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Child Neglect/Child Abuse/Drug-Related Offenses — A McKenzie woman was arrested and charged with child neglect and child abuse along with multiple drug-related offenses as a result of two separate incidents in less than 24 hours last week. McKenzie police responded to a report of harassing messages at the trailer park on Forrest Circle, Sunday night, August 12.
According to a report filed by Officer Cody Coleman, Ashley Victor of McKenzie contacted police in regards to harassing messages from Ariel Sage, also of McKenzie along with her boyfriend, Jeremy Russell. Officer Coleman along with Sgt. Trey Boucher, and Officer Mark Boaz spoke with Victor and her boyfriend, Jeremiah Vance and saw the messages that had been sent to them. Victor told the officers she had been watching Sage’s three children and that she hadn’t been home in two days and needed Sage to come home and take care of her children. Ms. Sage sent Victor messages that were aggressive in nature. Mr. Vance attempted to intervene in the messages and Sage’s boyfriend, Jeremy Russell began arguing with Vance.
While the officers were speaking to Victor, one of the minor children approached the officers and stated that her mother had drugs inside of their apartment. Officers advised the minor that they could not go into the residence without a warrant. The minor proceeded to tell officers that it was in a box with a lock on it and she knew the password. The officers told her they still couldn’t go in the residence.
While discussion was continuing, the minor came back with the box and unlocked it for the officers. Several items were found in the box including 17 grams of a green plant substance believed to be marijuana, two glass smoking pipes, one metal smoking pipe, digital scales, and a grinder with a small amount of what was believed to be marijuana in it.
After searching the box, Miss Victor received a message from Sage stating that she was on her way back to the residence. Sage and Russell did arrive and Officer Coleman questioned her about the box and the contents. Sage admitted the box and contents were hers. She was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Schedule VI with Intent, Possession of Drug Paraphenalia, and three counts of Child Neglect. She was placed under $3,000 bond.
DCS was contacted and they advised the mother had already bonded out and the children would have to be returned at this time but they would send someone to the residence the next morning.
Shortly after 11 a.m., Monday, August 13, McKenzie Police received a disturbance call at the same address as the previous night. This time Officer Kyle Beauchamp responded to the call and as he drove up observed Ms. Sage holding the wrists of a minor child tight enough they appeared to be turning purple according to the report filed by Beauchamp. Sage was seen dragging the bare-footed minor through gravel. The minor’s wrists had visible bruising on them and she complained of severe wrist pain for several minutes after the two were separated. The minor was transported and treated at McKenzie Hospital ER. Sage was arrested for Child Abuse and taken to Carroll County Jail. DCS came and took the victim and two other minors from the home due to this being the second report in less than 24 hours.
Assault — Friday night, August 17, Adam Stockard, of McKenzie, reported to police that he had been assaulted in the street near his home on Florida Court.
According to a report from Officer Kyle Beauchamp, Stockard wrote a written statement that he walked up to Little General to get a drink for his girlfriend. On the way back, he was confronted by Michael Cunningham, of McKenzie, and a couple of his friends. According to Stockard’s statement, one of Cunningham’s friends asked him for a cigarette and he replied he didn’t have one and kept on walking. Cunningham got verbally abusive at this point and shoved him into a mud puddle.
Beauchamp explained the process to be followed in a case like this. Stockard stated he did not wish to press charges against Cunningham as long as he and his family leave him alone.
Theft — On Saturday, August 18, Officers Kyle Beauchamp and Ryan White were conducting an investigation into stolen lawn mower parts from 46 Florida Court. According to his report, Beauchamp observed several shopping carts behind the residence at 40 Florida Court. After looking into the values of the carts found from Dollar General, E.W. James, and Sav-A-Lot. He then spoke to the resident who admitted to taking the carts. Adam Stockard of McKenzie was cited into General Sessions Court for 3 counts of theft under 1,000.
Attempted Theft — Rebecca Jones reported to police on Monday afternoon, August 13, that someone attempted to take a 2009 Husqvarna mower from her residence on Stonewall Street sometime during the day. She told police she left for work around 7:45 a.m. and returned home shortly before 3:30 p.m. to find the mower had been dragged across concrete. The matter remains under investigation.
Theft — Kathryen Allen of McKenzie reported to police Monday evening August 13, that someone took a 2013 yellow/white 50” Cub Cadet riding mower from her carport at 149 Oaklawn Street. According to the report filed, the mower was last seen the previous day before noon.
