Lenoir City man faces false imprisonment, assault charges
A domestic dispute led to the arrest of a Lenoir City man after
he allegedly prevented a woman from speaking with police early
Responding to a report of a domestic dispute about 11:55 p.m.
June 1 in the 15900 block of Buttermilk Road, Loudon County
Sheriff’s Office deputies knocked on the door of the residence
and called inside, but no one came to the door. Police reported
hearing a female crying inside the home.
The woman, Morgan’s girlfriend, told police that he had
taken her phone from her.
“When she tried to get it back to call for a ride he would
push her away,” Deputy Craig Brewer wrote in his report. “As
this went on he then pushed her back in to the residence.
While in there he grabbed her by the throat several times
and slammed her to the ground. He then held her down and was
choking her. She stated she could not breathe and started
By the time deputies arrived, the physical altercation was
over, but Morgan had blocked her from coming to the door to
speak with officers, according to the woman.
Morgan was charged with false imprisonment, domestic assault
and assisting other agency and held on $4,000 bond.
- Brandy T. Jeffers, 25, Lenoir City, was charged with
public intoxication and disorderly conduct and released on
$2,000 bond. Receiving a call from an off-duty officer about
a person “yelling and screaming” outside an apartment
complex at McGhee Square, police arrived on the scene and
saw Jeffers “screaming profanities to people outside,”
according to the arrest report. While speaking with Jeffers,
police could detect the smell of an alcoholic beverage and
noticed she had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Police
determined that she was a danger to herself and to the
public and was taken into custody.
- Dustin Duane Rolen, 27, Lenoir City, was charged with
disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia and
held on $2,000 bond.
- Robert Adam Dunlap, 26, Maryville, was charged with
aggravated burglary and held without bond.
- Brittany Nicole McCulloch, 27, Lenoir City, was charged
with public intoxication and released on $1,000 bond. LCSO
Deputy Dustin Langley, with assistance from Cpl. Billy Hall,
spoke with McCulloch in the lobby at Loudon County General
Sessions Court. The woman appeared intoxicated and had “very
slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet,” according to
Langley. Hall asked McCulloch if she was taking any
prescription medication, and the woman said she was not.
After performing field sobriety tests, police placed
McCulloch under arrest for public intoxication.
- Charles Bo Pruett, 36, Harriman, was charged with theft
under $500 and held without bond. According to a complaint
affidavit, Pruett entered a grocery story March 10 in Lenoir
City, walked to the meat department, took 16 packs of steaks
and placed them in a cart. Pruett then proceeded past all
points of sale, walked to his vehicle, loaded the steaks and
drove away. The act was captured on store surveillance
footage, according to police. The steaks were valued at
- Joshua Eldon Giles, 29, Loudon, was charged with driving
on a revoked/suspended license and released on $1,000 bond.
Dispatched to a call of a reckless driver on Prospect Church
Road in which the driver almost ran the complainant off the
road, police found a Chevrolet Monte Carlo at a residence in
the 1500 block of Prospect Church Road in the driveway a few
feet away from the main road. The motor and lights of the
car were on. As officers pulled in behind the car, the motor
shut off and an officer spotted a white male jump out of the
driver seat of the car and start running toward the
residence, according to the arrest report. Police stopped
the man, Giles, who said he was not driving the car but
moving it in the driveway so his wife could get out. After
Giles was placed in the patrol car, police spoke with Giles’
wife, who said Giles had “left to go get pizza and she did
not know where he was coming from,” according to police. A
complainant said he and a woman were riding horses on
Prospect Church Road when he heard a car coming near them
quickly from Highway 72. The witness said he looked back and
saw the Monte Carlo run off the road into a ditch. The man
said he followed the car in his truck and watched the driver
turn into the Prospect Church Road residence.
