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Another Arrest Made in Recent Burglary and Theft Investigation

December 1, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Dustin Matthew Brewer
Mark E. Johnson
Richard Leon McDaniel
Taren Renee Pilley
Tammye Estes
Johnny Wayne Trapp
Olivia Hope Barber

A second arrest has been made in a recent burglary and theft investigation.

27 year old Dustin Matthew Brewer of Barnes Mill Road, Smithville is charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000. He was arrested on Monday, November 23. His wife, 24 year old Brandi Louise Brewer was charged with the same offenses last week. Bond for each is $25,000 and they will be in court December 10.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on or about Monday, November 9 the Brewers allegedly broke into a building on South Tittsworth Road and stole two chainsaws, an air compressor, an air tank, two wrench sets, an Impact socket, a socket wrench, a hammer drill, a jigsaw, and a 12 volt drill. The total value of the stolen items comes to $1,374. Some of the goods has been recovered and identified by the property owner.

The case was investigated by a Sheriff's Department detective.

Meanwhile, 30 year old Mark E. Johnson of Circle Drive, Dowelltown is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000. He is under a $10,000 bond and will be in court December 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, October 25 Johnson allegedly broke into a home through a window and took clothing, sunglasses, watches, and sandals. All the items taken were new and valued at more than $2,500.

40 year old Richard Leon McDaniel of Hayes Ridge Road, Lancaster is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,000 and he will make a court appearance December 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, November 23 a deputy responded to a residence on Hayes Ridge Road for a possible gunshot wound. Upon arrival the officer spoke with McDaniel and his girlfriend who had been in an argument. The officer learned that McDaniel wanted her to leave the residence but she would not go. He then threatened to burn the house down which caused the woman to fear bodily harm. She went and got a gun for protection. As McDaniel tried to take the gun away from her it discharged but no one was injured. McDaniel was found to be the aggressor and he was placed under arrest.

33 year Taren Renee Pilley of Davis Street, Smithville is charged with being a fugitive from justice. Her bond is $25,000 and she will make a court appearance on December 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, November 24 a sheriff's department detective conducted a traffic stop on Highway 70. Pilley was a passenger in the vehicle. A computer check revealed that she is wanted in Butler County, Ohio for failure to appear and child support. Pilley was placed under arrest.

46 year old Tammye Estes of Pea Ridge Road, Liberty is charged with driving under the influence. She was further issued citations for a violation of driving on roadways laned for travel and implied consent. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court December 17.

According to Sheriff Ray, on Wednesday, November 25 a deputy responded to Short Mountain Highway in the area of Tabernacle Road in reference to a one vehicle accident. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the driver, Estes. Her speech was slurred and eyes were glazed. She was also unsteady on her feet. Estes told the officer she had earlier taken a Percocet pill. She performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and refused to submit to a blood test. Estes was placed under arrest.

59 year old Johnny Wayne Trapp of East Bryant Street, Smithville is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court December 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, November 27 a deputy responded to Highway 56 north and Pine Grove Road where someone was seen lying in a ditch. Upon arrival the officer found Trapp in the ditch. He appeared to be unsteady on his feet and he had a strong odor of alcohol on him. Trapp admitted to having been drinking. A 25 ounce can of Bud Lite, three quarters empty, was found beside of him. Trapp was placed under arrest.

18 year old Olivia Hope Barber of South Third Street, Smithville is charged with evading arrest. Her bond is $1,500 for evading arrest and she is being held without bond on a drug court order violation. Barber will make a court appearance on December 10.

Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, November 27 a deputy went to Yulonda Hills Road to serve a drug court order on Barber. As he approached the residence, the officer saw Barber run out the back door. The deputy identified himself and called for Barber to stop but she kept running. The officer caught up with Barber and placed her under arrest. The drug court order against her is for breaking house arrest, not attending classes, and no contact with the drug court staff.

Traffic Stops Yield Cocaine, Marijuana, and Morphine

December 1, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Braxton Kain Bennett

Two separate traffic stops Saturday by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department yielded cocaine, marijuana, and morphine.

An arrest was made in one case while citations were issued in the other.

18 year old Braxton Kain Bennett of Smith Road, Smithville is charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (1.9 grams of cocaine) for resale. He was also issued a citation for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and for driving on the wrong side of the road. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on December 10.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Saturday, November 28 a deputy stopped a black Cadillac which was traveling on the left side of the roadway. The officer spoke with the driver, Bennett and noticed a smell of marijuana. Bennett handed the deputy a container which held a plastic bag. Inside the bag was 1.9 grams of a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine. Bennett admitted that it belonged to him. Bennett also turned over a baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana which weighed 1.8 grams. Bennett admitted that the marijuana belonged to him.

