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House Panel Rejects Bill Blocking Gay Marriage in Tennessee

January 22, 2016
State Representative Mark Pody

A bill seeking to block the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling in Tennessee was defeated Wednesday in the state House over concerns about nullifying federal rulings according to the Associated Press.

The Civil Justice Subcommittee voted 4-1 against the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act sponsored by Republican Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon, who argued that the ruling should not supersede an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman. State Senator Mae Beavers sponsored the bill in the Senate.

More than 80 percent of Tennessee voters approved that amendment in 2006 that included a provision to declare that any judicial interpretation to the contrary “shall be void and unenforceable in Tennessee.”

Last year’s Supreme Court decision was based on cases in four states including Tennessee, where three couples had sued to have their out-of-state marriages recognized.

Republican Rep. Mike Carter of Chattanooga said that although he disagrees with the high court’s ruling, he considered the proposal to be a step too far.

“Nullification scares the daylights out of me,” Carter said. “Because no one will answer me who has the authority to nullify, and nobody will answer me where that authority is derived.”

Carter was among two Republicans and two Democrats who voted against the bill. Bristol’s Rep. Jon Lundberg was the other Republican dissenter, and Bill Beck and Sherry Jones, both of Nashville, were the Democrats.

Republican Rep Jim Coley, the panel’s chairman from the Memphis suburb of Bartlett, was the lone vote in favor of the bill.

Legislative analysts estimated that if the state were to refuse services to same-sex couples, Tennessee could stand to lose $6.5 billion in federal Medicaid money and another $2 billion in food stamp and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds.

But supporters of the measure urged lawmakers to act now against the gay marriage ruling regardless of the cost.

March Parole Hearing Set for Man Convicted in 2002 DeKalb County Murder

January 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Christopher Nicholas Orlando

He has already served almost fourteen years for the fatal shooting of a DeKalb County man, but 43 year old Christopher Nicholas Orlando wants to be released from prison and is asking the victim's family to forgive him. Orlando will soon get a chance to make his case for release during a parole hearing.

Members of the Tennessee Board of Parole have set the hearing for March 8.

Orlando is serving a 45 year prison sentence for facilitation of first degree murder in the death of 20 year old Joshua Murphy. Orlando is incarcerated at the Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City, Tennessee.

In a published letter, Orlando claims he is sorry for his part in Murphy's death and that he has changed.

"To the family and friends of Josh Murphy, I am writing to you to ask for forgiveness for the pain that I've caused you. I go up for parole again in March, 2016, and pray that you allow me a second chance. Over the past 14 years I've taken drug classes and programs to battle my drug dependency I used to have".

"Saying I'm sorry is nowhere enough to express how bad I feel for what I've done. I'm a different person now and want to be a positive role model for my daughter and granddaughter, and show the community I can be a law abiding citizen," wrote Orlando.

Murphy was shot and killed in a secluded area in the Laurel Hill Community at the end of Old Eagle Creek Road on Sunday, September 15, 2002. His body was discovered three days later. Officials said Orlando and a co-defendant, Melvin Turnbill suspected Murphy of stealing methamphetamine. Orlando was tried and convicted of the crime by a DeKalb County Criminal Court Jury in April, 2004.

Turnbill entered a guilty plea to facilitation to first-degree murder in September, 2003 and was given a 25-year sentence. Turnbill was incarcerated at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex in Pikeville but he was released on parole last year.

