A Smithville man accused of threatening his wife with a knife on two separate occasions has been charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault. 38 year old Steven Anthony Nelson of Allen Street is under a $100,000 bond and he will make a court appearance on January 28. On Saturday, December 5 after becoming concerned for her safety, Nelson’s wife called 911. Nelson allegedly held a knife on her and said he would kill her if she made a sound when the deputy arrived.
Less than three months before on September 19, Nelson’s wife reported a separate incident to the Sheriff’s Department. According to a detective, the woman said that at around 6:00 p.m. that night she and Nelson began arguing and that he grabbed and threw her to the ground. Nelson allegedly hit her several times while she was on the ground, tried to strangle her and then threatened her with a knife. After the assault, the woman left home and went to Mapco Express and got help. Both cases were investigated by Sheriff’s Department Detectives.
46 year old Christopher Neil Patterson of Patterson Road, Smithville is charged with violation of bond conditions. His bond is $5,000 and his court date is January 21. On Thursday, January 14 Patterson violated bond conditions against him by going to his wife’s home on Big Hickory Court to talk with her. According to those bond conditions, Patterson is not to have any contact nor be near his wife.
41 year old Ginger Elaine Moore of McMinnville Highway, Smithville is charged with aggravated assault. Her bond is $5,000 and she will make a court appearance February 4. On Saturday, January 16 Moore allegedly pointed a 22 caliber handgun at her son and threatened to kill him.
24 year old Stephanie Michelle Mooneyham of Toad Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $1,500. On Sunday January 17 Mooneyham allegedly assaulted her mother by pulling her hair and hitting her in the side of the head.
Enrique Adelaido Lomas of Bright Hill Road, Smithville is charged with vandalism. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on January 21. On Tuesday, January 12 while a prisoner at the jail, Lomas cut holes in two separate vinyl pillows belonging to the sheriff’s department. The total value of the pillows was $24.00.
38 year old Julie Wright of Cordell Love Road, Smithville is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Her bond is $3,500 and she will be in court January 21. On Monday, December 14 a Sheriff’s Department Detective was at Wright’s home assisting officers of the Tennessee Department of Corrections Probation and Parole with a home search. During the search, several guns were found. Wright has a November, 2015 conviction against her for sale and delivery of a Schedule III drug.
40 year old Crystal Alice Turner of A.B. Frazier Road, Smithville is charged with a General Sessions Court violation of probation and theft of property over $1,000. Her bond is $5,000 on the theft charge and $250 for the VOP. On September 20, 2013 Turner allegedly took jewelry from her mother without consent and was involved in pawning the jewelry at Insta Cash in Smithville and Cash 4 U Pawn in McMinnville. The case was investigated by a Sheriff’s Department Detective.
Another arrest has been made in connection with a law enforcement pursuit last Tuesday which resulted in a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department deputy being injured in a wreck. 48 year old Thomas David Williams of Sparta was taken into custody Thursday by the White County Sheriff’s Department. He is charged there with violation of probation, violation of community corrections, two counts of sale and delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a weapon during a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Williams is also facing an evading arrest charge in DeKalb County which states that “on Tuesday, January 12, Williams did intentionally flee from law enforcement in an older model Ford truck when deputies activated their emergency lights”. Williams’ bond in the local case is $25,000. Williams is wanted on separate charges in Putnam County.
As WJLE first reported last Wednesday, a deputy of the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, Joseph Carroll, lost control of his patrol car and crashed early Tuesday morning, January 12 during a pursuit of a pickup truck, now believed to have been driven by Williams, on Highway 56 north near Hurricane Bridge. The accident occurred at around 2:00 a.m.
Officer Carroll was taken by DeKalb EMS to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital where he was treated for bruises and abrasions and then released. Carroll was in pursuit of a suspicious truck seen leaving the area of Lakeside Resort when his patrol car went out of control on a curve and struck a guardrail and tree.
After the crash, the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested 33 year old Joseph Wayne Judd of Doyle, the driver of another pickup truck which had also been observed at Lakeside. Judd was found with 7.7 grams of methamphetamine.
The story began around 1:41 a.m. Tuesday as Central Dispatch received a call from someone at Lakeside Resort complaining that trespassers had driven into the area. They asked us to come and check it out and two deputies from the Sheriff’s Department, Officers Carroll and Stephen Barrett responded to the call.
As the deputies entered one of the parking lots at Lakeside, they saw a pickup truck stop and then proceed to approach them. When the truck passed them, Officer Carroll turned around to initiate a traffic stop as Officer Barrett drove down further to check on another truck he had spotted. After the truck Officer Barrett was checking on began to speed away, he (Barrett) radioed for help from Officer Carroll. Deputy Carroll gave up on trying to stop the pickup he was following and turned around to render assistance to Officer Barrett. Officer Carroll spotted the fleeing truck and gave chase. The pursuit continued out of Lakeside Resort and north on Highway 56 (Cookeville Highway) until Officer Carroll wrecked. The fleeing truck, believed to have been driven by Williams, did not stop.
Meanwhile as Deputy Barrett stopped at the crash site to tend to Officer Carroll, another pickup truck approached the deputies, believed to have been the other vehicle seen earlier at Lakeside that Officer Carroll had first tried to pull over. The officers flagged down the truck and found the driver to be Judd. While the crash was under investigation, officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside Judd’s vehicle. A search of his truck revealed about 7.7 grams of a substance believed to be meth. It was packaged in three separate baggies. Judd also had a set of digital scales to weigh the narcotics and a metal tube used to inject the drugs.
Sergeant Dewain Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who investigated the deputy’s accident, filed charges against Judd for driving while in possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II drug for resale (meth), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Judd’s bond is $30,500 and he will be in court on January 28.