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June 19, 2014

Out-of-towners face several felony charges

McALESTER — Kiowa police officers pulled over a black Kia traveling southbound on Harrison Street because the two people inside were not wearing seat belts, according to a police affidavit; this led to a combined 11 felony counts and 16 counts overall.

Fontella Cates, 33, of West Plains, Missouri, and Shane Noose, 28, of Denver, Colorado, were put into handcuffs Saturday night after it was discovered that the car they were in was allegedly stolen.

Upon searching the vehicle, police allege that they found a variety of illegal items including several plastic bags with white powder inside, plastic bags with a crystal substance that police said field-tested positive for methamphetamine, hypodermic needles, marijuana, and a BB gun. The two have former felonies and it is therefore illegal for them to have any type of firearm, according to the police affidavit filed in the case.

Police allege they also found in the backseat items that would suggest those arrested had intentions to manufacture drugs.

Cates faces five felony charges. Those charges are endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. She also faces three misdemeanors. Those charges are possession of a controlled dangerous substance, unlawful possession of CDS without a prescription and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Noose has eight counts against him, with six of them felonies. The felonies are endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, falsely personate another to create liability and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He faces two additional misdemeanors: unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and joyriding.

It is alleged that Noose told police that he was facing 14-years to life in Missouri for a previous crime, and decided to flee to Oklahoma because he “...had to try something,” according to the police affidavit. He later allegedly told police that he had planned on staying at a friend’s house in Kiowa with Cates.

According to the police affidavit, he told officers at the Pittsburg County Justice Center that he instructed Cates, who was driving, to either ram a police checkpoint or to put the car in reverse and run for it.

Noose said that Cates would not do it.

If convicted, because of their previous felonies, the two could face up to life in prison for all of their felony charges except for the possession of a stolen vehicle for Cates, which could land her an additional 10 years in prison.

Contact Parker Perry at pperry@mcalesternews.

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