After Orlando's last parole hearing in March, 2013, three members of the Tennessee Board of Parole voted to deny parole for Orlando due to the seriousness of the offense and to reconsider the case in March, 2016

While Orlando said he was sorry for the death of Murphy during the parole hearing, he denied being the triggerman in the shooting, blaming Turnbill for actually committing the murder. "I was there and I made a lot of poor decisions but I didn't shoot him," said Orlando. "Nothing justifies anyone being killed, especially over any kind of drugs. I regret every day that I've been in prison about what happened that day. Let the family know that I am truly sorry for what happened to Josh. It was a bad time in my life and in all three of our lives. We were on meth. It was a horrible thing. I'm trying to do what I can to better myself. I am truly, truly sorry for what happened. Its something that disturbs me everyday. Since I've gotten off drugs, I've seen the bad choices I've made. I know that the drug part of it itself was the main cause of it. If you by chance would let me get parole and let me prove it to the parole board, to Josh's family, and to my family that I can be a law abiding citizen, I'll do the best I can," said Orlando

Parole Board members said they found Orlando to be less than forthcoming about his involvement in the crime.

A representative of the District Attorney General's Office, speaking on behalf of the victim's family, also insisted that Orlando was not being candid with the board.

Orlando's sentence is set to expire on August 22, 2040.

Electric Wall Heater Believed to be Source of Mobile Home Fire

January 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Fire Chief Donny Green

A thermostat controlled bedroom electric wall heater is believed to have been the cause of a fire at a single wide mobile home Monday near Center Hill Marina.

County Fire Chief Donny Green told WJLE that the mobile home, belonging to Tommy Thomas of Virginia, is used as a summer dwelling. No one was there when the fire started and no one was injured.

According to Chief Green the fire was contained to a bedroom but smoke spread throughout the home.

"The cause of the fire is determined to be an electric wall heater in a bedroom that the owner thought was turned off. The owner had placed a table and some contents in front of the heater, not realizing that the heater would come on when inside temperatures dropped," said Chief Green.

Firefighters brought the fire under control and also kept the blaze from spreading to five other mobile homes surrounding the Thomas residence.

Members of the Liberty, Temperance Hall, Cookeville Highway, and Main Stations responded along with the Sheriff's Department and DeKalb EMS.

Chief Green reminds residents and property owners to make sure heating devices controlled by thermostats are turned off when you are away from home. "The only way to turn off an electric wall heater is to completely disconnect the power. The switch on the front of the heater only acts as a thermostat and when temperatures drop to unusually low levels, these heater will come on, even when the knob says they are in the "off" position," he said.

Chief Green says that his department sees these accidents happen often and wants everyone to be aware of wall heater safety considerations.

Kiosk Back in Operation at County Clerk Office

January 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
County Clerk James L. (Jimmy) Poss with Drivers License Kiosk

The Kiosk for driver license renewals in the DeKalb County Clerk's Office is back in service after system maintenance.

A software update to complete renewal transactions via the self-service kiosk was successful.

The Kiosk service had been down since December 30 in order to make the upgrades.

Redmon Obtains Petition to run for Mayor of Dowelltown

January 19, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Election Commission has issued another petition for the August elections.

Pam Redmon has picked up qualifying papers for the office of Dowelltown Mayor.

Others who have obtained petitions in recent days are Jason Ray-Liberty Alderman for a four year position; Barry Mabe-School Board 5th District; Josh Miller-Smithville Alderman; J.D. Bratten- Liberty Alderman for one year position; Kate Miller—School Board 4th District; W.J. (Dub) Evins—School Board 5th District; Doug Stephens—School Board 6th district; Shawn Jacobs—Smithville Aldermen; and Eddie Dwayne Blair—Liberty Alderman for a four year position.

Persons may qualify for School Board in the 4th, 5th, and 6th district, three aldermen positions in Smithville, a mayor and two aldermen in Dowelltown, four aldermen seats in Liberty and for State Representative in the 40th and 46th districts.

The qualifying deadline is NOON April 7.

Man Accused of Threatening Wife with Knife Charged with Aggravated Kidnapping and Assault

January 18, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Steven Anthony Nelson
Christopher Neil Patterson
Ginger Elaine Moore
Stephanie Michelle Mooneyham
Enrique Adelaido Lomas
Julie Wright
Crystal Alice Turner

A Smithville man accused of threatening his wife with a knife on two separate occasions has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault.

