Two people were arrested Saturday for tampering with evidence after trying to destroy or hide pills during a traffic stop. 48 year old Frederick Michael Hughes of Barnes Mill Road and 47 year old Lynda Michelle Neville of Smith Road are charged with tampering with evidence. Hughes was also cited for driving on a suspended license , possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to maintain lane of travel, and simple possession of a schedule IV drug (xanax). Bond for each is $6,500 and they will make a court appearance March 28. On March 16 a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a red Toyota truck for failing to maintain lane of travel. Hughes, the driver, agreed to submit to a search of his person. The officer noticed a yellow pill in the edge of Hughes’ pocket as he had his hands in the pockets. Hughes then turned his back on the deputy and threw the pill into the bed of the truck trying to destroy or hide it. The pill, a yellow xanax bar, was recovered. Neville, a passenger of the truck, had active warrants against her and was arrested. Neville was searched and then transported to the sheriff’s office. Upon arrival at the jail the officer removed Neville from the back seat of the patrol car and noticed a cellophane wrapper on the seat which contained a wet crushed yellow pill (possibly xanax). Neville was believed to be trying to destroy or hide the pill from the officer. During the traffic stop, the officer learned that Hughes’ driver license were suspended for failure to appear for court in Warren County on November 12, 2018. Hughes had no insurance on the truck and was in possession of the pill. A glass pipe was also recovered from the truck on the driver side seat.
A man was arrested for domestic assault after hitting his girlfriend in the face during an argument last month.
39 year old Marcus Keen Calhoun, Sr. of Hartsville is under a $3,500 bond and he will make a court appearance on March 21
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on March 1 a deputy was called to a residence on Adcock Cemetery Road to investigate a complaint of a domestic assault which took place on February 26. The officer spoke with a woman who reported that on February 26 she was in a vehicle with her boyfriend, Calhoun and that he hit her in the face during a verbal altercation while he was driving causing her to have a bruised right eye. The woman had visible signs of injury.
After being where he wasn’t wanted, a Liberty man is in even more trouble after lying to a deputy and running from the law.
24 year old Andrew Thomas Ellis of Liberty is charged with evading arrest and criminal impersonation. His bond is $5,000 and he will make a court appearance March 14. On June 17, 2018 a deputy was dispatched to Hogfoot Road due to an unwanted guest complaint. Upon arrival he spoke with Ellis who was on a motorcycle. Ellis identified himself as Joshua Scott. After the officer asked Ellis to get off the motorcycle Ellis sped away on the bike. The officer learned of Ellis’ true identify after a further investigation. Ellis has had a previous arrest for evading arrest.
30 year old Bryan Allen Cunningham of Magness Road, Smithville is charged with violation of the sex offender law. His bond is $5,000 and he will make a court appearance March 14. On February 26 Cunningham was found to be living at a residence on Sparta Highway with a woman and her small child since mid-January. But this is not the address he has posted on the Tennessee Sex Offender registry.
31 year old Ronald Eugene Welden, Jr. of McMinnville and 18 year old Kimberly Leigh Anaya are charged with public intoxication. They are each under a $1,500 bond and they will make a court appearance on March 14. On February 27 a deputy spotted Welden and Anaya near Antioch Road. Both seemed to be disoriented with glassy eyes and were unsteady on their feet. They appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Both were placed in custody for their safety and that of the public.
Jason Lamonte Hemphill of Arkansas is charged with being a fugitive from justice. His bond is $75,000 and he will make a court appearance on March 14. On March 2 a deputy conducted a traffic stop on Cookeville Highway and spoke with the driver, Hemphill. A computer check through NCIC (National Crime Information Center) revealed that Hemphill is wanted in Hamilton County, Indiana for a felony 6th degree offense for possession of methamphetamine. Indiana authorities plan to seek extradition of Hemphill.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department is actively investigating several automobile break-ins which occurred overnight Wednesday or early Thursday morning in Liberty, Dowelltown and the area of Dry Creek and New Home Road.
