A registered sex offender has been charged with statutory rape of 17 year old girl.
35 year old Scotty Wayne Neisz of McMinnville Highway, Smithville is charged with statutory rape, violation of the sexual offender law and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His bond was set at $160,000. He will appear in court on April 23rd.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says on Friday, April 10th. sheriff's department detectives arrested Neisz, a registered sex offender, for allegedly having sex and providing alcohol to a 17 year old female. The girl is the same victim Neisz allegedly had sex with previously when she was 15 years old. Detectives allege that on April 2nd, Neisz went to the 17 year old girl's place of employment, picked her up, rode around, gave her alcohol, and then had sex with her.
In other crime news, Sheriff Ray says deputies were summoned last week to Upper Helton Road where they assisted Alexandria Police on a call. Upon a search incident to an arrest,
officers discovered that 35 year old Sheila Faye Sircy of West Jefferson Avenue, Carthage was in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Deputies also found in Sircy's pocketbook a plastic bag containing marijuana and a pack of rolling papers. Sircy was charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $3,500 and she will appear in court on April 30th.
Last Tuesday, April 7th, deputies spotted a vehicle driving down McMinnville Highway crossing the center line and driving off of the roadway. Officers arrested 31 year old Jason Doyle Newby of South Arrowhead Road, McMinnville for a first offense of driving under the influence. Newby had an odor of alcohol on his person and was very unsteady on his feet. Newby also failed field sobriety
tasks. His bond was set at $1,500 and he will appear in court on April 23rd.
Also on Tuesday, April 7th,officers stopped a vehicle on the Austin Bottom Road near the Cookeville Boat Dock because they had prior knowledge of a failure to appear warrant on the driver of the vehicle. The officer approached the driver, asked for his name, and he responded
with a fake name. The man also had slurred speech and his pupils were pin pointed. He was given field sobriety tasks which he failed. Deputies also found in the man's pocket, a cut hollowed pen with residue. 35 year old Joel Lee Trobaugh of Sunny Point Road, Baxter was charged with criminal impersonation, a first offense of driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended driver's license. Trobaugh's bond was set at $8,000 and he will appear in court on April 30th.
Deputies arrested 52 year old Larry M. Willis of Lancaster Highway,
Hickman on Wednesday, April 8th for leaving the scene of an accident after an investigation into
a mishap that occurred on April 5th on Temperance Hall Road. Willis ran
off the roadway and hit a fence causing damage to it. Willis then fled the
scene. Willis' bond was set at $1,000 and he will appear in court on April 16th.
Deputies received a call of an auto accident on Ferrell Road, Smithville on March 31st. During the investigation, 56 year old Danny Austin Reeder of Bell Street, Smithville told the deputy that he was the driver of the vehicle and that he was forced off of the roadway by another
vehicle. After checking Reeder's story, officers discovered that 36 year old Jan Marie Arnold of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville was the actual driver. Deputies arrested Reeder for filing a false police report and his bond was set at $1,000. He will appear in court on April 16th..
Arnold was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and her bond was set at
$1,000. She will also appear in court on April 16th.
Deputies stopped a vehicle for a traffic offense on Short Mountain Highway, Smithville on Thursday, April 9th and arrested 31 year old Lisa Michelle Porterfield of West Muncey Street, McMinnville for a first offense of driving on a suspended driver's license and possession of drug paraphernalia. When deputies asked Porterfield if she had any illegal contraband on her person, she produced from her bra, two plastic bags that contained hypodermic needles and cut straws. Porterfield's bond was set at $5,000 and she will appear in court on April 23rd. She was also issued a citation for running a stop sign.
39 year old Gregory Eugene Neal of Lee Braswell Road, Smithville was arrested Sunday, April 12th for a first offense of driving under the influence. Deputies received a call of a possible auto accident on Bethel Road, Smithville and upon arrival, noticed Neal using his vehicle to pull another vehicle out of the ditch. Upon speaking with Neal, officers found Neal to be unsteady on his feet. Neal was asked to perform field sobriety tasks, which he failed. Neal stated to deputies that he had been using hydro's and smoking marijuana. His bond was set a $1,500 and he will appear in court on May 5th..
Also on Sunday, April 12th deputies responded to an auto accident on Highway 96, Murfreesboro
Highway. Upon arrival, they found 18 year old Nicholas James Byrge of Skyline Drive, Alexandria in an intoxicated state. Byrge had an odor of alcohol on his person, was unsteady on his feet, and had very slurred speech. He was given field sobriety tasks, which he failed. Byrge was charged with a first offense of driving under the influence and his bond was set at $1,500. He will
appear in court on April 23rd.