An elderly woman who went to her former boyfriend’s home looking for a confrontation Monday apparently got more than she bargained for and is now facing charges of domestic violence and assault. 76 year old Sarah Opal Atnip of Shady Drive Smithville is under a $5,500 bond and her court date is set for November 29. On Monday at 12:15 p.m. DeKalb Central Dispatch received a call of a domestic violence incident at a residence on Allen Street in Smithville. Sheriff’s Department deputies responded. An investigation into the disturbance revealed that Atnip drove to the home of her 62 year old former boyfriend to confront him. Atnip’s adult granddaughter rode with her. After he ordered Atnip off his property, she drove into the rear end of his automobile moving it about three feet leaving black marks. He then hit Atnip’s windshield with a wooden lounge chair trying to stop her from pushing his vehicle any farther. At this time, Atnip’s granddaughter got out of the vehicle. Meanwhile the man’s current girlfriend, who resides with him at this residence, pulled in the driveway beside of Atnip’s vehicle and got out. Atnip started cussing the woman and then grabbed her hair as both fell into Atnip’s vehicle. Atnip then hit the woman with a cell phone but she fought back. After receiving calls about the incident Central Dispatch began dispatched officers to the scene but the fighting had ended by the time they arrived. DeKalb EMS was also summoned to the scene and transported Atnip to the hospital where she received medical treatment and was released a short time later. The other woman was also injured in the fight In addition to the charges against her, Atnip was placed under an Order of Protection and according to the bond conditions she is to stay away from her former boyfriend and his girlfriend.
A convicted felon was arrested Sunday morning after he was found illegally in possession of a handgun. 38 year old Jerry Shawn Kelsey of Sparta was charged with the offense. His bond is $20,000 and he will be in court December 6. On Sunday, November 11 at 1:35 a.m. a deputy was patrolling when he noticed two occupants in a black car with its headlights off setting at a business on East Broad Street.. The deputy stopped and spoke with the driver, Kelsey. An NCIC computer check revealed he had active warrants against him in Van Buren and White Counties. A further background check found that Kelsey has multiple felonies against him including theft of property over $10,000, aggravated burglary, and other charges. The officer recovered a handgun under the driver seat after Kelsey admitted it was there. The gun was a black 380 caliber pistol Jimenez Arms.
21 year old Olivia Hope Barber of Forrest Avenue, Smithville is charged with tampering with evidence and public intoxication. She was also cited for simple possession of a schedule IV drug. Barber is under a $11,500 bond and her court date is December 6. On Sunday, November 11 a deputy arrested Barber on East Broad Street for public intoxication after finding the woman unsteady on her feet. Barber’s speech was also slurred. After placing her in the back seat of his patrol car the officer noticed that Barber had laid down. When he opened the back door to check on Barber the deputy found a small white pill on the floor board. He then removed Barber from the car and spotted a white powdery residue on the back seat where she had been lying. The officer determined that Barber had tried to destroy evidence by eating the pills she had on her. Barber was then brought to the jail and strip searched by a female correctional officer in the bathroom of the booking room. During the search, the correctional officer noticed a paper towel protruding from Barber’s body cavity. After being asked to remove it, Barber grabbed the paper (apparently containing drugs) and tossed it in the toilet. As the correctional officer tried to restrain her, Barber used her foot to flush it. Barber admitted to the officer that what she flushed was her medication.
32 year old Brandon Thomas Carpenter of McMinnville is charged with four counts of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card. His bond is $6,000 and he will make a court appearance on November 15. Carpenter used his victim’s credit or debit card to obtain money at Walmart in the following amounts: $275.99 on June 3, $221.99 and $330.99 on June 5, and $221.00 on June 9.
28 year old Christopher Howard of Nashville Highway, Liberty is charged with driving under the influence. He was also cited for violation of the open container law. His bond is $1,500 and he will make a court appearance on December 6. On Monday, November 5 a deputy was called to Nashville Highway where a man was spotted passed out behind the steering wheel of an SUV. Upon arrival the officer found the driver, Howard, passed out and the engine was still running. The deputy awoke Howard and detected a strong odor of alcohol on his person. His eyes were red and watery and he was unsteady on his feet. An open container of alcohol was also in the vehicle.
32 year old Charika Lynn Moore of Estes Street, Smithville is charged with filing a false report. She is under a $6,500 bond and her court date is November 29. 34 year old Brandy Leanna Goff and 26 year old Samantha Marie Willis both of Baxter are charged with aggravated criminal trespassing. Each is under a $2,500 bond and will appear in court on December 29. On Sunday, November 11 a deputy responded to Austin Bottom Road due to a break-in. Upon arrival, the officer found Goff and Willis on the property but they did not have permission to be there.