The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has filed petitions against two juveniles charging them in connection with a recent rash of burglary, theft, and vandalism cases.
Meanwhile a 31 year old woman, Brandy Egerton of Page Drive, Smithville is charged with aggravated statutory rape for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of the teens. Her bond is $150,000 and she will be in court on the charge March 12th.
Sheriff Ray says the juveniles, ages 16 and 17, both male, are currently in the Cookeville Juvenile Detention Center, pending a March 11th court date.
According to Sheriff Ray, the two boys, during interviews with county detectives, admitted to committing an estimated $20,000 worth of burglaries, vandalisms, and thefts." They admitted to going to a lot on Bright Hill Road, breaking into that lot, and stealing batteries and radios out of some of the cars being stored there."
"They admitted to going around town and busting the front glasses out of several businesses using bb guns and other weapons. They are also responsible for shooting out a window at the home of a Smithville police officer on New Home Road and shooting out a window in the back of a vehicle at a residence on Dry Creek Road."
"The boys also admitted to going to the Four Seasons Marina, where they broke into about 15 to 20 boats by cutting the tarps or covers to the boats. While inside some of the boats, they took amplifiers and radios."
"One of the boys, the 16 year old, went to Zelenka Nursery, where he got into one of the nursery's mini-trucks used to haul plants around the nursery. He hot wired the truck and drove it down one of the lanes before crashing it into a semi-trailer causing damage to it."
Two people, Troy Lee Cunningham, and Amanda Brooke England were arrested last week on theft charges as a result of this on-going investigation. Sheriff Ray says these and other burglary, vandalism, and theft cases will be presented against these two people and possibly others during the April term of the Grand Jury." We believe they (along with the juveniles) are responsible for a lot of the thefts and vandalism in the county. There's so many of them (thefts and vandalisms) we haven't yet finished working on them."
Meanwhile in other cases, 29 year old Matthew Justin Daniel of Hurricane Ridge Road, Smithville was arrested last Tuesday, March 3rd on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court March 12th
Sheriff Ray says Daniel was stopped for a traffic offense on Evins Mill Road. Daniel gave officers consent to search and they found two hypodermic needles containing residue and a straw in a back pack on the floor board of the vehicle. Sheriff Ray says Daniel admitted that the needles and the straw belonged to him.
40 year old Tony L. Edge of Puckett Road, McMinnville and 24 year old Sara Nicole South of Short Mountain Street, Smithville were arrested last Wednesday, March 4th .
According to Sheriff Ray, deputies stopped a vehicle on Highway 146 for weaving. Officers learned that Edge's driver's license was revoked and that this was his third offense of driving on a revoked license. Deputies obtained consent to search and found two needles. One of the needles was in the floor board of the vehicle and the other needle was on Edge's person. Also in the vehicle was a gallon jug, about a quarter full, of a clear liquid believed to be moonshine.
Edge was charged with possession of untaxed liquor, a third offense of driving on a revoked license, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is $5,000.
Meanwhile, South, a passenger of Edge's vehicle, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $1,000 and her court date is March 19th. Sheriff Ray says South handed the officers four needles after they asked her if she had anything illegal on her.
35 year old Hollie Dawn Nash of Sparta Highway, Smithville was charged with driving on a revoked license last Wednesday, March 4th.
Sheriff Ray says deputies worked an accident on Highway 70 and discovered that Nash was driving on a revoked license. Her license had been revoked for a DUI on January 18th, 2008 in White County. Her bond on that charge was $2,000.
On the night that she bailed out of jail, Nash got into trouble with the law again. According to Sheriff Ray, deputies were called to a residence on Sparta Highway to answer a domestic complaint. Upon arrival, they spoke to the complainant, Nash's boyfriend, who alleged that he and Nash got into a verbal confrontation with each other and that she bit him on the arm causing an injury. Nash was charged in that case with domestic assault and her bond is $2,500
She will be in court on both charges March 19th.