Theft/Burglary — Ms. Mikaela Adkins reported that her vehicle had been vandalized during what she suspects was an attempted burglary of her vehicle. According to the report filed by Kyle Beauchamp, Adkins had difficulty with her door at Pocket’s gas station when her vehicle would not unlock after coming out of the store. She observed damage to the keyhole on her driver side door lock. She stated she is not sure when or where the vandalism occurred.
Theft — Teri Boden of McKenzie reported to McKenzie Police Tuesday, August 14, that she had newly prescribed medication taken from her sister’s car. According to the report, Boden searched her house and failed to turn up the medicine. Police spoke to her sister who also failed to find the medication in her car.
Theft — A gas drive-off occurred at Pocket’s early Sunday morning, August 19. According to the report filed by Officer Kyle Beauchamp, the attendant reported to McKenzie Police that a maroon 4-door car with three to four black males pulled up to pump 4. One of the males got out to pump gas, another male came into the store to look around the store. After a few minutes, he came to the register wanting to prepay $15 dollars on the gas. The attendant told him that over $30 dollars had already been pumped. The male went back outside and told the other male who came in and argued for a minute. The attendant explained how the pump worked and then all the males jumped in the car and sped towards Huntingdon.
Simple Possession/Texting While Driving — Officer Steven Scott initiated a stop on a vehicle Monday night, August 13, after observing the driver typing on a phone as they drove past the patrol car. According to his report, Scott smelled what he believed to be marijuana while he was questioning the driver, Anna Lee of McKenzie, Lee stated she had a previous passenger who had been smoking marijuana but she had not smoked any and there was none in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle and approximately 5.9 grams of a green leafy substance thought to be marijuana was found. Lee was cited into General Sessions Court for Simple Possession of a Schedule VI drug and Texting while Driving.
Vandalism — Mr. George Howton of McKenzie reported Tuesday morning, August 14, that his 2012 Nissan Rogue was vandalized sometime during the previous night at his residence on Laurel Street. According to the report from Officer Jeremiah Brooks, scratches were noticeably visible on the back and driver’s side of the vehicle. The incident is still under investigation.
Vandalism — According to a report filed by Kyle Beauchamp, another vandalism was discovered on Laurel Street at the residence of Rusty and Brittany Shands. She reported on Tuesday, August 14, that 2-3 days prior someone keyed both of their vehicles in the carport. Scratches were found on a 1997 White Dodge Pickup and a 2004 Toyota Sienna minivan. Damage value is not known at this time and the incident remains under investigation.
Dogs at Large — Officer Jeremiah Brooks was dispatched to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store in reference to a dog jumping on a vehicle. Mr. Patrick Chowbay of Nashville reported that a dog jumped on his car after he unwrapped a burger. The dog’s owner, Mr. Robert Parnell, stated he had a hold of the dog but lost his grip. Parnell offered to fix the damage which was a couple of scratches over the driver side door. Chowbay refused and wanted a body shop estimate. Parnell was cited into General Sessions Court for Dog at Large.
Driving on Suspended/Revoked License — Officer Steven Scott stopped a vehicle early Saturday morning after observing a headlight not working properly and license plate violation. The driver, Netisha Gordon, of McKenzie stated she did not have a license. A check confirmed the license was suspended in 2015 for failure to appear in court. She also had a prior suspended license violation in Madison County. Gordon was charged with driving on a suspended license third offense.
Driving on Suspended/Revoked License — A 911 call on Thursday afternoon, August 16, alerted McKenzie Police to a possible reckless driver inbound on Hwy 79 from Trezevent. Officer Billy King intercepted the vehicle on Cedar Avenue and made the stop on University Drive. The driver, Trina Thompson of Memphis, was found to be have multiple prior offenses of driving on a suspended license and was arrested for driving on a suspended license fourth offense. Investigation into her driving record revealed new information and this would be her first offense with all documents reflecting the same.
Driving on Suspended/Revoked License — Officer Billy King responded to a dispute call in the parking lot of Save-A-Lot last Sunday August 12. According to King’s report, he spoke with the driver, Tamera Hollowell, who stated she made a traffic error that almost caused an accident. A routine status check of her license revealed she was currently suspended for failure to appear in city court here in McKenzie. She was cited into General Sessions Court for driving on a suspended license first offense.