News Herald Arrest Report

Police uncover drugs, guns at motel

Three people were arrested in connection with a stash of drugs, guns and paraphernalia found at a motel on U.S. Highway 321.

Receiving information that multiple individuals with outstanding warrants were staying in a motel room in Lenoir City and were "armed with several guns," agents with the Ninth Judicial Drug Task Force saw Orlando Kartize Witherow, 34, Knoxville, and Clarence Dewayne Smith, 38, homeless, leave the room and go to a nearby gas station, according to the arrest report. Officers then went into the store to arrest Smith for outstanding warrants.
 

"Due to the information provided regarding these individuals being armed, and previous encounters and interviews conducted of associates of Witherow, we asked both men to show their hands," DTF Agent Brendan DeBoer wrote in the report. "Smith complied but Witherow moved toward the back of the aisle where all that could be seen was his face."
 
Officers continued to tell Witherow to show his hands, and the two were eventually detained, according to the report.
 
Police found a loaded 9-mm handgun in Smith's bag, DeBoer wrote.
 
Agents also went to the motel room to arrest Ciara Shantee Winckler, 26, Loudon, who had an outstanding warrant for a community corrections violation.
During a search of the room, officers found a loaded sawed-off shotgun, methamphetamine, a digital scale, glass pipe and another loaded shotgun, according to the report.
 
Witherow was charged with manufacture/sell/delivery/resale of a Schedule II substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, prohibited weapons, theft of property and unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon and held on $102,000 bond.
 
Winckler was charged with failure to appear, violation of community corrections, violation of probation, failure to appear-municipal court, prohibited weapons, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, manufacture/sell/delivery/resale of a Schedule II substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and held on $58,000 bond.
 
Smith was charged with two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession/casual exchange, manufacture/sell/delivery/resale of a Schedule II substance, unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon and prohibited weapons and held on $50,000 bond.
 
July 11
 
Jordan Chase Beaty, 20, Loudon, was charged with domestic assault-misdemeanor and released on $1,000 bond.
 
James Kelly Childress, 44, homeless, was charged with public intoxication and criminal trespass and held without bond.
 
Keith Alec Frank, 24, Loudon, was charged with failure to appear-general sessions and released on $4,000 bond.
 
Regina Michelle Tallent, 44, Philadelphia, was charged with driving under the influence and released on $1,000 bond.
 
July 12
 
Jessica Nicole Hudgins, 36, Oak Ridge, was charged with contempt of court and held on $300 bond.
 
Todd Lee Johnson, 35, Decatur, was charged with driving on a revoked/suspended license and driving under the influence and released on $4,500 bond.
 
Irene Rios, 35, Lenoir City, was charged with failure to appear and released on $1,000 bond.
 
Dakota Michael Rogers, 21, homeless, was charged with a Knox County warrant for theft and failure to appear, contraband in a penal institution and simple possession/casual exchange and held on $44,000 bond. Stopping a white Dodge on U.S. Highway 321 North for failure to maintain lane, Loudon County Sheriff's Deputy Blake Garland spoke with Rogers and Krystal Abston, who had an active warrant out of Loudon County, according to the arrest report. "A consensual search of the vehicle was conducted and several items of paraphernalia were located," Garland wrote. During a search at Loudon County Jail, police found a small white bottle on Rogers containing a substance believed to be methamphetamine, according to the report.
 
Krystal Gayle Abston, 29, Greenback, was charged with driving under the influence and held on $2,000 bond.
 
July 13
 
Sarah Dorine Coker, 58, Philadelphia, was charged with failure to appear-general sessions and released on $3,000 bond.
 
Stephanie Marie Croft, 38, Loudon, was charged with violation of parole and held without bond.
 
Jackson Herbert Devan, 35, Lancing, was charged with failure to appear-municipal court and released on $2,000 bond.
 
Danielle Darlene Gribble, 40, Sweetwater, was charged with contempt of court and held on $300 bond.
 
James Cecil Maples, 46, Seymore, was charged with two counts of theft of property and released on $6,000 bond.
 
Kirsten Brooke Metcalf, 20, Maryville, was charged with theft of property and released on $2,000 bond.
 
Andrew Alan Ruedi, 27, Strawberry Plains, was charged with criminal impersonation and held on $3,000 bond.
 
Carrie Marie Velasquez, 30, Maryville, was charged with theft of property and released on $2,000 bond.
 
July 14
 
Brian William Ganz, 24, Lenoir City, was charged with public intoxication and released without bond.
 
Mark Anthony Stevens, 19, homeless, was charged with simple possession/casual exchange and possession of drug paraphernalia and held on $2,000 bond. Arriving in the Grove Street area of Loudon, Officer Anthony Akins spoke with Officer Sam Harrison, who said he came to the scene to check on a man who was seen walking and "screaming loudly at himself because he said he was upset with himself and life," according to the arrest report. "Mr. Stevens approached Officer Harrison and handed Officer Harrison a small white bag that contained a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, and asked Officer Harrison if he wanted to get high with him," Akins wrote in the report. The marijuana weighed 0.08 grams.
 
Amanda Andora Wells, 28, Harriman, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and contraband in a penal institution and held without bond. While conducting a narcotics investigation at a motel in Lenoir City, an agent with the Ninth Judicial Drug Task Force found Wells with an outstanding warrant out of Roane County, and during a search of her room, police located a spoon with residue, an open box of plastic baggies and a set of scales in a backpack, according to the arrest report. Wells told agents that the items belonged to her. During a search at Loudon County Jail, officers found a bag in her underwear containing 3.6 grams of a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the report.
 
