Murfreesboro Man Caught Munching on Marijuana during Traffic Stop

July 24, 2010
Dwayne Page

A Murfreesboro man caught with marijuana during a traffic stop last Thursday, July 22nd apparently attempted to conceal it from police by trying to eat it.

Smithville Police say 19 year old Nathan Ray King was arrested by Officer David Phillips for simple possession after stopping King's vehicle for speeding. Deputy Houston Cantrell assisted in the traffic stop. While Officer Phillips was writing the citation, Deputy Cantrell saw King eating what appeared to be marijuana. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and recovered approximately .3 grams of what is to be believed to be marijuana. Bond for King is $1,500 and his court date is August 12th.

Meanwhile, 38 year old Maria Kathleen Smith of 1001 Earl Avenue was cited for shoplifting on Friday, July 16th by Sergeant Joey Jones of the Smithville Police Department. Smith was observed by Wal-Mart employees taking items from the store. Her court date is July 22nd.

31 year old Sebrina Ann Lattimore and 72 year old Phyllis Angeline Thompson of 615 Foster Road were arrested by Officer David Phillips on Saturday, July 17th after he went to that address in answer to a complaint about a physical altercation. Upon arrival both women, Lattimore and Thompson claim they were assaulted. Bond for each is $1,500 and their court date is August 12th.

31 year old Michael Shone Saylors of 210 Village Place was arrested by K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow on Monday, July 19th for possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. K-9 Officer Tatrow stopped a vehicle on North Congress Boulevard for a traffic violation and asked the driver, Saylors, to produce his license. He also asked Saylors if anything illegal was in the vehicle. Saylors handed over a case containing drug paraphernalia. K-9 Leo was deployed and indicated on the vehicle. Items found included a small altoid tin containing small baggies consistent with the sale of illegal narcotics. Also found in a camo bag was a small tin containing approximately 6 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Bond for Saylors is $4,500 and his court date is August 19th.

25 year old Josh Lynn McCowan, of 1121 Earl Avenue was arrested on Thursday, July 22nd for disorderly conduct. Sergeant Randy King was dispatched to that address to check out a possible intoxicated individual lying in the roadway and being loud. Upon arrival Sergeant King saw McCowan, who was intoxicated, on the porch of his residence. Sergeant King instructed McCowan several times to go back inside the home. McCowan eventually complied. As Sergeant King moved his patrol car, McCowan came back outside and began yelling obscenities at police and throwing items across the lawn. McCowan, who continued to yell as Sergeant King approached the residence, was arrested for disorderly conduct. His bond is $1500 and his court date is July 29th.

30 year old Russell Shannon Estes of Liberty was recently arrested by Corporal Travis Bryant for public intoxication. While in the General Sessions Court room, Corporal Bryant saw Estes approach the podium to speak with the judge. Corporal Bryant noticed that Estes' speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Estes returned to his seat where Corporal Bryant witnessed him going in and out of consciousness. Bond for Estes is $1,000 and his court date is August 5th.

Anyone having any information on crimes is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

Any information received that will help Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

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