Probation Violation, Worthless Check Cases Dominate Docket
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The docket for Cannon County General Sessions Criminal Court Tuesday (Nov. 29) is dominated by violation of probation and passing worthless check cases.

Those persons scheduled to appear before Judge Susan Melton include:

Samer W. Abdalla, Suspended License (sentencing).

Larry Ricky Blair, Jr., Violation of Probation, 2nd offense.

Bryan D. Blair, Worthless Check.

Cody Blake Brown, Criminal Trespass.

Stephen Brown, Worthless Check.

Barry Wayne Bynum, Violation of Probation, 1st offense, two counts.

Rebecca Paige Bynum, Violation of Probation.

Noe Israel Campos, Driving on a Suspended License, violations of the Registration and Financial Responsibility laws, Violation of Probation.

Ray W. Chapman, Worthless Check.

Jeffrey W. Christy, Theft Over $10,000.

Jason R. Cook, Worthless Check (dismissal).

Brandon James Croasmun, Worthless Check. 

Erica Danielle Cunningham, Violation of Probation.

Donald Lee Curlee, Worthless Check.

Larry Van Davis, Reckless Burning.

Jennifer Lee Deese, Worthless Check.

Louise Catherine Donahue, Worthless Check.

Brittney E. Duncan, Worthless Check.

William Elton Eisenmann, Simple Possession of Scheduled II drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession or Fraudulent Use of a Credit or Debit Card, Violation of Probation.

Corey Wayne Ferrell, Violation of Probation.

Coty Brandon Ferrell, Driving on a Revoked License 3rd offense, Simple Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Domestic Assault (review), Financial Responsibility violation, Unregistered Vehicle violation.

Tanya Gaithewr, Worthless Check.

Rebecca Louise Glowacky, Violation of Probation.

Joseph M. Graham, Public Intoxication.

Joseph Tyler Green, Evading Arrest, Carrying a Weapon.

Michael Shane Greer, Domestic Violence, Worthless Check (two counts).

Katie Jo Grider, DUI (sentencing), Seatbelt Law violation.

Matthew D. Griffth, Violation of Probation.

Scarlett Chevi Dolla Gunter, Worthless Check.

Wilma Jean Horton, Worthless Check.

Dakota Trey Jones, Violation of Probation.

Kristopher B. King, Violation of Probation.

Trevor Lanphere, Violation of Probation.

Charles G. Light, Violation of Probation (two counts).

Thomas Zeb Massey, Driving on a Suspended License, 3rd offense.

Justin J. McGee, Violation of Probation (two counts).

Richard McLaughlin, DUI 2nd offense, Driving on a Revoked License, Implied Consent Law violation, Harassment, Seatbelt and Open Container law violations, Violation of Probation.

Christopher Lee McMahan, Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender, Evading Arrest by a Motor Vehicle, Unregistered Vehicle, Traffic Control Device.

Melissa Carol McTaggart, Public Intoxication, Criminal Trespass.

Timothy Daniel Meeks, Evading Arrest, Violation of Probation (six counts).

Tammy D. Miller, Violation of Probation.

Timothy Ryan Mix, Driving on a Revoked License, Violation of Probation (two counts).

Jim Alan Morris, Violation of Probation.

Jack Robert Peters, Aggravated Burglary (review).

Kristina L. Pitts, Phone Harassment.

Benjamin Casey Roberts, DUI 1st offense, Driving on a Suspended License, Review for Payment. 

Lynette Rutledge, Worthless Check.

Bobby D. Sanders, Violation of Probation, 3rd offense.

James Christopher Shamlin, III, Driving on a Suspended License, Violation of Probation.

Catherine Marie Sherrell, Violation of Probation.

Jamie Kay Slatton, Worthless Check.

Regina Ann Smith, Violation of Probation. 

James Allen Speed, Violation of Probation.

Joseph Matthew Starnes, Driving on a Suspended License (two counts).

Perry A. Stembridge, Violation of Probation (two counts).

Amber Leann Terry, No Driver’s License, Speeding (28/15), Financial Responsibility violation.

Timothy W. Terry, Worthless Check (two counts). 

Wiley Daniel Thomas, Violation of Probation.

Shawn Trimis, Suspended License (sentencing).

Charie A. Urban, Suspended License (sentencing).

Jessica Walls, Violation of Probation (two counts).

Kimberly Dawn Warren, Simple Possession of Schedule II.

