Couple Charged With Child Abuse, Drug Counts After Filthy Conditions Found At Sale Creek Home

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
John Clouse
John Clouse

A Sale Creek couple is facing multiple charges after drugs were found along with filthy conditions at their home where four children were living.

Arrested were John and Laura Clouse.

Police said they went to 13736 Old Dayton Pike for a check of the residence on the day after John Clouse had been charged with domestic assault against his wife. An official from Child Protective Services was with police.

Ms. Clouse said she got a black eye because her husband struck her while they were arguing about both being out of a job.

Officers said they could smell what appeared to be raw sewage. Ms. Clouse said that happened each time it rained. They said all the children had visible dirt on their hands, faces and feet.

Officers spotted numerous empty beer cans, marijuana cigarettes, and medication in reach of the children. A meth operation was found in the garage.

Police said there were dog and cat feces, mold and dirt as well as rat droppings throughout the house. A rat was found floating in a bathtub.

The children were placed with a relative until a placement could be made by Child Protective Services.

Ms. Clouse said her husband was able to obtain drugs by selling his food stamp card.

She said when EPB came out to cut off the power, her husband told them that their infant was on a heart monitor. But she said the monitor is no longer used. 

Charges include:

  • AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
  • POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
  • CHILD ENDANGERMENT
  • POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
  • THEFT OF SERVICES
  • AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
  • AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
  • AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
  • AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
  • CHILD ENDANGERMENT
  • CHILD ENDANGERMENT
  • CHILD ENDANGERMENT
  • THEFT OF SERVICES
  •   

     

    Laura Clouse
    Laura Clouse

    3rd Edition Of Popular Stokes Photo Book To Be Issued

    With a second edition of the popular Stokes Photo Book selling out, Chattanoogan.com will publish a third edition of 1,000 copies. John Wilson, publisher, said, "We continue to get calls and emails inquiring about the availability of this remarkable Chattanooga photo collection. So we have asked College Printing at Collegedale to put the almost 600-page book back on the presses. ... (click for more)

    Fire Damages Vacant Home On Camden Street

    Chattanooga firefighters were called to a house fire around  7:30  Sunday morning at 2105 Camden Street. Captain David Brooks with Engine 4 said smoke and flames were visible when they arrived. The firefighters got the fire out fairly quickly. No injuries were reported. Captain Brooks estimated the loss at $15,000. The owner of the house told firefighters that ... (click for more)

    Obama Doesn't Want You To Save For College

    Over the past few decades, federal aid for post-secondary education has decreased and transitioned largely from grants to guaranteed student loans.   At the same time, the cost of college has far exceeded the cost of inflation creating a situation in which college has become less affordable and causing students to pile up debt that is at an all-time high.   This debt ... (click for more)

    Roy Exum: The Great Peace Pipe

    There is a serious rift between our state legislators and Erlanger Hospital that has me worried. If I worry about something, it doubles the power of the worry. My problem? I am convinced we have the best collection of people at the State Legislature in Nashville we’ve ever had – I adore each of them. I am also blessed to believe Erlanger is back on track and, after a sensational ... (click for more)

    Notre Dame Earns State Duals Berth With 45-33 Win

    The Notre Dame wrestling team is peaking at the right time. It's been an up and down season for the Fighting Irish and for the first time all year, they have a full lineup. And now they can start making plans for next weekend's State Duals in Franklin after beating East Ridge for the second time in three days. The Irish beat East Ridge by eight points on Thursday night ... (click for more)

    UTC Wrestlers Top VMI, 35-3

    Highlighted by a victory at 285 pounds in a battle of the unbeatens, Chattanooga defeated visiting VMI, 35-3 Sunday afternoon at Maclellan Gym. In the final match of the day (285), UTC's Jared Johnson (24-6, 4-0) edged Juan Adams (16-10, 4-1), 9-7. Johnson, who has now won eight straight, used two takedowns and a 2-point near fall to lead 6-1 after one period and needed ... (click for more)