Smithville Man Accused of Altering Prescription to Obtain more Pain Medication

June 18, 2010
Dwayne Page

A man, accused of altering a prescription in order to obtain more pain medication, was arrested by Smithville Police Wednesday, June 16th.

32 year old Darnell F Gurley of 848 Foster Road is charged with prescription fraud. Officer Matt Holmes made the arrest. Gurley, who had a written prescription for pain, took it to Wal-Mart Pharmacy where it was determined that the prescription had been altered. Gurley admitted to adding to the amounts of pills above what the prescription called for because he needed more medication for his pain and did not have the money to see another doctor. Bond for Gurley is $5,000 and his court date is June 24th.

22 year old Cynthia Marie Shehane of 392 Page Drive was arrested on Sunday, June 13th for driving on a suspended license. Corporal Travis Bryant responded to Mapco Express regarding a motor vehicle crash. During his investigation, Corporal Bryant discovered that Ms. Shehane had driven to Mapco and was then involved in the accident. A check revealed that her license was suspended for failure to satisfy a citation in DeKalb County. Bond for Shehane is $1,000 and her court date is June 23rd.

32 year old Steve A Stanley of 7714 Old Mill Hill Road was arrested on Tuesday, June 15th for possession of a schedule II and IV controlled substance. Lieutenant Steven Leffew was dispatched to the court house to assist parole officers Jessie Rucker and Byron Houston. While Danny Ponder was reporting to his probation officer, his vehicle was to be searched. Stanley was a passenger of the vehicle and when he got out of the automobile, Stanley walked to the yard of the court house where Rucker saw him drop a small metal container. Inside the container were 10 ½ pills. There was no prescription for the pills. Stanley said he was trying to help Ponder by getting the pills out of his car. Bond for Stanley is $2,000 and his court date is July 22nd.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Leffew arrested 48 year old Danny R Ponder of 7851 Old Mill Hill Road for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lieutenant Leffew entered Kwik N Ezy and was approached by two customers and an employee who said that a man was passed out in a white Kia by the side of the building. Lieutenant Leffew checked and found Ponder passed out in the driver's seat. After Ponder was awakened, Lieutenant Leffew found his speech was slurred and Ponder was unsteady on his feet as he got out of the vehicle. Ponder said that he had taken several xanax and hydrocodone. Incident to arrest, nine syringes were found in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Bond for Ponder was set at $2,500 and his court date is July 22nd.

41 year old John Michael Turner of A B Frazier Road was arrested on Thursday, June 17th for driving under the influence. Officer Scott Davis observed Turner asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle which was parked in the north bound lane facing south bound on Allen Ferry Road near the ball field. There was an open can of Budweiser beer between his legs. When Officer Davis awoke Turner and asked for his driver's license, Turner gave him his debit card instead. Field sobriety tasks were not performed due to the vehicles location facing oncoming traffic and due to safety concerns for Turner. Officer Davis read Turner his Miranda rights and the Tennessee Implied Consent Law but he refused to submit. Turner was arrested for DUI and cited for violation of the open container law and violation of the implied consent law. Bond for Turner is $1,500 and his court date is June 24th.

Anyone having any information on the following offense is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

On Sunday, June 13th, Candido Rico of 832 O' Conner Street reported that between Saturday, June 12th at approximately 9:30 p.m and Sunday, June 13th at approximately 10:25 a.m. someone had cut the convertible top of his car and made entry. Rico's in dash DVD/stereo was stolen

Any information received that will help the Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

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