A Watertown man, already in trouble with the Sheriff's Department for allegedly stealing coin operated air vending machines from three businesses in the county last summer, has now been charged with three similar offenses in the city.
46 year old Alton David Estes of Clever Creek Road, Watertown is charged with three counts of theft over $1,000.
Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger said Estes is charged with stealing coin operated air vending machines from the parking lots of the BP Station on April 13 and September 14, 2013 and at Jewel's Market on August 25, 2013. His bond is $15,000.
Sheriff Patrick Ray announced last week that on July 1, 2013 at the Shiney Rock Market on Highway 56 south and at the Liberty Citgo on Highway 70 west and on September 9, 2013 at Hillcrest Market on Highway 70, Estes allegedly took a coin operated air vending machine by breaking loose the bolts. The machines were each valued at more than $1,000.
Meanwhile, two Walmart employees, 21 year old Josie Culwell and James A. McKeown were recently charged with theft of property. Chief Caplinger said that police were called to Walmart on a complaint that an employee had been stealing items from the store. The officer made contact with an associate of Walmart who reported that Culwell, an employee, had taken several items during the last three months of her employment.
She allegedly admitted to committing the theft totaling $668 worth of merchandise. In a separate incident, Chief Caplinger said police were dispatched to Walmart on another theft call. The officer spoke with an associate of the store who reported that McKeown had taken several items from Walmart during his employment. McKeown allegedly admitted to taking the items.
42 year old Sandra Clark and 31 year old Deanna Pedigo were each recently charged with aggravated assault and vandalism under $500. Chief Caplinger said police were called to the park on Smith Road in response to a report of an assault of two women. According to police, Pedigo drove up to the park and blocked in the vehicle of two victims. Clark, the passenger, got out of Pedigo's vehicle with a large stick and allegedly broke out a window of the victim's automobile, assaulted the women with the stick and pepper sprayed them. The victims were taken to the emergency room of the hospital for treatment.
29 year old Ricky C. Stanley was recently cited for simple possession of a schedule II drug. Chief Caplinger said an officer responded to Walmart to a disturbance. The officer made contact with Stanley. When he searched Stanley, the officer found on him two pills believed to be Hydrocodone.
43 year old Terry Dean Winfree was recently charged with driving under the influence and cited for simple possession of a schedule II drug. Chief Caplinger said police were dispatched to the BP Station on West Broad Street on Tuesday, March 11 in regard to a person who was passed out behind the steering wheel of a vehicle. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Winfree. He appeared to be very disoriented. He was unsteady on his feet and he submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Police conducted a search and found inside a cigarette pack a plastic wrapper containing a white powdery substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine. Winfree was placed under arrest.
Jared Atnip was recently charged with public intoxication. He will be in court on April 3. His bond is $1,500. Chief Caplinger said police responded to Pizza Hut where a man in the restaurant (Atnip) appeared to be intoxicated. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Atnip who appeared to be drowsy. His speech was slurred and slow and he had trouble keeping his eyes open. According to Chief Caplinger, Atnip allegedly admitted to taking medication earlier in the day. For Atnip's safety he was placed under arrest.
23 year old Daniel Hamilton was recently charged with domestic assault. Chief Caplinger said police responded to a Hayes Street residence on a domestic violence call. Upon arrival, the officer found Hamilton and his girlfriend, who is the mother of his child. He had allegedly hit her in the face leaving marks and abrasions under her left eye and marks on her chest. She said Hamilton had pinched her about the body. He was placed under arrest.
21 year old Chad Taylor was recently charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Chief Caplinger said police were dispatched to the BP Station on West Broad for a hit and run accident. An officer talked to the other party involved in the accident who gave a description of the vehicle which fled the scene. The automobile was later located at City Walk Apartments. Police confronted Taylor who allegedly admitted to leaving the scene of the accident.
43 year old Tracy Haynes was recently charged with evading arrest. Chief Caplinger said police responded to Frazier Street to do a welfare check on an individual. While there, an officer spoke with Haynes who had outstanding warrants against him. Haynes was advised of the warrants and he fled on foot. Police pursued him and when he failed to obey verbal commands to stop, the officer deployed his taser. Haynes was then placed under arrest.
26 year old James Gilles was recently charged with domestic assault. Chief Caplinger said police were called to break up a fight on Bell Street. An officer spoke with Gilles who said he and his brother had got into an altercation on Cookeville Highway but the fight turned physical after they got out of their vehicle on Bell Street. The officer spoke with the victim who said Gilles grabbed him from the back and choked him until he was almost unconscious.
Robert R. Claude was recently charged with public intoxication. Chief Caplinger said police were dispatched to the hospital to help subdue a combative, intoxicated patient. Hospital employees tried to restrain him while police were enroute. Claude was arrested and brought to police department.
21 year old Justin Hale Davenport was recently charged with domestic assault. Chief Caplinger said police responded to the Discount Tobacco store on West Broad Street. An officer spoke with witnesses who reported that Davenport had assaulted a woman there, hitting her in the face. The victim appeared to have redness and swelling to her eye.
55 year old Linda A. Sorrell was recently cited for shoplifting. Chief Caplinger said police responded to Walmart were a store employee spotted Sorrell concealing items in her purse. She was confronted at the doorway as she was leaving. Sorrell was found to have several items in her purse. She allegedly admitted to taking those items.
41 year old Elizabeth C. Gardenhire and 47 year old Sherry R. Schreyer were each recently cited for shoplifting at the Dollar General Store. Chief Caplinger said police were dispatched to the store where Gardenhire was spotted by store management concealing items in her purse. Schreyer was also found to be in possession of several items on her person which had not been purchased.