Three Arrested on Charges in Grand Jury Sealed Indictments

August 16, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Police Department has arrested three people on sealed indictments returned by the DeKalb County Grand Jury earlier this month.

Chief Randy Caplinger said Timmy Harvey George is charged with sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance while Micah Murphy and 65 year old Walter Ray Pedigo are co-indicted on charges of sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance in a drug free zone.

The indictment against George states that on or about January 9, George and a co-defendant knowingly sold and delivered a schedule II controlled substance (Dilaudid). The co-defendant in the case has not yet been served with the indictment.

The indictments against Murphy and Pedigo state that on or about November 10, 2011, Murphy and Pedigo knowingly sold and delivered a schedule II controlled substance (Dilaudid) within one thousand feet of a school.

In other cases, 44 year old Greta Higgins is cited for simple possession of schedule V, IV, and II controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. She will be in court on August 16. Chief Caplinger said that on Tuesday, August 7 an officer responded to a call at Walmart where someone had passed out in a pickup truck parked in the fire lane. When the officer arrived, he found the woman, Higgins, awake. She told him that she was on probation. After receiving consent to search the truck, the officer found the pills along with a straw and a metal pill container.

51 year old David Petty is cited for shoplifting. He will be in court on August 16. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday August 2, an officer responded to Walmart. Upon arrival, an employee told the officer that he had seen Petty remove his shoes and put on a pair of new boots from the store. Petty placed his own shoes in the box and tried to leave the store wearing the boots. He was stopped by store employees. Petty did not have a receipt for the boots.

20 year old Sonny Smith is cited for simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana). He will be in court on August 23. Chief Caplinger said Smith was a passenger of a vehicle which was stopped by police for a traffic violation. The officer checked both the driver and passenger and found on Smith, a small baggie in his pants containing marijuana.

45 year old Rhonda Potter is cited for shoplifting. She will be in court on August 23. According to Chief Caplinger, Potter was in Food Lion where she was seen concealing several items in her purse. As she was leaving, the officer stopped Potter and found the stolen items from the store in her purse.

32 year old Misty Dawn Barnes Goff is cited for simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She will be in court on September 13. Chief Caplinger said that on Saturday, August 11 two officers were conducting a consent to search on a vehicle when they found a small brown bottle containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine. When questioned by police, Goff said the drug was given to her by a friend earlier that day.

25 year old Tricia Pollard is cited for shoplifting. She will be in court on September 13. Chief Caplinger said Pollard was observed at Walmart putting items from the store in her purse. As she tried to leave, Pollard was stopped by an officer who found the merchandise in her purse.

40 year old Jeffery Lynn Spears and 40 year old Jerry Hastings are each charged with theft of property. Hastings is also charged with evading arrest. Bond for Spears is $5,000. Hastings' bond is $7,500. Both will appear in court on August 23. Both are accused of trying to steal 32 inch television sets from Walmart. According to Chief Caplinger, the two men and a woman arrived at the store together in the same vehicle on Saturday, August 11. Each man got a shopping cart and loaded a 32 inch TV. As Spears and Hastings left the store, they rolled out their carts hauling the TVs, without paying for the sets. When confronted by police, Spears began to run but then stopped. Hastings continued to flee on foot toward Anthony Avenue, but was apprehended by police.

35 year old Wesley Chandler is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on August 23. Chief Caplinger said that on Wednesday, August 8 Chandler was operating a motor vehicle when he wrecked. The investigating officer noticed that Chandler's speech was very slurred and that he was unsteady on his feet. Chandler told the officer that he had been taking Loratab. He has a DUI case pending against him in General Sessions Court. Chandler was unable to successfully perform a field sobriety task

43 year old William A. Cantrell is charged with theft. He is under a $2,500 bond and he will be in court on August 16. Chief Caplinger said that on Tuesday, August 7 Cantrell allegedly tried unsuccessfully to cash a money order at Walmart in the amount of $100. The money order was taken from a vehicle belonging to Amanda Moss without her consent.

42 year old Morris Edward Knowles is charged with simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance. His bond is $2,000 and he will be in court August 30. According to Chief Caplinger, police responded to Walmart on Sunday, August 5 where a man had warrants against him for his arrest. Police confronted the man, Knowles, who became visibly edgy. He began removing items from his pockets, handing them over to his wife. Inside a cigarette pack, the officer found a small bag which contained a white powdery substance believed to be meth.

52 year old Tracy Veach is charged with a fourth offense of driving under the influence. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on August 30. Veach was also cited for violation of the implied consent law. Chief Caplinger said that on Saturday, August 4 an officer saw a vehicle traveling east on East Broad Street. It appeared that neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seatbelts. Veach, the driver, was stopped for a traffic violation. While speaking to Veach, the officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. Veach had very slurred speech and he was unsteady on his feet. He performed poorly on field sobriety tasks but refused to submit to a voluntary blood alcohol test.

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