- Aaron Mikal Hunt, 33, Loudon, was charged with driving
under the influence and released on $1,000 bond. Lenoir City
Police Officer Brandon Gentry pulled up to a Mitsubishi that
was believed to be disabled. Upon reaching the car window,
Gentry noticed that the driver appeared unconscious in the
seat. When he opened the door, Gentry smelled an
“overwhelming odor” of alcohol. After waking Hunt, Gentry
performed field sobriety tests, which Hunt could not pass,
according to the police report. Hunt was placed under arrest
and transported to Fort Loudoun Medical Center for a blood
- Cody Cameron Orsak, 25, College Station, Texas, was
charged with driving on a suspended license and released on
- Kimberly Marie Reagan, 27, Lenoir City, was charged with
theft under $500 and released on $5,000 bond. According to
LCPD Officer Keith Sennett, Reagan was shopping at a local
retail store when the owner noticed she appeared to be
concealing items in her purse and clothing. After Reagan
left the store, the owner and an employee reviewed the video
footage and found Reagan had taken $647.45 worth of
merchandise without paying. The store owner contacted Reagan
and gave her two hours to return the items. The woman
returned to the store with $421.08 worth of items, according
to police. The store reported that $102 worth of merchandise
was damaged, and Reagan paid for the damaged items. Reagan
failed to return $226.37 worth of items, according to
- Brittani Lane Flint, 25, Seymour, was charged with
violation of probation and held without bond.
- Charles Rankin Murphy, 59, Knoxville, was charged with
driving under the influence and cite-in only and held on
Man jailed for
paraphernalia, burglary tools
A Madison man was taken to Loudon County Jail after being found
with drug paraphernalia and tools used to commit a
Approaching a vehicle at a former grocery store in Philadelphia,
Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jamie Ketner went to the
driver’s side window and noticed a pair of bolt cutters in the
passenger’s seat and a steel pole in the driver’s side door.
David Allen Freshour, 32, Madisonville, was asked to step out of
the vehicle, and police located a needle beside him, which
Freshour said was used to shoot narcotics.
Deputies learned that Freshour was wanted on a failure to
appear charge out of Florida. A passenger told police that
the man had stolen items from Walmart, planned to steal some
lawn mowers in Sweetwater and planned to burglarize a gold
store in Madisonville. The passenger also told deputies that
Freshour was going to use the stolen items to purchase
methamphetamine and that the vehicle they were in may have
“(The passenger) stated that she was unaware of his motives
and was under the impression that they were going to a bon
fire,” Ketner wrote in his report.
Freshour was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia
and possession of burglary tools and held on $4,000 bond.
‘Habitual’ offender gets various charges
A Vonore man is facing numerous charges after leaving the
scene of accident during an incident Thursday along Highway
411 in Greenback.
Responding to the scene of a wreck involving a hit and run
at Highway 95 and Morganton Road, Tennessee Highway Patrol
Trooper Ryan Smith spoke with the driver who allegedly left
the scene, Larry Eugene Costner, 51, Vonore. According to
Smith, Costner had a strong odor of alcohol, had slurred
speech, was unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot and
Police also identified two passengers, a male, Donnie Joe
Holloway, 41, Vonore, who Smith said was passed out when he
arrived, and a female.
“I then asked the driver (Costner) how much ... alcohol had
he had to drink today,” Smith said. “He then stated that
they had been fishing and drinking, that they were having a
great time and repeated his story multiple times, however he
never did answer my question of how much he had to drink
just that they had been drinking.”
Smith said Costner was “very confused,” could not field
basic questions and did not pass field sobriety tasks.
After placing Costner in the back seat of the cruiser, Smith
ran a check through dispatch and found the man was driving
on a revoked license, that the most recent incident was his
fourth driving under the influence offense and that Costner
was an “Habitual Traffic Offender.” Costner also spit on a
police laptop, according to Smith.
Costner was charged with driving on a revoked/suspended
license, driving under the influence-fourth offense, leaving
the scene of an accident/property damage and violation of
implied consent and held on $20,000 bond.
Holloway was charged with public intoxication and disorderly
conduct and held on $3,000 bond.
- Sharon Lee Shelton, 45, Lenoir City, was charged with
violation of probation and released on $5,000 bond.
- Gordon David Clark, 34, Lenoir City, was charged with
aggravated burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card and
held without bond.
- Stephen Rodriguez King, 29, Lenoir City, was charged
with violation of probation-domestic and held without bond.
- Taylor Schae Courtney, 24, homeless, was charged with
violation of probation, cite-in and failure to
appear-general session and held without bond.
- Eric Lane Curtis, 21, Lenoir City, was charged with
aggravated assault and especially aggravated burglary on a
federal warrant and held on $22,500 bond.
- Billy Joe Hill, 35, Lenoir City, was charged with
violation of probation and released without bond.
