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Arrests follow suspicious death in Prescott

Jenna Ohm1 / 2
Kyle Bushong2 / 2

Two people questioned in the aftermath of a Prescott man's death were charged this month with felony drug crimes.

The charges followed the death of 51-year-old Collin D. Jones, found dead Nov. 12 at an 865 Helen St. apartment in Prescott. Interim Prescott Police Chief Rob Funk said Jones' cause of death remains under investigation.

Two people who had been with Jones in the apartment were questioned in connection with the death. Those people, Rhinelander residents Jenna R. Ohm and Kyle J. Bushong, were later charged in Pierce County Circuit court.

Ohm, 37, is charged with delivering marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting an officer. Bushong, 29, is charged with narcotic drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a criminal complaint:

Ohm said she had Bushong drive her to Prescott to see Jones, her uncle. She told police she went there after getting a dire call from Jones "advising he can't stop drinking and his life depended on her help," the charging document states.

Ohm told investigators she arrived to learn Jones had valium pills with him, though she didn't see him consume any. Ohm later gave a conflicting statement about the valium. She said she saw Jones alive at 8 a.m. Nov. 12, but when she was asked by Jones' friend to check on him later in the day, he was dead.

She admitted to investigators that she gave Jones pot at some point before he died.

A search of the apartment turned up pills and a spoon with suspected heroin.

Police also searched the car Bushong and Ohm had driven in. Police confiscated a rag containing suspected heroin as well as two syringes found tucked under the front passenger seat. More syringes, including one loaded with a blue liquid, were found in an armrest.

Bushong, who is accused of possessing heroin found in the car, said in an interview with police that he didn't see Ohm and Jones when they went into back rooms of the apartment. He denied knowing about the syringe loaded with the blue liquid.

Ohm was released from custody on Nov. 15 on a $7,000 signature bond. She's due in court again on Dec. 21. Bushong was freed on a $5,000 signature bond and is also due back in court Dec. 21.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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