Former high school teacher Scott Way arrested Wednesday on probation violation chargePosted by Jack Howser on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm.
SALINE CO.—Former Hardin County elementary school teacher/high school baseball coach Scott Way has been arrested again in Saline County and charged with violation of terms of his probation.
Way’s arrest happened last night (02.24.10) after a reported failed drug screening. Saline County jail official confirmed to Disclosure, about three hours ago (11:30 a.m.) the arrest and housing of Way in that facility last night. He is currently being held there (Thursday 02.25.10) on $10,000 cash.
South counties residents will remember that Way had just been hired to work in Hardin County’s high school when he was arrested Sept. 28, 2007 after a report of drug activity in the house he was renting on South Feazel Street in Harrisburg.
When officers conducted a search (in Way’s absence), they found 600 grams of pot, 70 grams of cocaine, prescription medications, needles, syringes, scales and packaging materials, according to police reports made after the search.
Way was subsequently found by Carbondale police a few days later at a motel in that town and was arrested. Reports indicate that he had cocaine in his possession at the time, but he was not charged with that; he does, however, have an “ordinance violation” charge against him in Jackson County, possibly stemming from this incident, the “ordinance violation” being Possession of Cannabis…which was dismissed in July 2008.
Way ultimately took a plea to the cocaine possession charge in negotiations with Saline County prosecutor in the case (assistant Jason Olson); the rest of the charges were dismissed in exchange for the plea to the coke. Way was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay a fine of $6,600. He was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and was forbidden to drink alcohol or enter any bars or taverns, as well as, of course, to have any illicit substances in his system.
It’s unknown at this time exactly what the probation violation allegedly was; as soon as we can get to the court records, we’ll post it, or it will appear in the print version (March 17).
The utter confusion over Way’s arrest, coming on the heels of the issue with Steve Vinyard (Gallatin County schools coach) yesterday, had some officials reporting to Disclosure that it was Vinyard who was arrested when in actuality it was Way. Disclosure incorrectly reported that Vinyard had been arrested before getting clarification and changing the post (we can’t change it on the facebook, only correct it); we are awaiting an official statement from Gallatin County schools on Vinyard. A call was made earlier in the day but no return call has been received.
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