Police Division

September 20th Press Release 2022

On September 19, 2022 at 9:27 a.m., Norfolk Police responded to a business in the 1100 block of Benjamin Avenue for a disturbance.  Officers arrived and spoke to employees who stated that a woman, later identified as Josie M. Auld, 38, of Norfolk, came into the business and asked to use the phone, which employees allowed her to do in the lobby area of the business.   While on the phone, she was loudly swearing at whomever she was speaking to.  Employee told Auld that she could no longer use the phone, but Auld refused to give the phone up.  Employees had to eventually remove the phone from her and told her to leave, which she refused to do. After refusing to leave, Auld poured a cup of coffee, spilling coffee creamer all over the area, walked into a conference room, where she sat down and began smoking a cigarette.  Officers had dealt with Auld earlier that day, where she was involved in a similar situation and had to be removed from a different business.  Officers arrested Auld for second-degree criminal trespass and disturbing the peace.  She was housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.

On September 20, 2022 at 1:40 a.m., a Norfolk Police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for driving without their headlights on.  The officer had contact with the driver who was identified as Steven E. Plessel, 52, transient, and passenger Jennifer L. Perrin, 40, of Norfolk.  During the stop, Norfolk’s Police Service Dog (PSD) Kane, was deployed around the vehicle.  PSD Kane alerted and indicated to the odor of a controlled substance near the driver’s door.  Officers then searched the vehicle.  Officers recovered a small plastic baggie of methamphetamine, a syringe that tested positive for methamphetamine, and a box that contained several broken drug pipes as well as used and unused syringes. Along with the controlled substances, officers recovered a loaded nine-millimeter pistol from under the driver’s seat, an unloaded revolver from the back seat, a loaded shotgun in the trunk, and two large knives, one of which had a brass knuckle handle.  Plessel was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.  Perrin was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.  Both were housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail. 

 On September 19, 2022 at 8:45 p.m. Norfolk Police responded to an apartment in the 1300 block of East Grove Avenue for the complaint of a strong odor of marijuana coming it.  When officers arrived, they approached the apartment and could smell marijuana coming from a window.  They approached the apartment and knocked.  The resident, Bronwynn C. Birch, 22, of Norfolk, answered the door with her dog.  Birch left the door open as she put the dog away.  With the door open, officers could see into the kitchen.  They saw marijuana, glass pipes, and other drug paraphernalia on the counter. In a search of the apartment, over two pounds of marijuana and numerous paraphernalia items were recovered.  Officers also recovered a small amount of cocaine.  Birch shares the apartment with Garett M. Ladwig, 20, of Norfolk.  Both were arrested for possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance.  Both were housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.