A Rutherford County man who allegedly phoned in verbal threats to staff at DeKalb Community Hospital last month has been charged with making false reports.
46 year old Keith Nations is under a $50,000 bond and is currently undergoing an evaluation.
According to Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger, Nations phoned the hospital several times on Saturday, August 30, making verbal threats. At one point, Nations said he would come to the hospital and blow it up. Chief Caplinger said police were notified and the hospital was placed on lock down during the investigation. Police discovered that Nations was responsible and that he used his cell phone to make the calls. Rutherford County authorities were contacted and they located and arrested Nations.
Chief Caplinger said its unknown why Nations phoned in threats at the hospital here since he is unknown to the staff and they have no record of him.
Meanwhile, Smithville Police, acting on an anonymous tip, found several potted marijuana plants in a wooded area near the Smithville Housing Projects last Wednesday, September 3. The marijuana was confiscated. No arrests have been made.
37 year old Wesley Chandler is charged with driving under the influence and cited for violation of the implied consent law. His bond is $4,000. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, September 4 police responded to Mapco Express to investigate a wreck. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the victim who said Chandler had backed into his vehicle. Chandler got out of his automobile and was found to be unsteady on his feet. His speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He kept trying to fall asleep while standing. Chandler performed poorly on field sobriety tasks but he refused to submit to a blood test.
24 year old Brittany Lee is charged with theft over $500 and theft over $1,000. Her bond is $7,500 and she will be in court on September 11. According to Chief Caplinger a member of Lee's family reported that some jewelry went missing from her residence on West Broad Street. During the investigation, police learned that Lee had taken the jewelry and sold some of it to a business in town. The rest of the jewelry was found hidden at Lee's grandparents home where she had been living. Total value of the stolen jewelry was $1,695.
35 year old Jason Jones is charged with theft over $1,000. His bond is $6,000 and he will be in court October 2. Chief Caplinger said that Jones allegedly took a Gibson electric guitar from his father's home on Holmes Creek Road and pawned it at a McMinnville Pawn Shop. The value of the guitar is $1,500.
49 year old Wendy Goodman is charged with disorderly conduct. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court September 11. According to Chief Caplinger, an officer was called to Restview Avenue on Saturday, August 30 where Goodman had come out of her residence and began yelling profanity at another person who was sitting on the sidewalk across the street. As Goodman aggressively advanced toward that person, she was placed under arrest.
67 year old Virginia Ervin is charged with disorderly conduct. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court September 11. Chief Caplinger said that on Friday, August 29 police received complaints about a woman on Restview Avenue who was coming out of her home and yelling at neighbors, making threats. Police had been there only minutes earlier on a similar complaint and warned the woman (Ervin) at that time not to be causing a disturbance. After police were called back a second time, Ervin was placed under arrest.
20 year old Alex Murphy is charged with domestic assault and violation of his bond conditions. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court September 25. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, August 28 police responded to a residence on Foster Road in reference to a possible domestic assault. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with Murphy who said he and a woman had been arguing. Murphy said he grabbed the woman to keep her from leaving. The victim said as she attempted to leave, Murphy grabbed her arm and slammed her left hand into the door leaving her hand swollen and red. She also had marks on her right arm. Murphy was determined to have been the primary aggressor and he was arrested.
23 year old Eden Petriz is charged with driving under the influence and resisting arrest. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court September 11. Chief Caplinger said that on Monday, August 25 police were dispatched to the corner of Juniper Lane and Bell Street to investigate an accident. Upon arrival, the officer saw a man stumbling in the middle of the street. The man, Petriz told police that he had been driving a vehicle (involved in the accident). He had a strong odor of alcohol on him and he was very uncooperative. Sobriety tasks could not be administered. As Petriz was being placed under arrest, he began fighting with the officer and a deputy who were trying to put him in the patrol car. He was taken into custody and charged.
