McMinnville Man Caught During Burglary in Progress

September 9, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Robin Lee Lawson, II
Mitchell Lee Corso
Michael Ray Reeder
Shannon Eugene Tayes
Tony Joe Corley
Linda Eva Matthews
Steven Lee Gebhardt

A McMinnville man was caught breaking into an outbuilding on Bethel Road Thursday by the owner of the premises who was home at the time.

36 year old Robin Lee Lawson, II is charged with public intoxication, burglary, and theft of property over $1,000. His bond totals $11,500 and he will be in court on September 26.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, September 5 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Bethel Road to a complaint of a theft in progress. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Lawson and another man (the victim). Lawson had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. His eyes were bloodshot and he was unsteady on his feet. The victim said that Lawson had come to his residence and knocked on the door. When the victim did not answer the door, Lawson went to the victim's outbuilding and took a chainsaw and weedeater. According to Sheriff Ray, Lawson admitted to committing the burglary and thefts as well as drinking alcohol. He was placed under arrest.

In other cases, Mitchell Lee Corso of Nashville Highway, Liberty is charged with possession of a weapon by a felon. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court September 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, September 3 a deputy went to Corso's residence in Liberty to serve an order of protection on him. Upon receiving consent to search, a 30-06 Springfield rifle was in his possession. The weapon belonged to Corso but he wasn't supposed to have it because of his being a convicted felon. Corso was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

35 year old James Frederick "Freddy" Summers of Cookeville Highway, Smithville is charged with a fifth offense of driving on a revoked license. He was also issued citations for violation of the registration law and violation of the financial responsibility law (no insurance). His bond totals $5,000 and he will be in court on October 3. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, September 4 a deputy while on routine patrol saw Summers operating a motor vehicle on Holiday Haven Road. Having prior knowledge that Summers' drivers license were revoked, the officer stopped the vehicle. A computer check confirmed the license to be revoked and that the tag on the automobile was for another vehicle. Summers was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

Michael Ray Reeder of Pine Orchard Road is charged with possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) for resale. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on September 26. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 5 a detective of the sheriff's department saw a Chevy S-10 pickup truck traveling on West Broad Street in Smithville. The occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. The detective stopped the truck on Short Mountain Highway and spoke with the driver, Reeder, who gave the officer consent to search. Found in the rear of the truck in a tool box was a sandwich baggie, which also held four other baggies containing marijuana. According to Sheriff Ray, Reeder admitted handing a female passenger another bag containing marijuana. The woman handed over the bag to the detective. Three of the baggies weighed .24 ounces. One baggie weighed .16 ounce. Another weighed .11 ounce. The overall total weight of the baggies was 1.02 ounces. The marijuana was believed to have been packaged for resale. Reeder further gave officers consent to search his room at the Lake Motel. Inside his safe was a box of sandwich baggies, digital scales, and smaller baggies.

44 year old Shannon Eugene Tayes of Midway Road, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on October 10. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, September 5 a deputy saw a Ford pickup truck, driven by Tayes, leave its lane of travel on North Congress Boulevard. The officer stopped the truck and found that Tayes had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. Tayes submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. For the safety of Tayes and the public, he was arrested for DUI and brought to the jail for booking. Tayes refused to submit to a blood test and was cited for violation of the implied consent law. He was also cited for failure to maintain his lane of travel.

48 year old Tony Joe Corley of Lower Helton Road, Liberty is charged with a sixth offense of driving under the influence. His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court September 12. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, September 7 a deputy was dispatched to Lower Helton Road due to an auto accident. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Corley and noticed that he was very unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Corley submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks.

39 year old Linda Eva Matthews of Sparta Highway, Sparta is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on September 26. Sheriff Ray said that just before midnight on Friday, September 6 a deputy was dispatched to Sparta Highway on a complaint of domestic assault. The officer spoke with a man who said that his wife, Matthews had been drinking and taking pills. The man said Matthews then started a fight accusing him of cheating on her with another woman. Matthews then allegedly grabbed a large kitchen knife and came running toward him. He pushed her against the wall, took the knife away from her, and called for police. Matthews was placed under arrest.

40 year old Steven Lee Gebhardt and 49 year old Crystal Ann Tisdale both of Hurricane Ridge Road, Smithville are charged with domestic assault. Bond for each is $1,500 and they will be in court on September 26. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, September 8 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Hurricane Ridge Road on a complaint of a physical domestic assault. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Gebhardt and Tisdale. Both had marks on their faces and necks. Gebhardt told the officer that Tisdale had hit him several times in the face and head. Tisdale said that Gebhardt had choked her . Since the primary aggressor could not be determined, both were arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

35 year old Steven Anthony Nelson of Allen Street, Smithville is charged with public intoxication, evading arrest, and resisting arrest. His bond totals $5,500 and he will be in court on September 26. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, September 8, a deputy was dispatched to Allen Street for a possible domestic assault. The officer spoke with a woman who said that she and her husband, Nelson had gotten into a fight but that he left the residence after she called 911. When officers spotted Nelson walking across Shady Drive, he began running behind a house and into the woods. Nelson was unsteady on his feet. After catching up with Nelson, officers ordered him to get on the ground but he refused. He had to be forcibly taken to the ground. Nelson had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He was placed under arrest and brought to the jail for booking.

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