Sheriff Issues Update on the Latest Crime News and Announces Plans for DARE Graduations

March 24, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Sheriff Patrick Ray issued his weekly update on crime news Monday and announced plans for the DARE Graduations next month.

Four people have been arrested since last Thursday.

Sheriff Ray says 36 year old Marshall Neely of Moores Road Turner, Kentucky was stopped on Highway 70 east for a traffic violation on Thursday, March 20th.

Upon approaching the driver, deputies noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Neely's person. He was asked to perform field sobriety tasks which he failed. Neely was placed under arrest for DUI and he was also written a citation for the Implied Consent law. Neely's bond was set at $1000 and his court date is April 3rd.

Also on Thursday, 43 year old Tony Joe Corley of Lower Helton Road, Liberty was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. Corley was a passenger in a vehicle which was stopped for a traffic violation on Highway 70 east. After deputies received consent to search the vehicle Corley was in, a used hypodermic needle fell out of Corley's pants. His bond was set at $2,500 and his court date was set for March 27th.

On Friday, deputies observed 19 year old Adam Tramel of Possum Hollow Road, Dowelltown urinating in the parking lot at Hardee's. When the officers pulled into the parking lot to speak with Tramel, he jumped into to his vehicle and attempted to flee. The deputies stopped Tramel on Highway 56 south around Whorton Springs Road. Upon speaking with Tramel, officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his person. After performing poorly on all field sobriety tasks, Tramel was arrested for DUI, indecent exposure, and evading arrest. Tramel also received citations for under age consumption after he admitted to drinking 8 or 9 beers and violation of the insurance law. Total bond for Tramel was set at $7,000 and his court date is set for April 3rd.

50 year old Billy Stephen Braswell of Nashville Highway, Liberty was charged Sunday with a DUI (first offense) and simple possession. Deputies stopped Braswell for a traffic violation on Highway 70 west in Liberty. When the officers spoke with Braswell, they noticed a strong odor of alcohol on his person. Sheriff Ray says Braswell was so intoxicated he could not balance himself enough to perform field sobriety tasks. Deputies also found a marijuana cigarette in Braswell's ash tray. Sheriff Ray says Braswell admitted that the marijuana cigarette belonged to him. He received a written citation for failure to take a blood alcohol test. Braswell's total bond was set at $3,000 and his court date is set for April 3rd.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Ray is inviting everyone to two of the planned DARE Graduations set for April. The first DARE Graduation is planned for Tuesday, April 22nd at 1:30 p.m. inside the Gymnasium at Northside Elementary School in Smithville. The second DARE Graduation is planned for Wednesday April, 23rd at 1:30 p.m. inside the Gymnasium at the DeKalb West School in Liberty. Sheriff Ray says by participating in this program, DeKalb County 5th graders will join the millions of other DARE Graduates who have taken the pledge to stay drug free and avoid violence, The DARE Program is currently being taught in all 50 States in the U.S., as well as 53 other countries around the world. Sheriff Ray says "the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, Northside Elementary School, and DeKalb West School are proud to take part in this worldwide effort to help keep our children off drugs."

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