38 year old Steven Anthony Nelson of Allen Street is under a $100,000 bond and he will make a court appearance on January 28.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Saturday, December 5 after becoming concerned for her safety, Nelson's wife called 911. Nelson allegedly held a knife on her and said he would kill her if she made a sound when the deputy arrived.

Less than three months before on September 19, Nelson's wife reported a separate incident to the Sheriff's Department. According to a detective, the woman said that at around 6:00 p.m. that night she and Nelson began arguing and that he grabbed and threw her to the ground. Nelson allegedly hit her several times while she was on the ground, tried to strangle her and then threatened her with a knife. After the assault, the woman left home and went to Mapco Express and got help.

Both cases were investigated by Sheriff's Department Detectives.

46 year old Christopher Neil Patterson of Patterson Road, Smithville is charged with violation of bond conditions. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is January 21. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, January 14 Patterson violated bond conditions against him by going to his wife's home on Big Hickory Court to talk with her. According to those bond conditions, Patterson is not to have any contact nor be near his wife.

41 year old Ginger Elaine Moore of McMinnville Highway, Smithville is charged with aggravated assault. Her bond is $5,000 and she will make a court appearance February 4. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, January 16 Moore allegedly pointed a 22 caliber handgun at her son and threatened to kill him.

24 year old Stephanie Michelle Mooneyham of Toad Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $1,500. According to Sheriff Ray, on Sunday January 17 Mooneyham allegedly assaulted her mother by pulling her hair and hitting her in the side of the head.

Enrique Adelaido Lomas of Bright Hill Road, Smithville is charged with vandalism. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on January 21. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, January 12 while a prisoner at the jail, Lomas cut holes in two separate vinyl pillows belonging to the sheriff's department. The total value of the pillows was $24.00.

38 year old Julie Wright of Cordell Love Road, Smithville is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Her bond is $3,500 and she will be in court January 21. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, December 14 a Sheriff's Department Detective was at Wright's home assisting officers of the Tennessee Department of Corrections Probation and Parole with a home search. During the search, several guns were found. Wright has a November, 2015 conviction against her for sale and delivery of a Schedule III drug.

40 year old Crystal Alice Turner of A.B. Frazier Road, Smithville is charged with a General Sessions Court violation of probation and theft of property over $1,000. Her bond is $5,000 on the theft charge and $250 for the VOP. Sheriff Ray said that on September 20, 2013 Turner allegedly took jewelry from her mother without consent and was involved in pawning the jewelry at Insta Cash in Smithville and Cash 4 U Pawn in McMinnville. The case was investigated by a Sheriff's Department Detective.

Another Arrest Made in Law Enforcement Pursuit Last Week

January 18, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Thomas David Williams
Joseph Wayne Judd

Another arrest has been made in connection with a law enforcement pursuit last Tuesday which resulted in a DeKalb County Sheriff's Department deputy being injured in a wreck.

48 year old Thomas David Williams of Sparta was taken into custody Thursday by the White County Sheriff's Department. He is charged there with violation of probation, violation of community corrections, two counts of sale and delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon during a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Williams is also facing an evading arrest charge in DeKalb County which states that "on Tuesday, January 12, Williams did intentionally flee from law enforcement in an older model Ford truck when deputies activated their emergency lights". Williams' bond in the local case is $25,000.

Williams is wanted on separate charges in Putnam County.

As WJLE first reported last Wednesday, a deputy of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, Joseph Carroll, lost control of his patrol car and crashed early Tuesday morning, January 12 during a pursuit of a pickup truck, now believed to have been driven by Williams, on Highway 56 north near Hurricane Bridge.

The accident occurred at around 2:00 a.m.

Officer Carroll was taken by DeKalb EMS to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital where he was treated for bruises and abrasions and then released. Carroll was in pursuit of a suspicious truck seen leaving the area of Lakeside Resort when his patrol car went out of control on a curve and struck a guardrail and tree.