July 15
 
William Derrick Baker, 31, Lenoir City, was charged with violation of probation and held on $6,000 bond.
 
Joseph Benjamin Comer, 55, Loudon, was charged with failure to appear-general sessions and held on $1,000 bond.
 
Emily Jaynes, 33, Knoxville, was charged with driving under the influence and simple possession/casual exchange and held on $4,500 bond. Noticing a Kia Soul cross the fog line multiple times on Interstate 75 North, LCSO Sgt. Jerramie Bowen made a traffic stop on Watt Road and spoke with the driver, Jaynes, who appeared "very lethargic," according to the arrest report. Bowen asked Jaynes if she had taken any prescription medicine or illegal drugs, and she told deputies that she takes Methadose, the brand name for methadone, and had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. Jaynes performed poorly on field sobriety tests, according to the report. After she was placed in the patrol car, Jaynes pulled out a small clear bag containing a substance believed to be Xanax and two other unknown pills from her bra, Bowen wrote. Officers also located multiple used needles, digital scales and spoons with narcotic residue in her car, according to the report.
 
Crystal Marie Brown, 34, Philadelphia, was charged with domestic assault and held without bond. Responding to a call of a domestic dispute in the 100 block of Donaldson Road, LCSO Deputy Chris Jenkins learned from speaking with relatives and a witness that Brown had become upset because she said another woman had her food stamp card. Brown struck the woman as she was attempting to take back the card, Jenkins wrote. A juvenile entered the altercation and attempted to protect the woman, pulling Brown off of her by the neck, according to deputies. The juvenile "stated Ms. Crystal Brown started hitting him," Jenkins wrote. "Ms. Crystal Brown went outside and (the juvenile) locked the door. (Brown) then kicked the door and broke the door and facing." Brown was deemed the primary aggressor.
 
Chelsey Jo Coker, 20, Philadelphia, was charged with violation of probation and held without bond.
 
Carol Jamessa Kilgore, 30, Harriman, was charged with theft under $500 and released on $1,000 bond. Responding to a call of a theft at a retail store in Lenoir City, police spoke with an employee, who said Kilgore and Amanda Davis were seen hiding multiple items in their purses and going through the register aisle, according to the arrest report. Kilgore's purse contained $147.91 in merchandise, including clothes, food and jewelry, and Davis had $121.16 worth of items in her purse. Davis was banned from entering Walmart in Rockwood in November 2009.
 
Amanda Michelle Davis, 29, Clinton, was charged with theft under $500 and criminal trespass and released on $2,000 bond.
 
Chasity Joan Beth Lynn, 28, Loudon, was charged with failure to a appear-general sessions and held without bond.
 
July 16
 
Jason William Maner, 30, Loudon, was charged with driving on a revoked/suspended license and released on $1,000 bond.
 
Shawn Michael Moore, 27, Lenoir City, was charged with failure to appear and violation of probation and held on $40,000 bond.
 
Billy Gene Seward, 40, Loudon, was charged with failure to appear and held without bond.
 
Donnita R. Ward, 41, Lenoir City, was charged with theft under $500 and released on $1,000 bond. Dispatched to a call of a shoplifter at a retail store in Lenoir City, police spoke with loss prevention personnel, who said they saw Ward and an unknown female putting items into a bag, and Ward passed through the garden center without paying for the merchandise, according to the arrest report. The items, including clothes, makeup, jewelry and a makeup bag, were valued at $161.02.
 
July 17
 
Kevin David Bluford, 34, Loudon, was charged with driving under the influence and released on $2,500 bond.
 
Paige Anne Coleman, 44, Knoxville, was charged with driving under the influence and violation of implied consent and released on $3,000 bond.
 
Walter Isaias Figueroa, 36, Lenoir City, was charged with driving under the influence and released on $1,500 bond.
 
Justin Lee Hargis, 39, Loudon, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and held without bond. Dispatched to a motel in Loudon in response to a possible assault with a weapon, police found Hargis and asked if he had a gun, according to the arrest report. After Hargis told an officer he did not have a firearm, police found a black powder handgun under a bed mattress in his room, according to the report. A man, woman and a 9-year-old child told police that Hargis had pointed the gun at them, and they subsequently ran into their room and called 911, according to the report.
 
Janet Annette Holcomb, 53, Madisonville, was charged with driving under the influence-fourth offense and released on $3,000 bond.
 
Christy Jeanette Horner, 36, Knoxville, was charged with theft over $500 and held without bond. According to an arrest report, Horner was seen on surveillance video with an unknown male leaving a motel room in Lenoir City with a "large black bag and a white box fan," and the man was carrying a white laundry basket with numerous items inside, according to the arrest report. A male victim told police that Horner, his ex-girlfriend, took the items on the same night that he was arrested by Lenoir City Police Department. Horner returned a 800-megahertz radio and charger, along with a Sirius radio receiver, but denied taking any other items, according to the report. The items were valued at $1,724.46, and the man said he was still owed $531.46 in other stolen materials.
 
Walter Lewis Jordan Jr., 28, Harriman, was charged with driving under the influence and violation of implied consent and released on $2,000 bond.
 
July 18
 
Kayla Hope Abercrombie, 29, Lenoir City, was charged with public intoxication and held without bond.
 
Timothy Dewey Connatser, 35, Friendsville, was charged with driving under the influence and driving on a revoked/suspended license and held on $4,500 bond.
 
Tammy Christana Walters, 30, Moselle, Miss., was charged with public intoxication and released without bond.

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