Wayne County News Reports:
Arrests this week include April Annette Rumbaugh, 42, of Waynesboro. According to police report, on or about May 6, 2014 Ms. Rumbaugh forged a check belonging to Angulas Dixon in the amount of $100.00. It was cashed at Quick Mart 15 in Loretto, TN and the transaction was recorded on a video surveillance camera. Ms. Rumbaugh was charged with forgery. She was also charged with 4 rule violations of probation and a child support attachment. She was booked into Wayne County Jail on a $61,000.00 Bond. Officer Anna Attkisson was the arresting officer.
Rocky D. Jones, 33 of Waynesboro was arrested on May 15, 2014 for charges resulting from a 2 vehicle accident occurring on March 27, 2014. When Highway Patrolman, Steve Karpati arrived at the scene, Mr. Jones was in the ambulance. He was very combative with the EMS workers and appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant and/or drugs and had track marks on his arms. Mr. Jones was transported to Maury ER. His implied consent was given. He had a previous DUI conviction in Wayne County on September 14, 1999. Mr. Jones had a passenger in the vehicle, Mr. Dustin Bunch, who was also injured. The driver of the second vehicle said Mr. Jones was driving recklessly prior to the crash, as was another vehicle ahead of him. He pulled over to the side of the road and when Mr. Jones negotiated the curve he lost control of his car and struck the second vehicle head on. Mr. Jones’s vehicle continued to travel up an embankment and then overturned landing upside down onto the trailer being pulled by the second vehicle. Mr. Jones is being charged with Reckless Endangerment, DUI, and Vehicular Assault and has been booked into Wayne County Jail on a $37,500.00 bond.
Michael Chad Holt, 35 of Waynesboro was arrested on Saturday, May 10, 2014 for simple assault, disorderly conduct, DUI, resisting arrest and public intoxication. Deputy David Pigg was dispatched to Old Beech Creek Road in Waynesboro concerning someone lying in the middle of the road. Upon arrival, he made contact with Michael Holt, who was passed out next to a pile of vomit and a set of car keys. A green Ford Thunderbird with South Carolina tags was parked on the side of the road with the driver side door open approximately 100 feet from Mr. Holt. Dispatch was notified and Emergency Medical Services were en-route. Deputy Pigg checked Mr. Holt’s pulse and noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person. He got Mr. Holt awake and Holt started screaming that he was drunk and had been drinking tequila. When EMS arrived and began to examine him, he became irate and put his hands on EMT Robert Gobbell’s chest. Mr. Gobbell backed away from him and Mr. Holt was instructed several times to stop and place his hands behind his back. Mr. Holt kept yelling “No, Taze me, taze me!” He then took an aggressive step towards Sgt. Walter Smith and Smith compliantly tazed him. Mr. Holt was placed in custody and EMS removed the prongs. He was booked into Wayne County Jail on a $6,000.00 bond.
On Sunday, May 25, 2014 Deputy Michael Byrd responded to a call in regards to an individual who had gotten into an altercation at the Crazy Horse Canoe Rental Resort at the Bell Bridge on the Buffalo River. When he arrived, the security guard told him 2 boys had been pistol whipped. According to statements by witnesses, Mr. William Howard Shelton, III, 32, of Bluesprings MS, and some other individuals were in a fight and Colton Lynch and Robert Foust were witnesses to the fight and then went over to their vehicle and sat on the tailgate. Security had broken up the fight and told Mr. Shelton to go to bed. A few minutes later, after security left, Mr. Shelton came back to the vehicle where the boys were and yelled “Hey!” at them, and then hit Mr. Lynch in the face with the pistol and then turned to Mr. Foust and hit him in the face and the back of the head. He then pointed the pistol and Mr. Foust and pulled the trigger. The magazine had dropped down and fortunately the gun did not fire. Mr. Foust’s father, Mr. William Foust saw the pistol and notified security who yelled at Mr. Shelton. Mr. Shelton then took off running toward his camp site and security officer, Paul Gattlin chased him and observed him running to his camp site, jumping off into a ditch, throwing the pistol into the bank and then running into his tent. Security detained Mr. Shelton until the Deputies arrived who noted that Mr. Shelton was extremely intoxicated. He was charged with Possession of a handgun while under the influence, felon in possession of a firearm, public intoxication, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and armed dangerous felonies. He was booked into Wayne County Jail without incident on a $138,000.00 bond.
