A Watertown man is charged with stealing coin operated air vending machines from three business locations in DeKalb County last summer.
46 year old Alton David Estes of Clever Creek Road, Watertown is charged with three counts of theft over $1,000. His bond totals $15,000 and he will be in court on March 20. He was arrested on Wednesday, March 5.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on July 1, 2013 at the Shiney Rock Market on Highway 56 south and at the Liberty Citgo on Highway 70 west and on September 9, 2013 at Hillcrest Market on Highway 70, Estes allegedly took a coin operated air vending machine by breaking loose the bolts. The machines were each valued at more than $1,000. The case was investigated by criminal detectives of the Sheriff's Department.
28 year old Jonathon Daniel Nellums of Murfreesboro is charged with theft of property over $60,000. His bond is $50,000 and he will be in court March 13. Sheriff Ray said that from about November 8, 2013 through February 5, 2014, Nellums allegedly deprived a female victim by taking approximately $105,000 from her money market account at Region's Bank in DeKalb County. The case was investigated by a criminal detective.
24 year old Robert Earl Watley, Jr. of New Hope Road Alexandria is charged with domestic assault and violation of an order of protection. His bond is $4,000 and he will be in court on April 10.
According to Sheriff Ray, Watley intentionally assaulted his step-father. The incident occurred on Saturday, March 8 at a residence on Possum Hollow Road, Dowelltown. While the victim was in bed, Watley allegedly jumped on top of him and struck him in the head with his fist, causing physical injuries. The victim suffered a bruise to the forehead, a black right eye, and a laceration to the forehead just above the left eye. The victim was treated for injuries at DeKalb Community Hospital and received five stitches. Watley was determined to be the primary aggressor and he was charged with domestic assault.
Watley is also accused of violating an order of protection for being at this residence on Possum Hollow Road. Last spring, a woman in a separate case obtained an order of protection against Watley and she was at this residence Saturday when Watley showed up. The order of protection was placed in effect on April 17, 2013 and expires April 17, 2014.
38 year old year old Michael Andrew Judkins of Old Bildad Road, Smithville is charged with child abuse. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on March 20. He was arrested on Friday, March 7. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, March 4 Judkins allegedly abused his step daughter by putting her on the ground, sitting on her head, and then hitting her with a belt, causing bruises in the area of her right calf and buttocks.
38 year old Patsy Ann Whitaker of Adamson Branch Road, Liberty is cited for simple possession of a schedule IV drug (Xanax) and simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana). She will be in court on March 20.
Sheriff Ray said Whitaker was a passenger of a vehicle that was stopped and searched on Thursday, March 6. Under Whitaker's seat was a tin that contained a green leafy substance believed to be less than a half ounce of marijuana. A marijuana cigarette and two pills believed to be Xanax were also found in Whitaker's purse. The pills were in a pill bottle. Whitaker did not have a prescription for the pills.