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Charges Formally Brought Against Suspected Drug Dealer

June 26, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Travis Eric Patterson

A suspected drug dealer has formally been charged with numerous offenses stemming from an early morning raid by local and state law enforcement officers at his home last Wednesday

29 year old Travis Eric Patterson of 253 Toad Road, Dowelltown has been charged from the raid with five counts of carrying or possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver methamphetamine, one count of possession of a schedule VI drug (marijuana), and one count of simple possession or casual exchange. In addition, Patterson is also charged with burglary, theft of property under $1,000, and vandalism as a result of a June 10 break-in at a business on Nashville Highway at Dowelltown in which a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun was stolen valued at $375. Patterson also allegedly destroyed the door facing to the business during the break-in. His total bond is $168,500 and he will make a court appearance on July 12.

Patterson was taken into custody during the raid and initially held without bond in the DeKalb County Jail on a failure to appear warrant pending these new charges.

In a prepared statement, Sheriff Patrick Ray said that “early on Wednesday morning (6-20-18), officers with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department, officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Operations Unit (SWAT), an agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and members of the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office, executed a search warrant at the home of Travis Patterson”.

“The search warrant stems from the sale of illegal narcotics and the illegal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon”.

“Through their investigation, Sheriff’s Department Detectives found that Patterson, who is a convicted felon, was in possession of firearms at his home. As a safety precaution, the THP Special Operations Unit was summoned to assist in the search of the home. The THP Special Operations Unit made a forcible entry into the home after no one came to the door. Patterson finally gave himself up along with another male and female who were at the residence. No one was injured”.

“Upon searching Patterson’s residence, Sheriff’s Department officers found 15 grams of methamphetamine, 6 ounces of marijuana, an assortment of prescription pills, one rifle, two shotguns, three pistols, digital scales, glass pipes, and possible stolen power tools. Detectives also seized $427.00 in cash”.

The specific charges against Patterson are as follows:

*Simple possession or casual exchange- On June 20 a search warrant was executed at 253 Toad Road. Inside the residence were 2-1/2 xanax pills and other drug related items

*Possession of a schedule VI drug for resale- Under the residence were six ounces of marijuana. Digital scales, plastic baggies and other drug related items were also found at the residence

*Methamphetamine, manufacture, deliver, or sale-Inside the residence were 15 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales, plastic baggies, and numerous other drug related items

*Carrying or possession of a weapon by a felon-Inside the residence was a Ruger 22 caliber handgun and other firearm related items at the residence. Patterson is a convicted felon for sale and delivery of a schedule III narcotic

*Carrying or possession of a weapon-Inside the residence was a double barrel 12 gauge shotgun

*Carrying or possession of a weapon-Inside the residence was a Bersa 380 caliber handgun

*Carrying or possession of a weapon-Inside the residence was an Archangel 7.52 caliber rifle

*Carrying or possession of a weapon- Inside the residence was a Lorcin 380 caliber handgun

Chad Williams: Why I am a Republican

June 26, 2018
Chad Williams

Chad Williams: Why I am a Republican

My name is Chad Williams, and I am running for State Representative in the 40th District. This district, which includes Smith, Trousdale, and a part of Sumner and Dekalb counties, shares a common interest in the conservative, independent values I believe in. As your State Representative, I will uphold the principles that define the modern Republican Party, such as low taxes, less government intervention, increased personal responsibility, and pro-life values.

My experiences as a small business owner have equipped me to understand these conservative values firsthand. Being the owner of the Lebanon Antique Mall has taught me how to responsibly manage money in a business setting, and this skill will serve me well as an elected official.

Since high school, I have been active in community organizations like the Southside Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge. I recognize the value of civic engagement, and I strive to give back to my community. My involvement in these organizations has motivated and inspired me to make a difference on a larger scale by advocating for my hometown values at the level of our state government.

I am a Smith County native, and many generations of my family have lived in Tennessee. My civic and business experience has taught me the importance of returning to a common-sense approach to government. I am passionate about infrastructure, public education, and the support of small businesses that contribute to our economy.

The Democratic values my grandmother and family before me supported are very different from the values of the modern Democratic party. The old-time “Southern Democrat” that upholds to conservative values are now a rare breed. What were those Southern Democrat values are now those of the Republican Party.