After the crash, the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 33 year old Joseph Wayne Judd of Doyle, the driver of another pickup truck which had also been observed at Lakeside. Judd was found with 7.7 grams of methamphetamine.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that the story began around 1:41 a.m. Tuesday as Central Dispatch received a call from someone at Lakeside Resort complaining that trespassers had driven into the area. "They asked us to come and check it out and two deputies from the Sheriff's Department, Officers Carroll and Stephen Barrett responded to the call, said Sheriff Ray.

"As the deputies entered one of the parking lots at Lakeside, they saw a pickup truck stop and then proceed to approach them. When the truck passed them, Officer Carroll turned around to initiate a traffic stop as Officer Barrett drove down further to check on another truck he had spotted. After the truck Officer Barrett was checking on began to speed away, he (Barrett) radioed for help from Officer Carroll. Deputy Carroll gave up on trying to stop the pickup he was following and turned around to render assistance to Officer Barrett. Officer Carroll spotted the fleeing truck and gave chase. The pursuit continued out of Lakeside Resort and north on Highway 56 (Cookeville Highway) until Officer Carroll wrecked. The fleeing truck, believed to have been driven by Williams, did not stop," said Sheriff Ray.

Meanwhile as Deputy Barrett stopped at the crash site to tend to Officer Carroll, another pickup truck approached the deputies, believed to have been the other vehicle seen earlier at Lakeside that Officer Carroll had first tried to pull over. The officers flagged down the truck and found the driver to be Judd. While the crash was under investigation, officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside Judd's vehicle. A search of his truck revealed about 7.7 grams of a substance believed to be meth. It was packaged in three separate baggies. Judd also had a set of digital scales to weigh the narcotics and a metal tube used to inject the drugs.

Sergeant Dewain Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who investigated the deputy's accident, filed charges against Judd for driving while in possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II drug for resale (meth), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Judd's bond is $30,500 and he will be in court on January 28.

WJLE Radio Shopper Airs Thursday

January 18, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page

WJLE and participating local businesses are giving you a chance to bid on and buy merchandise at a discount in the RADIO SHOPPER on Thursday, January 21.

Starting at 9:00 a.m. that morning, WJLE will be opening up the phone lines for you to bid on various items from Cantrell's Furniture and Appliances, Angie's Diner, F.Z. Webb & Sons Gifts, DeKalb County Ace Hardware, Rick's Hair and Body Reflections, DeKalb Funeral Chapel, R&B Crafts, Kilgore’s Restaurant, DeKalb Farmers Coop, K& M Jewelry, Jamie a Boutique, DeKalb Tire & Service, Bumpers Drive-In, Cantrell’s the home of Fluty and Fluty’s Shoes, Head Turners Salon, Smithville Computer Repair, Smithville Sleep Center, and possibly others!

WJLE will set a minimum bid on each item, and continue the bidding until the item is sold. The program on Thursday will be limited to three hours. If we have more items sell, the program will resume on another day.

It’s going to be fun and exciting! Be sure to be by your radio and your telephone on Thursday, January 21 at 9:00 a.m. and call in a bid to RADIO SHOPPER on WJLE. The program will also be streamed LIVE at www.wjle.com.

2016 WJLE RADIO SHOPPER ITEMS are LISTED BELOW:

*Poppies Boutique
Gift cards (6 to be sold)

*Angie's Diner
2-breakfast specials
2-lunch specials

*R&B Crafts
Four foot Cedar Swing

*Rick's Hair & Body Reflections
Shampoo, Cut & Style by appointment only with Sherry Davis
(3) Color, Cut, Shampoo, & Style by appointment only with Sherry Davis

*DeKalb Funeral Chapel
Set of Cemetery Vases

*Cantrell's Furniture and Appliances
Hughes Reclining Chair

*Fluty:
Spanx Bra-llelujah:
Spanx Power Panties
Enro man's shirt (no iron)
One Pair of Not Your Daughter's Jeans
Man's suit
One pair of Merrell shoes for man or woman

