Sept. 12, 2012, CRIME REPORT

Cookeville Police Officer Brandon Tayes arrested Jennifer Ann Perron, 29, of Milan, Tenn., Aug. 31, 2012, and charged her with child neglect. Tayes responded to call that there was an abandoned five-year-old child at the Clarion Inn. Tayes found the boy wandering around the hotel and reportedly had no idea where his mother had gone. The mother’s belongings were still in the hotel room, however. While he was there, a gold Honda Civic pulled up and Perron exited the car. She reportedly smelled of alcohol. According to Tayes, Perron first said she had gone out for a soda. The story changed a couple of more times before Tayes determined that she’d left the previous night to go to a bar and didn’t return until the officer was there. Perron had her son only for the weekend since the boy’s father had full custody, according to the report. He picked up his son and Perron was taken to Putnam County Jail.

Cookeville Police Officer Robert King arrested Brandy Nichole Reed, 30, of Cookeville, Aug. 31, 2012, and charged her with public intoxication and introducing contraband into a penal institution. King along with Sgt. Jon Giezentanner picked Reed up at Kroger after receiving a call that there was an intoxicated female on the property. She told the officers she had been waiting for more than three hours to be picked up. The officers observed that Reed had slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet. She allegedly admitted to using suboxone (a medication used in treatment of opioid dependence.) Officers searched her at the jail and found nothing. But later a corrections officer witnessed her trying to remove something from her person near the toilet. A female corrections officer searched Reed more thoroughly and reportedly found a syringe in the woman’s vagina, which brought the additional charge.

Cookeville Police Officer Anthony Nash arrested Griselda Xum, 31, of Cookeville, Aug. 31, 2012, and charged her with driving under the influence, wreckless endangerment, evading arrest, open container and driving without a license. Officer Nash was called to Jere Whitson Elementary School on reports that Xum allegedly smelled of alcohol and had an open container when she arrived to pick up her child. She left without picking up her child, which sent officers on the hunt for the van she was driving. Once spotted, Nash sought to pull her over but she kept driving and weaving on the road. She reportedly stopped at a red light then continued on when the light turned green. After getting her stopped, Nash reported that he observed an unrestrained small child walking around in the van. Officers on the scene chose not to do the sobriety tests because of a language barrier and that she had been uncooperative. Officers called the Department of Children’s Services for the child in the van as well as the one left behind at the school.

Cookeville Police Sgt. Mitch Harrington arrested Daniel Carmine Delape, 26, and Sarah Sly Spurlock, 25, both of Cookeville, Aug. 31, 2012, and charged them with possession of Schedule IV and II drugs. U.S Marshal Pat Storie sought Harrington’s assistance in stopping Delape who was wanted in Putnam and Overton counties for various reasons. They and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents surrounded Delape’s car in the parking lot of Genesis Career College. Delape was there to pick up his girlfriend, Spurlock. Agents found what they believed to be methamphetamine in his car. When Spurlock came out, she was allowed to talk to Delape. A TBI agent found a hypodermic needle at their feet while they were talking. Agents then found a container on Delape allegedly containing prescription pills for which Delape had no prescription. A search of Spurlock’s purse reportedly uncovered seven needles and a spoon with a white/grayish residue. Agents tested a small bottle of liquid found in her person and reportedly got a presumptive positive result for meth. Spurlock was arrested along with Delape.

Cookeville Police Officer Christopher Ferguson arrested Edward Daniel Davis, 23, Aug. 31, 2012, and charged him with driving under the influence. Officer Ferguson observed Davis speeding along Jefferson Avenue and running the red light at Jefferson and Spring Street. Once stopped, the officer approached the driver’s side to find that Davis had jumped into the back seat. Davis reportedly told the officer he did that because he was scared and had been drinking. Subsequently, Davis didn’t perform four sobriety tests to Ferguson’s satisfaction.

Cookeville Police Officer Justin Long arrested Bennie D. Edwards, 48, of Cookeville, Sept. 3, 2012, and charged him with driving under the influence and violating the implied consent law. Officer Long arrived to a location on Stone Circle to find a truck with the log splitter it had been pulling turned upside down. Edwards refused to do the field sobriety tests but initially consented to his blood being drawn. Once at Cookeville Regional, however, Edwards reportedly changed his mind.

