Couple facing drug counts

FAIRMONT — A homeless man and woman are facing felony charges in Martin County.

Matthew Michael Shater, 29, and Shelby Renee Pavioni, 20, have both been charged with drug possession in the fifth degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On Aug. 14, Fairmont police officers were dispatched to the 400 block of North Prairie Avenue on a report of a domestic altercation.

As officers arrived, they heard a male party yelling from inside a pop-up camper on the property. Officers announced their presence and the man, later identified as Shater, exited the camper.

An officer observed a knife on Shater so his hands were secured. Officers eventually removed four knives from Shater, and an officer also observed a handgun-style BB gun and other knives inside the camper.

When asked what happened, Shater indicated the couple had been fighting and he was upset.

Shater also admitted there was a “joint” inside the camper along with a glass pipe.

Another officer looked inside the camper and observed Pavioni seated on the bed. The officer asked her to exit the camper as there were several knives visible. The officer also observed the odor of marijuana.

The officer spoke with Pavioni, who indicated Shater had assaulted her.

When asked about the odor, Pavioni admitted to having a “one-hitter” marijuana pipe in the camper. The officer secured the camper while other officers obtained a search warrant.

During this time, Shater and Pavioni left the area. Officers returned and conducted a search of the camper, discovering glass “bong” containing a substance that later tested positive for meth. As officers continued searching the camper, Shater and Pavioni returned, walking hand in hand.

The couple were advised that officers were executing a search warrant and asked them what would be found. Shater said there was a bag of meth and a meth pipe, which officers located.

The couple were advised of their rights and each admitted to ownership of the meth and the pipe.

The couple were again interviewed at the Martin County Law Enforcement Center and both again admitted to ownership of the meth.