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Child's welfare prompts arrest

Friday, July 23, 2010

BENTON -- An investigation into children's welfare led to the arrest of a Benton man.

Gary Taylor, 48, is charged with the class C felony of forgery, C felony of unlawful possession of a firearm and a class A misdemeanor of delivery or concealment of prohibited articles in or about the premises of any county or private jail or other county correctional facility. Bond was set at $15,000, and he bonded out.

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said concerns were raised regarding children's safety after alleged reports of drug use at Taylor's residence. On Tuesday investigators from the Scott County Sheriff's Department and Benton City Police served a search warrant at Taylor's residence, where they located several firearms and ammunition.

Taylor, a convicted felon, was placed under arrest and transported to the Scott County Jail and later questioned about the alleged drug use, Walter said. Taylor denied the accusations and offered to provide a urine sample to prove his innocence, and he did provide the sample showing he did not have any drugs in his system, the sheriff said.

However, when Taylor was taken to a holding area where jail staff had him change into his jail uniform, Taylor became combative and did not want to remove his clothing, Walter said. During this time, the jail staff discovered that Taylor had a bottle of urine wrapped in a heating pack taped to his upper thigh in an attempt to provide a false urine sample.

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