Within the last 15 to 20 years, the Democratic ticket has turned away from those independent, conservative values it once stood for, effectively abandoning constituents in its historic base here in Tennessee. I chose to be active in the Republican Party because this party now represents the strong, God-fearing values which are very important to me. As your State Representative, I will make sure those values are the ones that will lead our district, state, and nation in the right direction.

Tennessee needs new, passionate conservative leadership, and I promise to uphold that as your State Representative

I would greatly appreciate your vote in the upcoming Republican Primary on August 2, 2018. Early voting begins July 13 and will continue through July 28. Conservative values are the backbone of this district, and I look forward to representing you and upholding the values you support.

(This media release was paid for by Chad Williams)

Tennessee Promise students face July 1 deadline

June 26, 2018

All current and incoming Motlow State Community College Tennessee Promise students have until July 1 to complete and submit eight hours of community service in order to remain eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship.

Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship which allows recent high school graduates to attend a state community college or technical school tuition-free.

"There are numerous ways that students can complete their community service hours, including job shadowing, cleaning local, state, and recreational parks, or by volunteering at local non-profit organizations," said Jonathan Graham, Tennessee Promise director at Motlow.

Students can visit the tnAchieves website, tnachieves.org, which lists a host of community service opportunities for students in their local region. Community service hours must be submitted to tnAchieves at tnachieves.org.

Students may also visit the Motlow Tennessee Promise webpage at tnpromise.mscc.edu for an up-to-date listing of community service opportunities in their area.

For further information regarding the Tennessee Promise program at Motlow State, contact Graham at jgraham@mscc.edu or 615-220-7839 or Debra Smith at dsmith@mscc.edu or 931-438-9766.

Ecstasy Drug Charge Results in 10 Year Sentence for Watertown Man

June 25, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Robert Jacob Hardison

A Watertown man answered to an ecstasy drug charge last Tuesday in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

Judge Gary McKenzie presided.

27 year old Robert Jacob Hardison entered a plea by criminal information to possession of a schedule I drug (ecstasy) with intent to sell and deliver. He received a 10 year sentence in the Tennessee Department of Correction and was fined $2,000. He must forfeit his weapon. The sentence is to run consecutive with a violation of probation case against him in General Sessions Court but the term will be suspended upon his successful completion of a long term treatment program.

Hardison was originally charged with driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, possession of a handgun while under the influence, tampering with evidence, and possession of methamphetamine and schedule I, II, & VI drugs with intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Thursday, January 25 a deputy stopped a vehicle on Smith Road for a non working tail light. The officer spoke with the driver, Hardison and detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Hardison admitted to having used marijuana and hydrocodone earlier in the day. He submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also submitted to implied consent (blood test). During the investigation the officer learned that Hardison is on probation for a previous offense and that his license were suspended on October 14, 2017 for failure to show proof of insurance and that he had continued to drive even after receiving a citation in Wilson County for driving on a suspended license.

A search of Hardison’s vehicle turned up a Jennings 22 caliber handgun which is illegal since Hardison had the weapon in his possession while under the influence.

Drugs were also found in the car including six green pills believed to be ecstasy and three separate baggies of a crystal like substance suspected to be methamphetamine, which were in a metal tin on the driver’s side floorboard along with scales and separate baggies.

During a search of Hardison’s person, the deputy found a white pill believed to be hydrocodone. After being placed in custody and seated in the back of the deputy’s patrol car, Hardison pulled a silver container from the area of his crotch and put several pills from that container into his mouth and into the seat of the car, trying to dispose of them.

After Hardison admitted to the officers that he had other drugs in his home, they conducted a probation search of the residence upon containing consent from Hardison and found 37.19 grams of a leafy substance believed to be marijuana along with another baggie of meth and more scales and baggies.

The total weight of all four baggies of meth found during this investigation totaled 3.6 grams.

In other cases Tuesday, 31 year old James Robert Lee Fuson entered a plea by criminal information to criminal simulation and received a two year TDOC sentence to run concurrently with violations of probations against him he is already serving. Fuson is also to make restitution of $988.90 to the victim. He was given jail credit of 59 days.

42 year old Angela Nichole Vallem entered a plea to delivery of a schedule II drug and received an eight year sentence suspended to supervised probation. She was fined $2,000. The sentence is to run concurrently with a case against her in Coffee County.

41 year old Brandon Lee Starnes entered a plea to possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) with intent to resale over 0.5 grams. He received a ten year sentence but he will be on TDOC probation after serving one year in the county jail. He has been given jail credit from August 27, 2017 through June 19, 2018.