Meanwhile in a separate incident, 30 year old Joshua Lynn McCowan of Midway Road, Smithville is cited for driving on a suspended license, failure to maintain lane of travel, and possession of a schedule II drug (morphine). He will make a court appearance on January 21.

Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, November 28 a deputy stopped a Honda Accord for failing to maintain its lane of travel. McCowan was driving the car. A computer check revealed that McCowan's license were suspended for failure to pay fines. After receiving consent to search, the officer found in a plastic wrap, 30 milligrams of crushed morphine and a spoon.

Child Abuse Indictment Returned Against Judkins

November 30, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Michael Andrew Judkins

The Grand Jury has indicted a DeKalb County man for child abuse.

Michael Andrew Judkins of Old Bildad Road, Smithville was named in a sealed indictment by the grand jury last Monday, November 23. He was served with the indictment on Tuesday, November 24. His bond is $1,000 and he will be arraigned in Criminal Court on Monday, December 7.

According to the indictment obtained by WJLE, "Michael Andrew Judkins, on or about the 4th day of March, 2014 did unlawfully, knowingly, and other than by accidental means, inflict injury on (a female born July 13, 2000), a child under eighteen years of age, thereby committing the offense of child abuse".

Smithville Woman Indicted for TennCare Fraud

November 30, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Kimberly Dawn Griffin

A Smithville woman has been indicted by the grand jury on charges of TennCare Fraud and theft of services over $10,000.

45 year old Kimberly Dawn Griffin of Pages Lane, Smithville was named in a sealed indictment last Monday, November 23. She was served with the indictment on Wednesday, November 25. Her bond is $10,000 and she will be arraigned in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, December 7

According to count 1 of the indictment, obtained by WJLE, "Kimberly D. Griffin, between the 15th day of December, 2008 and the 29th day of October, 2012 intentionally did obtain certain services, to wit: medical assistance benefits for herself and her minor child, provided by the State of Tennessee, of the value of over $10,000 but less than $60,000, by means of deception, fraud, coercion, false pretense, or other means, with the intent to avoid payment for the services, constituting the offense of theft of services over $10,000".

Count 2 of the indictment alleges that "Kimberly D. Griffin, between the 15th day of December, 2008 and the 29th day of October, 2012 did knowingly obtain medical assistance benefits for herself and her minor child, by means of her willfully false statement, representation or impersonation or by concealment of a material fact, to wit: fraudulently reporting to DHS that her minor child resided with her, in order to be eligible for TennCare benefits, constituting the offense of TennCare Fraud".

Tiger Coach Lynus Martin Gets 250th Career Victory

November 30, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tiger Coach Lynus Martin Gets 250th Career Victory

DeKalb County High School Tiger Basketball Coach Lynus Martin reached a coaching milestone Friday notching his 250th career victory. It came against Greater Gwinnett Christian of Norcross, Georgia in the Cannon County Thanksgiving Classic at Woodbury. The final score was 53-42.

The Tigers defeated Grundy County in the Classic on Saturday 43-40 to improve Coach Martin's overall career coaching record to 251-149 as he begins his 14th season as head coach of the Tiger basketball program. The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season Monday night at Gordonsville 60-46. Coach Martin's record is now 251-150.

"I've been fortunate enough to coach a lot of good players over the years that have helped make all this possible. I appreciate my wife and my kids for allowing me to do this. I appreciate Coach Danny Bond for all the years of mentoring me and allowing me to be in this position. Hopefully we're got a lot more years to come," said Coach Martin.

The Tigers are currently 8-1 with wins over Grundy County 52-47, Tullahoma 45-43, Daniel 1 Academy 61-23, Riverside Christian 78-40, Chattanooga Patriots 68-35, F.C. Boyd, Sr. Christian 55-42, Greater Gwinnett Christian 53-42, and Grundy County 43-40. Their only loss has been to Gordonsville 60 to 46.

Meanwhile the Lady Tigers of Coach Joe Pat Cope are 6-1 with wins over Grundy County 58-46, Tullahoma 62-50, Chattanooga Patriots 51-30, Red Boiling Springs 56-48, F.C. Boyd, Sr. Christian 53-31, and Gordonsville 58 to 38. Their only loss has been to Watertown 70-67.

DeKalb County travels to Warren County tonight (Tuesday, December 1) with action starting at 6:00 p.m. WJLE will have LIVE coverage.

