A 38 year old woman has been charged with child abuse after allegedly bruising an 11 year old girl with a belt and hitting her in the face with a shoe.
Rachel Sprague is under a $1,500 bond and she will be in court March 12.
Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger and Detective Brandon Donnell said the child is the daughter of another woman unrelated to Sprague. They were all living at the same location.
According to police, Sprague allegedly whipped the 11 year old girl with a belt and left multiple bruises all over the child's body. She also allegedly took a shoe and struck the child in the face and picked up the girl by the shoulders and threw her to the ground.
"We got a report from the Department of Children Services (DCS) over child abuse allegations. The child told us Rachel would beat her with a belt repeatedly. She had bruising all over her body from the belt. She would take a shoe and smack the juvenile in the face with it. She went so far as to pick the juvenile up and slam her to the floor. This is not Rachel's child. She (Rachel) was living with another woman and this was her (the other woman's) child. DCS has removed this child and other children from the home," said Detective Donnell.
33 year old Shana Bogle is charged with theft over $1,000. Her bond is $5,000 and she will be in court on April 9. Chief Caplinger said that on Monday, February 9 Bogle allegedly took from a residence where she had been staying a gold diamond wedding ring valued at $1,000 and a Droid Razr cell phone valued at $200 and sold them to a local jewelry store. Police later spotted Bogle at the parking lot of Walmart and placed her under arrest.
38 year old Andy Certain is charged with possession with intent to sell schedule II and IV drugs. His bond is $40,000 and he will be in court April 9. According to Chief Caplinger, an officer spoke to Certain while he was in a vehicle driven by another person in the parking lot of Walmart. Certain was asked to step out of the automobile. Asked if he had any weapons on him, Certain said there may be. When asked to empty his pockets, he removed three hypodermic needles and a gram of meth, five and a half xanax, and 44 dilaudid pills. A further inventory of the vehicle turned up more hypodermic needles and digital scales. He had $75 in cash believed to be proceeds from the illegal sale of narcotics. Certain was placed under arrest.
42 year old Jan Marie Winchester is charged with driving under the influence, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest. Her bond is $8,000. Chief Caplinger said that on Saturday, February 21 an officer activated his blue lights in order to make a traffic stop at the intersection of Mountain Street and Miller Road but the driver of the vehicle refused to pull over until she reached Forrest Avenue. After making the stop, the officer spoke with the driver, Winchester, who had a strong odor of alcohol on her person. She was unsteady on her feet and her speech was slurred. Winchester initially resisted arrest, trying to pull away from the officer, but she was subsequently handcuffed and taken into custody.
31 year old Henry Turner is cited for theft of merchandise. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, February 12 police were called to the Dollar General Store in reference to a theft. A store employee reported that Turner was observed concealing merchandise in his pants. When confronted, Turner was found with the items on his person.
48 year old Scott Pedigo is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500. Chief Caplinger said that on Wednesday, February 11 Pedigo was found to be unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle. After being awakened, Pedigo submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. His speech was slurred and he was very unsteady on his feet.
33 year old Michael Chad Owens is charged with theft under $500. His bond is $1,500. Chief Caplinger said Owens allegedly took a brown leather purse while at a residence on West Broad Street. The purse contained cash, credit cards, and Medicare cards with a total value of $100.
22 year old Teesha Reynolds is charged with theft under $500 and fraudulent use of a credit card. Her bond is $4,000. Chief Caplinger said Reynolds allegedly took items belonging to another on West Main Street including a debit card which she used at Walmart.
36 year old Rebecca Sue Pelfrey is cited for shoplifting. Chief Caplinger said police responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifter. An employee said Pelfrey was observed concealing items on her person. The merchandise was recovered.
30 year old Randi Michelle Johns is cited for simple possession of a schedule II drug (oxycodone). According to Chief Caplinger, police received a call of a possible drunk driver with a child in the vehicle. An officer spotted an automobile matching the description pull into the Rite Aid parking lot. He stopped there and spoke with the driver, Johns. After receiving consent to search, the officer found in Johns' purse five green round pills believed to be oxycodone. Johns could not produce a prescription for the pills.
19 year old Hayle Hunt is charged with domestic assault. Her bond is $5,000. Chief Caplinger said on Tuesday, February 3 Hunt allegedly assaulted a man by hitting him with her hand at a residence on Morgan Drive. She was determined to have been the primary aggressor. Meanwhile in a separate case, Chief Caplinger said Hunt is also charged with violation of bond conditions for texting her husband several times when she was to have had no contact with her husband. Hunt's bond on that charge is $1,500.
Brian Lee Carter is cited for a third offense of driving on a suspended license. Chief Caplinger said on Monday, March 2 police found Carter asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle at a car wash. A computer check revealed that his license were suspended in Rutherford County and that he has two prior driving on suspended offenses against him. His court date on the citation is April 2.
34 year old Donnie Gilmar is cited for shoplifting at Walmart. Chief Caplinger said Gilmar was recently stopped by a Walmart employee after he was observed taking items from the store without paying for them. He will be in court April 23.
39 year old Darrell Wayne Crook is charged with domestic assault and resisting arrest. His bond is 4,000. Chief Caplinger said that on Sunday, February 22 police were dispatched to a residence on Oak Street. Upon arrival, an officer learned that Crook had been in an altercation with a woman over money which became physical. The woman suffered a cut and was bleeding from her hand. When the officer tried to place Crook under arrest, he resisted and had to be taken to the ground.
53 year old Perry Stembridge is charged with evading arrest in a vehicle. His bond is $5,000. Chief Caplinger said that on Thursday, February 26 an officer spotted a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Congress Boulevard. He was clocked at 93 miles per hour. The officer turned around and activated his blue lights. Stembridge turned onto Dearman Street and into a field behind homes on Dearman and Jennings Lane. The officer stopped the vehicle minutes later at Jennings Lane and Congress Boulevard and placed Stembridge under arrest.