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A Caledonia couple was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with drug possession after police were called to their home for potential domestic violence.

Police learned the fight was over the couple’s struggle to stop using heroin.

Shannyn N. Studey, 34, was charged with possession of narcotic drugs, paraphernalia, disorderly conduct and illegally obtained prescriptions. If the couple is found guilty on all charges, they both face up to four years, four months in prison and/or fined up to $12,000.

Studey’s husband Brian was named as a co-defendant in the complaint, but official charges have not been filed in the state’s court system.

According to the criminal complaint, Caledonia Police were called to the couple’s home Thursday after a bicyclist riding near the couple’s home overheard them fighting. Shannyn ran out of the house, saw the bicyclist and asked the man to call the police.

The man told police that he saw Brian leave the house on foot in a bathrobe.

When the officer arrived, Shannyn rushed out of her house in a pink bathrobe with blood on her mouth, But she had no other injuries. Hysterical, she changed her story several times while talking to police about whether or how her husband hit her.

As police spoke to Shannyn in her garage they noticed drug paraphernalia. Eventually it was learned that the spousal fight began over the couple’s shared heroin habit.

Shannyn invited officers into the home and inside they observed used needles in the kitchen. She told police that she was trying to get clean, and Brian had taken her credit cards and her medications. Police also found boxes of Suboxone and prescription drugs in the house that the couple did not have a prescription for.

Both Shannyn and Brian’s father’s showed up at the scene and confirmed to police that the couple had a known drug problem. They told the officers that the couple was trying to “detoxify at home together” and that Brian had given them their credit cards, cash and car keys so they wouldn’t be able to buy drugs, the criminal complaint reads.

The officer indicated in his report that he didn’t believe that Shannyn had been struck, but rather had chapped lips.

While police interviewed Shannyn she appeared to be under the influence of heroin and had trouble staying alert and understanding questions.

Caledonia Police found Brian  walking westbound on 7 Mile Road and arrested him.

While officers were booking her, she told a staff nurse that she had used heroin at 6 a.m. A preliminary hearing for Shannyn has been set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of Racine County Felony Court Judge Emily Mueller.

Editor’s note: If you or someone you care about has an addiction issue, here’s a list of resources in Racine County: resourcebrochure2016.doc.


Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.