Three people were caught at the scene of the crime by sheriff's department deputies after allegedly breaking into a barn on Joins Road last week
35 year old Andy Joe Certain of Bright Hill Road, Smithville and 34 year old April Lee Hollingsworth and 53 year old Kelly Lee Hollingsworth both of West Main Street, Smithville are each charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000. Bond for each is $11,500 and they will be in court February 14. April Hollingsworth was also issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found needles, straws and a spoon while conducting an inventory of her vehicle before it was towed. She allegedly admitted to officers that those items belonged to her.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Certain and the two Hollingsworth's allegedly entered the barn on Joins Road through the barn doors and took numerous old and antique farm equipment, valued at $1,500.
According to Sheriff Ray, deputies arrived at the scene before the three intruders left and the stolen property was unloaded from their vehicle and returned to the owner.
Meanwhile in a separate case, a semi-truck was pulled over for speeding near Dowelltown last Friday and the driver was found with drugs.
50 year old David Ray Johnson of Old Blue Springs Road, Smithville is charged with unlawful possession of a schedule III drug for resale (hydrocodone), unlawful possession of a schedule IV drug for resale (xanax), and unlawful possession of a schedule VI drug for resale (marijuana). Johnson was also issued citations for speeding and for failure to maintain his lane of travel. His bond is $11,500 and he will be in court February 28.
Sheriff Ray said that on Friday February 8, Johnson was stopped for speeding in a semi-truck by a sheriff's department drug detective. While observing traffic on Highway 70 at Dry Creek Road near Dowelltown, the detective spotted a semi-truck, driven by Johnson traveling west and passing other vehicles. The semi was clocked at 74 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone. The detective got behind the truck and activated his lights and sirens. He said the truck was weaving all over the roadway. The semi continued traveling about a half mile to a mile before pulling over. When Johnson got out of the truck, the drug detective smelled the odor of marijuana on him and saw rolling papers in the passenger side floor board of the truck. The passenger side window was rolled down. After observing Johnson taking his hands in and out of his pockets several times, the detective asked for and received consent to search. Four oblong pills were found in Johnson's left front pocket. In his right front pocket was a bottle that contained nine oblong pills. These pills are believed to be hydrocodone. Johnson did not have a prescription bottle for these pills. Lying beside the truck on the ground were more rolling papers. A search of the area turned up a large pill bottle containing two plastic bags with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. One of the plastic bags held eight blue pills thought to be xanax. Johnson allegedly admitted to tossing those items from the truck saying he got scared and that this would ruin him.
22 year old Christopher Justin Garrett of Clear Creek Road, Liberty is charged with evading arrest. His bond is $5,000. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, January 18, Garrett was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 70 when a sheriff's department drug detective spotted him driving erratically. The detective tried to pull him over but Garrett refused to stop. He turned onto Dale Ridge Road and traveled about three miles before the detective terminated the pursuit. Garrett's vehicle was recovered sitting in the middle of Carter Road at Temperance Hall. Witnesses in the vehicle with Garrett later identified him as the driver. Garrett was arrested on Monday, February 4.
33 year old Christopher Shannon Mooneyham of Green Acre Drive, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. He was further issued a citation for driving on a revoked license because of a DUI. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court on February 14. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, February 6 a sheriff's department drug detective saw a vehicle traveling very slowly in the middle of the roadway on Broad Street in Smithville. The automobile made a left turn onto Short Mountain Highway and crossed both lanes traveling at approximately 25 miles per hour in the 40 mile per hour zone. The detective pulled over the vehicle on Green Acre Drive. Mooneyham was the driver. The officer reported that Mooneyham's speech was very slurred and slow and he was unsteady on his feet. Mooneyham submitted to but performed poorly on several field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to a blood alcohol drug test. His prior DUI offense was on March 26, 2009.