December 7, 2012

Traffic stop leads to arrest of mayor’s son

No formal charges yet filed

by Caitlin Huston

MONTICELLO — Jeremy Franklin, the son of Logansport Mayor Ted Franklin, bonded out of the White County Jail Thursday after police reported finding three pounds of marijuana in a vehicle he was driving during a traffic stop Wednesday night.

Franklin, 31, was the driver of a silver 2001 Oldsmobile and was pulled over at 10 p.m. on U.S. 24 east of Monticello for speeding, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police, Lafayette post. Reports indicate a Monticello police dog detected the presence of marijuana and other narcotics, and Franklin and his passenger, 28-year-old Edward R. Prince of Logansport, were arrested.

Both Franklin and Prince were arrested on the class D felonies of dealing in a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

According to the press release, Trooper Tyler Stinson pulled Franklin over and later asked for assistance from Monticello Police K-9 Officer Tony Stroup due to “possible criminal activity.”

Franklin has not yet been formally charged in this case, and White County Prosecutor Bob Guy said the prosecutors are waiting on information before filing charges.

Both Franklin and Prince bonded out of the White County Jail at 10:15 a.m. Thursday on $2,500 surety bonds.

A class D felony carries a penalty of six months to three years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Franklin has a Dec. 17 change of plea hearing scheduled in Cass Superior II Court on charges of possession and dealing in marijuana. He had been arrested in April after police say he was involved in a drug buy involving a confidential informant.

It was unclear Thursday whether Franklin’s bond would be revoked on his pending drug case in Cass County.

Robert Ives, the special prosecutor on Franklin’s Cass County case, and Lisa Traylor-Wolff, Franklin’s public defender on the case, could not be reached for comment.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or