On Saturday, May 24, Officer Jody Smith responded to a call to Wayne County Medical Center in regards to an assault. Upon arrival, Officer Smith spoke to the victim, Ms. Judy Cole who stated she had been assaulted by her step-daughter Ms. Amy Shelaine Gatlin, 42, of Waynesboro. The incident began when Ms. Cole and her husband, Mr. Gerald Cole had taken some water to Ms. Gatlin’s residence at 122 Morrow St. Mr. Cole asked his daughter where the heater was that he had loaned her, and she became enraged and starting cursing at her father. Ms. Cole then told Mr. Cole that they needed to leave and that his daughter should not be talking to him like that. Before leaving the house, Ms. Cole picked up the heater. Ms. Gatlin told Ms. Cole not to take the heater and began hitting her in the face. Reportedly, Ms. Gatlin continued to hit her in the nose, spit on her and struck her in the mouth a couple times and then Mr. Cole separated the two, then he and his wife left and called 911. Officer Smith reported that Ms. Cole had a bleeding nose and swollen face and a laceration at the bridge of her nose.
On a lighter note, two years ago, Sandra Lynn Perez, 42 of Clifton was arrested for Tenncare fraud and was given a $4,000.00 bond. Recently she was picked up again; her original bond was revoked and now has a $40,000.00 bond, presumably for not appearing for previously charges.
William Nicks, 61 of Nashville was arrested on May 31, 2014 on charges of Introduction of Contraband (weapons) into a penal facility. The defendant was on CCA Prison property driving his vehicle and came upon a checkpoint where they were doing a random inspection. Mr. Nicks signed consent to search and was found to have in his car 2 loaded handguns, a loaded .380 Beretta, and a loaded .38 Smith and Wesson Revolver. The defendant did not have a Tennessee gun carry permit. He was booked into Wayne County Jail on a $50,000.00 bond.
Joshua Nance, 33 of Waynesboro, was originally charged with domestic assault, was later charged with retaliation for past action and is currently being charged with Failure to Appear. Thursday, May 29, 2014 he was issued a capias and allegedly overslept missing his 9 A.M. court time. Mr. Nance was given an ankle bracelet and a $150,000.00 bond which according to booking, was revoked for threatening the judge.
Nikki McDonald, 26 of Waynesboro who was arrested for Aggravated Assault (Domestic Related) on May 2, checked herself out of presumably court ordered rehabilitation and had her $50,000.00 bond revoked.
Kacinda Leigh Burns, 22 of Waynesboro was arrested on May 27, 2014 for 15 counts of forgery. Ms. Burns forged over $300.00 dollars worth of checks at various local businesses between April 25, 2014 and May 18, 2014, using checks belonging to Ms. Betty Peacock. She was booked into Wayne County Jail on a $150,000.00 bond.
Wayne County News Reports:
On Saturday, May 10, 2014 Sgt. Walter Smith was dispatched to Heard Drive in Collinwood in regards to a possible forest fire. While walking around the fire, he noticed several county road signs piled up behind an old barn. After inspecting them and finding the majority of them to be new or fairly new, they were gathered up and Mike Ray transported them back to the Sheriff’s office.
Although sign stealing may seem like a harmless prank to a young person, it can have fatal consequences. In Tampa, Fl in 1996 3 young men were entering an intersection in a white Camaro when they were struck and killed by a tractor trailer truck. The stop sign had been removed and the four pranksters, admittedly stealing other signs and presumably at fault, were charged with 3 counts of manslaughter by culpable negligence and one count of grand theft.
Wayne County News Reports:
On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Deputy Jim Green was dispatched to 103 Rocky Top Lane on a possible domestic. When he arrived, he spoke to Shaundra Brewer who stated she was arguing with Robert Lee Holt when he grabbed her by the throat and shoved her out onto the front porch. She then went back into the house to retrieve a bag with some clothes in it and told him she was going to leave. According to the report, when she went back outside, Mr. Holt grabbed her by the throat again and held her a little longer before he shoved her, causing her to stumble off the porch. Deputy Green noted she had red marks on her throat and scratches on her arm. Ms. Brewer also stated she was afraid for her life. Mr. Holt was arrested for aggravated assault (domestic) and booked into Wayne County Jail on a $50,000.00 bond. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim. Mr. Holt had been charged with aggravated assault (domestic) in March of 2008, and domestic assault in July of 2005, April 2010, and December, 20113.
