Smithville Police recently charged two men with drug offenses after making a traffic stop.
33 year old Bobby Wayne Pinegar of 3650 McMinnville Highway, Smithville is charged with possession of a schedule III and IV controlled substance. His bond is $2,000 and he will be in court July 30th. 31 year old Andrew Wesley Wilbert of 2310 Vandergriff Hollow Road, Dowelltown is charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance. His bond is $1,000 and he will be in court July 30th.
Smithville K-9 Officer Bradley Tatrow was patrolling on East Broad Street on July 9th at approximately 10:00 p.m. when he witnessed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. Officer Tatrow stopped the vehicle and the driver gave him permission to search the automobile for weapons, alcohol, and narcotics. Pinegar was a passenger in the vehicle. He had on his person a cigarette pack containing twelve hydrocodone pills, a schedule III drug, and eleven xanax pills, a schedule IV drug. Wilbert, another passenger in the vehicle, had on his person a baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.
39 year old Tracey Lee Vashist of 622 Short Mountain Highway, Smithville is charged with child abuse and neglect. Her bond is $5,000 and she will be in court July 23rd.
Smithville Police Officer Matt Holmes was dispatched to the residence of Vashist on July 11th at approximately 9:55 a.m. on a missing child call. The mother, Vashist, reported that she could not locate her four year old son and had last seen him about forty five minutes earlier. A five year old female was outside the residence unattended. The Smithville Fire Department was called in to assist in the search for the missing child. The Department of Children Services was also notified. The four year old boy was later located by Officer Holmes at the intersection of Fisher and Bryant Street. An investigation was conducted by Officer Holmes. The five year old female told the officer that after the boy left, she went inside the residence and awoke her mother to tell her the boy was gone. Other witnesses were interviewed. DCS removed the two children from the custody of Vashist. They were placed with the grandparents.
32 year old Stephanie L. Vanatta of 691 Snow Hill Road, Dowelltown is charged with two counts of passing a forged check at Food Lion. Her bond is $20,000. 37 year old Craig Anthony Hill of 8741 Holmes Creek Road, Smithville is charged with passing a forged check. His bond is $25,000.
Officers report that Penny Adams came to the Smithville Police Department on June 21st at approximately 9:35 a.m. to report her billfold and some checks were stolen. Adams was at a business in Smithville and while she was inside, these articles were taken from her vehicle. Adams gave the officer the name of a possible suspect she saw close to the vehicle while it was parked. Detective Jerry Hutchins conducted an investigation which revealed that two persons had passed forged checks on the Adams bank account. Vanatta was arrested on July 8th and charged with passing the two forged checks at Food Lion on the Adams bank account. Vanatta allegedly passed one forged check on June 22nd for $92.61 and the other on June 23rd for $110.15. Meanwhile, on June 23rd, police say Hill passed a forged check in the amount of $211 on the Adams account at DeKalb Community Bank in Smithville.
In an unrelated crime, Hill was also arrested for theft of property. Police say on July 8th, a man entered the BP service station at 736 South Congress Boulevard in Smithville. The man asked the clerk for cigarettes. The clerk placed the cigarettes on the counter. The man swiped a bogus credit card through the machine. When the clerk turned to the cash register, the man grabbed the cigarettes and ran out of the door. Detective Jerry Hutchins conducted an investigation and arrested Hill, charging him with the theft of the cigarettes. His bond is $5,000.
44 year old David Ray Redmond of 740 Walker Drive Smithville is charged with a first offense of driving under the influence. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court July 23rd.
Smithville Police Officer Travis Bryant was dispatched to Highway 56 South on a possible impaired driver on July 19th. He was given a description of the vehicle and driver. Officer Bryant observed the suspect drive around behind Jewel's Market. Officer Bryant made contact with the driver. During the conversation, Officer Bryant noticed Redmond's speech to be very slurred and he was unsteady on his feet. Redmond submitted to and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks.
Meanwhile, Smithville Police are asking for your help in solving other recent crimes.
Chief Jennings says Chad Hale, owner of Chad's Auto Sales in Smithville had four tires and wheels taken from a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix parked on his car lot. The tires and wheels were stolen sometime between 6:00 p.m. on July 8th and 10:00 a.m. on July 9th. They are valued at $500.
Lynn Ferrell of 823 Dry Creek Road, Smithville had the following property taken from his business, Lynn's Auto Salvage sometime during the night of July 12th, two tie down straps, two radios, two tow chains, and a set of booster cables. The value of the property is approximately $500.
A CD player was taken from the automobile of Hector Cernantez Rivas of 1222 South College Street, Smithville sometime between July 7th and July 13th. The value of the CD player is $75.00
Chief Jennings is asking anyone with information on these thefts or other criminal activity to contact the Smithville Police Department at 615-597-8210. All information received will be kept confidential.