Sheriff's Department Investigating Church Vandalism

February 18, 2014
by: 
Dwayne Page
Graffiti Vandalism at Church (Photo Courtesy of Jeania Poss)
Graffiti Vandalism now removed from Church (Photo Courtesy of Jeania Poss)
Lisa Lue Ray
Patrick Jess Gilliam

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department is investigating a vandalism discovered Thursday night, February 13 at Buckner's Chapel Church on Cookeville Highway.

Someone painted graffiti on the side of the church building.

No arrests have been made as yet.

Meanwhile in a separate case, the Sheriff's Department has charged a woman with trying to smuggle drugs into the jail.

41 year old Lisa Lue Ray of Cookeville Highway, Smithville, charged with possession of contraband in a penal institution, is under a $10,000 bond and she will be in court on Thursday, February 20. Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Wednesday, February 12, Ray was brought to jail on a separate warrant. During a strip search conducted by a female corrections officer, a pill bottle fell from Ray's body cavity. The bottle contained two- half oblong white and blue speckled pills, a schedule IV drug; one blue diazepam pill, a schedule IV drug; and a pack of Suboxone strips, a schedule III drug. According to the warrant, Ray did knowingly and unlawfully intend to take controlled substances into a penal facility where prisoners are quartered.

19 year old Patrick Jess Gilliam of Rogersville, Tennessee is charged with two counts of felony reckless endangerment and felony evading arrest. His bond is $25,000. He was also issued a citation for driving on a suspended license. Gilliam was arrested on Tuesday, February 11.

Sheriff Ray said that on October 16, 2013 two Sheriff's Department Detectives responded to an unwanted guest call on Highway 56 north. They stopped a vehicle and checked for warrants on the two persons in that automobile. The passenger had an active warrant against him out of Hawkins County. The detectives approached the vehicle, opened the door, and asked the passenger to get out. The driver, Gilliam, then took off at a high rate of speed on Highway 56 north endangering the lives of the two detectives.

39 year old Autumn Danielle White of Dowelltown is charged with driving on a suspended license. White was also issued a traffic citation. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on March 5. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, February 13 a deputy was dispatched to check out a complaint of a possible drunk driver on Short Mountain Highway. The officer spotted the car in question on Midway Road, crossing over to the other lane of traffic. The deputy conducted a traffic stop and found the driver to be White. A computer check revealed that her license were suspended. She was placed under arrest and brought to the jail for booking.

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