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Five arrested in meth lab bust
Illegal operation found in vacant apartment
Five people have been charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine after Smithville City Police reportedly found a meth lab in a supposedly vacant unit at South Fork Apartments on Sept. 7.Tammy Lynette Jones, 44, Travis Dwayne Rich, 23, David Anderson, 42, Amy Pedigo Ford, 32, and 25-year-old Jessica Renee Bogle were charged in the case.All five defendants will appear in court on Oct. 6, and each of the five is under a $60,000 bond.Police Chief Randy Caplinger reports that police were contacted by the manager of South Fork Apartments on Sept. 7, and it was reported that he believed someone was trespassing in a vacant unit at the complex.According to the chief, a city officer knocked on the apartment door and Anderson answered.He allegedly told the officer that he was moving from the apartment.While conversing with Anderson, the officer reportedly saw smoke coming from the back of the apartment.After receiving consent from the manager, the officer entered the apartment and allegedly found Rich and Jones sitting on a couch in the bedroom.The officer also reports that he heard two people talking in the bathroom and knocked on the bathroom door.Authorities allege that the occupants of the lavatory, later identified as Ford and Bogle, climbed out the window and fled.A sheriff’s deputy arrested Ford and Bogle the next day during a traffic stop.Inside the bathroom at the apartment officers report finding components consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine, including Coleman fuel, coffee filters with lithium, tubing, cold packs, bottles and aluminum foil, as well as needles.A Meth Response Team was notified, and came to the scene to test for contamination and clean up the premises.In other news from the city police, 40-year-old Vickie Alvis and 28-year-old David Hill were each charged with felony theft and burglary after they allegedly broke into a local business late Sept. 9 and stole a 50-inch flat-screen television.Bond for each is $10,000 and they will appear in court on September 22.Caplinger reports that an officer was called to City Walk Apartments late Friday night.Residents at the complex reported that Alvis and Hill had been there trying to sell a big-screen telivision.They reportedly had no luck selling the television, and residents say that when they told the accused couple that they suspected that it was stolen and were going to call the police, Alvis and Hill took off, leaving the television behind.Alvis was reportedly indentified as one of the suspects, and police arrested her at her home.Police allege that she admitted to committing the theft.Officers later arrested Hill at another location.Meanwhile, Jared Scott Atnip, 30, was recently charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, and simple possession.Atnip is under a $4,500 bond and his court date is Sept. 29.Caplinger reports that a city officer was dispatched to a local retail outlet to investigate reports of a suspicious person on the premises.The officer reportedly made contact with Atnip, who was judged to have slurred speech, and to be unsteady on his feet.Police also report that he had drug paraphernalia, including a syringe, straw, and shoestring, along with two pills believed to be dilaudid in his possession.Steven Bly, 27, was cited for simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance on Sept. 9.His court date is Sept. 22According to the chief, an officer was sent by dispatch to a local retail outlet to investigate reports of possible drug traffic in the parking lot.Bly reportedly gave the policeman consent to search, and the officer allegedly found a bottle containing six blue pills believed to be Valium in a bag.Police say that there was no label on the bottle, and that Bly could not produce a prescription for the medication.Ricky W. Hendrixson, 25, was charged with public intoxication on Sept. 4.He is under a $1,000 bond and will be in court on Sept. 29.Caplinger reports that police were called to check out reports that a man was threatining people with a knife in the parking lot of City Walk Apartments.The suspect reportedly fled the scene before police arrived, but was identified as Hendrixson.An officer later saw Hendrixson sitting at the Farmers Market just down the street from the scene of the incident. Hendrixson allegedly told the officer that he had been jumped and beaten up. He reportedly told the policeman that he had been carrying a knife, but had lost it.Police say that he also admitted that he had been drinking, and refused to be taken to the hospital for treatment.As he was determined to have slurred speech and to be unsteady on his feet, the officer placed him under arrest.Frankie Sanchez, 21, was charged with public intoxication on Sept. 8.He is under a $1,500 bond and his court date will be Oct. 6.Caplinger reports that officers were called to check out a domestic complaint and found Sanchez, who was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech.Cody William Christian, 18, was cited for shoplifting on Sept. 11.Carlos Perez, 20, is charged with underage drinking while impaired.His bond is $1,500 and his court date is set for Oct. 13.Perez was also cited for no driver license, violation of the open container law, failure to maintain proper lane of travel, violation of the implied consent law, and violation of the financial responsibility law.The police chief reports that a city patrolman spotted a vehicle in the middle of the street on North Mountain.The officer reportedly stopped the automobile as it turned onto Webb Street, and could smell the odor of alcohol upon approaching the vehicle.Perez, who was found to be the driver of the vehicle, allegedly admitted that he had been drinking.Police say that full and empty cans of beer were found in the vehicle.Police say that Perez submitted to but performed poorly on field sobriety tasks, and refused to submit to a blood test, and that he had no drivers license or proof of insurance.Clayton Bradley Lance, 41, was charged with simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, a second offense of driving under the influence, and as a habitual offender.He is under a $10,000 bond.Caplinger reports that an officer pulled into the parking lot of Mapco Express on Sept. 1 and saw a pickup at the gas pumps with no license plate.The officer reportedly stopped the vehicle when Lance, the operator of the truck, attempted to leave the parking lot.The officer reports that Lance, was unsteady on his feet when he got out of the vehicle, and that an open beer container and a small bottle of tequila were found in the vehicle.Lance reportedly submitted to a Breathalyzer test, which he failed, and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks.He also submitted to a blood test.Police reportedly found three white pills believed to be hydrocodone in his possession, and a computer check revealed him to be a habitual offender.