A Smithville man who walked away from one encounter with the law drove his way into another recently, and is now facing charges from both incidents.
Johnathon Z. Edge was charged with DUI, possession of a Schedule II drug and possession of drug paraphernalia on Nov. 10 by Deputy Tonya Holland of the Cannon County Sheriff's Department.
Holland was dispatched to Pea Ridge Rd. following a report of a suspicious vehicle/reckless driver. On her way she observed a vehicle matching the description headed toward Big Hill Road. The vehicle pulled over onto the edge of a driveway.
Upon making contact with the driver, Edge, she asked to see his driver's license, registration and proof of insurance. While Edge was getting the registration out of the glove box, a glass pipe typically used for smoking marijuana fell out of the papers onto Edge's lap. Holland also observed in the back seat a mason jar filled with a clear liquid and a Southern Pride Distillery glass jar filled with what appeared to be moonshine. There was also a partial case of Bud Light cans in the floorboard of the passenger's seat.
Following a series of field sobriety tests, Edge was taken into custody. A search of the vehicle turned up two sets of digital scales, a bag containing a green mossy substance, a small grinder typically used for marijuana, rolling papers and a baggie containing clear crystals which field tested positive for methamphetamine. In addition to the DUI and drug charges, he was also cited for driving on a permit without a licensed driver, open container and violation of the financial responsibility law.
After he was taken into custody, Edge received additional charges stemming from an Oct. 10 incident on Pea Ridge Rd. The warrants obtained by CCSD Sgt. Greg Moore allege Edge left the scene of an accident on foot after wrecking a GMC truck. Edge was identified by a person at the scene. A small bag containing a gel substance was found ejected from the vehicle in a pile of clothing which field tested positive for Ecstasy. Drug paraphernalia was also found among the items near the vehicle.
From that incident Edge was charged with manufacture/delivery/sell of a Schedule I drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and leaving the scene of an accident. Edge appeared in Cannon County General Sessions Court on Nov. 21 and had the charges bound over the the January session of the grand jury. It is anticipated, however, that Edge will reach a plea agreement with the state and present it to Judge David Bragg for consideration in Cannon County Circuit Court on Dec. 7.
• Joseph Anthony Winfrey, Woodbury, was charged with DUI second offense on Nov. 4 by Patrolman Joshua Thomas of the Woodbury Police Dept. following a traffic stop on College St. Initial court date is Dec. 12.
• James Nicholas Weisse, Woodbury, was charged with DUI and violation of the implied consent law on Oct. 26 by Woodbury Patrolman John House. His court date was set for Dec. 12.
• Joshua Brown Mullinax, Woodbury, was charged on Nov. 3 by Investigator Brandon Gullett of the Cannon County Sheriff's Department with burglary, theft over $1,000 and unlawful possession of a weapon. The burglary and theft charges stemmed from an incident which allegedly occurred in February of this year at a location in Auburntown. Mullinax, who has a domestic violence conviction on his record, was found to be in possession of firearms. Federal and state laws prohibit persons convicted of domestic violence from owning or possessing a firearm.
• Jeremy Wayne Fuston, Murfreesboro, was charged with escape on Nov. 3 by Investigator Brandon Gullett of the Cannon County Sheriff's Department. On that date Fuston was taken into custody in Cannon County Child Support Court for contempt of court. While waiting for transport to arrive, Fuston climbed the gate in the prisoner holding area and ran down the steps at the courthouse as deputies Dylan Couch and Frank Matthews were in pursuit. Fuston was taken into custody in the parking lot of Quick Shop Market. He appeared in court on Nov. 14. Fuston pleaded guilty to the escape charge in Cannon County General Sessions Court and was given a suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days and an equal amount of time on probation.
• Darrell Frank Darda, Bradyville, was charged with domestic assault on Oct. 29 in a warrant obtained by the purported victim. The complaint states, "My boyfriend has been drinking beer non-stop and has been beating me up. I had to go to the hospital in Manchester last Monday because he beat me so bad. When we got back home he started beating me everyday since and choked me so bad I thought I would die. He's been stealing my medicine and selling it to buy beer. I'm so afraid he is going to kill me." Bond was set at $2,500. Initial court date is Dec. 12.
• Daniel Blake Marlow, Woodbury, was charged with accessory after the fact and drug possession without a prescription on Nov. 2 by Deputy Zachery Smith of the Cannon County Sheriff's Department. It is alleged that Marlow hid a wanted felon, Melissa Luttrell, from law enforcement. Deputy Smith and Deputy Emmaly Beasley were dispatched to a location to look for Luttrell on Nov. 2. Upon arrival they were granted permission to search a shop. They encountered Marlow, who was holding an infant. Marlow told the deputies Luttrell had run out the back door. After a nearly two hour search, Luttrell was located inside the shop, hidden inside a crate with life-like dolls. The crate Luttrell had been hiding in was covered by a tarp. Marlow was charged because of his alleged assistance in the concealment of Luttrell, as he had stated she had fled out the back of the building, misleading law enforcement. Following his arrest, a white oval-shaped pill was found in his pockets. It was identified as Gabapentin 800 mg. Bond was set at $6,500. The case has been bound over to the January session of the Cannon County Grand Jury.
• Joel Youngblood reported on Nov. 8 to the Cannon County Sheriff's Department his debit card had been stolen. He said it was used by an unauthorized person while he (Youngblood) was in jail. Youngblood said he went to jail on Sept. 29 and the first purchase made as on Oct. 25. Youngblood provided information to the CCSD indicating who he suspected had used the card to make the unauthorized charges. They charges were incurred at various locations and totaled $881.25 including overdraft fees. The investigation continues.
• John Patrick McKay, Woodbury, was charged with violation of the sex offender registry on Nov. 3 by CCSD Chief Investigator Anthony Young. McKay recently moved to the area and has allegedly failed to notify authorities of his address, changed his driver's license, or paid the fee for registration as a sex offender. He said he had been working in Murfreesboro for two months but had recently moved to Woodbury. His initial court date is Dec. 5.