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Newark woman arrested in Southside for public intoxication

A Newark woman was arrested Sunday evening in the Southside area after a resident of the area called police because of the woman’s unusual behavior.

The Independence County Sheriff’s Department report said deputies were called to the area in reference to a female subject screaming in the backyard of the residence.

A resident in the area observed the subject, 48-year-old Rhonda L. Funkhouser, on the opposite side of a chain-link fence on her hands and knees digging a hole in the dirt, saying she wanted water. When police arrived, she was seen on her knees in a thick brush line. She complied with orders to come out, and as she did, she was talking about going to her sister’s house. However, as she continued to talk her speech was slurred, and officer Zach Bailey with the Independence County Sheriff’s Department said he was unable to understand.

When asked if she had consumed any illegal substances, Bailey said she told him she had used meth that morning. Bailey placed her under arrest and took her to jail where he checked her purse and found another baggie of methamphetamine. Funkhouser was issued a citation and charged with public intoxication — drugs. She could also face a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

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