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McKenzie Police Reports

5/21/19 Edition


Aggravated Assault/Simple Possession — McKenzie Police responded to a call regarding a woman possessing a gun and attempting to shoot someone last Wednesday at a Walnut Circle residence. Five police officers responded and upon arrival observed four men dragging a woman through a yard.

According to the report filed by Dalton Raspberry, the four men were bounty hunters and had come to that residence for warrant service. The woman was identified as Ashley Beckham of McKenzie who had an active warrant out of Gibson County. A bounty hunter informed Raspberry that Beckham’s husband, Kenneth Beckham, was inside the residence and had attempted to stab his son, who is also a bounty hunter.

As Raspberry approached the residence, two men, identified as Kenneth Beckham and John David Forrest, were seen fleeing out the back door and were apprehended shortly afterward. Two more men attempted escape but stopped when they saw officers. They were Kevin Jones and Charles King. Three more persons were found in the residence and all questioned.

It was determined that Beckham, Forrest, and King had active warrants and were taken into custody. Mrs. Beckham had an active warrant and was turned over to the bounty hunters. The other persons had no warrants and were allowed to leave.

Forrest was seen throwing a lockbox away in the process of fleeing from officers. The lockbox was found to contain drug paraphernalia and eight baggies of a crystal-like substance thought to be methamphetamine as well as marijuana.

Beckham was additionally charged with Aggravated Assault, Forrest was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, King was charged with Simple Possession of a Schedule VI drug, and additional charges for the lockbox are pending at this time.

Drug Paraphernalia — A Henry man was cited into General Sessions Court after two McKenzie officers were dispatched to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts in regards to a male subject smoking marijuana in a car. James R. Martin and two passengers were located in the store. Martin advised officers that they would find a pipe under his cigarettes. A brief search of his vehicle revealed three pipes, multiple torch lights, rolling papers, a digital scale, and a bottle of butane fuel. The pipes were later tested and found to have traces of Methamphetamine in them. Martin was cited into General Sessions Court for Possession of Drug paraphernalia.

Simple Possession/Driving on Suspended/Revoked License — Officer Cody Coleman pulled into a convenience store and observed Whitney Kirkpatrick backing out of a parking space. Coleman had prior knowledge that Kirkpatrick was driving on a suspended/revoked license. She was found to have a prior for driving on a suspended/revoked license and Violation of Financial Responsibility charge. She was found to have marijuana and prescription pills in her possession.

Kirkpatrick, of McKenzie, was charged with Simple Possession of a Schedule II Drug, Simple Possession of a Schedule VI Drug, Driving on a Suspended/Revoked License-2nd Offense, and Violation of Financial Responsibility Law-2nd Offense. She was transported to Carroll County Jail while her vehicle was impounded.

Criminal Trespass/Resisting Arrest — According to a report filed by Officer Jeff Lowden, Maurice Lawrence was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespass and Resisting Arrest at Casey’s Store, last Monday, May 13, after Lowden stopped at the store and observed Lawrence sitting at a table. Lowden had prior knowledge that Lawrence had a ban notice placed on him in 2017. He threatened officers and resisted arrest while being cuffed.

Driving on Suspended/Revoked License — Officer Billy King observed a vehicle run a stop sign at the intersection of Elm and Magnolia and initiated a traffic stop. The driver, Nathaniel L. Noah, was found to be driving on a Suspended/Revoked License and was also driving with no insurance. He was cited into General Sessions Court for Driving on a Suspended/Revoked License, Violation of Financial Responsibility Law, and Stop Sign Violation.

Theft — Norman M Watne told police, early Saturday morning, that his dogs woke him up and he found a white male in his Paris Avenue garage. He stated when he confronted the man, he ran through the back yard toward Newsome Street. Officers checked the area and were not able to locate him. Watne advised the man took a red sander, a red electric rechargeable drill, and a car buffer. All were valued at approximately $70 dollars. The incident remains under investigation.


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