Smithville Police have charged a 37 year old man in connection with thefts from two local businesses.
Scottie Lynn Sykes of 605 Alexander Street was arrested on Wednesday, February 3rd for theft of property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sergeant Randy King was dispatched to Ace Hardware where he spoke with Officer Matt Holmes. Officer Holmes said that he reviewed a store video and saw Sykes stealing a hammer from the store. Sykes was stopped by Deputies Jody Johnson and Roger Whitehead on Adams Street where he was placed under arrest. While getting Sykes out of the vehicle he was driving, Sergeant King spotted a used needle lying in the floorboard. The hammers found in his vehicle had been stolen from Ace Hardware. Also found were items stolen the previous week from Smithville Builders Supply. Bond for Sykes was set at $3,000 and his court date is February 25th.
56 year old Patricia Jade Farler of 111 Stone Street, Liberty was arrested Sunday, January 31st for a first offense of driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was also cited for failure to use due care. Officer Matt Farmer was dispatched to the intersection of Highways 56 & 70 to take a report of a wreck that had occurred. While taking the report, Officer Farmer noticed that Farler, a driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident, was unsteady on her feet, she had slurred speech, and she could not follow a conversation that Officer Farmer was trying to have with her. This led Officer Farmer to believe she may be intoxicated. Farler also couldn't perform the four field sobriety tasks requested of her. After placing her in the patrol car, police searched her vehicle and found drug paraphernalia. Bond for Farler is $2,500 and she will be in court on February 11th.
31 year old Jerry Goff of 356 Page Drive was arrested Sunday, January 31st for possession of a schedule VI drug for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow saw Goff operating a motor vehicle on East Bryant Street. Having prior knowledge that Goff's license was suspended, Officer Tatrow made contact with him and Goff gave verbal consent for a search of his vehicle. Goff informed Officer Tatrow that there was some marijuana under the passenger seat. Approximately 4.5 ounces of marijuana were found under the seat in a zip lock bag. A set of digital scales were also found in Goff's pocket. His bond was set at $5,000 and he will be in court on February 25th.
22 year old Coty Lynn McCormick of 524 Frazier Road was arrested on Tuesday, February 2nd for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. An employee saw McCormick leave the store with merchandise unpaid for. Officer Scott Davis found an item on McCormick during a search incident to arrest. His bond is $1,500 and his court date is February 18th.
28 year old Eddy Deloyd Farris of 732 Gentry Avenue and 23 year old Nathan Dewayne Farris of 405 Church Street were arrested on Tuesday, February 2nd for assault. Corporal Travis K. Bryant responded to a call of a fight in progress at the hospital emergency room. Witnesses said that Eddy and Nathan Farris assaulted Bobby Turner. Eddy Farris informed Corporal Bryant that he and his brother had assaulted Turner in retaliation for an incident that occurred earlier. Bond for each is set at $1,500 and their court date is February 18th.
32 year old Angela Jean Atnip of 1053 Greenhill Road was arrested on Thursday, February 4th for driving under the influence. Central dispatch informed Officer Bradley Tatrow that an off duty officer from McMinnville was behind a possible drunk driver inbound on McMinnville Highway. Officer Tatrow observed the vehicle weaving left of the yellow line several times. Officer Tatrow activated the blue lights on his patrol car but the vehicle in front of him continued on approximately one mile before it stopped on Jennings Lane. Upon contact with the driver, Atnip, Officer Tatrow found her to be unsteady on her feet and she had slurred speech. Atnip submitted to field sobriety tasks but performed poorly. Her bond was set at $1,500 and she will be in court on February 25th.
34 year old Juan A Valdivia of 1222 South College Street was arrested on Friday, February 5th for a second offense of driving on a suspended license. Officer Matt Holmes and Sergeant Andy Snow were following a person driving recklessly but could not catch up with the vehicle. Corporal Travis Bryant, who was in the vicinity, was able to stop the automobile, driven by Valdivia. A computer check revealed that his license was suspended in Warren County. He also has a prior offense of driving on a suspended license in DeKalb County. His bond is set at $2,000 and his court date is February 17th.
Any information received that will help Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.