Woman pleads not guilty to drug possession charges

By Nick Walton - [email protected]



A Columbus woman pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a drug-related incident at a local hotel last month.

Jacqueline F. Altizer, 30, of 4790 Hilton Corporate Drive, pleaded not guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine, both fifth degree felonies, during an arraignment hearing on Monday.

On March 21, Urbana Fire Division EMTs and Urbana Police Division officers were dispatched to the Urbana Inn and Suites, 1490 E. U.S. Route 36, on a report of an unconscious female in the lobby who had people with her who did not want 911 called.

Altizer was found lying in the lobby on a couch partially unclothed and police learned that prior to their arrival a friend of hers found her lying in the bushes in front of the hotel undressed from the waist down.

Police also learned the people with her had been attempting to perform CPR on her before officers arrived. Altizer was reportedly unconscious and struggling to breathe. She was treated by Urbana Fire Medics and transported to Mercy Memorial Hospital for further medical care.

Altizer was placed on a personal recognizance bond last Friday and is on electronic monitored house arrest at her Columbus residence. She was also prohibited from having contact with Branson C. Wilkinson.

Wilkinson, 28, of 4790 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, was indicted on one count of tampering with evidence, a third degree felony, last week. A grand jury indictment contends Wilkinson allegedly took cocaine from Altizer and hid it in a hallway bathroom.

An arraignment hearing in his case is scheduled for April 18.


By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.