A Smithville man has been charged with stealing rebar from Pirtles Nursery on five occasions and selling it at a local recycling business.
66 year James Dallas McMillen, Jr. of Bright Hill Road, Smithville is charged with theft of property under $500, theft over $500, and three counts of theft over $1,000. His bond totals $19,500 and he will be in court August 28.
According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, McMillen is accused of stealing rebar from Pirtles Nursery in the following amounts and on these dates: 360 pounds (in one incident) and 1,140 pounds (in a second incident) on Wednesday, August 13; 880 pounds (in one incident) and 1,380 pounds (in a second incident) on Thursday, August 14; and 1,100 pounds on Friday, August 15.
Orry Joseph Savage of Jefferson Road, Smithville is charged with being a fugitive from justice. His bond is $50,000. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, August 11 Savage was arrested on charges from Russell County, Kentucky for theft by deception-include cold checks $10,000 and persistent felony offender.
67 year old Paul Cox Herron, Jr. is charged with a second offense of driving under the influence. He was further issued a citation for driving on roadways laned for traffic. His bond is $3,000 and he will be in court on September 11. Sheriff Ray said that on Tuesday, August 12 a deputy spotted a gray Honda Accord leave its lane of travel, crossing the white line onto the shoulder of the roadway. The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Herron and found him to have a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. His speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot. Herron allegedly admitted to drinking four beers. He submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and was placed under arrest.
49 year old David Royden Drennan of Sparta Highway, Smithville is charged with violation of the sex offender law for not registering as required and for not reporting that he had changed jobs. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court August 21. Sheriff Ray said Drennan was supposed to have registered as a sex offender no later than July 6 but that as of August 12, he still had not done so. The TBI called the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and requested a warrant be taken out against Drennan for failure to report as required by the sexual offender registry.
50 year old James Grady Warner, Jr. of Lonnie Cantrell Road, Smithville is charged with aggravated assault. His bond is $15,000 and he will be in court August 28. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, August 15 Warner allegedly assaulted his wife by grabbing her by the throat and he threw her on the ground, resulting in a knot on the back of her head. He also allegedly hit her in the face which resulted in a knot on her forehead. Physical markings could be seen on the woman's throat area where Warner had tried to strangle her. A minor child was in the home at the time and witnessed the assault. When placed under arrest, Warner became very angry and told his wife "I will be back and you will pay for this".
48 year old Douglas Ray Ferrell of Dale Ridge Road, Dowelltown is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court August 28. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, August 15 a deputy was dispatched to Dale Ridge Road for a possible domestic. Upon arrival, the officer found Ferrell in the road yelling. Other deputies had responded to the same address three times that day to deal with Ferrell. He had gone to his neighbor's house where he harassed and annoyed them asking for rides to go get more beer. Ferrell had a strong odor of alcohol on him and he was unsteady on his feet. For his safety and that of the public, Ferrell was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.