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Robbery — A McKenzie woman was robbed in the parking lot of E.W. James on November 12. According to a report filed by Officer Dalton Raspberry, Ms. Mary Eubank came the Police Department and advised that she had bought some groceries at Save-A-Lot and went to Dollar Tree where she observed a white male in a blue hoody and blue tobaggan attempting to open her passenger door where her groceries were located. She drive to E.W. James and purchased more groceries and came out and was approached by the same male who demanded her bag. She threw it to him. The incident remains under investigation.
Contempt of Court/Financial Responsibility Law — On November 18, Officer Kyle Beauchamp observed a blue Chevy pickup truck that had lights not working properly. Beauchamp initiated a traffic stop after discovering the license tag belonged to another vehicle. The driver, Dustin Whitson of Greenfield, was found to be driving on a suspended license and had an active warrant out of Benton County. Whitson also had no proof of insurance and had a prior for no insurance on his record.
Whitson was arrested on the active warrant and cited into McKenzie City Court for Driving Without Insurance-Second Offense. He was turned over to Benton County Authorities and his vehicle was impounded.
Aggravated Burglary — A McKenzie man was arrested for Aggravated Burglary on November 19 after a citizen called 911 advising he had seen someone go into his neighbor’s garage. According to a report filed by Officer Kyle Beauchamp, he and Officer Dalton Raspberry found James Simmons on the property and detained him pending investigation. The citizen identified Simmons as the man he saw go into his neighbor’s garage and wrote a statement to officers that he witnessed the incident.
David Pryor, the property owner, stated he knew Simmons and personally had told him not to be on his property in the past. Simmons was arrested and charged with Aggravated Burglary and transported to Weakley County Jail.
Multiple Charges — On November 20, multiple officers initiated a traffic stop on a silver Chevy due to the driver being known to have active warrants in Tennessee and Kentucky. According to the report filed by Officer Dalton Raspberry, the driver was confirmed to be Corey Runkle who had active warrants in Weakley County and Kentucky. An inventory search of the vehicle turned up a baggie of crystal –like substance field tested to be methamphetamine. A sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun was found under the driver’s seat. Runkle was arrested for his outstanding warrants and charged with being a Fugitive From Justice, Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Prohibited Weapons, and Driving on a Suspended License-First Offense. Runkle’s vehicle was impounded due to the charges.
Driving on Suspended/Revoked License — Officer Cody Coleman observed a vehicle with expired tags traveling on Walnut Avenue on November 20 and initiated a traffic stop after confirming the expired tags through dispatch. The driver, Charles Halliburton of McKenzie was found to be driving on a suspended license and had no proof of insurance. Halliburton was cited into General Sessions Court for Driving While Suspended, Expired Registration, and Violation of Financial Responsibility Law.
Sale/Delivery of a Controlled Substance — Officer Justin Brister witnessed a white Toyota Tacoma pull up to Heritage Hall and an individual later identified as Demarco Joy of South Fulton, was seen making a hand to hand transaction with the driver of the vehicle. Brister turned around to stop the vehicle but was unable to locate it. Bethel Security later located Joy and inquired about illegal drugs in his dorm room. A search turned up a large amount of marijuana in a Planters jar along with a digital scale. Joy was arrested and charged with Sale/Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Unlawful Drug Paraphernalia. He was transported and booked into the Carroll County jail.