Smithville Police have arrested two people on drug charges and possession of a stolen motorcycle.
Chief Richard Jennings, in his weekly report to the local media, says 25 year old Jessica Crystal Barrett of 345 West Richmond Road, Lebanon is charged with possession of stolen property and intent to manufacture methamphetamine. Barrett's bond totals $15,000 and her court date is July 30th.
Barrett's boyfriend, 30 year old Robert Lee Holland of 124 Woodrow Holland Lucedale, Mississippi (last known address) is charged with possession of stolen property. Bond for Holland is $10,000 and he will be in court July 30th.
Smithville Police K-9 Officer Brad Tatrow and Officer Nathan Estes received a complaint of a reckless driver on a green motorcycle on July 18th at around 9:34 p.m.. The motorcycle was at Wal-mart on West Broad Street. Officer Estes located the motorcycle. A man came out of Wal-mart and started walking into the parking lot. A female also came out of the store and started walking in the direction of the officer. She was carrying a motorcycle helmet. When Officer Estes approached the woman, the man took off running out of the parking lot. Upon investigation, the officers determined that the motorcycle had been stolen in Nashville. Barrett was placed under arrest and upon searching her back pack, K-9 Officer Tatrow found 38 pseudoephedrine pills, a pack of coffee filters, and two cans of propane fuel and sand paper. All of these items are usually used in manufacturing methamphetamine. Barrett told the officers that her boyfriend, Robert Lee Holland, was the person who ran away.
On July 19th, at about 4:08 a.m., Smithville K-9 Officer Tatrow received a call from a Wal-mart employee stating that the person police were looking for in connection with the stolen motorcycle was back in the store inquiring about his girlfriend, who had been arrested earlier. Officer Tatrow arrived at Wal-mart and placed Holland under arrest. He showed Officer Tatrow where he had hidden his backpack and motorcycle helmet. A search of Holland's backpack revealed 20 pseudoephedrine tablets and a roll of tubing. These articles are used in the manufacture of meth. Additional charges may be brought against Holland.
37 year old William Darrell Brown is charged with domestic violence assault. His bond is $3,500 and he will be in court July 30th.
Smithville Police K-9 Officer Brad Tatrow and Officer Nathan Estes were dispatched to 1100 Earl Avenue on July 18th at 7:42 p.m. in answer to a domestic disturbance in progress. Upon arrival, the officers talked to Loretta A. Brown, who stated that she and her son, William Darrell Brown, had gotten into an argument over money. Ms. Brown said that Mr. Brown had gotten very violent during the argument and head butted her in the forehead. He also allegedly threatened to kill her. Ms. Brown told the officers that she was very afraid of her son and thought he might try to harm her or even try to take her life. The officers observed an injury on Ms. Brown's head that was consistent with her statement so Mr. Brown was placed under arrest. During a check for outstanding warrants on Mr. Brown, they found one for theft of property under $500. This warrant was also served on Mr. Brown.
Gregory Dewayne Martin is charged with criminal trespass. His bond is set at $5,000. Smithville Police Lieutenant Steven Leffew was dispatched to 318 Bell Street in Smithville on a possible domestic violence call on July 19th. When Lieutenant Leffew and Officer Randy King arrived, they observed Martin on the front lawn of apartment 130 at Bell Street Apartments. Martin had recently been arrested at that location and was charged and convicted in General Sessions Court for indecent exposure and criminal trespass. At the time of his conviction, Martin was ordered by Judge Bratten Cook not to go back to the property.
41 year old John Anthony Poss of 668 Poss Road, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence and driving on a revoked license. His bond is $4,000 and his court date is August 6th.
Smithville Police Sergeant Joey Jones observed a motorcycle traveling south on Bright Hill Road at a high rate of speed on July 22nd. Sergeant Jones noticed the tail light on the motorcycle did not have a red lens on it. The officer attempted to stop the motorcycle at the intersection of Bright Hill Road and East Broad Street but it did not stop. Instead, it sped away from the officer southbound on Bright Hill Road. Sergeant Jones pursued the motorcycle to the intersection of Bright Hill Road and Murphy Street, where the operator of the motorcycle lost control and ran into a ditch. He then jumped up and walked over to Sergeant Jones' patrol car. During the conversation with the driver, Poss, Sergeant Jones noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. He was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Poss refused to take any tests. An NCIC check showed that his drivers license was revoked and he had a previous conviction for DUI
28 year old Jared Scott Atnip of 1871 Allen Ferry Road, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond totals $9,500 and he will be in court July 30th. Atnip's 1999 SUV was also confiscated by police.
Smithville K-9 Officer Brad Tatrow was dispatched to the Verizon store on West Broad Street on July 22nd at about 6:50 p.m. to check on a possible intoxicated person. Officer Tatrow made contact with the suspect in a vehicle at the traffic light at Wal-mart on Broad Street. The officer followed the vehicle and witnessed erratic driving. He stopped the automobile on Broad Street and made contact with the driver, Atnip. While speaking with him, Officer Tatrow noticed that Atnip's speech was slurred and his movements were very slow. Atnip was asked to exit his vehicle. He was very unsteady on his feet and he attempted to drop something on the ground. Officer Tatrow picked up a red bottle that Atnip had dropped and asked him to walk to a safer area so he could administer field sobriety tasks. While Atnip was walking, a hypodermic needle and a silver metal bottle fell out of his right pants leg. While Officer Matt Farmer was patting down Atnip, another hypodermic needle fell out of Atnip's pants leg. Atnip moved and a bag, containing hypodermic needles fell out of his pants leg. Officer Farmer found yet another hypodermic needle in the waist band of Atnip's pants. A total of six yellow pills, believed to be a schedule II controlled substance, and seventeen hypodermic needles were taken from Atnip's person. He was unable to perform the field sobriety tasks.
Atnip came to the police department on July 23rd to get some personal items from his vehicle that had been confiscated the day before. Officer Farmer went with Atnip to release the items to him. Police say Atnip was acting nervous and fidgety. Officer Farmer asked Atnip if he was on probation and he replied "yes". Officer Farmer noticed that Atnip was covering his front pocket. He asked Atnip to empty his pockets. A search of Atnip's person revealed a syringe a straw, and JOB 1.5 rolling papers.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Cates of 504 South College Street discovered on July 17th at about 1:30 a.m. that someone had broken out the driver's side window of his 1994 GMC truck with a brick. The estimated amount of the damage to the truck is $200.
Chief Richard Jennings is urging anyone with information about this vandalism to contact the Smithville Police Department at 615-597-8210. All information received on any criminal activity will be kept confidential.