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Felon charged with guns, drugs
Man found at scene later also charged
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Police allegedly found several illegal items at the home of convicted felon Joshua Lynn Batey.


The sheriff’s department arrested a Smithville man with previous felony convictions on drug-and-weapon related charges on Dec. 5. Joshua Lynne Batey, 27, has been charged with possession of Schedule IV and VI drugs for resale and possession of a weapon by a felon.


According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, a drug detective and a deputy performing a probation visit at Batey’s, Juniper Lane home searched Batey and found three plastic baggies in his pockets. One of the baggie reportedly contained 25 yellow diazepam pills, and the other two held a substance believed to be marijuana. The weight of those bags allegedly totaled .51 ounces.


Batey was also found to have $859 in hundred, twenty, ten, five, and one-dollar bills. Ray said the detective then obtained a search warrant for the home, which revealed a Weatherby 12-gauge shotgun under a piece of insulation upstairs and a muzzleloader.


Bates was arrested and charged, and while the detective was driving by the residence later in the day, he reportedly found a man acting suspiciously behind the home. When he pulled into the driveway, the man reportedly attempted to flee. Ray said the detective called for the man, 25-year-old Ralph Edward McIntyre, Jr., to stop, but he continued to run. McIntyre was corralled after a foot pursuit.


McIntyre is reportedly on probation for previous offenses. He was charged with resisting stop, frisk, halt, or arrest. His bond was set at $1,500 and he will appear in court on Dec. 18.


Batey was convicted of sale and delivery of a Schedule II drug, a Class C felony, and for the sale and delivery of a Schedule II drug, a Class D felony in 2010. His bond is $25,000 and he will also appear in court on Dec. 18.


Meanwhile, Marshann Hensley, 51, is charged with criminal impersonation and being a fugitive from justice on Dec. 5. She was also cited for driving on a suspended license and roadways laned for travel.


Ray said a deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation, and driver, Hensley, identified herself as Sherry Lynn Young, and said her birthday was March 6, 1962. An investigation allegedly revealed her true identity, and that her birthday is actually June 6, 1963.


When Hensley was arrested and brought to the jail for booking, it was discovered that Hensley also had a warrant for her arrest in Michigan for retail fraud, a first degree felony.


Her bond was set at $55,000 and she will appear in court on Jan. 15.


Garth Cantrell, 33, was charged with theft of property over $1,000 on Nov. 11.


Cantrell allegedly took several items from a residence on Bethel Road, including a 105-gallon fuel tank, a Kawasaki four-wheeler frame, a go-cart frame, a Briggs and Stratton motor, three bottle jacks, and several other tools. The sheriff said the value of the items totals $4,951. Cantrell allegedly sold the fuel tank and other items to a local recycling business. The case was investigated by a criminal detective of the sheriff's department.


His bond was set at $5,000, and he will appear in court on Dec. 18.