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Noble County lawyer arrested on meth charge

Criss

A Noble County lawyer wanted on felony charges was arrested Wednesday night at his home in the 8000 block of County Road 550E, according to a Noble County Sheriff's Department report.

Jon A. Criss, 43, was arrested about 9 p.m. by the sheriff's department and northeast Indiana SWAT officers after police received information from the public on his location, the report said.

Criss was taken to the Noble County Jail where he is being held without bond until his court hearing.

Noble County Prosecutor Steve Clouse charged Criss with Class D felony possession of methamphetamine, Class D felony maintaining a common nuisance, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a synthetic drug, according to a press release.

According to court documents, Noble County Sheriff's Deputy David Worman was at Criss' home in Kendallville after Criss was having a possible heart attack.

Inside the house, the deputy found a white powder substance in a coffee filter in a jewelry case sitting on a bedside table. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine. Marijuana was also found inside the master bedroom, as was a wooden box containing a package of synthetic marijuana.

Two women were at Criss' house, and one identified herself as Criss' live-in girlfriend. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, possession of a synthetic drug and possession of paraphernalia, according to Noble County Superior Court records.

Police found numerous items of paraphernalia associated with ingesting methamphetamine and marijuana inside the house, according to court documents.

According to the Indiana Supreme Court's roll of attorneys, Criss' law practice is in South Bend. He has been suspended from the practice of law since June.

On Tuesday, the Indiana Supreme Court's disciplinary commission filed a petition to show cause as to why Criss should not be suspended for failure to cooperate with the disciplinary process.

rgreen@jg.net

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