Just after 9:30 pm last Thursday night, U.S. Marshals Glenn Heritage, Jeff Harris, Chad Bell, Gail Manning and Shane Theobold served a warrant at 412 Idlewild Road. The warrant was for the arrest of James Glasgow, 27, who was wanted in Pickens County, Ala. for failing to register as a sex offender. When the warrant was served at the home of Kevin and Misty Parker, the couple sat with Glasgow and his girlfriend, Brittany Ponds, 24, smoking marijuana. Five children, two belonging to the Parkers and three of Ponds’, ran unsupervised throughout the disheveled home.
Glasgow was taken into custody and CPD Officers Brian Jenkins and Amanda Burrell were called to the scene for prisoner transport. Jenkins first transported Glasgow to LCADC before returning to the scene to assist further. Meanwhile, the remaining adults were checked for warrants. Brittany Ponds had felony warrants in Lowndes County, for Violation of a Court Order. Kevin Parker had two felony warrants, one for Trespassing and one for Simple Assault. Misty Parker had no open warrants, she had been arrested two days prior for Cyber-Stalking.
While the scene was processed, Ponds’ two oldest children came outside to play with officers who were waiting in front of the house. [A neighbor told The Packet that the children were excited about getting some attention. – JD] The girl spent a lot of her time searching the family car for her Jason Aldean CD (her favorite).
Metro Narcotics Officer Archie Williams was called to the scene for the misdemeanor amount of marijuana found in the house. DHS workers (who asked not to be named) arrived to see to the welfare of the children. Ponds’ three children, a five year old girl, a four year old boy and a nine week old baby were taken somewhere safe. Parker’s two children, ages three years old and one year old, were left with Misty Parker, who was not being arrested.
Brittany Ponds and Kevin Parker were arrested and transported to LCADC. Ponds tearfully told Officer Burrell (after losing her children) that she wasn’t at fault. She was only there because she was the victim of physical abuse. [Ponds did have bruises on her arms and a black eye. According to one witness, “That ain’t no excuse for having kids in that condition!” – JD] Marshals based in Tuscaloosa had been on the search for Glasgow for several days, having searched a mobile home near the Alabama/Mississippi state line. The trailer was full of items belonging to Glasgow and his family and both the front and back doors were unlocked. Ponds told officers that they left the home because their lights were shut off. [The lights were still on at the trailer when Marshals visited it. – JD] Glasgow and Ponds reportedly had a deal with the Parkers, trading groceries for a place to stay for the night. They said the children had been sleeping in Glasgow’s Nissan Sentra for three days.1