Smithville Police Department Crime News

February 4, 2011
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Police Department has released it's latest arrest report for the week

Chief Randy Caplinger reports that 33 year old Ozell Kay Meeks of White Street was cited for theft of merchandise on Friday, January 28th. Officer Matt Farmer responded to Dollar General Store for a possible shoplifter. Store employees advised the officer that Ms. Meeks had taken some items and placed them in her purse. Four items found in Ms. Meeks' purse matched the description of the items given by store employees. Her court date is March 3rd.

60 year old Donna Marie Ashburn of Baron Bluff Road was arrested on Friday, January 28th for a second offense of driving under the influence. She was also cited for violation of the implied consent law. Officer Matt Farmer received a call of a possible DUI. When Officer Farmer located the vehicle, he noticed it cross the center line while approaching on-coming traffic. After Officer Farmer pulled over Ms. Ashburn, she put her vehicle in reverse and started backing up forcing the officer to back up his vehicle to keep from being hit. While speaking to Ms. Ashburn, Officer Farmer noticed she had slurred speech and seemed to be confused. She performed poorly on field sobriety tasks and refused to submit to a blood test. Her bond is $2,000 and her court date is February 17th.

47 year old Michael John Bafundo of Franklin was arrested on Saturday, January 29th for driving under the influence. Bafundo was operating a motor vehicle when he was stopped by Officer James Cornelius for speeding. Upon further investigation, Officer Cornelius found Bafundo to be unsteady on his feet. Bafundo submitted to field sobriety tasks but he performed poorly. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court on February 17th.

75 year old Joseph Charles Edge of Creek Road was cited for theft of merchandise on Monday, January 31st. Officer Scott Davis responded to Rite Aid Pharmacy for a possible shoplifter. Officer Davis confronted Mr. Edge and asked him if he had anything that did not belong to him on his person. Edge responded "no" but added that Officer Davis could check. Officer Davis recovered two boxes of allergy medication from Mr. Edge's pockets which had not been paid for. Edge's court date is February 17th.

Samantha Bee Florida of Alabama was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia on Wednesday, February 2nd. Officer David Phillips was dispatched to Rite Aid in reference to a shoplifter. The manager reported that the suspect, Samantha Florida had taken some batteries into the bathroom. She consented to a search and two needles were found in her purse. Florida's court date is March 3rd.

Meanwhile, anyone with information on any offense is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

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

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