33 year old Rhonda Joy Goff entered a plea to sale of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) under 0.5 grams and received a ten year sentence but she will be on TDOC probation after serving 365 days in the DeKalb County Jail. She must pay a $2,000 fine and make restitution of $1,200 to a victim. Goff was given jail credit of 246 days.

32 year old Clent Shehane entered a plea to sale of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine) and received a four year sentence but he will be on TDOC probation after serving 150 days in jail. He was fined $2,000. The term is to run concurrently with a violation of probation against him in DeKalb County General Sessions Court he is already serving. Shehane must also make restitution of $180 to the Sheriff’s Department. He was given 79 days jail credit.

36 year old Angie Dawn Taylor entered a plea to sale of a schedule III drug and received a two year TDOC sentence all suspended to supervised probation. She was fined $2,000 and must make restitution of $150 to the Sheriff’s Department.

39 year old Amber Lynn Matchett entered a plea to simple possession of a schedule VI drug and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days suspended to supervised probation. She was fined $250.

Suspect Threatens Police and EMS Paramedic

June 25, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Bobby Joe Brymer
Bryce Alexander Rowan
Darnell Gurley
Jamie Dean Murphy
Natalie G. Barrett
David Harold Lattimore
Caleb McGhee

A report of an unwanted guest at a local residence resulted in the suspect threatening a police officer and an EMS paramedic.

65 year old Bobby Joe Brymer of 208 Dearman Street is charged with aggravated assault, assault, and two counts of resisting arrest.

Smithville Police responded to an unwanted guest call on Wednesday, June 13 at 546 East Main Street. Upon arrival an officer spotted Brymer on foot heading for the woods and called for him to stop. Brymer turned toward the officer yelling and cussing and threatened him with a stick. The officer then deployed his taser and fired. After being tased Brymer resisted arrest by trying to pull away from the officer to avoid being handcuffed. A county deputy arrived on the scene to assist police in cuffing Brymer and placing him in custody.

After EMS staff arrived to examine him, Brymer began yelling and cussing while sitting in the back of the ambulance and threatened one of the paramedics. As police tried to remove Brymer from the ambulance, he pushed an officer from the back of the ambulance. After being taken to the ground, Brymer continued to struggle with the officers but they eventually were able to subdue him. Brymer’s bond is $10,000 and his court date is July 12.

21 year old Bryce Alexander Rowan of Crossville was arrested on Thursday, May 28 for DUI and he was cited for violation of implied consent and two counts of simple possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. His bond is $1,500.

Police responded to 303 East Broad Street at approximately 10:31 a.m. that day in reference to a man passed out in a car. Upon arrival the officer found the man, Rowan passed out in the driver's seat of the car with the engine running and a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. As Rowan stepped out of the car, the officer noticed a green leafy substance in the seat believed to be approximately 2 grams of marijuana. When questioned Rowan became very belligerent with the officer. His speech was slurred and he kept repeating the same sentence over and over. Upon searching Rowan's car the officer found a small bag that contained approximately 3 grams of a crystal like substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Rowan refused a blood test and was placed under arrest for DUI. He was then taken to the police department where a search warrant was obtained to take a sample of his blood for chemical testing.

40 year old Darnell Gurley of 161 Adcock Cemetery Road was arrested on Friday, June 1 for aggravated burglary and burglary. According to the warrants Gurley allegedly broke into a residence and garage at 536 East Main Street. Gurley's belongings were found there. He allegedly admitted to having been inside both structures. Bond for Gurley is $8,500 and his court date is June 28.

43 year old Jamie Dean Murphy of 729 Bright Hill Road was arrested on Monday, June 4 for aggravated burglary, assault, and vandalism. According to the warrants, Murphy made forcible entry into the victim's home at 740 Walker Drive on Sunday, June 3 by kicking in a locked door causing approximately $400.00 in damage to the door and frame. Once inside Murphy allegedly assaulted the victim by punching him several times in the face and about the body after learning that his (Murphy’s) daughter had accused him (victim) of sexually assaulting her. Bond for Murphy is $8,000 and his court date is June 28.

