The sheriff’s department arrested three people on Dec. 8 in connection with the discovery of an active meth lab and illegal explosives.
According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, deputies found a meth lab and two live pipe bombs at a Jefferson Road home after arriving to serve a violation of probation warrant. James Lee Adcock, 43, Don Diamond Groshon, 42, and 36-year-old April Lee Hollingsworth were charged with initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine.
Adcock was also charged with having prohibited weapons (pipe bombs); resisting stop, frisk, halt, or arrest, and was served for violation of probation. Groshon was charged with resisting stop, frisk, halt, or arrest and served for violation of probation as well. Hollingsworth has an attachment for child support, as well as warrants for failure to appear and violation of probation.
The sheriff said deputies went to Adcock's home to serve a violation of probation warrant on him, and upon arrival saw two men running from a barn. Adcock and Groshon were allegedly found hiding in the woods, while Hollingsworth remained in the barn.
After receiving consent from the property owner to search the premises, deputies reportedly found a live pipe bomb made of PVC pipe, a one-liter one pot, a Toastmaster burner, 18 ounces of crystal Drano, 16 ounces of Kingsford charcoal lighter fluid, digital scales, a turkey baster, an empty ice compress box, an ice compress pack that had been cut open, 10 hypodermic needles, a funnel, a 16.4-ounce propane bottle, an empty lithium battery pack, four stripped lithium batteries, and three cut straws. A search of Adcock's home turned up another live pipe bomb made of galvanized steel. Due to the discovery of the pipe bombs, members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Operations Unit were called to the scene.
Adcock’s bonds total $501,500, Groshon’s total $201,500 and $200,000 for Hollingsworth. All three are being held without bond for the violation of probation warrants. They will appear in court on Jan. 8.
Meanwhile, Harry Charles Vedder, 75, charged in a grand jury sealed indictment with possession of a Schedule VI drug (marijuana) for resale, was arrested on Dec. 10.
His bond was set at $10,000 and he will appear in criminal court on January 21.
Jeremy James Dalton, 35, was charged with public intoxication on Dec. 8.
The sheriff said Dalton was found outside his home in a field near Blue Springs Road and A.B. Frazier Road. He appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant. For his safety and that of the public, Dalton was placed under arrest.
His bond was set at $1,500 and he will appear in court on Dec. 18.
Jeremy Austin Scruggs, 36, was charged with driving on a revoked license and cited for driving on roadways laned for traffic on Dec. 14.
Ray said a deputy was patrolling on Midway Road when he saw a red Saturn cross the center line. The officer conducted a traffic stop and found the driver to be Scruggs. A computer check revealed his license to be revoked as of January 14, 2009 for driving while intoxicated.
His bond was set at $1,500, and he will appear in court on March 5.
Richard Allen Chapman, 52, was charged with violation of bond conditions on Dec. 14.
The sheriff said a deputy responded to a domestic dispute at a residence on Oakley Hollow Road and spoke with a woman who said that she and Chapman had gotten into an argument, and that he locked her out of the house. Under his bond conditions, Chapman was to have no contact with this woman until they go back to court.
His bond was set at $2,500 and he will appear in court Jan. 8.
Lesley Ann Lawrence, 27, was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 14.
The sheriff said a deputy on patrol on Short Mountain Highway saw a Ford van with its flasher lights on traveling at a very low rate of speed. The woman driving the van, Lawrence, was sounding the horn and yelling out the window at a man who was walking down a sidewalk.
The officer stopped the van and spoke with Lawrence, who told him that she and her boyfriend had gotten into an argument at her home. When the man left the residence, Lawrence allegedly followed him, trying to get him to return home.
The deputy reportedly noticed that Lawrence had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her person, and when he asked if she had been drinking and she replied "yes, I've had a few shots." Lawrence submitted to and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks, and was placed under arrest and taken to the Smithville Police Department for a breath test. She allegedly blew a .142 during the test. The legal limit is .08.
Her bond was set at $2,500 and she will appear in court on Jan. 8.
Ramiro Moreno Anaya, Sr., 49, of McMinnville was charged with driving under the influence on Dec. 14.
According to the sheriff, a deputy was patrolling on Highway 56 south when he saw a Chevrolet van cross the center line several times. He conducted a traffic stop and spoke with the driver, Anaya who had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. The deputy allegedly asked Anaya if he had been drinking and he replied "yes I have had a few." Ray said Anaya submitted to and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. He also took a blood test.
His bond was set at $2,500 and he will appear in court on March 5.