Woman Arrested Twice in Same Week

July 11, 2010
Dwayne Page

A 23 year old Smithville woman was arrested twice last week, the first time for possession of drugs, and for shoplifting on the second occasion.

Smithville Police report that Brandy Nichole Hale of 114 Highland Drive was arrested on Sunday, July 4th for possession of a schedule IV drug. Hale was stopped by Officer David Phillips for failing to maintain the proper lane of travel. She was also observed by Sergeant Randy King hiding pills in her bra. Hale gave consent to search her vehicle where a bottle containing her prescription and an unidentified pill believed to be a schedule IV drug were found. Bond for Hale is $1,500 and her court date is July 29th.

Hale was arrested again the next day, Monday July, 5th for shoplifting at Rite Aid Pharmacy.
She was observed by a pharmacy employee putting items in her purse. When questioned by K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow, Hale denied having taken anything. Upon giving consent to search her purse, Officer Tatrow found items belonging to the pharmacy. Ms. Hale later admitted to taking the items because she didn't have enough money to pay for them. Bond for Hale is $1,500 and her court date is July 22nd.

27 year old Jessica French Hale of 4001 Big Hill Road, Liberty was cited Friday, July 2nd for shoplifting and simple possession of a schedule III drug. Ms. Hale was observed placing merchandise on her person and attempting to leave Wal-Mart without paying for the items. A search incident to arrest revealed four pills believed to be a schedule III drug in her purse. Officer Scott Davis issued the citation. Her court date is July 29th.

38 year old German Edgardo of 324 Bell Street was cited for theft on Saturday, July 3rd. On Friday, June 18th, Jimmy Driver reported that on May 31st he was in Wal-Mart getting some pictures developed and placed his camera on the counter. An unknown person came up beside him and stole his camera. The theft was captured on Wal-Mart's security cameras. On Saturday, July 3rd with the help of Constable Johnny King, Corporal Travis Bryant made contact with Edgardo who admitted to taking the camera off the counter and leaving the store with it. The camera was recovered and returned to Mr. Driver. Edgardo's court date is July 22nd.

24 year old Johnny Aaron Murphy Jr. of Carthage was arrested on Monday, July 5th for possession of schedule III for resale. While investigating a possible stolen vehicle case, K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow made contact with Murphy. The officer asked Murphy if he had any weapons or narcotics on his person. Murphy replied that he had Hydrocodone in his pocket but not in the right bottle. Murphy turned the bottle over to Officer Tatrow which was for another drug. The bottle contained 17 pills. Bond for Murphy is $5,000.

48 year old Danny Ray Ponder of 7851 Old Mill Hill Road was cited on Tuesday, July 6th for possession of drug paraphernalia. K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow pulled over Ponder for a traffic violation. Ponder gave consent to search his vehicle and Officer Tatrow recovered two used hypodermic needles from the trunk. Ponder's court date is September 2nd.

27 year old Johnny Lynn DeVault of 330 Talpha Drive was arrested on Wednesday, July 7th for DUI. DeVault was operating a motor vehicle and stopped for speeding. Officer David Phillips noticed that DeVault had slurred speech and his eyes were glossy. DeVault submitted to field sobriety tasks and he performed poorly. He also refused to submit to a blood test. DeVault was issued a citation for violation of implied consent and speeding. Bond for DeVault is $1,500 and his court date is July 29th.

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

Sometime between 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 5th and 1:00 am on Tuesday, July 6th someone burglarized a home on Forrest Avenue taking several firearms.

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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