The reports started coming in Thursday morning. The thieves are targeting unlocked vehicles parked in residential driveways at night and have stolen money, an air soft gun, a .22 caliber rifle, among other things.
I am asking you to be aware of suspicious vehicles or people in your neighborhood and report it to Central Dispatch at 615-215-3000 so a deputy can be dispatched to your location.
You are also urged to keep your outbuildings and vehicles locked when you are away. If you have any information on who might be committing these thefts, please contact Sheriff Ray at 615-597-4935 extension 7. All calls are kept confidential.
A Watertown couple was arrested earlier this week after a confrontation with an officer during a traffic stop.
28 year old Kyle Robert Johnson is charged with assault; domestic assault; and resisting stop, frisk, halt, search or arrest and 29 year old Tiahra Yesenia Johnson was arrested for public intoxication. Kyle’s bond is $6,500 while bond for Tiahra is $1,500. They will make a court appearance on March 14.
On Sunday, February 24 a deputy was traveling east on Nashville Highway when he spotted a black Nissan SUV driving at a high rate of speed. After the driver locked up his brakes the vehicle slid to a stop. The officer then saw Kyle Johnson open the driver side back door and grab a passenger around the neck before slamming him down in the roadway. Others in the vehicle said Kyle also struck Tiahra in the face with the back of his hand injuring her lip and nose. After being placed under arrest by the deputy, Kyle began kicking while seated in the back of the patrol car and when the officer opened the door to keep him from damaging the vehicle, Kyle tried to get out of the back seat.
Meanwhile, Tiahra was charged after the officer noticed that she had a strong odor of alcohol on her person and that she was unsteady on her feet. Tiahra also became very confrontational with the deputy.
41 year old Amy Lynn Hall of Felts Road, Sparta is charged with being a fugitive from justice. Her bond is $15,000 and her court date is March 14.
Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, February 24 Hall was at the scene of an accident and while checking her driver license through central dispatch, the officer learned that she has a failure to appear warrant against her in Bartow County, Georgia.
A prisoner at the DeKalb County Jail has been charged with bringing contraband into the facility and assault for biting a correctional officer.
20 year old Sy James Gohs of Foster Road, Dowelltown is under a bond of $11,500 and his next court date is March 7. On Tuesday, February 19 Gohs intentionally bit a correctional officer on the right knee during an altercation at the jail. He also had a shank where prisoners are housed.
54 year old Jack Davis Taylor of New Home Road, Dowelltown is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $3,500 and he will make a court appearance on March 7. On Thursday February 21 a deputy was called to a residence on New Home Road due to a physical domestic. Upon arrival he spoke with a woman who said that Taylor had assaulted her with his fist in the back of her head causing visible red marks. He also struck her in the forehead causing a small mark which began to bleed. The woman said she and Taylor were in a relationship and lived together.
A McMinnville woman has been arrested for breaking into a residence in the Jefferson Community and stealing almost $29,000 worth of items including a truck.
25 year old Lara Cheyenne Rigsby of McMinnville is under a $60,000 bond for theft of property, vandalism over $1,000, forgery, and aggravated burglary. Her court date is March 7.
On December 18, 2018 Rigsby forged a check for $200 and less than a month later on January 13, she broke into a home on Jefferson Road and stole a Kenmore electric range, Maytag washer and dryer, a mini-fridge, a 32 inch Samsung TV, a Dell computer, a Brothers sewing machine, leather rocker recliners, vases, wood art, a John Deere riding mower, 2007 Nissan Frontier, mantle clock, 22 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, leather gun case, an electric tile saw, weedeater, leaf blower, air compressor, nail gun and other miscellaneous items totaling $28, 839 in value.
While committing the crimes, Rigsby also damaged the 2007 Nissan Frontier, an Acorn stair lift, stair rail, small vanity, picture frames, painted glass panel, door jam, and two walls. The total amount of the damages comes to $5,882.
The case was investigated by Sheriff’s Department Detectives and some of the items including the truck have been recovered.