A Smithville woman who allegedly stole a checkbook and passed three forged checks in October will make a court appearance on May 6. 32 year old Maranda Rose Smith of Andrew Street, Smithville is charged with three counts of forgery and three counts of theft under $1,000. She was further cited for simple possession of methamphetamine. Her bond is $12,000. On October 29 Smith stole a checkbook and forged the name of her victim on the check for $180 and then deposited the money into her account. Smith passed to other forged checks involving the same victim on October 31 for $450 and for $300. During a search at the jail, Smith was found to have hidden in the right side of her bra a small baggie containing 0.6 grams of a crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine.
A Smithville man who allegedly cut open the trunk lid of a car to obtain a jack which he used to lift another vehicle to steal a catalytic converter has been charged with vandalism over $1,000 and theft. 47 year old Jeffery Lynn Sanders of Highland Drive, Smithville is under a $25,000 bond and he will make a court appearance May 13. On February 14 Sanders damaged a car by cutting the trunk lid open with a saw to obtain a jack which he used to jack up another vehicle to steal a catalytic converter. Sanders actually cut through one of the converters completely but only partially cut through another. After Sanders was confronted by the owner he took off running with a back pack and one of the converters. He was found later lying down in a tree line and the converter and backpack were recovered.
51 year old Billy Eugene Cook of Floyd Drive, Smithville is charged with criminal trespassing and theft of property. His court date is May 6. On January 5 Cook came onto the property of his victim on Lakeview Drive and took a Lodge cast iron skillet from the porch valued at $65.
47 year old Freddy Sylvester Stringer of Church Street, Liberty is charged with violation of the sex offender registry. He is under a $10,000 bond and his court date is May 6. On February 5 a deputy was dispatched to a residence on Church Street in Liberty due to a complaint of an unwanted guest. Upon arrival he spoke with Stringer, a convicted sex offender, and learned that Stringer was furloughed from the White County Jail three days earlier and had failed to comply under the state’s sex offender registry law to report his new address within 48 hours upon arrival.
29 year old Steven Ray Foster of Short Mountain Highway, Smithville is charged with bringing contraband into a penal institution. His bond is $3,500 and he will make a court appearance on April 15. On February 10 Foster was asked by correctional officers before entering the jail if he had anything on him that would be considered contraband and he replied no. He was later spotted on jail surveillance video removing something from his body cavity. Correctional officers searched Foster and found on him a white powdered substance believed to be methamphetamine that weighed 0.2 grams.
21 year old Gregory Michael Patton, Jr. of Lancaster is charged with driving under the influence. He was further cited for violation of the open container law and no insurance. His court date is May 6. On February 11 a deputy was called to a wreck on Robinson Road where he found a GEO Prizm in the yard of a residence and the driver, Patton, passed out behind the steering wheel. After being awakened by the deputy, Patton admitted to having been drinking earlier. Patton smelled of alcohol and a bottle of Smirnoff Ice was found in the floorboard on the passenger side. Patton submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks.
A man who got gas at the Liberty Stop N Buy without paying for it on February 8 was caught two days later when a sheriff’s department detective spotted his car at DeKalb Market where he and a passenger had accidentally locked themselves out of the vehicle. 22 year old Joseph Daniel Morgan of Woodbury is cited for property theft due to the gas drive off. His passenger, 31 year old Misty Dawn Gingerich of Holmes Creek Road was cited for theft after she removed an antenna from another vehicle at DeKalb Market to unlock Morgan’s car. Their court date is May 6. When confronted by the detective Morgan admitted to getting $25.24 worth of gas without paying for it while Gingerich confessed to taking the antenna.
37 year old Jennifer Elizabeth Chapman of West Main Street, Smithville is cited for fraudulent use of a credit card. Her court date is April 22. Through the month of December, 2020 to January, 2021 Chapman used the credit card of another without their consent for products or services through Infinity mobile and Amazon Prime totaling $375.38