Foster Children's Fund Receives Check from DeKalb Community Advisory Board and Prevention Coalition

November 30, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Foster Children's Fund Receives Check from DeKalb Community Advisory Board and Prevention Coalition

The DeKalb Community Advisory Board and DeKalb Prevention Coalition Monday presented a check for $1,100 to Annette Greek, Treasurer for the DeKalb Foster Children's Fund.

Those making the presentation were Norene Puckett, DeKalb Drug Court Coordinator and Vice President of the Community Advisory Board, Kristy Longmire, Drug Court Case Manager, Susan Gray of Haven of Hope, Elise Driver, Coordinated School Health Coordinator, and Cindy Childers, Assistant School Health Coordinator.

"The DeKalb Community Advisory Board had a fundraiser back in February for the DeKalb Foster Children's Fund. We're here today presenting the $1,100 that we raised which was donated to help the children in DeKalb County," said Puckett.

"Our group's mission is to network with any of our community members. We have people representing different agencies including the Drug Court Program, Haven of Hope, the School Board, the Food Pantry, and the Library. We have members all across the county and our goal is to identify any needs in the community and use our different agency's resources and others to fill those needs," said Puckett.

(PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT: Susan Gray, Annette Greek, Cindy Childers, Elise Driver, Norene Puckett, and Kristy Longmire)

DCHS Collects 250 Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

November 30, 2015
DCHS Collects 250 Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

FCA and FCCLA teamed up and offered a challenge to DeKalb County High School: to collect shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Each November thousands of people prepare and collect shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other small gifts. These boxes are then distributed overseas by volunteers to third world countries. According to the Operation Christmas Child website, as of April 2015, over 124 million boxes have been delivered. Many students and teachers participated in this event, and DCHS collected 250 shoeboxes! The cost to ship each shoebox is $7.00, and Union Lee Baptist Church (where FCCLA advisor Mrs. Linda Parris attends) paid the entire shipping fee at $7.00 per box. FCA Advisors: Coach Dylan Kleparek, Mrs. Lisa Craig, Mrs. Jane Rice, Ms. Sara Parker, and Coach Steve Trapp.

Man Airlifted After Thanksgiving Day Crash

November 28, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Kenneth Johnson, Jr. Seriously Injured in Thursday Crash (Kimberly Johnson Photo)
Man Airlifted After Thanksgiving Day Crash

A 22 year old man was seriously injured in a one car crash Thursday on Four Seasons Road.

Central dispatch received the call at 2:13 p.m.

Trooper Chris Delong of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that Kenneth Johnson, Jr. of Poss Road Smithville was west on Four Seasons Road in a 1991 Ford LTD when he lost control while trying to negotiate a curve. He went off the right side of the road, overcorrected, and came back across the road before going off an embankment and hitting trees.

Johnson was treated at the scene by DeKalb EMS and then airlifted by Vandy Life Flight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Members of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and the Johnson Chapel, Midway, and Short Mountain Highway Stations of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene.

Grand Jury Indicts Man in Liquor Store Burglary and Theft

November 28, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Amail John Land

A man believed to be responsible for a recent burglary at a Smithville liquor store was indicted Monday by the grand jury.

50 year old Amail John Land is indicted for burglary, theft under $500, and vandalism under $500. He will be arraigned in criminal court on December 7.

Captain Steven Leffew of the Smithville Police Department said that while conducting an investigation concerning a burglary earlier in the morning on Friday, September 25 at Center Hill Wine and Spirits, Detective Brandon Donnell arrested Land for burglary, vandalism, and theft. At approximately 5:12 a.m. that morning Sergeant Travis Bryant responded to the store in reference to a burglar alarm. Upon arrival he noticed that the door to the business was busted out and a large rock was lying inside the store. Upon speaking with the owner of the business, it appeared that two bottles of Vodka had been taken. Land became a suspect in the case from store surveillance video.

King Indicted for Possession of Meth

November 28, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Terry Allen King

The Grand Jury Monday indicted a Smithville man found with baggies of methamphetamine on him by a Sheriff's Department Detective during a recent home probation visit.

37 year old Terry Allen King of West Broad Street, Smithville is indicted for possession of a schedule II drug over 0.5 grams for sale. He will be arraigned in criminal court on December 7.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, August 27 a detective went to King's residence on West Broad Street with state probation and parole authorities. Upon arrival the detective spoke with King who is on probation. King held in his hand a cigarette pack that contained 10 small baggies. In each baggie was a white substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Each baggie weighed . 4 grams. The total weight in all ten baggies combined was 4 grams. King also had $73 cash which was seized. King was then placed under arrest.

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