*Smithville Computer Repair:
7 inch Pro Scan Tablet
Ink Cartridge or Toner
Orbit USB Stereo Speakers for Laptops/Netbooks/Computers

*Jamie a Boutique:
Red and Black Blanket Scarf (55x55 inches)

*DeKalb Ace Hardware:
10 Piece T-Fal Cookware

*Farmers Coop:
Patriot Fence Charger

*Kilgore's Restaurant:
$25.00 Gift Cards (3 to be sold)

*DeKalb Tire & Service:
Certificate worth $300 toward the purchase of a set of tires

*K&M Jewelry:
Ladies Birth Stone Ring

*Smithville Sleep Center:
Memory Foam Gel Pillow
Set of Eqyptian Comfort Sheets

*Bumpers Drive-In:
5-biggie bags (two burgers, two large fries, two large drinks, and apple turnovers)

*F.Z. Webb & Sons Gifts
Melissa & Doug "Job's People Do" Stacking Wooden Chunky for 3 years old or older
Melissa & Doug "Magnetic Wand Color Maze for 3 years old or older
Melissa & Doug Treasure Box Craft Kit for ages 4 and older
Melissa & Doug Medium Kid Size 10-12 Fleecy Lounge Pants with colorful hearts and peace signs

Hello Kitty toothbrush and cup
Hello Kitty plastic drink container

Hello Kitty 20.3 fluid ounce drinking container
Hello Kitty Cookie Cutter

Hello Kitty Die Cut Hole Puncher. Great for decorating notes, scrapbooking

A.J. Mooneyham Wins DCHS Football MVP Award

January 17, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tiger Football MVC Carlee White and MVP A.J. Mooneyham
Football Award Winners (Seated) Riley Sexton, AJ Mooneyham, Jesse Smith (Back Row) Luke Green, Isaiah Jones, Eli Cross, Jordan Whitehead, Matthew Poss, Tayvian Nokes, Braxton Linder, Christian Pruitt, Steven Jennings.
DCHS Football Cheerleader Award Winners: Seated-Taylor Marshall, Carlee White (MVC), Hannah Walker; Back Row: Rachel Fuson, Shaunta Koegler, Kaitlyn Roller, and Lexie Bates
Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award presented to Eli Cross. Pictured here with Abram Edwards and Sarah Edwards (right), son and daughter of the late Clay Edwards and their mother Tena

A.J. Mooneyham, a senior, was named Most Valuable Player of the 2015 DeKalb County High School Football Team during the annual Awards Banquet held Saturday night at the Smithville First Baptist Church Life Enrichment Center building. The awards were sponsored by Liberty State Bank.

The MVP trophy was presented to Mooneyham by Coach Steve Trapp. " He started out as a running back and then moved around and did a lot of different things for us but for his career he rushed the football for 108 times for 540 yards and 11 touchdowns. Keep in mind he got moved around a lot. He wasn't solely a running back for his whole career. He had 39 receptions for 351 yards and four touchdowns. Return yardage. He had 13 returns, punting and kickoff returns for 266 yards. He did a lot of different things for us in his career. Defensive stats. He had 209 total tackles including 19 for a loss, one safety, seven interceptions, five deflected passes, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and four blocked extra points or field goals," said Coach Trapp.

"In 2013 he was named 2nd Team All-District in 8AA. He was voted by his team as DeKalb County High School Defensive Back of the Year. In 2014 he was 1st Team All District in 8 AA. He was named DCHS Linebacker of the Year. In 2015 he had 11 receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns. He had 57 rushes for 239 yards and seven touchdowns. A.J. received All Upper Cumberland 2nd Team Defensive Back, All Region Most Outstanding Defensive Back and 1st Team All Region for Region 4AAA. He's had a pretty good career for us," Coach Trapp said.