- Steffone Maurice McClendon, 41, Lenoir City, was charged
with driving on a revoked/suspended license and released on
- Brittany Marie Smith, 27, Lenoir City, was charged with
violation of probation on simple possession and bringing
contraband into a penal institution and held on $5,000 bond.
- William Bernice Watson, 37, Rockwood, was charged with
violation of probation-second offense and held on $4,000
- Mark Douglas Wright, 51, Lenoir City, was charged with
driving on a revoked/suspended license and released on
- Patrick Lewis Cagle, 21, Knoxville, was charged with
taking wildlife without a license and released on $2,000
- Brittany Nicole Foster, 25, Lenoir City, was charged
with failure to appear-general session and held on $2,000
- Juaquin Lopez, 28, Loudon, was charged with domestic
assault and held on $3,000 bond. Responding to a call of a
possible domestic dispute in the 130 block of Riverview
Drive, police spoke with a woman, who said she and her
boyfriend, Lopez, were separating. The woman said she put
the man’s property on the front porch for him to pick up,
and the two began to argue. During the verbal dispute, the
woman told police that she went inside the house in an
attempt to avoid more arguing, but Lopez followed her
inside. The woman told officers that Lopez grabbed her by
the throat and pushed her against the refrigerator, and
officers noticed a “large red scratch” on the woman’s neck
and face and “several small cuts on her arm,” according to
the arrest report. Police also noticed that the refrigerator
was out of position.
- Angela Jill Reeser, 35, Lenoir City, was charged with
driving on a revoked/suspended license and released on
- Ricky Lynn Smallen, 48, Philadelphia, was charged with
two counts of simple possession/casual exchange, driving on
a revoked/suspended license and possession of drug
paraphernalia and released on $4,000 bond.
- Natalisha Coray Sona, 20, Lenoir City, was charged with
violation of probation on theft and released on $1,000 bond.
- Trent Alexander Weaver, 22, Sweetwater, was charged with
possession of a handgun while under the influence,
aggravated assault, domestic violence, possession of drug
paraphernalia and vandalism and held on $22,000 bond.
- Laquivia Myeshia Barbee, 24, Cincinnati, Ohio, was
charged with driving on a suspended license-fourth offense
and held without bond.
- Moyses Aguilara Olvera, 60, Loudon, was charged with
driving under the influence-second offense (reduced to first
offense) and held without bond.
- Shannon Elaine Patterson, 38, Loudon, was charged with
driving on a revoked/suspended license and released on
- Kenneth Gregory Vest, 39, Lenoir City, was charged with
driving under the influence, two counts of possession of
legend drugs and two counts of simple possession/casual
exchange and released on $6,000 bond.
- Lydia Grace Williams, 21, Hugo, Okla., was charged with
domestic assault and held without bond. Responding to a call
of a domestic dispute at a gas station along Highway 321,
Lenoir City Police Department Officer Jason Arden spoke with
a woman who said that she and her sister, Williams, had
gotten into a verbal argument while traveling along
Interstate 40 “that resulted in spilled urine from the
offender,” Arden wrote. The woman got off the interstate and
went to the gas station, where she and Williams continued
arguing about the spill. The woman said while still in the
vehicle, Williams struck her on the face and head while
pulling her hair before she could leave the vehicle. Arden
said the woman had “red swollen skin that supports the
series of events described and the offender did admit to
resorting to physical contact with the victim.”
- Thomas Mason Cratty III, 24, Loudon, was charged with
driving under the influence and released on $1,000 bond.
- Benjamin Hilton Nicholson, 25, Lenoir City, was charged
with domestic assault and held on $2,000 bond. Responding to
a domestic call in the 200 block of Hill Street, police
spoke with a woman who said Nicholson hit her in the head
with a cellphone, but she would not write a statement about
the incident and told police that Nicholson had left the
scene and gone to a residence on Brittni Lane. An officer
found Nicholson walking down Rock Springs Road, and when the
man was driven back to the Hill Street residence, he said he
got into a fight with the woman and said he hit her in the
head with the phone.
- Patricia Lynn Shubert, 18, Philadelphia, was charged
with underage consumption and public intoxication and held
on $2,000 bond. Responding to a call for service along
Highway 321, police spoke with Shubert, who said she had
been drinking alcohol, according to the arrest report.
Police determined Shubert was a danger to herself and others
because she was “encouraging another intoxicated male to use
a firearm,” according to the report.