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Warrants Issued Against Man Who Fled During Traffic Stop

Warrants have been issued against a man who allegedly fled on foot during a traffic stop conducted late Wednesday.

A deputy with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department reports that he was returning to the department around 10:00 p.m. when he met a vehicle that had no working lights.

He reports that he met the northbound Lincoln Continental in the vicinity of Handy Andy Market on North Locust Avenue, and conducted a traffic stop at Northside Animal Clinic.

While speaking with the vehicle occupants, the deputy reports that passenger Jose Antonio Lopez, Jr., age 23, reached for the door handle and was instructed to stop. He reportedly grabbed the handle and fled on foot, running across a field.

Officers were unable to locate Lopez during an immediate search of the area. Warrants were obtained charging him with resisting stop, frisk, halt.

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Woman Arrested For Assaults With Knife

A Lawrenceburg woman was arrested early Thursday after she allegedly attacked three people with kitchen knives inside her home.

Mandy Ann Smith, age 37, of 502 Claymar Drive was booked through the Lawrence County Detention Center on two counts of aggravated assault and one count of domestic assault.

Deputies with the sheriff’s department were dispatched to the home shortly after 4:00 a.m. after a 911 call was placed, reporting the stabbings.

Three victims reported that Smith had become involved in an argument with one of her guests and began to hit her. Later, while all three victims were sleeping in the living room, they said Smith attempted to wake them.

When they told her to go back to bed, they said she grabbed a baseball bat and began acting as if she was going to strike them.

Once the bat was wrestled away from her, the victims said Smith got a knife from the kitchen. The male victim said he was able to take the knife from her, but that she and another woman subsequently became involved in a physical altercation.

Smith reportedly grabbed a second knife and began attempting to stab the woman with whom she was scuffling.

When another woman stepped in, Smith allegedly stabbed her. While trying to disarm her a second time, the male sustained a cut to the hand.

One female victim was transported to Crockett Hospital for treatment for a serious laceration to her right triceps. Deputies reported seizing into evidence a knife found in the sink that was covered in blood.

Smith is scheduled for an initial appearance in Lawrence County General Sessions Court on February 7, 2013.

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Saint Joseph Man Found, Arrested After Two Days Missing

Authorities reported Wednesday that a Saint Joseph man who had gone missing for two days in the wake of a car crash was subsequently taken into custody on related charges.

An official search effort was initiated Wednesday morning in the hopes of locating forty-nine year old Joseph Clyde Hammond. Family members reported Hammond had been involved in a car crash before midnight on Monday, January 14 in the area of Fairview and South Old Military Roads.

A passenger in the vehicle reported that Hammond was injured and they had become separated while walking to find help. Family members said he had not been seen or heard from since.

A center of operations was established Wednesday morning and several agencies gathered to participate in the search. Just before 4:00 p.m. a relative reported finding Hammond walking along Highway 43.

A press release was issued through the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Wednesday evening, indicating that Hammond had been taken into custody.

It indicates that, “With discrepancies in his story of his whereabouts and evidence contradicting him being exposed to the elements, he was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for charges related to the motor vehicle accident…Evidence has also been gathered and other charges could be pending against Hammond and others believed to be connected to this incident.”

Investigation into the matter is on-going at the current time.

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MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG AND CHILD ABUSE CHARGES

A LAWRENCEBURG MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON DRUG AND CHILD ABUSE CHARGES. POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS INDICATE AN OFFICER RESPONDED TO A TRAILER PARK ON FIRST AVENUE LAST WEEK WHEN SEVERAL 9-1-1 CALLS CAME IN TO DISPATCH. THE CALLER DIDN’T SPEAK BUT AUTHORITIES COULD HEAR CHILDREN PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND. UPON ARRIVAL TO THE AREA, POLICE HEARD CHILDREN PLAYING AT ONE OF THE RESIDENCES AND APPROACHED THE HOME. THERE WAS A STRONG SMELL OF MARIJUANA COMING FROM THE TRAILER.