The Tigers finished the season in November with an overall record of 7-4 and another appearance in the state play-offs. It was the fifth consecutive year the Tigers earned a berth in the state play-offs and their seventh appearance in the last eight years. The Tigers lost in the first round of the play-offs to the Chattanooga Christian Chargers 23-22 in Smithville.

Meanwhile, Carlee White, a senior, was named Most Valuable Cheerleader. The presentation was made by Cheer Coaches Amanda Fuller and Sonya House. "She was an All American for two years. She received the highest score for two years. She helped us plan every single pep rally. She has a true gift for choreography, putting together dances and putting things to music. Cheerleading is her life. She has done this competitively. She knows what she is doing and works as hard as everyone else. She did something this year that has never been done before. She was nominated for the TSSAA All State Cheerleading Team. You have to be selected to even try out for this team. She was selected to try out and was one of only eighteen cheerleaders in the state of Tennessee chosen to cheer for the Tennessee East-West game. She is extremely talented. She is driven. She has great determination and work ethic. She is just a wonderful example of what a cheerleader should be," said Coach Fuller

Other individual Football Player Awards are as follows:

Offensive Player- Steven Jennings
Offensive Lineman- Luke Green
Offensive Back- Christian Pruitt
Receiver- Isaiah Jones
Defensive Player- Jesse Smith
Defensive Lineman- Tayvian Nokes
Linebacker- Jordan Whitehead
Defensive Back- Riley Sexton
Special Teams Player-Matthew Poss
Most Improved- Braxton Linder
MVP- A.J. Mooneyham
Coach Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award-Eli Cross

Individual Cheer Awards are as follows:

Best Stunts- Lexie Bates
Most Spirited- Hannah Walker
Best Jumps- Kaitlyn Roller
Best Dance-Rachel Fuson
Most Improved- Shaunta Koegler
MVC- Carlee White
DEAR (Dedication, Enthusiasm, Attitude, and Responsibility)-Taylor Marshall

REGION FOOTBALL AWARDS:
Offensive MVP: Steven Jennings
Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Eli Cross
Outstanding Defensive Back: A.J. Mooneyham
Outstanding Tight End: Christian Pruitt
Outstanding Punter: Matthew Poss

All Region 1st Team:
Riley Sexton
Jordan Whitehead
Jesse Smith
Luke Green
Tayvian Nokes

All Region 2nd Team:
Isaiah Jones
Gage Delape
Devin Zaderiko

Woman Earns Charges for Drugs and Endangering Fetus

January 16, 2016
by: 
Dwayne Page
Amanda Faye Mooneyham
Christopher Eugene Layne
Brandon Michael Dearth

A woman five months pregnant has been arrested by Smithville Police on drug charges including endangering a viable fetus

29 year old Amanda Faye Mooneyham is among three people who were taken into custody Saturday, January 9 by officers who found drugs and paraphernalia at the residence while serving a warrant on one of them in another case.

Chief Mark Collins said Mooneyham is charged with Possession of a Schedule VI drug for resale, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Impersonation, and Viable Fetus as a victim.

28 year old Christopher Eugene Layne is charged with Possession with Intent to Sell Methamphetamine and 23 year old Brandon Michael Dearth is facing a charge of Simple Possession of a Schedule II drug.

According to Chief Collins, while police were attempting to serve a warrant on Layne, they found both Mooneyham and Dearth were also at the residence. Upon a search of their persons and vehicles Dearth was found to have a small bag which he claimed contained methamphetamine. Mooneyham had in her possession several baggies of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana along with scales and several other drug paraphernalia items. When asked Mooneyham admitted to officers that she had smoked pot and did meth earlier in the day.

Bond for Layne is $20,000; $1,500 for Dearth; and $25,000 for Mooneyham. All three will make a court appearance on January 21.

