911 called after Lyons woman allegedly smoked spice then had a seizure

Deputies and ambulance personnel responded to Lyons after a caller said a woman possibly overdosed, had a seizure and was unresponsive. They later learned she had allegedly smoked “spice.”

The incident occurred on Friday, March 1. By the time deputies arrived, the woman had come to and refused medical treatment. Now she’s facing drug charges.

Jennie Rupert

Jennie Rupert

Jennie Lynn Rupert, 45, Lyons, was arrested by Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Alan Jackson on Saturday, March 9, on a warrant issued on March 6 after criminal charges were filed in Greene Superior Court.

Deputy Jackson, the investigating officer, was dispatched on Friday, March 1, around 7:40 p.m., along with Deputy Cameron Frye, to a residence at 525 West Broad Street, Apartment 5, in Lyons on the report that a woman had possibly overdosed, had a seizure and was unresponsive.

Deputy David Elmore and Det. James O’Malley advised they would also respond and Greene County EMS advised they would be staged in the area until the scene was secure.

The woman who possibly overdosed was identified as Jennie Rupert.

Deputy Jackson said when they arrived, Rupert came outside on the front porch and said she was okay. Deputy Elmore and ambulance personnel continued to speak with her and Deputy Jackson talked to the woman who had called 911.

The woman who called said that she, Rupert and two other people had smoked a bowl of “spice” then Rupert started a seizure and became unresponsive. She said she didn’t know the other two individuals who then got into a vehicle and left.

Rupert signed a release form for EMS saying she didn’t need medical treatment. She allegedly said she didn’t want to get checked out by EMS and she also gave deputies permission to go inside her apartment to see if there was anything illegal inside.

Deputy Jackson reported that when he, Deputies Elmore, Frye and Det. O’Malley went inside with Rupert, they located a syringe on the floor next to a bed and a green leafy substance also in the bedroom that Rupert allegedly said was “spice.”

In another bedroom, Jackson said they located a substance identified as acetaminophen/hydrocodone bitartrate, a Schedule 2 controlled substance, and Alprazolam, a Schedule 4 controlled substance. He also reported the inside of the syringe field tested positive for methamphetamine.

All of the items seized have been sent to a lab for testing – results pending.

When Rupert appeared in court for her initial hearing today, Tuesday, March 12, she was formally charged with:

  • Possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony,

  • Unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony,

  • Possession of a synthetic drug or lookalike substance, a Class A misdemeanor, and

  • Two counts of possession of a controlled substance, both Class A misdemeanors.

Deputy Public Defender Ashley Dyer was appointed to represent her and Rupert’s bond was set at $11,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed.