Barnes Charged in Drug Investigation

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department arrested a 33 year old Smithville man Wednesday in an undercover drug investigation.
Joseph Scott Barnes of Opossum Hollow Lane, Smithville was charged with attempted possession of a schedule II drug (Oxycontin) for sale and delivery.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says the DeKalb Sheriff’s Department conducted an undercover drug investigation in which Barnes was found to have purchased 120 pills he believed to be Oxycontin 40 milligrams for $3,000.
Detectives seized $3,048 in cash and Barnes’ 1988 Toyota 4×4 pickup truck that he was driving.
Barnes’ bond was set at $10,000 and his court date is January 10th.
More arrests are pending.

Ramirez Charged with Statutory Rape of 14 Year old Girl

A 24 year old man was arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday and charged with the statutory rape of a fourteen year old girl.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says Jorge L. Ramirez of South College Street, Smithville is free on a $5,000 bond and he will appear in General Sessions Court on December 20th.
According to Sheriff Ray, detectives learned during an investigation that Ramirez had sexual relations with the girl within the last six months. Ramirez apparently had given the victim a ride and then allegedly pulled his vehicle over and engaged in sexual contact with her. Sheriff Ray says Ramirez admitted to county detectives about his involvement in the crime.
Meanwhile, on Friday deputies from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one vehicle accident on Vaughn Lane, Smithville. 24 year old Humberto Rocha Gerrero of West Side Trailer Court, McMinnville was charged with no driver’s license and no insurance. Sheriff Ray says Gerrero lost control of his vehicle on Vaughn Lane and the vehicle overturned in the roadway. Gerrero posted a $1,000 bond and he will appear in General Sessions Court on December 19th.
Also on Friday, 25 year old Victorio Lopez of Short Mountain Road, Smithville was charged with driving under the influence. Deputies from the sheriff’s department responded to an accident on Short Mountain Highway and Lopez was found to be the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident. Deputies at the scene say Lopez was so intoxicated, he was leaning on the patrol car to balance himself. Lopez’s bond was set at $1,500 and his court date is January 4th.
43 year old Jeffery Ponder of Old Mill Hill Road, Dowelltown was charged on Saturday with Possession of a Schedule IV Drug (Xanax) for Resale, Possession of a Schedule III Drug (Suboxone) for Resale, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ponder was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation. After the vehicle was stopped, deputies learned that Ponder had outstanding warrants against him out of Wilson County. Ponder was taken into custody and was found to have a syringe, Xanax Pills, and Suboxone Pills on his person. Ponder’s bond was set at $21,500 and his court date is December 20th.

Smithville Firefighters Respond to Sunday night Structure Fire

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the scene of a fire at a vacant building on West Broad Street around 5:37 p.m. Sunday night.
The building was once the old Farmers Supply business location.
Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker says the fire started in the old office portion of the building and spread into the area between the ceiling and roof where some file folders and papers were stored.
Although there was significant damage, fire fighters were able to get the blaze under control before it spread into the larger portion of the building. No one was injured.
Because fire hoses had to be stretched across West Broad Street to the nearest available fire hydrants, traffic had to be re-routed for a while.

Willie “Jay” Thomas

70 year old Willie “Jay” Thomas of Dowelltown died Sunday at NHC of Smithville. He was a farmer and a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church. The funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Ada Martin Thomas; two brothers, Willie Eugene Thomas and James E. Thomas; and a sister, Bertha Bennett. Survivors include three brothers, Joe Thomason of Sweetwater and Alfred and Willie Thomas both of Smithville. Three sisters, Retha Frazier of Woodbury, Minnie Murphy of Smithville, and Lou Verna Woodruff of West Virginia. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Six Persons Involved In Saturday Afternoon Wreck Near Hurricane Bridge

Six people were involved in a two vehicle crash around 12:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon on Highway 56 at Hurricane Bridge.
Trooper Shannon Brinkley of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 28 year old Jennifer A. Griffith of Smithville was driving north in a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan when she lost control in a curve before crossing the bridge. The vehicle went into a counter clockwise spin, crossed into the southbound lane, and struck a 2003 Nissan Frontier pickup truck head-on, driven by 48 year old Jeffery L. Delaney of Millington, Tennessee. Trooper Brinkley says Delaney swerved to the right toward the guardrail as far as he could but he was unable to avoid the collision.
Griffith’s father, 49 year old Gary Hoffman of Toledo, Ohio and her two daughters, 5 year old Kristen Griffith and 18 month old Cadence Griffith were passengers of the minivan.
Hoffman was ejected through the rear window of the mini van and went over the guardrail and forty feet down an embankment.
He was taken by DeKalb EMS to Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Hoffman was later transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Meanwhile, 45 year old Maria R. Robertson of South Haven, Mississippi, a passenger of the Delaney truck, was trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle by members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department’s Extrication Team. The department’s Cookeville Highway Station also responded to the accident.
Robertson was also transported by DeKalb EMS to the hospital in Cookeville.
Trooper Brinkley says Delaney and Jennifer Griffith were not transported by ambulance but later checked themselves into the emergency room of Cookeville Regional for treatment. Neither Delaney, Griffith, or the children were believed to have been seriously injured.
Mrs Griffith was charged with failure to use due care. Trooper Brinkley says the road was wet and it appeared she may have been driving too fast.
Delaney was charged with not wearing his seat belt.

Three Arrested in Drug Investigation

Three people were arrested Friday night in an undercover drug investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 49 year old Gwynn Greer Prater, 32 year old Tabatha Shantell Murphy, and 60 year old Sharon Hindsley, who all reside at 830 South Mountain Street, Smithville were charged in the case.
According to Sheriff Ray, the sheriff’s department executed a search warrant at the residence after making at least one controlled drug buy there
Prater was charged after detectives found cash and 29 ½ dilaudid pills on his person. Murphy was charged after detectives found 23 ½ pills on her person. Also found in Prater and Murphy’s bedroom were morphine pills, Xanax pills, syringes, straws, glass pipes, and hemostats. In Hindsley’s bedroom, deputies found marijuana and Xanax pills.
Prater and Murphy are both charged with possession of a schedule II drug dilaudid for resale, possession of a schedule II drug morphine, possession of a schedule IV drug Xanax, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for both was set at $96,500.
Hindsley is charged with possession of a schedule VI drug marijuana and possession of a schedule IV drug Xanax and her bond was set at $12,500.
All three are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on December 20th.

Two Persons Named in Sealed Indictments Arrested/ Grand Jury Visits Jail

Two people, named in sealed indictments, have been arrested.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 65 year old Gary Gilmore Britt of Holmes Creek Road, Smithville was indicted this month (December) on charges of sale of a schedule II controlled substance (dilaudid) and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (dilaudid).
Britt allegedly sold drugs to an undercover operative in an investigation by the Sheriff’s Department earlier this year.
Britt will be arraigned in Criminal Court on Monday, December 17th.
In another case, 33 year old Scotty Wayne Neisz of Green Pasture Road, Alexandria was indicted by the August term of the Grand Jury on four counts of aggravated statutory rape, two counts of aggravated burglary, three counts of theft over $1,000 and failure to appear. He failed to show up for court while on bail on the theft charge.
Neisz was picked up Friday morning in Joelton.
Meanwhile, in addition to returning indictments against some 70 people this month, the Grand Jurors also released a brief report on their visit to the DeKalb County Jail.
The report states that “During our recent visit to the DeKalb County Jail, we found it to be in good condition as well as sanitary. Sheriff Ray was very cooperative in his willingness to show us the jail from top to bottom as well as answer any questions that we had.”

Nayomia Nokes

76 year old Nayomia Nokes of Liberty died Friday at NHC Healthcare Center. She was a retired shirt factory worker. The funeral will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until the service at 1:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Nokes; her parents, Charlie and Oma Allen; and a sister, Louise Agee. Survivors include a son, Lucion and his wife Mary Nokes of Liberty. Two grandchildren, Jeffery Nokes of Liberty, and Penny and Randy Bouldin of McMinnville. One great grandchild, Justin Nokes of Carthage. One sister, Elizabeth Parkerson of Alexandria. Two brothers, Claude Allen of Liberty and J.C. Allen of Brush Creek. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

O.D. Keaton

83 year old O.D. Keaton of Old Hickory died Wednesday. He was a member and deacon of the Dowelltown Baptist Church. He was also a U.S. Navy Veteran, an avid HAM radio operator, and a lifetime member of the American Radio Relay League. Keaton was also Chief Chemist for the Water Quality Control Division of the State of Tennessee. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Bond Memorial Chapel in Mount Juliet. Wayne Malone will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Liberty with full military honors. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to the service at Bond Memorial Chapel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Alma Tramel Keaton; his wife, Annie John Keaton; and a son, Hugh Gordon Keaton. Survivors include his children, David Keaton of Fort Worth, Texas; Loretta and her husband Donnie Walker and Brian and his wife Kathy Joann Keaton all of Old Hickory. Grandchildren, Kathryn Keaton, Clay and his wife Jennifer Keaton, Daniel Keaton, Mitchell Keaton, Melodie Keaton, Ladonne Walker, and Deanna and her husband Jason McGill. A great grandchild, Tyler Clay Keaton and step-grandchildren, Richard A. Van Oden and Jeremiah R. Mull. The Bond Memorial Chapel in Mount Juliet is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of DeKalb Funeral Chapel.

Two Airlifted to Erlanger Hospital After Thursday Night Crash

Two people were seriously injured a one car crash on South College Street in Smithville Thursday night.
Trooper Allen England of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says 28 year old Michael Todd Jones of Smithville, the driver of a 1991 Chevy Cavalier, was traveling north when he lost control, dropped off the left shoulder of the road into a ditchline, struck a driveway culvert, went airborne, and then hit a utility pole, before coming to rest in the ditch on the west side of the road. The accident, which was reported around 6:15 p.m., occurred near the intersection of Jennings Lane.
Jones was trapped in the car and had to be extricated by members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department’s extrication and rescue team.
Both Jones and the passenger, 32 year old Amy Jo Scott of Smithville were airlifted from the scene by a Life Force Helicopter Ambulance and flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending.
Others on the scene, in addition to Trooper England, the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department, and Life Force, were First Responders, DeKalb EMS, Smithville Police, and the Sheriff’s Department.