Arrest Report 12/21
for string of burglaries
A Loudon couple is behind
bars at Loudon County Jail for allegedly committing several
burglaries across the Loudon County area.
Loudon Police Det. Brian Jenkins wrote in a report that on Dec. 22,
John Paul Shelby Rooks, 31, allegedly broke into Mount Olive Baptist
Church in Loudon by using a large rock to knock out the window.
“While inside, Rooks did take possession and control of a medium
size safe which contained the church’s debit card and check book as
well as misc. other papers,” Jenkins said.
Lenoir City Police Det. Kevin Condee wrote in a separate report
that Rooks, along with Jessica Jean Nicole Edmondson, 27, were later
arrested after an unrelated attempted theft at a Lenoir City store.
During an interview, Edmondson admitted to “knowingly and willingly”
assisting Rooks with other burglaries and thefts at a Kingston
Street residence and later selling the stolen property, which
included jewelry, coins, tools and guns, Condee said.
“Affiant discovered that Rooks had burglarized (a man’s) home on
at least five occasions, from Nov. 10, 2014 through Dec. 19, 2014,”
Condee said, adding that the total value taken from the Kingston
Street residence was about $7,600.
“Furthermore, Rooks admitted to burglarizing (the man’s Kingston
Street) home on at least three occasions, and that he had stolen
property during each burglary,” Condee said. “Pawn shops records
indicated that Rooks had actually burglarized (the man’s) home at
least five times, with the fifth such burglary occurring on or about
Dec. 19, 2014.”
In a separate report, LCPD Officer Brandon Gentry said that Rooks
was observed on Dec. 22 removing a television from a Lenoir City
retail store and attempting to leave the store without paying for
the item, which totaled $348.
Edmondson was charged with theft over $1,000, criminal
responsibility for the conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and
reckless endangerment and was held on $16,000 bond.
Rooks was charged with theft under $500, five counts of
aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000, burglary, possession of drug
paraphernalia and reckless endangerment and held on $54,500 bond.
Pair arrested in dog theft at shelter
A Loudon County pair is facing theft charges after allegedly
leaving Loudon County Animal Shelter with a shelter dog without
paying for the animal.
LPD Det. Brian Jenkins wrote in his report that in December 2013,
Kristopher Lee Phillips, 28, of Lenoir City, and Jennifer Nichole
Silvey, 28, of Philadelphia, “knowingly” took possession and control
of a small mixed breed dog and left without paying the $86 adoption
“When this happened it was recorded on the shelter’s video
surveillance system, but neither Silvey nor Phillips could be
identified until 9/9/2014 when the pair returned in the same vehicle
and attempted to do the same thing but they were confronted by the
staff before they could get away with another animal.”
Phillips and Sislvey were each charged with theft under $500 and
released on $1,000 bond.
Parent assaults school official
Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jamie Pistole, who also
serves as a school resource officer, wrote in his report that he
talked with a local school administrator, who said that she had
gotten into a physical altercation with a parent at the school. The
parent was later identified as Candace Renee Mills. “Ms. Mills was
upset over her child having detention at the school and was very
upset with (the school official). During the heated discussion, both
parties were walking out of the door of the school and that was when
Ms. Mills grabbed the upper arm of (the official) and pulled her
back into the building which caused (the official) to not be able to
get away from Ms. Mills.
“Ms. Mills continued to scream at (the official) and was
basically nose to nose and pointing her finger at” the victim,
Pistole continued, adding that Mills was later banned from the
Mills, 39, Loudon, was charged with assault and released without
- Tozha Janae Grissom, 18, Loudon, was charged with
vandalism/domestic assault and held on $2,000 bond. LCSO Deputy
Chance Gray wrote in his report that Grissom was charged with a
violation of probation warrant.
- Thomas Wesley Hagan, 30, Powell, was charged with driving
under the influence and held on $2,500 bond. Responding to a
wreck involving an injury, LCPD Officer Jason Arden talked with
one of the drivers, Hagan, who allegedly had a strong odor of an
alcoholic beverage, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and admitted
to consuming alcohol before the wreck. Hagan performed poorly on
field sobriety tasks.
- Antwan Maleek Kennedy, 33, Etowah, was charged with failure
to appear-Lenoir City and held without bond.
- Jacob Tyler Miller, 19, Kingston, was charged with
shoplifting-theft of property and held on $2,000 bond.
