Prisoner Charged with Vandalism at the Jail

October 3, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jeffery Lynn Sanders
Johnny Michael Howard
Joshua Lionel Jones
 Don Diamond Groshon
Robert Lewis Judkins

A prisoner has been charged with vandalism after allegedly causing some damage at the DeKalb County Jail.

37 year old Jeffery Lynn Sanders of Lincoln Street, Smithville, is charged with one count of vandalism over $500 and one count of vandalism over $1,000 at the jail. Sanders is under a $20,000 bond and he will be in court on October 6.

Sheriff Patrick Ray reports that on Sunday, September 25, Sanders broke a fire sprinkler head, flooding the jail cell. The value of the damage was $500. The next day, Monday, September 26 after being placed in a holding cell, Sanders allegedly cracked a shatter proof glass window.

46 year old Tonya Elaine Caldwell and 87 year old Velma McGuire of Cill Street, Smithville are each charged with filing a false report. Bond for each is $5,000 and they will be in court on October 13

Sheriff Ray reports that on Sunday, September 25, an officer was at the residence of Velma McGuire at 713 Cill Street to serve a warrant on Brittany Barnes, McGuire's great granddaughter. Both Caldwell and McGuire told the officer that Brittany was not there. While officers were searching the residence, Brittany was seen exiting the home through a window. She was later found in the residence with Caldwell, who is Brittany's mother.

31 year old James Travis Bouldin of McCorkle Hollow Road, McMinnville is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court October 13.

Sheriff Ray reports that on Wednesday, September 28 Bouldin was seen walking in the road on Highway 70. He was unsteady on his feet. The officer who stopped to investigate noticed that Bouldin had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and his speech was slurred. He was arrested for his own safety.

48 year old Johnny Michael Howard of Billings Road, Sparta is charged with aggravated assault. He is under a $40,000 bond and he will be in court October 6.

According to Sheriff Ray, Howard assaulted a female at his home on Wednesday, September 28, cutting the side of her face and left hand with a knife. The woman had to undergo treatment at the emergency room of DeKalb Community Hospital.

31 year old Joshua Lionel Jones of Hodges Road, Smithville is charged with theft of property over $1,000 and burglary. Jones is under a $10,000 bond and he will be in court November 17.

Sheriff Ray reports that on Monday, September 19, Jones allegedly entered a barn on Dale Ridge Road and stole scrap metal, valued at over $1,000. He then allegedly sold the stolen items to a local scrap yard.

39 year old Don Diamond Groshon of Page Drive, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $15,000 and he will be in court October 6. He was arrested on Saturday, October 1

Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, September 18 Groshon allegedly placed a handgun to his girl friend's stomach and grabbed hold of her, bruising both of her arms. He also allegedly had possession of the gun while arguing with his girlfriend's sixteen year old son. The warrant states that Groshon has broken her ribs in the past.

Meanwhile, a Smithville man was recently charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest in Cannon County.

The Cannon Courier reports that Robert Lewis Judkins of 400 Judkins Lane, Smithville, is scheduled to make
his initial appearance in Cannon County General Sessions Court on October 4.

Judkins allegedly pushed Cannon County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Smith while the deputy was attempting to gain entrance into a home on Short Mountain Road on September 22.

Deputy Smith was escorting a representative of the Department of Children's Services to the residence to conduct a welfare check. Judkins was released on $1,700 bond.

The deputy did not report any injuries.

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