Smithville Police Report Arrests

December 31, 2009
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police have made at least three arrests this week.

29 year old Steven Westley Atnip of 211 Meadow Brook Drive was arrested Wednesday, December 30th for driving on a suspended license. Officer Matt Holmes was traveling south on Short Mountain Highway Wednesday when he observed Atnip traveling in the lane in front of him. The driver was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the traffic stop. Atnip was asked for his driver's license and he stated that he did not have any. A check through central dispatch revealed them to be suspended. Bond for Atnip is set at $1,000 and his court date is January 13th.

34 year old Wendy D Bowling of 415 Hayes Street was arrested Thursday, December 31st for simple possession. Officer Scott Davis was dispatched to 415 Hayes Street in the early morning hours on Thursday in reference to a domestic call. Officer Davis observed a small amount of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana at which time Ms. Bowling admitted ownership. Her court date is January 7th.

57 year old Fred Claspell of 224 Green Acres Drive was charged with filing a false report on Sunday, December 27th. According to Corporal Travis K. Bryant, Claspell reported to police on Christmas Day that someone had entered his garage and taken a Baja Heat Mini Bike valued at $600. He told police that he noticed the bike missing on Christmas morning and that the last time he had seen it was on Christmas eve. On Sunday, December 27th, Patrolman Matt Holmes, while conducting a follow up investigation, went to Claspell's home. Claspell was taken to the police department where he was interviewed. Officer Holmes told Claspell that he had received video footage from Walmart showing him (Claspell) inside the store. On the tape, Claspell could be seen operating his motorcycle through the parking lot and later chaining it to a light pole. After viewing the video, Claspell identified himself in the footage and admitted to being drunk when he went to Walmart. He was then arrested and charged with filing a false report. More charges are pending.

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