25 year old Natalie G. Barrett of 530 Miller Road was arrested on Monday, June 4 for possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell and she was cited for simple possession of a schedule IV drug. Police went to Barrett’s residence to help conduct a state probation search. Found in Barrett's purse were 2.42 grams of a crystal substance believed to be methamphetamine along with 23 white round pills with imprint 319 believed to be 50 milligrams of Tramadol, for which Barrett could not provide a prescription. Police also found 2-weight scales and $429.00 in cash. Officers seized the drugs and cash and Barrett was taken into custody without incident. Her bond is $5,000 and her court date is June 28.

37 year old Laura Brooke Carpenter of 209 East Main Street was cited for simple possession on Friday, June 15. Police responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a possible shoplifter. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the suspect, Carpenter who gave him consent to search her backpack and purse. One gram of a crystal substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine was found inside a black case in her backpack. Carpenter’s court date is June 28.

37 year old Rickey Martin of 520 Miller Road was cited for simple possession on Sunday, June 17. Police responded to Wal-Mart in reference to a suspicious person. After confronting the suspect, Martin, police received consent to search his person and found a crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine which weighed less than one gram. Martin’s court date is July 12.

22 year old Caleb McGhee of 721 West Main Street was taken into custody on Sunday, June 17 for outstanding warrants and he was cited for simple possession. Police arrested McGhee at his residence on the outstanding warrants and a search of his person incident to arrest yielded a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana which weighed less than one gram. His court date is July 12.

58 year old David Harold Lattimore of 309 Jackson Street was arrested on Tuesday, June 19 for DUI and he was cited for failing to give immediate notice of an accident. Police responded to an accident on Jackson Street where the offender had left the scene and failed to report it. After locating the suspect, Lattimore, police observed him to have slurred speech. His eyes were glossy and he had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. He gave several accounts as to what happened concerning the accident. Police learned that Lattimore had consumed a 6 pack of beer and had taken his medication prior to the accident. Lattimore performed poorly on sobriety tasks and he submitted to a blood alcohol test. Lattimore’s bond is $1,500 and his court date is July 19.

SRO Officer Graduates from DARE School

June 25, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Sheriff Patrick Ray, Chief Deputy Robert Patrick, SRO/DARE Instructor Lewis Carrick, and Sergeant Scott Staggs DARE Trainer for the State of Tennessee.

School Resource Officer Lewis Carrick graduated on Friday, June 15 from an intense 2 week DARE School.

He will be teaching DARE for the Sheriff's Department.

DARE is taught to 5th Graders at Northside Elementary and DeKalb West School.

D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) teaches children that popularity can be found in positive behavior, that belonging need not require them to abandon their values, that self-confidence and self-worth come from asserting themselves and resisting destructive temptations. D.A.R.E. teaches students not just that they should refuse drugs and alcohol, and not participate in violent activities, but how to do so. D.A.R.E. goes beyond traditional drug abuse and violence prevention programs. It gives children the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that cause them to experiment with drugs or become involved in gangs or violent activities.

Pictured: Sheriff Patrick Ray, Chief Deputy Robert Patrick, SRO/DARE Instructor Lewis Carrick, and Sergeant Scott Staggs DARE Trainer for the State of Tennessee.

Pair of New Boating Regulations Effective July 1

June 25, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Pair of New Boating Regulations Effective July 1

Two new laws concerning recreational boating will become effective July 1 that are hoped to help increase safety on Tennessee waters.

As of July 1, a requirement similar to the “Move Over” law on land will go into effect. As written, the new law will require boaters to slow to no wake speed within 100 feet of a law enforcement vessel that is displaying flashing blue lights.

Also effective July 1, there will no longer be an exemption from boating education for renters of watercraft.

Tennessee residents born after Jan. 1, 1989 are required to pass a boater education exam administered by an approved representative of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in order to operate any motorized vessel over 8.5 horsepower. Out of state residents born after Jan. 1, 1989 must show proof of successful completion of a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved boating safety course. Non-resident certification may be from their home state or any state issued course.

Persons who have already made reservations or entered into contracts with marinas are encouraged to continue with their plans, but are asked to complete an approved boater education course before renting again.

Tennessee residents born after the Jan.1, 1989 can purchase a Type 600 Exam Permit online or from any hunting and fishing license vendor for a cost of $10 and go to a testing location to take the exam or take a class. Locations for testing and for classes can be found on the TWRA website under the boating section. For study materials telephone (615) 781-6682.

