Smithville Police investigating a reported Domestic Assault at 194 Village Place in Smithville arrested 32 year old Frank Smith. Chief Tom Stufano says \"Officers determined that Smith and his wife had been arguing which resulted in Smith slamming her against a wall and then wrapping his hands around her throat. He says the woman had bruises and red marks as a result of the assault. Young children present during the assault ran out of the house to a friend's home. The children's account of the violence was the same as the victim's story.\" Smith was charged with Domestic Assault and he was transported to the DeKalb County Jail under a $2,500 bond.
Officers also arrested 26 year old Terry Reeder of 516 East Main Street in Smithville for Public Intoxication. Chief Stufano says \" Smithville Officers responding to a fight in progress at Hardee's parking lot found Reeder arguing with a female over custody exchange of a child. The female, seeing Reeder intoxicated, denied the exchange for the child's safety. Reeder became uncontrollably upset and unruly causing commotion in public due to his intoxication.\" He was subsequently arrested and transported to the DeKalb County Jail under a $1,000 bond.
Chief Stufano says Smithville Officers working traffic enforcement stopped a vehicle for no tail lights. Upon running driver's license information, police found that 21 year old Steve Roberts of Eagle Creek Road, Smithville was driving on a suspended driver's license. Roberts was placed under arrest and transported to the DeKalb County Jail under a $1,000 bond. He was also charged with operating an unregistered vehicle and no tail lights.
The city will be hosting the Fiddler's Jamboree this week and Chief Stufano says the Police Department would like to remind our residents that officers will be on normal patrol during this eventlooking for suspicious activity in our neighborhoods. Residents who see persons suspected of driving under the influence are encouraged to contact law enforcement so that they can assess the situation. Smithville Police will also have extra patrols in the downtown area during the Jamboree celebration.
Chief Stufano adds that members of the Police and Fire Departments are strongly recommending the proper use and handling of fireworks during the upcoming 4th of July holiday. The dry season along with improper handling of fireworks can cause serious injury and fires. Have a safe holiday and enjoy the festivities.