Cookeville Police Officer Aaron Cox arrested Tracy Carol Savage, 39, of Cookeville, Sept. 2, and charged her with driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law. Someone stopped in the police lobby to report that a woman driving a BMW had passed out at the stoplight in front of the station. The person making the report stated that he had tried to wake the woman to prevent her from driving. But she took off. Soon after that report, dispatch received a call that Savage had stopped in the middle of Broad Street and N. Hickory Avenue. Cox reportedly found her passed out with the car running and her foot on the brake. Cox tried to get her to turn off the ignition but had trouble doing so and her foot came off the brake and it started rolling while she fell asleep with the officer yelling at her to put her foot on the brake, according to the report. The moving car dragged Cox down the street about 30 feet until he could get the car stopped. She reportedly failed her first sobriety test and stumbled around to the point Cox decided not to do more tests and arrested her.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Nash and Algood Police arrested Tyler Gavin Blaylock, 20, of Cookeville, Dustin Whiteman Atchley, 20, of Crossville, and Travis Lloyd Turner, 20 of Cookeville Sept. 2, 2012 and charged them with vandalism and theft of property. Algood Police was arresting the three on alcohol charges when a search of the car turned up several street signs. Deputies checked the locations to see that the poles were bent over or broken.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy Samuel Branch arrested Charles Frederick Darty, 47, of Cookeville Sept. 2, 2012, and charged him with driving under the influence. Branch went to do a bar check at CB’s Bar on Gainesboro Grade when he observed Darty driving out of the parking lot. Branch reportedly recognized Darty from previous encounters and knew that Darty had a revoked license. Branch pulled Darty over and reported that he could smell alcohol. Darty didn’t perform field sobriety tests to the deputy’s satisfaction, according to the incident report.

Cookeville Police Officer Cary Matheney arrested Michael Jeffery Presley, 50, of Spencer, Sept. 2, 2012, and charged him with driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Officers stopped Presley after he left Hardee’s on S. Willow Avenue and they noted that Presley’s speech was slurred and that his pupils were constricted but he reportedly couldn’t perform field sobriety tests because of a spinal cord injury. They reportedly saw a prescription pill bottle beside his leg. Presley allowed officers to search in car. More pills were found along with hypodermic needles and a rock substance that field-tested as meth, according to the police report. Presley also has several mobile phones that contained messages allegedly arranging drug transactions. 

Putnam County Sheriff’s deputies and Cookeville Police officers cooperated in apprehending Jesse Luke Langford, 24, of Gainesboro, Timothy Paul Beason, 47, of Cookeville, Daniel Francis Brennan, 43, of Cookeville, Stacey Ann Patzer, 47, of Cookeville, and Johnnie Lerony Webb, 74, of Cookeville, Sept. 4, 2012 and charged them all with intent to manufacture meth. At the request of U.S. Marshal Task Force Officer Pat Storie they went to a house on Lewis Lane to find Langford who was wanted by Cookeville and Putnam and Overton counties. Langford reportedly had escaped law enforcement twice in the previous week. Officers and deputies surrounded the house yet Langford was reportedly attempting to escape again. As an officer was about to kick in the door, a man jumped head first through a front window to the lawn. An officer used his Taser on the subject, later identified as Brennan, when he didn’t comply with a request to freeze. Officers and deputies went into the house looking for Langford, finding him under a bed. He, too, got the Taser when he started to move and officers couldn’t see his hands.  While in the house, officers and deputies found items commonly used to make meth. No one arrested reportedly claimed any knowledge of the meth lab.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputies Gary Davis and Joanne Clouse arrested Stevie Joe Barlow, 37, of Cookeville Sept. 6 and charged him with driving under the influence. Deputy Clouse responded to a one-car wreck to find Barlow’s car in a ditch. The deputies reported that they didn’t smell alcohol but noted contracted pupils, slurred speech and unsteady on his feet. Barlow failed the field sobriety test, according to the incident report. reports significant arrests made by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the Cookeville Police Department.  Updates are published twice weekly.

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