Judge Sentences Liberty Man for Burglary

June 25, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Joshua Kevin Vickers

A man charged in a Liberty burglary was sentenced last Tuesday in DeKalb County Criminal Court.

36 year old Joshua Kevin Vickers of Liberty entered a plea by criminal information to aggravated burglary. He received a 6 year sentence on TDOC probation. The term is to run consecutive to a sentence in DeKalb County General Sessions Court and concurrently with a Cannon County sentence against him. Vickers is to make restitution of $975 to the victim.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on January 18, 2017 Vickers broke into a garage and a residence on Sweetwater Road in Liberty and took an HP computer with a monitor and a Primo game camera. The total value of the items taken was $400. In breaking into the garage and the home, Vickers damaged or destroyed windows and doors. The total amount of damage was $575.

The case was investigated by a sheriff’s department detective.

Woman Responsible for Sunday Wreck Charged with DUI

June 25, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Woman Responsible for Sunday Wreck Charged with DUI
Smithville Volunteer Firefighters at Scene of Sunday Crash
Lisa Michelle Roller

A McMinnville woman responsible for a rear-end collision Sunday afternoon in Smithville has been charged with driving under the influence.

45 year old Lisa Michelle Roller is charged with DUI and cited for violation of the implied consent law. Her bond is $3,000 and she will make a court appearance on July 12.

According to Smithville Police, Roller was traveling east in a Chevrolet Aveo when she failed to stop at the intersection of West Broad Street and South Mountain Street and rear-ended a Dodge Journey, driven by 26 year old Joshua Orcutt of Smithville who was stopped at the traffic light. Roller told police that she could not stop. Passengers with Orcutt were his wife, Faith and three children, an 8 year old girl; a 3 year old girl; and a 2 year old boy. Neither of them were seriously injured. They were checked out at the scene by DeKalb EMS but refused transport to the hospital.

Roller was also examined at the scene by EMS and treated for minor injuries. She too refused transport by ambulance to the hospital.

According to police, an open beer was found in the floor board of Roller’s car. She refused to submit to field sobriety tasks and implied consent. A search warrant was obtained to get a blood sample from her for testing.

The crash was investigated by patrolman Will Judkins of the Smithville Police Department. Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department were also on the scene to assist.

Gordonsville Woman Answers to Credit Card Fraud, Theft, and Meth Charges

June 24, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Robin Lynn Woodard

A Gordonsville woman charged with using someone else’s debit/credit card to make purchases last October and for stealing items from another person’s home in January appeared in DeKalb County Criminal Court last Tuesday.

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33 year old Robin Lynn Woodard entered a plea by criminal information to theft over $2,500 and fraudulent use of a credit card. She received a three year sentence in the theft case and two years for the other charge but the terms are to run concurrently for a total of three years. Woodard was granted TDOC probation. She must make restitution of $4,430 to one victim and $1,509 to another. Woodard also entered a plea to a separate offense of simple possession of a schedule II drug (methamphetamine). In that case, she received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days to be on probation after serving 30 days in the county jail. This sentence is to run concurrently with the others against her. She was given jail credit of 43 days.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on October 10, 12, and 13, 2017 Woodard allegedly used a debit/credit card for the following purposes: On October 10 for a bill payment of $42.95 and Straight Talk air time for $63. 35; On October 12 for Globaltel in the amount of $45.99, PayPal for $150, a Pre-paid plus for $450, and Total Wireless for $10; and October 13 for VendEngine on three occasions in amounts of $98.62, $90.23, and $25.00, Grumby’s Bail Bonding for $100, Google Pinger for $9.99, and L2GTN Safety for $424.

Meanwhile on January 9, 2018 Woodard allegedly took from the residence of another victim a 30.30 rifle, an M1 30 Carbine Rifle, Cross Bow, 19 inch flat screen TV, Jewelry, digital camera, quilts, sheets, clothes and a wii console. The total value of the stolen items is $4,430.

In the drug case, Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, May 6 a deputy stopped a white Nissan Maxima at the intersection of Dry Creek Road and Old Dry Creek Road due to a wanted person (Woodard) inside the vehicle. Woodard was the driver. A check through central dispatch revealed that her license were revoked for a 2009 driving under the influence offense in Wilson County with no reinstatement. She also has a prior offense against her for driving on a revoked license in Smith County. While she was being placed under arrest, the officer asked Woodard if she had anything illegal on her person and she turned over to him a baggie containing 1.5 grams of a clear crystal like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

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