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Man arrested twice after disturbing businesses

A Helenwood man was arrested twice Saturday for allegedly disrupting businesses in Oneida while under the influence of drugs.

Steven Terry, 43, of Helenwood, was arrested Saturday morning, then he was arrested again Saturday afternoon — by the same officer — after being evaluated and released at the Big South Fork Medical Center ER.

Terry was arrested by Oneida Police Department Patrolman Chad Jones shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday morning, charged with public intoxication after he allegedly beat on the back door of Phillips Merle Norman on Alberta Street in mid-town Oneida.

Terry was actually one of two men who were reportedly beating on the business’s back door. According to a warrant filed by Jones, he fled on foot as officers arrived at the business. OPD Patrolman Jordan Potter spotted a man nearby, going through some items in a shed off Main Street. That man turned out to be Terry, according to the warrant, and Jones  realized that he was under the influence “of some type of drug.” When officers returned Terry to the scene, at the Merle Norman store, they found unspecified drugs in his vehicle, the warrant stated.

Terry was charged with public intoxication.

Exactly four hours later, Terry was arrested again — this time after police received a call that he was  throwing rocks and kicking the windows and doors at the old Keeton’s Auto Parts building on Alberta Street.

Upon arrival, Jones allegedly found Terry standing in front of the building with a large rock over his head. When Jones ordered him to put the rock down, Terry allegedly turned and threw the rock, hitting the window — which did not break.

Jones drew his taser and ordered Terry to get onto the ground, which the suspect eventually did. He allegedly told Jones that he was “just trying to get into his business.”

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Terry had been sent to the ER by the justice center to be checked out, according to the warrant, and was having trouble controlling his arms, legs and head due to being under the influence of “some type of drug.”

Allegedly, the window had been busted out of a screen  door on the building.

The second time, Terry was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and vandalism.

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