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Tattoo shop owner, second suspect jailed following raid
SoVaNow.com / April 10, 2013An early afternoon raid Friday at a Grace Street home in Clarksville turned up “drugs, drug paraphernalia, and ammunition from a convicted felon’s residence, and the recovery of evidence believed to be connected to a felonious assault,” according to Ronald Campbell, Senior Special Agent with the Southside Drug Trask Force. The home is the residence of William Carhuff, who runs the Clarksville Tattoo Shop on Third Street.
The raid began with a search for a walking stick Carhuff allegedly used to assault former Clarksville Tattoo shop employee Jay Reid. According to a criminal complaint filed by Reid, Carhuff and Mike Hill of Philadelphia, Pa. held Reid against his will and assaulted him with fists and a walking stick, after accusing Reid of theft.
During the search of Carhuff’s home, drugs and paraphernalia were discovered, according to Task Force officers. Sgt. Wayne Pennington and other members of the Drug Task Force then expanded their search to Carhuff’s Third Street business.
At this time, neither Clarksville Police nor the Task Force is saying whether additional drugs or other illegal materials were discovered during their search of the business.
Carhuff and Hill were subsequently arrested, and charged by Clarksvile Police with malicious wounding and abduction/intimidation for their involvement in the alleged assault on Reid. The Task Force has not filed any charges at this time while they continue their investigation.
Arraignment for the two men was originally set for Monday, April 8, but their hearing continued until May 13. Officials with the Meherrin River Regional Jail say that as of Tuesday morning, no bond has been set for either Carhuff or Hill, and they remain in jail.
Carhuff faces a third charge, for grand theft auto. This charge stems from Reid’s further claim that Carhuff altered, without Reid’s knowledge or permission, a title to an automobile that was, according to Reid, previously titled in Reid’s name.
Carhuff’s arraignment on that charge is also set for May 13.
This is not Carhuff’s first brush with the law. In 1987 William Carhuff was arrested at his home in Glouster City, New Jersey during a major drug raid in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The raids, by the New Jersey State Police and the Pennsauken police were aimed at breaking up an organized effort by The Breed motorcycle gang to distribute methamphetamine through Carhuff’s tattoo parlor, Body-Art World, in the Pennsauken Merchandise Mart. At least six other men and one woman were arrested along with Carhuff, and they were charged with conspiracy, and possession and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance - methamphetamine. Over a quarter pound of the drug was seized during the raids.
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