Delivery Employee Charged with Theft of Coins from Newspaper Stands

October 1, 2007
Dwayne Page

28 year old David Wayne Clark of Jessie Road, McMinnville was arrested Friday on eight counts of theft of property under $500.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says the Sheriff's Department was notified of someone stealing coins from the Smithville Review Newspaper stands at four locations in Smithville. On Thursday night, officers from the Sheriff's Department set up four newspaper stands by using marked coins and staking out the stands. In the early morning hours of Friday, officers saw a vehicle, which belonged to Clark, going to the stands. Clark, who is an employee of the Southern Standard Newspaper in McMinnville was delivering papers and breaking into the Smithville Review stands. Officers stopped Clark and found the marked money. Clark had in his possession $111.93 and two change trays which were taken from the Review stands. Clark's bond was set at $8,000 and his court date is October 11th

Meanwhile, Sheriff Ray says deputies stopped a vehicle on Highway 70 West on Saturday and found 36 year old Amy Curtis of Morgan Drive, Smithville driving on a revoked driver's license. Deputies also found a hypodermic needle and a straw. A passenger in Curtis' vehicle, 30 year old Amy Janette Lawson of Haley Road Smithville was arrested. Deputies found five hypodermic needles, cut straws, and marijuana in Lawson's pocketbook. Lawson also had in her possession 48 dilaudid pills, 4 xanax pills, 8 hydocodone pills, and 2 soma pills. Deputies also seized $974 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales. Curtis was charged with driving on a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $2,000 and her court date is October 11th. Lawson was charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia (needles and straws), simple possession of marijuana, sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (dilaudid), sale and delivery of a schedule III drug (hydocodone), and sale and delivery of a schedule IV drug (xanax). Bond was set at $126,000 and her court date is October 11th.

Also on Saturday, deputies received a call about a person sitting in a vehicle on Highway 70 West. Upon arrival, officers found 19 year old David Arlen Studdard of Log Cabin Road Cookeville in an intoxicated state. Studdard was charged with public intoxication and under age consumption. Bond was set at $2,000 and his court date is November 1st.

28 year old Victor Guzman of Jackson Street, Smithville was charged Saturday with no driver's license and DUI. Deputies observed a vehicle driving in a reckless manner on Short Mountain Highway. After Deputies stopped the vehicle, Guzman was found to have no drivers license and was intoxicated. 40 year old Ricardo Gonzalez of Jackson Street, Smithville, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was also found to be intoxicated. Guzman was charged with DUI and driving without a driver's license. Bond was set at $1,000 and his court date is November 1st. Gonzalez was charged with public intoxication. His bond is $1,000 and his court date is November 1st.

42 year old Tonya Caldwell of Walker Drive Smithville was stopped Sunday on Highway 70 East for a traffic violation. Field sobriety tasks were administered and she was found to be intoxicated. Caldwell was charged with 2nd offense DUI. Her bond is $2,000 and her court date is November 1st.

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