The Smithville Police Department has made several arrests in recent days for public intoxication, theft of property (shoplifting), possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of the implied consent law, and domestic violence assault.
Chief Thomas J. Stufano says 42 year old Terri Hooper of 181 Hurricane Road, Smithville is charged with public intoxication, shoplifting, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He says \"On February 26th, police responded to a shoplifting complaint at Rite Aid Pharmacy where they met the manager who advised them that a white female, still present in the store, had stolen numerous items.
Stufano says officers made contact with Hooper, who was apparently under the influence. Further investigation noted that she had stolen numerous makeup items and concealed them on her person.
Hooper was placed under arrest for public intoxication and shoplifting. While an inventory was being made of her vehicle, officers also found in the console, a partially loaded syringe containing a yellow residue.
Chief Stufano says Hooper admitted that she was currently using K-4 Dilaudid daily. Hooper was transported to the DeKalb County Jail where she was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $3,000.
In a separate case, 45 year old Rhonda Kay Cains of Smithville was charged on March 1st with theft under $500.
Chief Stufano says officers had responded to a shoplifting complaint at Walmart after security had seen her conceal a BB gun and clothing items on her person. She then tried to leave without paying for them.
Cains was arrested and transported to the DeKalb County Jail. Her bond was set at $2,500.
Meanwhile, 61 year old Danny Marlin Rigsby of 801 Fisher Avenue was arrested by Smithville Police for the crime of domestic violence-assault.
According to Chief Stufano, \"Officers responded to 803 Fisher Avenue where they made contact with a white female victim, the victim's daughter, and a neighbor. The victim was found lying on the floor bleeding profusely from her nose and mouth. Further investigation noted that the victim had just returned home from the store when Rigsby accused her of writing a check. Enraged, Rigsby pinned the victim to the floor and began hitting her with a closed fist 4-5 times in the head and face area. EMS determined that the victim may have had a broken nose along with other injuries. She was treated at DeKalb Community Hospital.\"
Rigsby, who had left the residence, was arrested and charged with domestic assault and booked into the DeKalb County Jail under a $3,500 bond.
In another case, Chief Stufano says 30 year old Armando Arellano Suastegui of 1230 Smith Road, Smithville was arrested on Sunday and charged with violating the implied consent law. He was booked into the DeKalb County Jail and his bond is set at $1,500. Chief Stufano says Suastegui is also an illegal alien from Mexico.
He says \" On March 4th at approximately 9:30 p.m., Smithville officers were dispatched to a reported drunk driver traveling on Highway 70. A concerned citizen stated that the vehicle had almost hit vehicles head on and had run up on a curb.
Officers spotted the vehicle and also observed the driver maneuver the vehicle across the center line twice and then sweep widely back over into the breakdown line. Smithville Police were able to stop the vehicle in the Northside School parking lot.
Chief Stufano says standard DUI Sobriety tests were performed and it was apparent that the driver was intoxicated.
Chief Stufano says \"The continued support the citizens of Smithville are providing is making a substantial impact in combating crime, drugs and drunk driving in our city. The Smithville Police would like to thank you for being vigilant and reporting suspicious activity immediately.\"