A federal fugitive wanted in Corpus Christi, Texas for transporting illegal aliens has been arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, 29 year old Jonathan Lee Pedigo of Long Lane, Smithville was wanted by U.S. Marshals for a pre-trial bond violation related to the offense of transporting illegal aliens. Officers learned of the federal charge against Pedigo after pulling him over for a traffic offense on Sunday, March 20
"The deputy spotted a black car run a stop sign on Ferrell Road. He stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Pedigo. A computer check for warrants through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) revealed that Pedigo was wanted by the United States Marshals Office for a pre-trial bond violation on a charge of transporting illegal aliens. Pedigo was taken into custody without bond. U.S. Marshals picked him up at the DeKalb County Jail Monday morning," said Sheriff Ray.
In other cases, 28 year old Kevin Jay Stewart of Sparta is charged with theft of property over $1,000, possession of methamphetamine, and a fourth offense of driving while revoked. He was also issued citations for possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession. His bond totals $13,500 and he will make a court appearance April 7.
Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, March 9 a deputy was dispatched to Ragland Bottom Motel to check out a car setting behind the building. Upon arrival, the officer observed the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Stewart.
According to the deputy, Stewart was wearing a necklace with a clear container attached which held .8 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. A hypodermic needle was found in the cup holder of the car. Stewart was unable to produce a driver license. A computer check revealed that Stewart's license had been revoked in White County for failure to provide proof of financial responsibility on June 5, 2010. He had also been charged with driving on a revoked license on October 1, 2010 and October 13, 2011 in White County and again on March 8, 2013 in DeKalb County.
After a handgun was found in Stewart's possession, a Sheriff's Department Detective conducted an investigation and learned that the gun had been stolen along with three other guns with a total value up to $1,500. The guns had been taken from a home on Four Seasons Road.
55 year old Timothy Allen Presley of Bethel Road, Smithville is charged with theft of property over $1,000. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on April 7.
Sheriff Ray said that on January 29 Presley had in his possession several construction tools valued at more than $1,000 which he had refused to return to the owner after being asked to do so over several weeks. Tools belonging to the victim found in Presley's possession were recovered. The case was investigated by a Sheriff's Department Detective.
48 year old Thomas David Williams of Sparta is charged with evading arrest. His bond is $25,000. According to Sheriff Ray, Williams intentionally fled from law enforcement in an older model Ford truck on January 12 after the officer activated his emergency lights. Williams was found and arrested on March 10.
37 year old Rosalino Francisco-Savastia of West Broad Street, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. He was also issued citations for no insurance and no drivers license. His bond is $1,500.
Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, March 3 a deputy responded to Sparta Highway where a vehicle was reported to be driving slowly in the wrong lane. Upon arrival the officer observed the vehicle parked in the roadway. He stopped and spoke with the driver, Rosalino Francisco-Savastia who had a strong odor of alcohol on him. His eyes were bloodshot and he was very unsteady on his feet. Field sobriety tasks could not be given due to his condition and language barrier. The officer found an empty six pack of Corona bottles in the passenger side floorboard and an empty Bud Lite can in the back seat floorboard of the vehicle.
47 year old Johnny Wayne Boles of Rocky Road, Alexandria is charged with a third offense of driving on a revoked license. His bond is $3,500
Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, March 13 Boles was involved in a property damage wreck on Rocky Road in Alexandria. A computer check revealed that his driver license were revoked for driving under the influence. He has two prior offenses of driving on a revoked license in Wilson County.