resided has led to the arrest of Rick Tourville, 49, Wendy Tourville, 49 and Misty Posey-Nichols, 29, all of Amery.
According to the criminal complaint, upon arrival to the residence a Polk County investigator located an adult female sleeping. He announced his presence loudly several times and she did not respond. He said he had to physically wake the female identified as Posey-Nichols. It was confirmed that she lived at the residence with her 6-year-old child and both Rick and Wendy Tourville.
Rick was observed coming from a rear bedroom occupied by him and Wendy. While searching that bedroom and the bathroom attached to it, officers located several items related to the use of meth and marijuana, many of which were within the reach of the 6-year-old child.
The complaint states inside the toilet bowl of that bathroom a baggie containing a white crystal substance, believed to be meth, was located. The investigator said it appeared as though Rick was attempting to flush the suspected meth, but it did not flush. Wendy and the child confirmed they watched Rick attempt to flush the baggie. The child stated he watched Rick flush “money” and wondered why he would do that.
Also located within easy reach of the child in the bedroom was a digital scale with significant white residue that later tested positive for meth. Additional items located on what Wendy called “Rick’s side” included a one hitter marijuana pipe with burnt residue and a baggie containing green leafy substance testing positive for THC.
Hanging on the headboard of the bed was a lanyard containing a gem pack baggie with white crystal residue testing positive for meth.
Located inside of a drawer on Wendy’s side of the bed was a glass pipe with residue testing positive for meth. Also located on her bedside table was a single pill identified as a schedule II narcotic, loose, not in a container and within reach of the child.
During an interview, Wendy said Rick had been using meth and he gave her meth to use within the past week.
During an interview with Posey-Nichols, she admitted to using meth. She said her child had access to her bedroom as he sleeps in there with her. Located on the headboard of Posey-Nichols’s bed was a purse containing meth related items including gem baggies with residue, a glass bubble pipe, scoop straw and a digital scale, all testing positive for meth. Located in a dresser drawer was marijuana paraphernalia.
Child Protective Services removed the 6-year-old child from the home.
Rick Tourville has an open felony case with a bond condition of not to possess or use drugs or drug paraphernalia. He also has a conviction for manufacture/deliver amphetamine, possess amphetamine and possess drug paraphernalia. He has been charged with possession of meth, bail jumping, possession of THC, possession of paraphernalia and neglect of a child. If convicted on all charges he faces up to $30,500 in fines and 10 years in jail.
Wendy Tourville is a second and subsequent repeater having been convicted of Possess Amphetamine/LSD/Psilocin in 2003. She has been charged with possession of meth, possession of Schedule II Narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and neglecting a child. If convicted on all charges she faces up to $30,500 in fines and 13 years in jail.
Posey-Nichols has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and neglecting a child. If convicted she faces up to $10,500 in fines and 10 months in jail.