23 year old Daniel Trey Hamilton is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $6,000 and he will be in court September 11. Chief Caplinger said that on Sunday, August 24 police were called to a residence on Hayes Street in reference to a possible domestic assault. Upon arrival, the officer heard yelling and crying from persons inside the house. He opened the door and found a woman lying on a couch with a baby in her arms. Hamilton was standing over her with a clinched fist. The officer was told by the victim that Hamilton showed up at this residence and told her to leave. Hamilton was placed under arrest. He has been arrested several times before for domestic assault of the same woman.
42 year old Tonya Silcox is charged with driving under the influence and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court September 11. According to Chief Caplinger, police were dispatched to McDonald's Restaurant on Wednesday, August 27 to investigate a wreck. Upon arrival, the officer was told by a deputy that he saw Silcox's automobile hit another vehicle in the drive through and then pull out onto the highway in front of traffic, almost causing another accident. Silcox was pulled over and she was asked to step out of her vehicle. Silcox performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and was very unsteady on her feet. During a search incident to arrest, police found a diabetic testing kit containing several syringes and crushed straws. The syringes contained a yellow residue consistent with drug use. One straw was found in her purse. Silcox was placed under arrest.
42 year old Marina Cornet is charged with disorderly conduct. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court September 11. According to Chief Caplinger, police responded Saturday, August 23 to a residence on Miller Road in reference to a woman with a knife. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the parties who said an argument began between Cornet and another person over a beer. Cornet's daughter, who was present, warned the other person that Cornet had a knife. Cornet allegedly began making threats and gave the impression that she had a knife. Cornet continued yelling and acting disorderly with the officer present. Due to her level of intoxication and disruptive behavior, Cornet was placed under arrest.
Wallace Rackley is charged with evading arrest, tampering with evidence, and aggravated assault. He is further cited for simple possession of schedule II and IV drugs (diazapem and oxycodone) His bond is $28,500 and he will be in court on September 11. Chief Caplinger said that on Tuesday, August 19 police were called to a residence on Braswell Lane in reference to a 911 hangup call. Upon arrival the officer spoke with Rackley who was found covered in blood. Rackley said he did not call 911 but another person (victim) at the residence told the officer that he needed help. The man's face was very bloody and swollen. The man (victim) said he was beaten with a steel pipe but he would not reveal who had assaulted him. DeKalb EMS arrived and transported the man to the emergency room of the hospital. He was later transported to a Nashville hospital for further treatment. Police learned that Rackley had committed the assault on the victim. The next day, Wednesday, August 20 police observed Rackley in the yard at his home on North Congress Boulevard. Having prior knowledge of warrants against Rackley for offenses in DeKalb and Putnam Counties, the officer pulled into Rackley's driveway. When the officer got out of his patrol car and ordered Rackley to put up his hands, Rackley took off running toward the back of his residence and into the woods. He was apprehended and handcuffed. During a search, the contents of Rackley's pockets were placed on the trunk of the patrol car including some pills. As police were emptying his pockets, Rackley learned over the patrol car and ate some of the pills.
53 year old Larry Lattimore is charged with assault. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, August 14 police were called to a residence on Jackson Street in reference to a fight. Upon arrival the officer spoke with several persons who reported that Lattimore had been in the area and that he began yelling at the victim and then attacked him causing bruises to his neck. Lattimore left the scene before police arrived but he was arrested later.
36 year old Jason Cripps is cited for simple possession of schedule II and IV drugs (Opana, Dilaudid, and Xanax). He will be in court September 11.
Chief Caplinger said that on Sunday, August 17 police were investigating an accident at DeKalb Auto Wash when they received information that someone involved in the accident (Cripps) had hidden something in the rocks near the dumpster. Upon a search, police found a vial containing the pills. When confronted, Cripps allegedly admitted that the pills belonged to him.
19 year old Bradley Mullican is cited for unlawful consumption of alcohol. Chief Caplinger said that on Monday, August 11 police responded to a residence on Hayes Street to a call of an unresponsive person. The man (Mullican) had been found lying outside on the sidewalk. Upon arrival the officer found that Mullican had been taken inside the residence and was on the couch. Mullican's speech was slurred and he appeared to be very lethargic. Mullican told the officer he had consumed a lot of moonshine.