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Four of the defendants who came to Cannon County General Sessions Court on Nov. 21 ended up being sent to the Cannon County Jail.

Their crime: failing a pass a drug test.

The four -- David Ridenhour, Paul Grizzle, Jimmy Chapman and Cynthia Gray -- were all facing charges of violation of probation.

Judge Susan Melton has every defendant who is charged with violation of probation submit to a drug test before their cases are heard.

Every person who is granted probation by the court is informed that as a condition, they are to not use illegal drugs or associate with persons who are doing so. In most cases the probationer must also submit to random drug screens.

Ridehour, Grizzle, Chapman and Gray all had their cases reset for Dec. 12 by Judge Melton.

The results of some of the other cases on the docket included:

• Caden K. Jones pleaded guilty to public intoxication. Jones, of Woodbury, had been arrested on Nov. 4 by Woodbury Patrolman Brent Brock. He was given a 30 day suspended sentence, 6 days in jail, and probation for 24 days. He also received a $25 and was ordered to pay the court costs.

• Matthew D. Campbell admitted to guilt on a charge of domestic assault and entered into an agreed order or retirement for 6 months. He was also ordered to undergo a domestic violence inventory assessment and to pay the court costs. He was allowed peaceful contact will the victims.

• Eric D. Cason pleaded guilty to hunting deer over a baited area. He must pay a total of $352.50 in fines and court costs and had to forfeit his weapon.

• Andrea Michelle Davenport agreed to revocation for violation of probation. Her probation was extended for 11 months, 29 days. She must also pay the court costs. Davenport also pleaded guilty to a contempt charge and was ordered to pay the court costs. Judge Melton also granted the request of the victim in the underlying domestic assault case to resume contact with Davenport.

• Steven Dewayne Davis pleaded guilty to violation of probation. His probation was extended for 10 months, 17 days.

• Angelica Paige Holt agreed to revocation for violation of probation. Her probation was extended for 22 months, 22 days.

• Beulah S. Howse pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of Schedule II drug and one count of possession on marijuana. For the Schedule II drugs she received two sentences each of 11 months, 29 days, suspended, and an equal amount of time on probation. She also received two fines of $750 each and must pay the court costs in both cases. For the marijuana, Howse received a suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days and equal probation time. She also was fined $250 and ordered to pay the court costs. She was ordered to forfeit any property seized during the investigation. The sentences will run concurrent.

• Cynannbrah Gwennette Isom admitted to guilt on a charge of reckless driving and entered into a 6 month agreed order of retirement. She also pleaded guilty to a charge of speeding. In total she will pay $821 in fines and court costs.

• Jeffery Andrew Johnson admitted to guilt on a charge of domestic violence and entered into an agreed order of retirement for 11 months, 29 days. He must undergo a domestic violence inventory assessment and pay the court costs.

• Daniel Blake Marlow had his request for a reduction of his $6,500 bond denied by Judge Melton.

• Jerry Wayne Mashburn pleaded guilty to simple possession of marijuana. He received a suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days and equal time on probation. He was also fined $250, ordered to pay the court costs and to forfeit any seized property.

• Aaron Vincent Moon agreed to revocation for violation of probation. His probation was extended for 11 months, 29 days. His motion for a reduction in fines and fees he owes in general session court was reset for Jan. 23.

• Thomas James Morgan pleaded guilty to simple possession of marijuana and was granted judicial diversion for a period of 11 months, 29 days. He was ordered to pay a $250 fine plus the court costs. A charge of possession of a prohibited weapon was dismissed without cost but the weapon was forfeited as a condition.

• Thomas Avent Muncy pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana. He was given a suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days, equal time on probation, fined $250 and ordered to pay the court costs. He must also forfeit property seized during the arrest.

• Linda Gail Phillips-Burke pleaded guilty to DUI first offense. She was ordered to serve 11 months, 29 days, which will run concurrent with a sentence she is serving in another case. She was also fined $350 and assessed the court costs. She also must attend DUI school and her license was suspended for 1 year.

• David Lynn Pierce pleaded guilty to DUI first offense. He was given a partially suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days, ordered to serve 48 hours, and was placed on probation for 11 months, 29 days. He was also fined $350 and must pay the court costs and attend DUI school. His license was suspended for 1 year.

• Nicholas Ray Reeder was in court for a source hearing. Reeder is facing multiple drug charges and is under a $75,000 bond. The courts have the authority to require source hearings to ensure that proceeds that are directly or indirectly derived from a criminal offense are not used to secure a bond or pay a premium bond. The burden of proof is on the party seeking to post the bond to get the approval of the court. The court allowed the acceptance of a cashier's check from Reeder's grandmother, who obtained a bank loan.

• Beatrice Jean Sanders admitted to guilt on a charge of theft and entered into an agreed order of retirement for 6 months, subject to good and lawful conduct. She must also pay the county's litigation tax.

• Savannah Charlamain Schultz agreed to revocation on a charge of violation of probation. She was ordered to serve her original sentence of 11 months, 29 days.

• Patricia Nicole Smith pleaded guilty to possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. She was given a suspended sentence of 11 months, 29 days and an equal amount of time on probation. She was also fined $150, ordered to pay court costs and forfeit property seized during the arrest.

• April Smith was granted her petition to have contact with her husband, Samuel Curtis Smith, who was convicted of domestic violence. "I would rather be back with my husband than away from my husband. This was a big family ordeal. He is not a dangerous person," April Smith told Judge Melton. When Judge Melton pointed out there was a gun involved in the incident, Curt Smith said, "I don't ever recall pointing a weapon at my wife. It would not happen again." April Smith added the incident involved an altercation between her husband and her father and stated, "I was just my dad trying to be my dad."

• Jason Keith Tune pleaded guilty to hunting over a baited field. He will pay a total of $352.50 in fines and court costs and forfeit his weapon.

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