A 45 year old man was arrested after a police pursuit Monday night.
Smithville Police have charged David Ray Johnson of 530 Miller Road with evading arrest, reckless endangerment, possession of a schedule VI and IV drug and he was issued a citation for violation of the light law. His bond totals $11,500 and his court date is May 8th.
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Last year, more than 4,580 communities nationwide participated in Relay for Life and raised more than $375 million, making the event the largest fund raiser in the U.S.
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Another DeKalb County High School student-athlete has signed scholarship papers, and will continue his athletic career on the collegiate level. Trey Finley, a left-handed pitcher for the Tiger baseball team, signed papers, Tuesday morning, with Martin Methodist College, an NAIA school located in Pulaski, TN.
Red Hawks assistant coach, Michael Wallace, was on hand for Tuesday morning's signing, and is excited about having Trey join the Martin Methodist program. "One, he picked up the ball with his left hand, and left-handed pitching is hard to come by," said Wallace. "He has nice velocity for a high school player. He can throw strikes, he has the ability to work and comes from great parents and is a high-character kid."
Finley chose Martin Methodist over Vol State, and feels he made a good choice. "It's a good school for my education and they have a good baseball program," he said. "I know they beat Cumberland, this year, and Cumberland is usually a good team."
A 45 year old truck driver, hauling freight to Shiroki North America, Inc.,was arrested Friday after police found him possibly under the influence and with drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
Smithville Police Chief Richard Jennings says James Martin Ducket of 361 Morgan Branch Road, Weaverville, North Carolina is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Ducket's bond is $1,000 and his court date is May 1st.
In his report, Officer Travis Bryant states that on April 18th at 9:00 a.m., he, Officer Randy King, and K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow responded to SW Manufacturing at 1111 West Broad Street in regard to a truck driver acting strangely and possibly under the influence of an unknown substance. Contact was made with the driver and he identified himself as James M. Ducket.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has picked up two more people on drug charges who were named in Grand Jury sealed indictments this month. Other arrests have also been made within the past week.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 41 year old Melissa Jean Petty of Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville was arrested Tuesday on a sealed indictment for sale of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid), delivery of a schedule II drug (Dilaudid), attempt to sell a schedule II drug (Dilaudid) and attempt to deliver a schedule II drug (Dilaudid). Total bond was set at $25,000 and her court date is set for June 20th.
A total of 155 students at DeKalb County High School will receive their diplomas during graduation exercises Friday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field.
The program will feature remarks by the Valedictorian, a Class Officer, and Principal Kathy Hendrix. The prestigious White Rose and Citizenship Awards will also be presented to three outstanding members of the class. Diplomas will be presented to each graduate by Director of Schools Mark Willoughby. The DCHS Chorus is also expected to perform.
The honor students will also be recognized including the 2008 Valedictorian Nicholas Winchester and the Salutatorian Adam Emerson.
Other students earning "Highest Distinction" with a grade point average of 3.8 to 4.0 in addition to Winchester and Emerson include John Malone, Tayla Turner, Lacey Beshearse, Jessica Harney, Dennis Young, Jessica Dyer, Tyler Woods, and Victoria Martin.
A 23 year old Smithville man was injured in a crash Thursday night around 10:48 p.m. on the Jefferson Road.
Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Michael Frederick Teachout was traveling west on Jefferson Road in a 1996 Honda Civic when he left his lane of travel, entered the eastbound lane, exited the roadway to the left, slid sideways and made an angle impact with a large tree. Teachout was partially ejected out of the passenger side window.
Teachout was airlifted from the scene by a Life Force helicopter ambulance and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.
Others on the scene providing assistance included DeKalb EMS, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, and the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department.
Trooper Jennings says Teachout has been released from the hospital.
He says speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the accident and charges are pending.
The Smithville Police Department made two drug arrests Thursday.
28 year old Crystal L. Thompson of 633 Highland Drive is charged with simple possession.
In his report, Officer Matt Farmer states that he was called to a disturbance at the Dairy Queen in Smithville on Thursday at 10:37 p.m. Upon arrival, the officer approached a female (Thompson), who was involved in the disturbance, and noticed that she kept putting her hands in her jacket pockets. He asked her to pull her hands from her jacket pockets. When she did, a small plastic bag containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, fell out. During a search subsequent to arrest, the officer also found on Thompson two empty green capsules with residue, believed to be morphine, labeled Kadian 100 milligram. Further charges may be pending.
Thompson is under a $1,000 bond and her court date is May 1st.
A mother and her two daughters were involved in a one vehicle crash Friday morning on Highway 56 south near Smithville Nursery.
Lieutenant Brian Lawson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 36 year old Tammy Patrick of Smithville was driving south on Highway 56 in a 1998 Mercury Villager Mini-van when the vehicle dropped off the roadway, struck a culvert, and overturned before coming to rest in the southbound lane on it's wheels facing west.
Patrick and her daughters, 13 year old Maggie Parsons and 6 year old Chloe Patrick were taken by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital.
Lieutenant Lawson says Ms Patrick was treated for some scrapes and bruises while the six year old may have suffered a broken arm. Parsons was apparently uninjured.
Both Ms Patrick and Parsons, a front seat passenger, were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash while the six year old was a rear seat passenger, restrained in a booster seat. Both airbags deployed upon impact.