- Jacob Tyler Smith, 20, Knoxville, was charged with public
intoxication and held on $2,000 bond. LCPD Officer Keith Sennett
wrote in his report that Smith was with other individuals who
were allegedly shoplifting. “While individuals were being
investigated defendant was unsteady on his feet and having
trouble staying awake,” Sennett said. “Defendant had an odor of
alcoholic beverage coming from him.”
- Tad Michael Smith, 21, Crossville, was charged with driving
under the influence and simple possession/casual exchange and
released on $4,000 bond. Dispatched to a call of a reckless
driver on Interstate 75, LCSO Deputy Kenny Palmer wrote in his
report that the driver, Smith, had a strong odor of an alcoholic
beverage and red, watery eyes. Smith admitted to allegedly
drinking beer and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks,
Palmer said. “While inventorying Mr. Smith’s vehicle I found
half a smoked marijuana cigarette in the ash tray,” Palmer said.
- Harry Brendon Stricker, 33, Lenoir City, was charged with
driving on a revoked/suspended license and released on $1,000
- Brandon Lee Thomas, 29, Knoxville, was charged with
shoplifting-theft of property and held on $2,000 bond. LCPD
Officer Christian Dragon wrote in his report that Thomas was
observed concealing USB cords, adapters, chargers and other
merchandise while at a Lenoir City retail store. “Event occurred
to deprive Walmart of its property cost $319.47,” Dragon said.
- Tobias Tuck, 37, Loudon, was charged with contempt of court
and released on $1,500 bond.
- Melody Leann Wiggins, 35, Loudon, was charged with false
reports/statements and released on $5,000 bond. LCSO Deputy
Lance Anderson wrote in his report that Wiggins allegedly
withheld information about a fugitive’s whereabouts. “Upon
search of the residence the fugitive was located in a rear
bedroom closet,” Anderson said. “Ms. Wiggins knowingly concealed
the fugitive in an attempt to obstruct justice.”
- Trevor Dwayne McKee, 26, Greenback, was charged with
possession of a Schedule VI substance and released on $2,000
bond. LCSO Deputy Chance Gray wrote in his report that McKee was
picked up from Sevier County Jail and was arrested for an active
violation of probation warrant.
- Jeremiah Logan Murr, 23, Lenoir City, was charged with
possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a Schedule II
substance and possession of a Schedule IV substance and held on
- John Allen Bivens, 29, Sweetwater, was charged with
possession of a Schedule VI and violation of probation and held
- Jona Nicole Campbell, 38, Loudon, was charged with driving
under the influence and released on $2,500 bond.
- Joseph Ricky Hensley, 56, Loudon, was charged with driving
under the influence, possession of a handgun while under the
influence, leaving the scene of a wreck with property damage and
cite-in-violation of implied consent and released on $6,000
bond. Dispatched to a call of a hit and run accident, LPD
Officer Bennie Houser wrote in his report that he later talked
with the driver of the vehicle that had fled the scene. “Mr.
Hensley went for a loaded weapon when (LPD) Officer (Jonathan)
Yates and (LCSO) Deputy (Jamie) Ketner made contact,” Houser
said, adding that a 13-year-old was also located in the vehicle.
Hensley allegedly was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot eyes
and slurred speech. “Mr. Hensley also stated he took Hydrocodone,”
Houser said, adding that Hensley refused to complete field
- Michael Kenneth Jordan, 25, Dandridge, was charged with
failure to appear-second offense for driving on a revoked
license and driving on a revoked/suspended license and held on
- Robert James Reeves, 28, Lenoir City, was charged with theft
under $500 and released on $1,000 bond.
- Julia Mae Short, 23, Oliver Springs, was charged with theft
under $500 and released on $2,000 bond.
- Melody Faith Spears, 56, Lenoir City, was charged with
driving under the influence, simple possession/casual exchange
and cite-in-violation of implied consent and released on $5,000
bond. Stopping a vehicle for driving without headlights, LCPD
Officer Jason Arden talked with the driver, Spears, who
allegedly had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, slurred
speech and bloodshot eyes. Arden continued that Spears had two
prior DUI convictions on her record. “Upon arrival at the jail,
a quantity of a green leafy substance totaling 5 grams was found
on Mrs. Spears’ person,” Arden said.