Officials address heroin, open sore claims at Shelbyville Little Caesars

Update (April 5, 2018)-- Sasha Fletcher pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a syringe and a charge of possession of a narcotic drug was dropped. She was sentenced to 545 days with 126 days of jail credit, leaving 419 days in jail, which were all suspended.

Joshua Parson pleaded guilty to possession of a narcotic drug and a charge of unlawful possession of a syringe was dropped. He received a 545-day sentence with 128 days of jail credit. The remaining 417 days will be served in Marion County Community Corrections.

Original story:

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – The Little Caesers in Shelbyville remains open after officials investigated a claim of an employee and her boyfriend using heroin and preparing food with open sores.

The health department said Thursday they didn’t issue violations because the staff was already cleaning the place when they arrived.

Sasha Fletcher, 31, and Joshua Parson, 34, were arrested Tuesday after authorities arrived to the restaurant in the 800 block of Harrison St.

At the restaurant, police observed Parson, who is not an employee, making a pizza barehanded, according to police. While speaking to the couple, officers say they appeared to be impaired on heroin.

“We were able to remove these individuals from a local eating establishment, just the heroin alone, we don’t want that kind of stuff around our food and our kids and our families,” Lt. Turner said.

Police said an anonymous source told officers Fletcher has hepatitis C and had open sores on her body while she prepared food.

“Anytime you have an open sore, the law clearly states you have to have an impermeable layer like a band aid and that would have to be covered like if it’s on your hand, your face or any exposed part,” said Robert Lewis, manager with Shelby County Health Department.

Both Fletcher and Parson were arrested and charged with possession of a syringe and possession of heroin.

You can watch the entire press conference above.