A DeKalb County man was arrested recently in a year old theft case.
McKay Lindon Gray of Antioch Road, Smithville is charged with evading arrest and theft of property under $500. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court January 8. Gray was arrested on Sunday, December 21, 2014.
According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, a deputy was called to Antioch Road on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 to a possible theft in progress. When the officer arrived, he saw two men, Gray and Justin Keith Manley and a woman, Stephanie Gray loading a large pile of scrap metal onto a trailer. One of the men, Gray took off running through the woods when he saw the officer. The other man, Manley, and the woman stayed and spoke with the officer. The woman said that their landlord had given them permission to gather up the scrap metal. But a further investigation revealed that all the metal had actually been taken from the adjoining property of a neighbor. The officer found that a fence between the two properties had been cut. Manley was placed under arrest for the crime at the time. He was also issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia after the officer found a marijuana pipe in Manley's pocket. Warrants were also taken for the arrest of McKay Gray who was not located until this month.
Meanwhile, 33 year old Garth Layne Cantrell of Pine Grove Road is charged with theft of property under $500. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court January 8. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, December 28 Cantrell allegedly entered a residence and took a new Maxx-35N vehicle battery. He also allegedly took a used side post battery from the front porch of the same residence. Both batteries were recovered from Cantrell's 1999 GMC truck. The total value of the batteries is $195.00.
33 year old Jermaica Cherome League of Murfreesboro is charged in a grand jury sealed indictment with criminal conspiracy. His bond is $20,000. He was arrested on Saturday, December 27. League will be arraigned in criminal court on January 21.
30 year old Jeremy Mark Ashburn of East Main Street, Smithville is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence and possession of a firearm while under the influence. His bond is $4,000 and he will be in court January 22. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, December 20 a deputy spotted a truck on Highway 70 east which left its lane of travel. The officer made a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Ashburn. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and his eyes were glassy. Ashburn performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and was placed under arrest. His first DUI offense occurred on December 22, 2006. While being questioned by the officer Ashburn admitted to having a loaded handgun in the truck. The officer found the weapon in the center console.
32 year old John Wayne Leftwich, Jr. of Old Blue Springs Road, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court March 5. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, December 22 a deputy was dispatched to an auto accident on the Old Blue Springs Road. The officer spoke with Leftwich who was involved in the mishap. He had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and he was unsteady on his feet. Leftwich, who refused to perform field sobriety tasks, was taken to the hospital for a blood test and placed under arrest.
40 year old Glen Ray Jones of Hurricane Ridge Road is charged with aggravated assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court January 8. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, December 23 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Hurricane Ridge Road where an eight year old girl had come to report that she was afraid because her mother and boyfriend were fighting. The officer spoke with the child who said that she awoke to her mother's screams for help. Jones also allegedly told the child that if she came into their room, he would slap her. The deputy then went to the Jones residence and spoke with both Jones and the child's mother. The woman said that Jones, who had been drinking, started cussing and screaming at her after he arrived home. As the woman screamed for her child to go get help, Jones placed his hand over her mouth trying to keep her quiet. He then bit her on the hand as she grabbed his fingers. Jones then allegedly tried to strangle the woman which made it difficult for her to breathe. Jones was placed under arrest.
24 year old Spencer Montgomery Wallace of South College Street, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. He was further issued citations for failure to exercise due care and for not wearing a seat belt. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance January 15. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, December 24 a deputy was dispatched to a traffic accident on Short Mountain Highway. Upon arrival, the officer observed a red truck off the road in a ditch. The driver, Wallace was passed out behind the steering wheel. When awakened, Wallace was found to have slow reactions, slurred speech, and blood shot eyes. He allegedly admitted to the officer that he had smoked marijuana. In his jacket was a prescription bottle containing seven Oxycodone pills. Wallace submitted to and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also took a blood test. Wallace was placed under arrest.
35 year old David Allen Sloan of Tramel Branch Road, Alexandria is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance January 22. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, December 24 a deputy was following a gray truck on East Broad Street in Smithville and noticed that the vehicle failed to maintain its lane of travel. The officer made a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Sloan who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. His eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred. Sloan performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also took a blood test and was placed under arrest.
25 year old Jacob Ross Daley of Sparta is charged with criminal trespassing. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court January 8. Sheriff Ray said that on Christmas Day Daley entered property on Luna Lane without the owner's consent. He was escorted off the property by a deputy and told not to return.
42 year old Gary Edward Matthews of Four Seasons Road, Smithville is charged with driving on a suspended license. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on January 22. Sheriff Ray said that on Christmas day a deputy saw Matthews operating a vehicle on West Broad Street in Smithville. Having prior knowledge that Matthews' license were suspended, the officer stopped him. A computer check confirmed that Matthews' license were suspended for failure to satisfy a citation on November 17. TWRA officers had previously warned Matthews not to be driving due to his license being suspended on December 21. Upon this latest offense, Matthews was taken into custody.
45 year old Robert Bruce Frutchey of Franklin is charged with driving under the influence. He was further issued a citation for a violation of driving on roads laned for travel. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court March 5. According to Sheriff Ray, a deputy was patrolling Highway 70 east on Saturday, December 27 when he saw a vehicle cross the center line. The officer made a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Frutchey who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and took a blood test. Frutchey was then placed under arrest.
43 year old Vicky Lenae Alvis of Sparta Highway, Smithville is charged with a third offense of driving on a revoked license and leaving the scene of an accident. She was further issued citations for failure to maintain lane of travel, possession of a revoked license, and for violation of financial responsibility (no insurance). Her bond is $7,500 and she will be in court on January 8. Sheriff Ray said that on Saturday, December 27 Alvis was involved in a one vehicle crash on Midway Road in which she ran off the road and struck a mailbox causing property damage. Alvis then left the scene. A computer check revealed that Alvis' license were revoked with two prior convictions.
22 year old Tony Lee Petty, Jr. of Johnson Ridge Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court January 8. He was arrested on Monday, December 29. Sheriff Ray said that on October 16 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Cleveland Way for a physical domestic. Upon arrival the officer spoke with a woman who said that she and her husband, Petty had gotten into an argument over baby formula. During the argument, the woman grabbed Petty's wallet. He then allegedly grabbed his wife, threw her against the bedroom door, a high chair, a couch, and an entertainment center. The woman had redness on the right side of her face and scratches on her wrist. Petty fled the scene on foot before the officer's arrival.
A sheriff's department deputy found drugs on two women during separate traffic stops on Broad Street in Smithville Saturday, December 20
41 year old Wendy Carol Bain of South College Street, Smithville is cited simple possession of a schedule II drug (Percocet), a schedule IV drug (Tramodol), and a schedule III drug (Suboxone) and failure to maintain lane of travel. According to Sheriff Ray, Bain was driving a white Impala on East Broad Street when the deputy observed her leaving her lane of travel. He made a traffic stop and spoke with Bain. After receiving consent to search, the officer found in Bain's purse six Tramadol pills, a half Percocet pill, and a half Suboxone. Bain also could not provide proof of insurance.
Meanwhile, in a separate traffic stop on West Broad Street the same day, Saturday December 20, 28 year old Kimberly Ann Hall of Crossville was cited for possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia. In Hall's possession were marijuana seeds, roach clips, four cut straws containing residue, a mirror with residue, and needles to shoot up methamphetamine.
WJLE had previously reported that both Bain and Hall were together in the same traffic stop, but they were actually not together. These were two unrelated and separate offenses.
Both women will appear in court on January 15.