Two Charged in Home Burglary on Oak Drive

October 14, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
Lynda Michelle Neville
Don Diamond Groshon
Earl Dyer Jr
Virginia Diane Presnell
Catherine Claudette Lasser
Floyd Caulder

Two people are accused of breaking into and stealing items from a residence on Oak Drive last week.

37 year old Lynda Michelle Neville of Smith Road, Smithville and Don Diamond Groshon of Cookeville Highway, Smithville are each charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000. Bond for each is $10,000 and they will be in court November 7. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, October 11 Neville and Groshon allegedly entered a residence on Oak Drive by removing a window and took two push mowers, a full DVD case, a knife, cell phone, a VCR, DVD player, xbox and games, several power tools, and other items all valued at over $1,000. According to Sheriff Ray, Neville and Groshon admitted to committing the crimes.

47 year old Earl Dyer, Jr. of Snow Hill Road, Dowelltown is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, October 7 Dyer allegedly assaulted his 17 year old nephew by extending a service baton, pointing it at him, and then pushing him with the baton. Dyer told the officer that he was only trying to scare his nephew with the baton. Dyer was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

60 year old Virginia Diane Presnell of Morgan Drive, Smithville is charged with filing a false report. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on November 7. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, October 8 a deputy went to her residence to serve a warrant on Robert Nichols, Jr. The officer asked Presnell if Nichols was there. She replied "no" several times. Presnell gave the officer consent to search and Nichols was found inside the residence. Presnell was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

38 year old Catherine Claudette Lasser of Fairlane Circle, Smithville is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Her bond is $1,000 and she will be in court October 31. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, October 12 central dispatch received a call concerning a woman with a loaded handgun on Briarwood Court. An officer responded and spotted Lasser with her purse. She was coming out of a residence. Lasser got into a vehicle and started the engine. Lasser's husband drove up behind the deputy. He asked the officer whether he had taken the gun from Lasser. The deputy checked her vehicle and retrieved a loaded 40 caliber weapon he found laying on the passenger side floorboard. Lasser was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.

49 year old Floyd Caulder of Cookeville Highway, Smithville is charged with violation of an order of protection. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on Thursday, October 17. Sheriff Ray said Judge Bratten Cook, II signed an order of protection against Caulder on Thursday, October 10 and that the next day, Friday October 11, Caulder allegedly violated the order by sending his ex-girlfriend several threatening text messages, calling her names. She is currently at a safe house.

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