27 year old Josh R. Crabtree was cited on Wednesday, January 13 for Possession of a Schedule VI drug and for being an unlicensed driver. Smithville Police spoke with Crabtree who could not produce a valid driver license. Upon receiving consent to search Crabtree's vehicle officers found a clear baggie of a green leafy substance between the console and passenger seat believed to be marijuana. Warrants were also obtained against 31 year old Randi Michelle Johns after her vehicle was found parked at the residence where Crabtree was living. She was arrested for Criminal Impersonation and Violation of Probation. During an investigation it was determined that Johns' name was Randi Johns and she was wanted in DeKalb County for violation of probation. Also arrested for violation of probation out of Putnam County during this investigation was Robert Knox. Bond for Johns is $2,000 and she will be in court on January 28.

34 year old Shawn Keith Buck was arrested for domestic assault on Wednesday, December 30. Smithville Police responded to a domestic incident. Upon investigation it was determined that the parties had been involved in an altercation and Buck allegedly pushed the victim out of the residence and slammed the door on the victim's hand causing swelling and bruising. Bond for Buck is $1,500 and his court date is January 21.

35 year old Rickey W Murphy and 44 year old Tammie M Anderson were arrested on Thursday, January 7 for Sale and Delivery of a Schedule VI drug. After receiving numerous complaints and information of illegal activity, Smithville Police went to Anderson's residence and asked if they could do a search. Upon receiving consent to search, officers found in Murphy and Anderson's bedroom a bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana weighing 2.5 ounces. A box of baggies was also found close by. The search of the residence further turned up a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana which belonged to 19 year old Charles Nathan Pack. He was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Pack will be in court on January 21. Bond for Murphy and Anderson is $50,000 each and they will make a court appearance on February 11.

35 year old Brandon Ryan Haggard was arrested on Thursday, January 7 for Simple Possession of a Schedule VI drug. Smithville Police initiated a traffic stop on Luttrell Avenue after spotting a vehicle with a right tail light that was not operational. Officers spoke with the driver, Haggard and a computer check with Central Dispatch revealed that his license were revoked for driving under the influence. As Haggard was exiting the vehicle, officers noticed a baggie of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana sticking out of his front pocket. Bond for Haggard is $1,500 and his court date is January 21. Haggard was also cited for driving on a revoked license and for a violation of the light law.

47 year old William Andrew Cantrell was arrested Friday, January 8 for two counts of theft and burglary. According to Smithville Police two vehicles were broken into and items were taken earlier that morning (January 8). During an investigation, a police detective spoke with Cantrell and found him to have in his possession items taken from the two vehicle burglaries. Bond for Cantrell is $15,000 and his court date is February 11. He is being held without bond for a violation of probation.

30 year old Nicholas James Bayless was arrested on Friday, January 8 for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon. Smithville Police received a report of a man carrying a gun walking west on West Broad Street. An officer found the man, Bayless who had a Ruger LCP pistol tucked in his waistband. A further investigation revealed that he was convicted in Davidson County in 2005 for felony aggravated burglary. Bond for Bayless is $10,000 and his court date is January 21.

36 year old Michael Todd Jones was arrested for public intoxication on Saturday, January 9. Smithville Police answered a call of an intoxicated person in the area of the DeKalb Community Complex. The man was said to be unsteady on his feet, drooling, and had slurred speech. Police found the man at the "On The Way" convenience market and identified him as Jones. He was unsteady on his feet , had slurred speech, and was creating a disturbance and being a danger to himself. Jones was placed under arrest. His bond is $1,000 and his court date is January 28.

44 year old Richard Brandon Turner was arrested for domestic assault on Saturday, January 9. Smithville Police responded to a domestic incident and upon arrival noticed the victim had a swollen eyebrow and a bruised and swollen wrist. It was determined that Turner and the victim had been in an argument and that Turner allegedly struck the victim in the face and wrist. His bond is $10,000 and he will make a court appearance on January 21.

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