Two separate traffic stops Saturday by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department yielded cocaine, marijuana, and morphine. An arrest was made in one case while citations were issued in the other.
18 year old Braxton Kain Bennett of Smith Road, Smithville is charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (1.9 grams of cocaine) for resale. He was also issued a citation for simple possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana) and for driving on the wrong side of the road. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on December 10.
On Saturday, November 28 a deputy stopped a black Cadillac which was traveling on the left side of the roadway. The officer spoke with the driver, Bennett and noticed a smell of marijuana. Bennett handed the deputy a container which held a plastic bag. Inside the bag was 1.9 grams of a white powdery substance that field tested positive for cocaine. Bennett admitted that it belonged to him. Bennett also turned over a baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana which weighed 1.8 grams. Bennett admitted that the marijuana belonged to him.
Meanwhile in a separate incident, 30 year old Joshua Lynn McCowan of Midway Road, Smithville is cited for driving on a suspended license, failure to maintain lane of travel, and possession of a schedule II drug (morphine). He will make a court appearance on January 21. On Saturday, November 28 a deputy stopped a Honda Accord for failing to maintain its lane of travel. McCowan was driving the car. A computer check revealed that McCowan’s license were suspended for failure to pay fines. After receiving consent to search, the officer found in a plastic wrap, 30 milligrams of crushed morphine and a spoon.
A second arrest has been made in a recent burglary and theft investigation. 27 year old Dustin Matthew Brewer of Barnes Mill Road, Smithville is charged with burglary and theft of property over $1,000. His bond is $25,000 bond. He was arrested on Monday, November 23. His wife, 24 year old Brandi Louise Brewer was charged with the same offenses last week. Bond for each is $25,000 and they will be in court December 10. On or about Monday, November 9 the Brewers allegedly broke into a building on South Tittsworth Road and stole two chainsaws, an air compressor, an air tank, two wrench sets, an Impact socket, a socket wrench, a hammer drill, a jigsaw, and a 12 volt drill. The total value of the stolen items comes to $1,374. Some of the goods has been recovered and identified by the property owner.
Meanwhile, 30 year old Mark E. Johnson of Circle Drive, Dowelltown is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property over $1,000. He is under a $10,000 bond and will be in court December 10. On Sunday, October 25 Johnson allegedly broke into a home through a window and took clothing, sunglasses, watches, and sandals. All the items taken were new and valued at more than $2,500.
40 year old Richard Leon McDaniel of Hayes Ridge Road, Lancaster is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,000 and he will make a court appearance December 10. On Monday, November 23 a deputy responded to a residence on Hayes Ridge Road for a possible gunshot wound. Upon arrival the officer spoke with McDaniel and his girlfriend who had been in an argument. The officer learned that McDaniel wanted her to leave the residence but she would not go. He then threatened to burn the house down which caused the woman to fear bodily harm. She went and got a gun for protection. As McDaniel tried to take the gun away from her it discharged but no one was injured. McDaniel was found to be the aggressor and he was placed under arrest.
33 year Taren Renee Pilley of Davis Street, Smithville is charged with being a fugitive from justice. Her bond is $25,000 and she will make a court appearance on December 10. On Tuesday, November 24 a sheriff’s department detective conducted a traffic stop on Highway 70. Pilley was a passenger in the vehicle. A computer check revealed that she is wanted in Butler County, Ohio for failure to appear and child support. Pilley was placed under arrest.
46 year old Tammye Estes of Pea Ridge Road, Liberty is charged with driving under the influence. She was further issued citations for a violation of driving on roadways laned for travel and implied consent. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court December 17. On Wednesday, November 25 a deputy responded to Short Mountain Highway in the area of Tabernacle Road in reference to a one vehicle accident. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the driver, Estes. Her speech was slurred and eyes were glazed. She was also unsteady on her feet. Estes told the officer she had earlier taken a Percocet pill. She performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and refused to submit to a blood test. Estes was placed under arrest.
59 year old Johnny Wayne Trapp of East Bryant Street, Smithville is charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court December 10. On Friday, November 27 a deputy responded to Highway 56 north and Pine Grove Road where someone was seen lying in a ditch. Upon arrival the officer found Trapp in the ditch. He appeared to be unsteady on his feet and he had a strong odor of alcohol on him. Trapp admitted to having been drinking. A 25 ounce can of Bud Lite, three quarters empty, was found beside of him. Trapp was placed under arrest.
18 year old Olivia Hope Barber of South Third Street, Smithville is charged with evading arrest. Her bond is $1,500 for evading arrest and she is being held without bond on a drug court order violation. Barber will make a court appearance on December 10. On Friday, November 27 a deputy went to Yulonda Hills Road to serve a drug court order on Barber. As he approached the residence, the officer saw Barber run out the back door. The deputy identified himself and called for Barber to stop but she kept running. The officer caught up with Barber and placed her under arrest. The drug court order against her is for breaking house arrest, not attending classes, and no contact with the drug court staff.