(Stillwater) — A Cushing man who is currently on probation for an incident in Perkins that was originally filed as domestic assault and battery in the presence of children has been ordered to appear in court June 17 on a felony marijuana possession charge.  
     Reed Ray Tarver, 32, who was released on $25,000 bond, could receive as much as a 10-year prison term and a $10,000 fine if convicted of possessing marijuana, estimated as weighing nearly one and one-half pounds by Cushing police.
    When he was arrested by Cushing Police Officer Matthew Piatt for driving on a revoked license at 6 a.m. on May 16, Tarver said that he was unaware that the plants in his Jeep were marijuana, but thought that they were weeds, according to an affidavit.
    During an inventory of the vehicle, Cushing Police Officer Brandon Hise found a 50-pound feed bag in the right front floorboard that contained one smaller bag of a large amount of a green leafy substance that field-tested as marijuana and a second bag of plant stock, the affidavit said.
    Several additional feed bags were folded up in the rear of the vehicle, the affidavit said.
    When Tarver was asked where he got the marijuana, “Tarver said that it came from the feed room in the barn on his mother’s property,” the affidavit alleged.
    “Tarver said he was cleaning up a drum of oil that had spilled last week and noticed the plants growing wild. Tarver said there have been weeds growing wild between the barn metal and concrete before, and he pulls them and disposes of them.
    “Tarver said he was unaware it was marijuana. I asked Tarver why it was separated from the stalk and Tarver said it was on the floor and he was sweeping it up to dispose of it,” Piatt wrote in his affidavit.
    Three months earlier, Tarver had been placed on probation following his arrest on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, malicious injury to property and domestic assault and battery of a Perkins woman in the presence of children, court records show.
    Tarver pleaded guilty in February to a reduced charge of disturbing the peace by fighting, for which he was fined $50 and given a one-year suspended sentence. He also pleaded guilty to marijuana possession, for which he was ordered to pay a $150 state crime bureau laboratory fee and perform 10 hours of community service. His malicious injury to property count was dropped, court records show.
    Tarver had been arrested by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Hooten, who was sent to a rural Perkins residence about 9 a.m. June 21, 2008, court records show.
    The woman said that Tarver was beating on the door of her house trying to get inside where she had her two small children, the affidavit alleged.
    “The victim also advised that it has been physical and that the defendant has been pushing her in front of her children. The victim also advised that the defendant is tearing up her house and that the defendant does not live there, but only stayed there a few times,” the affidavit alleged.
    While the deputy was enroute to the woman’s home, she advised the dspatcher that Tarver was now leaving her residence, the affidavit alleged.
    When the deputy made a traffic stop on Tarver’s vehicle about one-quarter of a mile east of Prairie Road and Highway 33, he saw a scratch on the left side of Tarver’s neck, the affidavit said.
    “I then asked where he had gotten the scratches, and the driver just looked away and refused to tell me where he had gotten the scratches,” Hooten wrote in his affidavit.
    When Deputy Justin Colton arrived to assist, he located marijuana in Tarver’s right front pocket of his pants, the affidavit said. A half-burnt marijuana cigarette was found in the center console in the driver’s side cup holder under a cigarette lighter, the affidavit said.
    A wooden baseball bat that was lying on the passenger floorboard with the handle up toward the driver’s seat was also seized by the deputy, the affidavit said.
    When Hooten went to the victim’s residence, “I observed a bloody spot on the victim’s nose and toes on both of the victim’s feet. I asked the victim how she had gotten the injuries.
    “The victim advised that Reed (Tarver) had shoved her down in the floor of her residence in front of her two minor chldren. The victim then advised that the defendant had thrown her dryer out the door of the residence, and also kicked a hole in the door of her residence,” the affidavit said.
    The deputy said that he took photos of the woman’s injuries and of the property that was torn up and thrown outside on the ground, for evidence of domestic violence, the affidavit said.

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