Domestic violence is one of the most chronically underreported crimes. Approximately, only 1/4 of all physical assaults are reported. In The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s recently released crime report, Domestic Violence incidents made up 51.4% of all crimes against persons. Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime.
One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime and 85% of domestic violence victims are women. In 70-80% of intimate partner homicides, no matter which partner was killed, the man physically abused the woman before the murder.
Incidences of domestic violence which are not universally acknowledged include:
COERCION AND THREATS- threaten to harm, leave, report to welfare, forcing to drop charges or do something illegal
INTIMIDATION-making afraid by looks, actions or gestures, destroying property, abusing pets, displaying weapons
EMOTIONAL ABUSE- putting down, calling names, mind games, humiliation, accusing of insanity, made to feel guilty
ISOLATION-limiting friends, activities, reading material, outside involvement, using jealousy to justify actions
MINIMIZING, DENYING and BLAMING-making light of or denying abuse, not taking concerns seriously, shifting the blame
USING CHILDREN- made to feel guilty about children, using children to convey messages, using visitation to harass, threatening to take children away
ECONOMIC ABUSE-preventing from getting or keeping a job, withholding money, giving allowance, keeping in dark about family finances
MALE PRIVILEGE-treating her like a servant, making all the big decisions, acting like the “master of the castle,” defining the male/female roles
Source: National Coalition for the Prevention of Domestic Violence http://www.ncadv.org/files/DomesticViolenceFactSheet(National).pdf
Wayne County News reports:
Indictments were returned by a federal grand jury in Jackson on Jan. 21, but remained under seal until the Jan. 28 arrests of 14 suspects with charges stemming from selling, manufacturing, and distributing crystal methamphetamine, as well as possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Pieces of information surfaced months ago in Wayne County leading to activity in Hardin County. Surveillance confirmed information and Wayne County then notified the FBI and TBI, who worked with Sheriff Ric Wilson, Chief Deputy Gerald Baer and Investigator Charles Mosely. A search warrant was issued for Richard Alley, one of the recently arrested that turned up drugs, over 40 guns, and stolen property. Continued investigation found involvement from Wayne, Henderson, Decatur, and Hardin counties in Tennessee, as well as Tarrant County, Texas and all the way to Mexico.
Tidbits of knowledge began to surface as long as 2 years ago through various arrests and informant information. Recently, authorities stumbled onto things that started to put all the pieces together. After a lot of hard work, a plan was put together and 100% of the indicted were arrested at 6 a.m. last Tuesday from here to Mexico. The round up substantially slowed down the availability of crystal meth to the area and is probably the greatest major step in the war on drugs in Wayne County since the arrest of Jerry Roberts in 2006 for possession of 6 lbs. of meth.
There is no connection between the round up in Wayne County on Jan. 18, 2014 and the FBI arrests on Jan, 28, 2014.
The suspects arrested during the operation were:
• Richard Alley, 40, of Hardin County
• Scotty Alley, 41, of Wayne County
• Sherill Douglas, 43, of Henderson County
• Steven Flowers, 41, of Henderson County
• Brandon Frazier, 35, of Wayne County
• Sherry Gilbert, 36, of Henderson County
• Bryant Hart, 43, of Decatur County
• Carol Ann Lee, 38, of Wayne County
• Jamie Pearson, 34, of Henderson County
• Kelvin Pettigrew, 38, of Henderson County
• Bartee Rich, 36, of Hardin County
• Diana Williams, 42, of Hardin County
• Emanuel Lopez, 24, of Tarrant County (Texas)
• Francisco Lopez, 28, (Already In Federal Custody)
During the course of this investigation, law enforcement officials have seized illicit narcotics, including at least 550 grams of methamphetamine, U.S. currency, drug paraphernalia, and at least 70 firearms, which included both handguns and long guns.
Law enforcement agencies participating in the round-up include the FBI, the United States Marshals Service, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the Dyer County Sheriff’s Department, Dyersburg Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson Police Department, Lexington Police Department, and Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.
The case was investigated by members of the FBI’s Memphis Safe Streets Task Force (ME SSTF), the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the 24th Judicial District Drug Task Force. The ME SSTF is a FBI sponsored task force comprised of agents from the FBI Memphis Division’s Jackson Resident Agency, the Dyer County Sheriff’s Department, the Dyersburg Police Department, the Jackson Police Department, and the Lexington Police Department. The ME SSTF focuses on bringing together the combined resources of the FBI and other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to address violent criminal threats.