Members Opinions:
November 28, 2011 at 2:16pm
I hope I did not read this correctly. One person has 6 counts of violaton of probation! Does anyone know who actually owns PCC? If each person pays 45.00 per month to be monitored someone is reaping the benefit if this. It seams like we are sending the message they will only get probation!
November 28, 2011 at 5:22pm
Yes, it's ridiculous. VOP. Many times over and it's a lot of times the same offenders over and over. And these people driving with no insurance? Well, when is the state of TN gonna do what other states do?? KY for example, does not allow you to even renew your tags every year without proof of insurance first. And why do they keep letting these people drive with no license and get away with it all the time?? I guess if they know that they will only go right back on more probation, why not just keep driving???
November 28, 2011 at 9:27pm
I blame the problem with all of these repeat offenders on the District Attroney Office and the judges of this county. These are the ones who offer the repeat offenders the plea deals which allow them to go back out on probation for the second, thrid, and yes even the sixth time. Probation does not have to be granted, probation is a optional alternative to a jail sentence. I believe more jail sentences need to be handed out instead of probation. Maybe that will help with the loitering problem everybody been complaining about on Wednesdays in front of the probation service location.
November 28, 2011 at 11:11pm
I agree with both these. Stiffer punishment would cut alot this crap out and down!
November 29, 2011 at 11:10am
I agree with all opinions here. What good does it do to have a good police department when all these violators are getting probation over and over? No wonder we have so much crime in this county. Yes I know our jails are crowded, but I also know our streets are full of these repeat violators. Just come to Cannon County and you'll only get probation! A real good message to send to the criminals huh?
November 29, 2011 at 12:04pm
OK I am all for stiffer penalties and longer incarceration for repeat offenders, but there are a lot of things to consider.

More prisoners require more food, a bigger jail, more officers and more medical treatment for those prisoners.

All of that costs more money and the only place to get that is through more taxes.

So the question becomes is everyone willing to take another property tax increase (because there is no place else to get the money) to fund those costs and hire those deputies and build a bigger jail and pay the extra cost for food and medical for the prisoners to keep them in jail for passing a worthless check or not calling in to PPC every week?
November 29, 2011 at 3:22pm
I understand putting a person on probation if he or she never been in trouble before or for minor violations of the law. However when a person continue to violate the law or the terms of their probation something beside more probation is needed. If it means my property taxes will have to go up that is fine to point, because I know property taxes can be deducted from my federal income taxes.
November 29, 2011 at 3:44pm
True! Corey. There seems to not be enough money to even fund a decent school system let alone a bigger jail and staff and etc. But put these people on community service as many many other counties do! They have to get out and work. Look at Coffee for example. There they have to take care of litter (not just a litter truck that rides around the county while the inmates sit in the truck and look at porno mags) and school grounds and lots of other activities that they do. It's actual work which I think in general most of your repeat offenders know nothing about. If they were doing an honest days work they would not be into all the crap they keep doing. I do not know all the answers, but it's a sad situation when you have all these people running around doing their illegal activities over and over. I work 6 days a week, pay my insurance, and have driver's license and car tags. I think it's only fair everyone else does too!
November 29, 2011 at 5:26pm
Hey I am with you junebug, but we can't get people to agree on allowing trustees to work at the garbage dump, so I know there is no way they would allow for people on probation to clean up the school grounds.

Denver you are one of the few who would say you would take another property tax increase.I don't think you could find 20 more in the county who would say the same thing to fund a bigger jail and more deputies. And yes you can deduct a portion of those property taxes on your income tax, but not enough people will sign on to that idea to even have a hope of paying for more people to stay in jail.

Everything costs money. It is easy for me to say I want longer sentencing with more jail time for people who repeatedly are in trouble with the law. It is another thing altogether to find a way to pay for it.
November 29, 2011 at 6:07pm
Having witnessed an incident in court today which again caused me to question the fairness of the current probation system, I will again suggest that the Cannon County Commission form a committee to study whether or not it would benefit the county, in financial and other ways, to manage the system in-house, rather than contracting it out.
November 29, 2011 at 7:24pm
What was the incident?
November 29, 2011 at 10:57pm
Some offenders are getting probation over and over when they committed worse crimes then speeding or driving without a license. Our friends were shot at by a drunk neighbor sitting on their porch. They got two years probation. Nothing more. Then two years later they did it again to another neighbor. Guess what? Probation again. So does it take someone getting killed before they get more then probation in this county?
November 30, 2011 at 4:04am
Fees a probationer thought were being applied to their Cannon County case by the probation service were instead being applied to an older case in Rutherford County, and Cannon County was receiving nothing.
November 30, 2011 at 11:10am
You guys are preaching to the choir! I am all for the longer sentencing as I stated above.

But again, more people in jail for longer periods of time costs a lot more money.

Anyone have any idea where the money will come from to fund it? I am sure the commissioners would love for all ideas concerning raising revenue to support more officers and a bigger jail to be presented to them.

Kevin: Sounds like a good idea on the committee to study the benefits of keeping probation in house.. Perhaps you could present your ideas to the commission the next time they meet and volunteer to spearhead the study.
December 13, 2011 at 7:12pm
All I know is when a friend of a friend was in CCSO, the inmates mother paid in a money order five dollars for them to take the inmate to the doctor and she even made the appt. So the county didnt pay anything! And also these ppl that are giving suspended PRISON TIME---well the wait on that is a YEAR because of overcrowding.

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