Sheriff's Department Makes Arrests in Drug, Theft, Public Intoxication, and DUI Cases

June 9, 2008
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has made several arrests within the last week on charges ranging from theft to DUI, public intoxication, and various drug charges.

28 Year old Joey Phillip Phelps of Windy Cut, Dowelltown was arrested Monday, June 2nd for theft of property over $500 and burglary. Sheriff Patrick Ray says Phelps kicked in the front door of Nichole's Market on May 30th, went in to the store, and stole the cash register valued at over $500. Phelps' bond was set at $25,000 and his court date is June 19th.

55 year old Kathy Phillips of Windy Cut, Dowelltown was arrested Wednesday after she was stopped on Highway 70 for a traffic offense. After speaking with Phillips, the deputy noticed Phillips had glassy eyes and she was unsteady on her feet. Sheriff Ray says Phillips admitted to taking Xanax earlier in the day. Phillips was arrested for DUI and bond was set at $1,000. She will appear in court on July 24th.

24 year old Veronica Esther Ross of Bryant Street San Francisco California was arrested Wednesday after a vehicle was stopped on Dry Creek Road in Dowelltown for a traffic offense. Ross was a passenger in the vehicle. After the stop, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department K-9 drug detector dog "Banshee" alerted on the vehicle. Ross then produced from a back pack she had in the vehicle, a plastic bag containing mushrooms, a schedule I narcotic. Ross was placed under arrest for possession of a schedule I drug, mushrooms, and bond was set at $2,500. She will appear in court June 19th.

39 year old James Lee Adcock of Jefferson Road was stopped Wednesday on West Bryant Street in Smithville. After Adcock gave the Deputy consent to search his vehicle, the officer found a plastic bag under Adcock's seat. Also found in the console of the vehicle, were rolling papers. Adcock was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia (rolling papers). Bond for Adcock was set at $2,000 and his court date is June 26th.

On Thursday, 33 year old Tracy Dionne Schunke of Smithville was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest, introduction of drugs into a penal institution, and failure to appear. Sheriff Ray says a deputy spotted Schunke on Old Mill Hill Road Dowelltown. He had a warrant on her for failure to appear in court on a theft of property warrant. After the Deputy stopped her, the officer exited his patrol car and Schunke drove off. She went approximately ½ mile before stopping again. During a search, the officer found 2 used hypodermic needles and a cut straw in her purse. After entering the DeKalb County Jail, Schunke also produced 1 ½ Dilaudid pills from between her legs. Schunke's bond was set at $54,500 and her court date is June 26th..

47 year old Tammy Burton of Pea Ridge Road Liberty was involved in a one car accident Saturday on Pea Ridge Road. Burton was arrested for driving on a revoked license. Her license was revoked for a DUI on November 7th, 2006 in Cannon County. Her bond was set at $1,000 and her court date was set for June 26th.

Also on Saturday, 36 year old Michael Douglas Howard of Maples Street, Alexandria was charged with public intoxication after deputies responded to a complaint at Avant Circle in Alexandria. Upon arrival, officer found Howard lying on the complainant's back steps passed out. The complainant did not know Howard. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and was unable to walk. Howard's bond was set at $1,000 and his court date is June 26th.

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