A 36-year-old Smithville woman faces charges of drug possession after a sheriff's detective found her to be have 5.8 grams of meth in her purse and pockets.
According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Nelda Jane Bandy was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug (methamphetamine) for resale on Dec. 3. Ray said Sheriff's Department Detective conducting an investigation at a Midway Road home spoke with Bandy.
After she gave the detective consent to search her person and purse, he allegedly found a metal container containing two small plastic baggies with a white crystal substance in her right pants pocket. A plastic baggie which also contained a crystal substance was reportedly found inside her purse.
The three baggies field tested positive for meth, and weighed approximately of 5.8 grams combined. The sheriff said Bandy claimed she was only trying to make some money with the drugs.
Her bond was set at $25,000, and she will appear in court on Dec. 17.
Meanwhile, Kevin Donald Bogle, 41, was charged with theft of property over $1,000 on Dec. 8 when he was allegedly found to be in possession of a stolen truck.
The sheriff said a deputy made contact with Bogle at a Midway Road home and detained him to check for possible warrants. When asked to empty his pockets Bogle allegedly produced a key that fit a Ford F-150 that was parked outside the location.
An investigation revealed that the truck had been stolen from Hamilton County. Ray said Bogle admitted to driving the truck, and said that he had a jacket, a CD player, and a Ziploc baggie of water in the vehicle.
Bettye Sharon Crook of Dowelltown was charged with domestic assault after allegedly threatening to shoot a family member on Dec. 10.
According to her warrant, Crook "…did intentionally and knowingly get a Winchester .22 caliber rifle and tell her sister that she would kill her. The rifle had to be forcibly removed from her possession by another family member." She allegedly told officers that she would kill the woman as well.
Her bond was set at $1,500, and she will appear in court on Dec. 17.
Kevin Troy Coe, 54, of Auburntown was charged with domestic assault and violation of an order of protection on Dec. 3.
The sheriff said a deputy dispatched to New Bildad Road in reference to a domestic incident in a red Chevrolet S-10 truck spotted the truck and pulled it over. A woman with blood on her face reportedly jumped out of the truck and told the officer that Coe had hit her in the face several times, knocking out a tooth and injuring her nose. Coe apparently has an active order of protection against him and is not to be near the woman.
His bond was set at $3,000, and he will appear in court on Dec. 17.
Brian Franklin Strahan, 50, of Dowelltown was charged with domestic assault on Dec. 5.
Ray said a deputy dispatched to a residence on Toad Road for a possible domestic spoke with a woman who said she was sleeping when she heard Strahan yelling at the children. The woman said she and Strahan then got into an argument and he punched her in the face.
His bond was set at $2,500n and he will appear in court on Dec. 17.
Johnny Darrell Murphy, 45, was charged with driving under the influence and cited for having an expired driver’s license and no insurance on Dec. 5.
The sheriff said a deputy dispatched to Turtle's Bar on Highway 70 east in reference to an intoxicated driver who had run into two vehicles in the parking lot spoke with Murphy, who was determined to be the driver of a silver Dodge that had hit the two vehicles.
Murphy allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on his person and was very unsteady on his feet. His eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred. He reportedly admitted to having consumed five beers.
Ray said Murphy had been in an altercation with someone prior to the incident in the parking lot. He was transported to the emergency room by DeKalb EMS, and submitted to a blood alcohol test. He did not undergo field sobriety tasks due to his injuries. He was placed under arrest after being released from the hospital.
His bond was set at $1,500, and he will appear in court on Dec. 17.