Smithville Police arrested a suspected drug dealer recently after finding him passed out in his vehicle with pills, meth, and drug paraphernalia while they were making a welfare check at a Village Place residence.
34 year old William Travis Malone is charged with possession of Schedule II, III, and IV drugs with intent to sell or deliver. Police were called to conduct a welfare check on September 24 at Village Place after a vehicle was observed setting in a driveway for over an hour with the motor running. Upon arrival, the officer saw the vehicle in the driveway with its reverse lights on. He approached the automobile and spotted a man, Malone, passed out at the wheel with the motor running with the gear in reverse. When the officer reached inside the vehicle to shift the gear in park, he saw a tray in Malone's lap which contained a large baggie of blue pills believed to be Xanax and Suboxone along with a baggie of a white crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine and $304 in cash. The officer awoke Malone and placed him under arrest. After conducting a probable cause search of the vehicle, police also found a set of digital scales and two more baggies of a white crystal like substance. A total of 121 pills were recovered along with eight grams of methamphetamine. The cash, believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales, was also seized. Bond for Malone is $15,000.
Meanwhile, 62 year old Terry Wayne Owens was cited for theft on Monday, October 3. Owens was seen on Wal-Mart's surveillance video taking a purse belonging to the victim out of a shopping cart without permission and putting it in his vehicle. His court date is November 3.
48 year old Lou Ann Sanders was arrested Saturday, October 8 for driving under the influence and cited for failure to carry a driver's license and violation of the open container. Sanders was involved in a motor vehicle crash and when the investigating officer approached her vehicle, he immediately detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from inside the automobile. The officer further noted that upon exiting the vehicle, Sanders had the smell of an alcoholic beverage on her person and she was unsteady on her feet. Sanders submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. She was then taken into custody. Bond for Sanders is $1,500 and her court date is October 27.
42 year old Charlotte Marie Hill was cited Tuesday, October 11 for criminal impersonation. While police were attempting to serve a warrant on Hill for failure to appear, she told them that her name was "Marie Floyd". They later learned that "Floyd" was actually Hill. Police served the Rutherford County warrant on Hill and transported her there. Her court date is October 27.
27 year old Travis Allen Bogle was arrested on Wednesday, October 12 for driving under the influence and cited for improper passing and violation of the light law. Police initiated a traffic stop at the Marathon Gas Station and identified Bogle as the driver. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol on Bogle's breath and noticed that he was unsteady on his feet. Bogle submitted to but performed poorly on standardized field sobriety tasks. Bond for Bogle is $1,500 and his court date is October 27.
32 year old Christopher Lee Lewis was arrested on September 12 for violation of bond conditions. Police received information that Lewis and his victim were living together which placed Lewis in violation of court ordered bond conditions established on September 2 for aggravated assault. Upon arrival at the residence, Police found Lewis in the company of the victim and he was taken into custody. His bond is $1,500.
45 year old Sherry Diane Butler was cited on September 11 for theft of property and criminal trespass. Police responded to Wal-Mart due to a shoplifter and spoke with Butler in the store office where the merchandise had been recovered. Butler is banned from all Wal-Mart stores for previous shoplifting offenses.
33 year old Johnny Lynn Devault was cited September 12 for theft of property. Police were called after Devault was stopped by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department for a traffic violation. Devault had been a suspect in the theft of flowers earlier that day from Wal-Mart.
25 year old Dylan C. Myers was arrested on September 14 for a second offense of driving under the influence and cited for violation of implied consent. Police responded to a possible drunk driver traveling westbound into town. Officers initiated a stop of the vehicle at Kwik N Ezy and spoke with the driver, Myers who had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. His eyes were also glossy and bloodshot. Myers submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. His bond is $3,000.
37 year old Janice Rena Velasquez was cited on September 17 for possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were called to Wal-Mart in reference to a possible shoplifter. The officer spoke with Velasquez's probation officer and found that she had two warrants against her for violation of probation. She gave consent for a search of her vehicle and police found a black & white bag in the driver door containing a pipe with residue, a straw with residue and other items.
35 year old John Brent Williams was arrested September 17 for aggravated assault. Police responded to a domestic call where Williams allegedly pulled a handgun on his victim and left the scene before officers arrived. Upon investigation, it was determined that Williams had been the primary aggressor and he was later taken into custody. His bond is $3,500.
46 year old Ricky Lane Evans was arrested on September 18 for tampering with evidence and cited for simple possession and drug paraphernalia. Police were assisting the DeKalb Sheriff’s Department on a stolen property call when a city police officer asked for and received verbal consent to search Evans' vehicle. During the search, nine Schedule II and seven Schedule III pills were recovered for which Evans had no prescription. The officer placed the pills on the roof of the vehicle and verbally warned Evans several times to not touch them. After a few minutes, the officer observed Evans walk toward the vehicle, grab the pills, open them up and attempt to pour them down a nearby storm drain. Bond for Evans is $3,500.
48 year old Robert Orin Nannie was arrested on September 20 for public intoxication. Police were called to McDonald's concerning an individual who was walking around asking people for money. He appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. Upon arrival the officer found Nannie a short distance from McDonalds lying on his back in a field. He appeared to be asleep. The officer awoke Nannie and detected a strong odor of alcohol on his person. Nannie was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Due to his level of intoxication and for his safety, he was placed in custody for public intoxication. His bond is $1,500.
27 year old Corey Lee Cripps was cited September 23 for shoplifting from Wal-Mart. Cripps allegedly cut open a package and concealed a crossbow cocking device in his pocket.
44 year old Timothy Scott Bennett was arrested September 27 for public intoxication. Police were called to Miller Road in reference to an intoxicated man lying under a tree in the front yard of a residence. Bennett was found to have a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person and upon standing was unsteady on his feet. Bennett was not a resident of the property and didn't have any family who would allow him to remain there due to his excessive drinking. For his safety and that of the public, Bennett was taken into custody without incident. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is October 27.
Bennett was arrested again on September 29 for public intoxication. Police were called to Highland Street in reference to an intoxicated man causing a disturbance. Bennett was found to have a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about his person. His speech was slurred and he couldn't stand without assistance. Bennett was not a resident of the property so for his safety and that of the public he was taken into custody without incident. His bond is $2,500 and his court date is October 27.
40 year old Shannon Elaine Taylor was arrested September 30 for Domestic Assault. Police responded to a residence in reference to a domestic assault where Taylor allegedly assaulted her victim by striking him with her fists, elbows, and a piece of broken railing from a staircase. Her bond is $2,500 and her court date is October 27.