Man shot in hand facing pot charge

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Lewisburg man who suffered a gunshot wound to his left hand on Monday was arrested by city police Wednesday and charged with the same crimes as his roommate in a house on Haynes Street.

Timothy Champagne, 28, of 432 Haynes St., was taken into custody Wednesday morning, according to Police Detective David Henley who reported Champagne's charges as manufacture of marijuana for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"The charges stem from the live marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia recovered from his residence during a search on Nov. 23," Henley said. "Champagne's bond was set at $9,000.

"As previously reported, police detectives and patrol officers discovered an indoor marijuana grow operation on (Monday) at 432 Haynes St.," the sergeant said in a prepared release issued at noon Wednesday.

Steven Stepp, 25, the primary resident of the Haynes Street house, was arrested and charged with manufacture of marijuana for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Henley and Marshall County Jail records.

Champagne's arrest was a result of further investigation by city police detectives.

Meanwhile, police learned that Champagne was at the emergency room of Marshall Medical Center where he was being treated for a gunshot wound to his left hand, Police Chief Chuck Forbis reported. The bullet passed through Champagne's left hand just above the knuckle for his smallest finger.

Champagne's shooting "is still on-going," Henley said. "Detectives are still working to determine what occurred when ... Champagne ... was reportedly shot in the left hand."

Further information is to be released as the investigation continues and the Police Department is asking for help from the public. People with information about the care, or other criminal activity, are asked to call the Lewisburg Police Department at (931) 359-4044, or Crimestoppers at (931) 359-4867.

Champagne and Stepp are due in Marshall County General Sessions Court on Tuesday morning when they're to face Judge Steve Bowden, Jail Administrator Sabrina Patterson said.