(03/21/2001)
The informant in a drug-related case against Chloe resident Kelly Ann Mace pled the fifth amendment when her attorney Drew Patton began questioning him. Thomas Holcomb, who acknowledged being Mace's former live-in, is currently being held in regional jail on a charge of fleeing and assault on an officer.

Calhoun Prosecutor Tony Morgan pressed the case against Mace, but Holcomb's fifth amendment plea caused the case to be continued to April 16 at 9:30 a.m. Judge Thomas Evans III appointed attorney Oscar Hines to review Holcomb's fifth amendment issues. Hines told the court that Holcomb could possibly incriminate himself if he continued to answer questions.

Holcomb apparently told Calhoun Trooper Doug Starcher that $1 million dollars worth of drugs had been at Kelly's This and That, the business owned by Mace along Route 16 near the Calhoun-Clay line, and a cache of over 200 stolen guns had been on the property. Testimony indicated the guns were not found.

Trooper Starcher, when questioned by attorney Patton, said Mace's name surfaced during a drug investigation that lasted over a year as trafficking drugs, particularly meth and marijuana. A search warrant was exercised last year at Mace's establishment and residence, which allegedly resulted in the confiscation of an illegal drug and drug related items.

Another drug case against James A. Christman and Shelly Sue Burrows was continued to April 16 at 3:30 p.m.


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