A Smithville man, already in trouble with Smithville Police for recent burglary and thefts at Chad's Auto Sales, has now been arrested by the Sheriff's Department in another burglary case.
18 year old Ryan Austin Felts of Wade Street, Smithville is charged with burglary. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court July 19.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Friday, June 22, Felts broke into a vehicle at Jason's Auto Sales at 3365 Nashville Highway with the intent to commit a theft. Entry was made by busting out the window and busting the steering column to try and take the vehicle without the owner's consent.
Felts was also charged last week by Smithville Police with vandalism, burglary, two counts of theft of a vehicle, and theft of property over $10,000 as a result of burglary and thefts at Chad's Auto Sales on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24.
29 year old Charles M. Blanchfield of Nashville Highway, Dowelltown is charged with theft of property over $500. His bond is $5,000 and he will be in court on July 19.
Sheriff Ray reports that on Saturday, June 2, Blanchfield took from the property of Joanie Summers at 655 Jones Mill Road, about forty pounds of copper wire, a well pump, and miscellaneous scrap metal without the owner's consent, all valued at more than $500.
Both the Felts and Blanchfield cases were investigated by criminal detectives of the sheriff's department.
33 year old Robert Anthony Goff of Arnold Road, Smithville is charged with violation of probation, evading arrest, and simple assault. His bond totals $17,000. He will be in court July 12. He is being held without bond on the violation of probation and he will be in court on that offense July 23.
Sheriff Ray said that Wednesday, June 27 a sheriff's department drug detective saw Goff operating a vehicle on West Broad Street in Smithville. Having prior knowledge the Goff had two warrants against him, the officer turned around and followed Goff's vehicle into the Walmart parking lot. After Goff stopped, a female got out of the passenger side of the automobile, and Goff drove off. The officer activated his siren. Goff drove onto Anthony Avenue, then onto Miller Road, and then to Robinson Road and Game Ridge Road. Goff refused to stop, knowing that the detective was behind him. Goff slid into a ditch on Game Ridge Road, jumped out of the driver side window, and fled on foot but the officer caught him. DeKalb EMS came to the scene but no one was injured.
Goff was taken to the emergency room of the hospital to make sure he was okay. After he was checked out, a deputy escorted Goff from the emergency room to the patrol car. Goff became irate and punched the deputy in the right eye with his fist. The officer sustained a small bruise and redness around and under his eye. At the time of the assault, Goff had already been under arrest for evading along with the violation of probation .
35 year old Wesley Lynn Chandler of Page Drive, Smithville is charged with violation of probation and public intoxication. His bond is $2,000 and he is being held without bond on the violation of probation. He will be in court July 12.
Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, June 27, a deputy responded to the Ragland Bottom swimming area where two males and a female were drinking alcoholic beverages and being disorderly by using profane language. Upon arrival and speaking to the three individuals, the officer found Chandler to be very unsteady on his feet. His speech was very slurred and he had a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person. Chandler had a cooler filled with beer. Due to his level of intoxication and being among the public where children were present, Chandler was placed under arrest. A computer check revealed that Chandler also has a violation of probation against him.
Meanwhile, if you are planning to come to the Fiddler's Jamboree this Friday and Saturday, Sheriff Ray said his department will be dispensing free ice water to anyone who wants to stop by in front of the jail building on the public square.