THE OFFICER MADE CONTACT WITH THE RESIDENTS – 28 YEAR-OLD DAVID MICHAEL HICKS, HIS GIRLFRIEND AND FOUR CHILDREN WERE INSIDE. HICKS WAS QUESTIONED OUTSIDE ABOUT THE MARIJUANA ODOR AND HE ADMITTED TO SMOKING SOME EARLIER. HE ALSO PRODUCED A SMALL BAGGIE OF MARIJUANA FROM HIS POCKET. THE 28 YEAR-OLD FEMALE WAS QUESTIONED ABOUT HICKS DRUG ACTIVITY AROUND THE CHILDREN AND SHE INDICATED HE FREQUENTLY SMOKED AROUND THE KIDS, AGES 2, 4, 8 AND 11.

HICKS WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF DRUGS AND DRUG PARAPHENALIA AND AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT. THE FEMALE WAS NOT CHARGED AT THIS TIME BUT A REFERAL WAS MADE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES. HICKS IS BEING HELD ON 61 THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND AND IS DUE IN GENERAL SESSIONS COURT FEBRUARY 7TH.

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Police Officers Remove Remains Of Meth Lab

Law enforcement officers were recently able to identify the remains of a meth lab that had been left in a Lawrenceburg alleyway, and safely remove the hazardous materials.

Reports filed through the Lawrenceburg Police Department show that a patrol officer summoned assistance after locating the abandoned lab on Fisher Alley.

The reporting officer indicates that a bag was found that contained a shake bottle with a substance inside, plastic tubing, homemade fittings, cutters, rubber gloves, lye, hydrogen peroxide, drain cleaner, and other items associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine. They determined that the items had already been used to manufacture the drug.

Officials with the Tennessee Meth Task Force were unable to come to the scene at that time. They instructed officers as they collected and safely contained the items inside a sealed five gallon bucket.

The items were transported to a secure location and members of the task force were able to collect them later that day.

Officials report that investigation regarding the ownership of the lab is currently underway. Anyone who has knowledge regarding the case is encouraged to contact the department at 931-762-2276.

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Mom Arrested After Her Daughters Swallow Her Pills

A Five Points mother was arrested during the weekend when her small daughters reportedly swallowed pills she had left scattered on her bed while she was unconscious.

Deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department were called to the emergency room at Crockett Hospital late Sunday. A nurse informed them that the grandmother had brought two girls, ages 5 and 6, in for treatment shortly before 11:00 p.m.

The grandmother reported that the girls had called her, saying they were unable to wake their mother, Rachel Kay Bond, age 31. They told her that they had taken some of Bond’s pills, then became frightened.

The girls told deputies they had been playing in Bond’s bedroom when they found a bottle of pills lying on the bed with the top off. The girls said that they swallowed some of the pills, but were unable to remember how many.

The grandmother said that Bond became outraged because she was going to take the girls to the hospital. She allegedly stated that, “They would probably be all right since they only took one, maybe two pills.” She then threatened the grandmother both verbally and physically.

Reports show that deputies confronted Bond at her Second Creek Road home. They indicate that she was intoxicated at the time. When they entered they noticed broken glass strewn across the living room floor. They asked Bond to show them where she kept her medications, then followed her to her bedroom. They report the room smelled strongly of marijuana.

When questioned about the odor, deputies report that Bond admitted she had smoked marijuana, “Because she was stressed out.”

Pills, marijuana and rolling papers were seized from the home along with a metal pipe, screens, a mirror with drug residue, a plate bearing drug residue, and other items of drug paraphernalia.

Bond was transported to the Lawrence County Detention Center where she was booked under charges that include two counts of child neglect, two counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, simple possession of marijuana, and domestic assault.

Bond has been scheduled an initial appearance in Lawrence County General Sessions Court on February 19, 2013.

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Child Abuse Investigation Initiated

A child abuse investigation was initiated during the weekend in connection with the alleged abuse of two young Iron City residents.

Deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department were asked to initiate the investigation on Sunday. Reports show that the victim, age 17, had a bruise under her left eye which she said she sustained when her mother slapped her.

She told deputies that due to her mother’s limited mobility, when disciplined she is required to stand on her knees with her hands underneath her knees. While in this position, she said her mother then slaps her repeatedly about the head and face.

Authorities are investigating whether the victim and her eight year old brother are regularly subjected to verbal assaults and mental abuse. Both homeschooled, authorities are working to determine whether they are working on an appropriate level.

Although an agent with the Department of Children’s Services was consulted, it was determined that there was not enough evidence at that point to warrant an emergency removal. The children were, instead, allowed to stay with relatives pending outcome of the investigation.

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