Rowan authorities charge Rockwell man with drug offenses
By Shavonne Walker
ROCKWELL — A Rockwell man who was found unconscious was charged with drug offenses just hours after deputies went to his home to investigate a domestic incident and cited him for marijuana possession.
The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Benjamin Howard Lisk, 32, of the 100 block of Raintree Drive, with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; misdemeanor resisting an officer; two counts of misdemeanor child abuse; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Lisk was charged at 12:30 a.m. Friday. He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.
Authorities say they received a call from Crystal Meadows who said she believed her boyfriend had overdosed because she was unable to wake him. Meadows told deputies that she found Lisk unconscious on the bed.
An 11-month-old child was also on the bed eating a napkin, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
There were two other children at the home, including a 13-year-old.
Deputies noted Lisk was alert.
He told them he took sleep medication. He walked out of the home on his own and said he didn’t want to go to the hospital, so he was examined by a paramedic.
Deputies searched Lisk and found a metal smoking device in his front pocket. He told the deputies it wasn’t his and he didn’t know how it got there.
A caller reported a domestic incident at the Raintree Drive home at 7 p.m. Thursday. Crystal Meadows told deputies that Lisk was acting strangely. When Lisk went outside, deputies noted they could smell marijuana.
Two deputies searched the home after Meadows gave them consent. Another deputy stayed with Meadows. According to a report, she told deputies there was marijuana in a bedroom she shared with Lisk.
Deputies found a box on a table that contained used marijuana cigarettes, a metal grinder with marijuana residue, a glass jar with marijuana residue inside, and a pack of Newport cigarettes with two unused marijuana cigarettes inside. Deputies also found rolling papers.
Lisk and Meadows were issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance.
The Rowan County Department of Social Services was notified because there were children in the home.
Lisk was convicted in June of misdemeanor marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also has previous convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a place for trafficking in a controlled substance, and driving while impaired.
Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.