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Felony Charges For Local Aspiring Tattoo Artist

Sarah ReppMay 9, 2019

Salina police officers responded to a welfare check and arrested a man for drug paraphernalia, tattooing without a license and several other charges.

Salina Police Captain Paul Forester told KSAL News:
Wednesday night officers were dispatched to a home in the 3000 of Cedar Creek to conduct a welfare check. They were informed there was a 3-year-old child and possibly drugs in the home.

When officers arrived, the mother of the child allowed them inside. Immediately they noticed some tattooing equipment on a table in the living room. The woman had a fresh tattoo on her right side.

The officers asked if there was anyone else was there and if they could search the home. The mother said they were home alone and agreed to the search. Officers discovered a male subject in the bathroom, he gave them a fake name but another officer was able to identify him. William Gardenhire, a 39-year-old from Salina was taken into custody after officers discovered his outstanding felony warrants for probation violation.

Police also discovered a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue inside the tattoo kit.

Mr. Gardenhire is being charged with: Felony Possession of a Stimulant, Felony Interference of Law Enforcement Officers, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Tattooing Without a License.

The woman isn’t facing any charges and the child was left in the home.


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