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$30,000 forgery suspect arrested
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Smithville police have arrested a Cannon County man and charged him with forgery after he allegedly passed a $30,000 phony check at a local bank.According to authorities, Joey Mooneyham passed the check, which he had reportedly stolen, on June 26. Police said that Mooneyham wrote the check to himself and forged the victim’s signature.The bank apparently cashed the check and gave Mooneyham the money.Bank employees reportedly became suspicious a few days later when another person came in and tried to pass another check for the same amount on the same victim’s account.Police said the man took the check and left the bank when the teller began to question him.Bank employees called the Smithville Police Department, and an investigation identified Mooneyham as a suspect.Cannon County authorities later located Mooneyham and took him into custody, where he is being held on a violation of probation.He has apparently been placed on hold for Smithville and Rutherford County where he is reportedly wanted on more forgery charges.Police said two other people may be charged in the case, including the suspect who tried to pass the second forged check, and another person who may have stolen the checks.Meanwhile, city police arrested 32-year-old Carlos Lynn Godsey, Jr. and Lois Nicole Godsey, 26, for theft on Sept. 15.Carlos Godsey was additionally charged with felony possession of a firearm.According to the warrants, the victim of the crime noticed that his 9 mm handgun was missing after the Godseys visited his home. Police were called, and a city officer located Godsey's truck and pulled it over.The stolen handgun was allegedly found under the driver's seat of the truck.Godsey was found to be a felon on parole, and was charged with illegal possession of a firearm.Both Godseys will be in court on Oct. 11.Terry Lee Jones, III, 20, was charged with aggravated assault on Sept. 15.According to the arrest warrant, Officer Chip Avera was dispatched to investigate reports of a fight at Joe L. Evins ballpark and found Jones and Coty Griffin involved in the fracas.Authorities said Jones was very aggressive and told officers that when they left, "It wouldn't be over with."Officer Avera placed Jones in his patrol car, and Griffin reportedly told police that Jones had pulled a pocket knife on him before the fight began.No injuries were reported.Jones will be in court on Oct. 25.Anyone with information on any criminal activity is asked to contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Crime Tip Line at 464-6046.All information is confidential.