A 31 year old Smithville man is the latest to be arrested on drug charges in a recent undercover investigation by the Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that Terrance Ladale Martin of South Bright Hill Street, Smithville was charged in a grand jury sealed indictment with one count of sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (Roxycodone) in a drug free zone. His bond is $50,000 and he will be arraigned in DeKalb County Criminal Court on February 21. He was arrested on Saturday, January 18.
A total of 56 people have been arrested in the three month undercover drug sting . A total of 64 people were indicted last Monday, January 13 as a result.
Meanwhile, in other recent crime news 35 year old Jessie Eugene Thomas of Dale Ridge Road, Dowelltown is charged with a violation of an order of protection. His bond is $2,500. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, January 13, a deputy responded to a residence on Toad Road. Upon arrival the officer found Thomas sitting in a vehicle parked halfway in the yard. The woman, who had obtained the order of protection against Thomas, was in the front yard of the residence when the officer arrived. She reported that Thomas was on the premises trying to speak to her in violation of the order of protection. He was arrested and taken to the sheriff's department for booking.
38 year old William Stacy Matthews of Gard Lane, Smithville is charged with two counts of forgery. His bond is $10,000 and he will be in court on January 23. Sheriff Ray said that on or about October 26, 2013, Matthews allegedly forged a name to the title and registration of a 1999 GMC van, registering the vehicle in the name of the victim. Matthews allegedly admitted to forging the victim's name. The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the Sheriff's Department.
41 year old Terry Lynn Burton of Wolf Creek Road, Silver Point is charged with driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on January 23. Sheriff Ray said that on or about January 14, a deputy was dispatched to Wolf Creek Road in response to a report of someone having driven a vehicle into a neighbor's yard. Upon arrival the officer spoke to Burton who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and his speech was slurred. Burton allegedly admitted to drinking and driving into his neighbor's yard. Burton submitted to but performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks. He was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.
31 year old Jessica French Hale of South College Street, Smithville is charged with theft of property under $500. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court January 23. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, January 9 Hale allegedly took $120 from the cash register of a business on Dale Ridge Road without the owner's consent. She allegedly admitted to taking $80 from the register. The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the Sheriff's Department.
35 year old Vanessa Ann Murphy of Short Mountain Road, Smithville is charged with driving under the influence. She was further issued a citation for failing to maintain her lane of travel. Her bond is $1,500 and she will be in court on February 20. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, January 16 Murphy was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 70 when she was stopped for failing to maintain her lane of travel. Her speech was slurred and she had difficulty keeping her eyes open. Murphy was also unsteady on her feet. Murphy submitted to but performed poorly on all field sobriety tasks. She also submitted to a blood test. According to Sheriff Ray, Murphy is believed to have been taking narcotics. She was arrested and brought to the jail for booking.
34 year old Nelson Gregory Hendrixson of Bethel Road, Smithville is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court on January 23. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, January 17, Hendrixson allegedly assaulted his wife at their residence by hitting her in the mouth with his fist, causing a severe cut on her lip. She then tripped and fell. While the woman was on the floor, Hendrixson allegedly kicked her in the body and legs. She had bruising on her left shoulder and left leg requiring her to be treated at the emergency room of the hospital.