News Herald Arrest Report
|More than 1,000 grams of marijuana found
Two Lenoir City men are facing charges after police found a slew of drugs July 8 at their residence in Lenoir City.
Loudon County Sheriff’s Office Inv. Jamie Ketner was contacted by an official from state probation in reference to a probation search. Ketner, LCSO Agent Cody Fritts, 9th Judicial District Drug Task Force Agent April Farmer and Tennessee Department of Correction made contact with Collin Payce Bennett, 20, at his home. Joshua Lee Thompson, 26, also lives at the residence but was not home at the time of the team’s arrival.
Upon arrival, Ketner noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from one of the back bedrooms. With further investigation, Ketner discovered 22 bags of marijuana “weighing approximately 1,119 grams, 3.5 oxycodone, .2 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales; $1,975 in U.S. currency and one SCCY 9mm pistol was inside a backpack located in the attic entrance,” Ketner wrote in his report. Several boxes of ammunition were also located in the back bedroom with documents that had Thompson’s name on them.
Bennett and Thompson are both convicted felons. Bennett was convicted in 2017 for aggravated domestic assault and Thompson was convicted in 2014 for possession of Schedule VI and Schedule IV drugs.
Bennett was charged with convicted felon in possession of firearm, manufacture, sell, delivery or resale of a Schedule VI substance, manufacture, sale or possession of a Schedule II substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of simple possession/casual exchange and held on $38,000 bond.
Thompson was charged with convicted felon in possession of a firearm, manufacture, sell, delivery or resale of a Schedule VI substance, manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a Schedule II substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession/casual exchange and held on $37,000 bond.
• Isaac Joshua Atkins, 28, Maryville, was charged with simple possession and released on $4,000 bond.
• Bradley J. Clower, 42, Kingston, was charged with possession of a Schedule II substance and domestic assault and held on $40,000 bond.
• Joey Eugene Riden, 51, Greenback, was charged with two counts of failure to appear and held on $10,000 bond.
• Michael Lyn Staton, 61, Albany, Ky., was charged with public intoxication and released on $4,000 bond.
• David Blake Abney, 21, Lenoir City, was charged with manufacture, sale, delivery or possession of a Schedule II substance and held on $25,300 bond.
• Monica Rochle Cook, 42, Alcoa, was charged with theft of property and released without bond.
• Susie Annettte McMahan, 53, Loudon, was charged with assault and released on $1,000 bond.
• Aimee Lynn Smith, 37, Lenoir City, was charged with failure to appear for theft under $1,000 and was released without bond.
• Corey Ozell Spoon, 26, Lenoir City, was charged with domestic assault-misdemeanor, theft under $1,000 and theft over $1,000 and held on $11,000 bond.
• Ryan Thomas Wentzel, 33, Lenoir City, was charged with aggravated assault and released on $5,000 bond.
• Christopher Paul Bingham, 48, Harriman, was charged with resisting arrest, failure to appear, driving on a revoked/suspended license and a Sevier County warrant and held without bond.
• Jonathan Patrick Smith, 18, Carthage, was charged with two counts of vandalism, theft of property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and released on $11,000 bond.
• Christopher Dewayne Johnson, 26, homeless, was charged with manufacture, sale, delivery or resale of a Schedule IV substance and manufacture, sell or possession of a controlled substance and held on $5,000 bond.
• Christopher Jacob Merrell, 20, Loudon, was charged with manufacture, sale, delivery or resale of a Schedule VI substance and falsification of a drug test result and released on $6,000 bond.
• Theran Richard Beach, 31, Lenoir City, was charged with driving under the influence and released on $1,500 bond.
• Jeffery Scott Elsea, 49, Lenoir City, was charged with aggravated assault and held without bond.
• Cletus Carlton Scroggs, 59, Etowah, was charged with domestic assault and held without bond.
• Dennis Samuel Smith, 32, Lenoir City, was charged with theft of property and released on $2,500 bond.
• Jeremy Adam Dison, 38, Knoxville, was charged with felony possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and removal of serial number from a firearm and released on $24,000 bond. Lenoir City Police Department Officer Jason Arden arrived at a store off Broadway to investigate a parking issue. Upon arrival, Arden was met with a victim who claimed he had been chased away from his sister’s residence by a group of men and was in fear of his safety. Arden arrived at the victim’s sister’s house to find a white GMC Yukon with Ohio registration with a male sleeping in the passenger seat. As Arden approached the vehicle, Dison walked from the porch. Arden ordered Dison to come closer, but he turned away and walked back to the porch where Arden “heard a heavy object impact the decking,” according to a report. Arden approached the porch after Dison’s hands were ordered to be visible and found a black pistol and a 40-caliber bullet. With closer inspection, Arden noticed the serial number was removed from the pistol’s frame. Dison denied having any knowledge of the firearm. Dison’s phone screen was visible while Arden was speaking to Dison, and a text that Dison had sent was observed, stating, “Get the gun off the porch” to a resident in the home. A check on the registration revealed the Yukon was stolen out of Ohio on July 7. The car’s keys were in Dison’s pockets, and clothing, documents and papers bearing Dison’s name were discovered in the vehicle’s cargo area. Officers also found 13 .38 Special bullets in the glove compartment.
• Candice Denise Devaney, 36, Madisonville, was charged with six counts of failure to appear and manufacture, sale or possession of Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs and held on $80,000 bond.
• Adam Michael Fletcher, 39, Knoxville, was charged with the driving under the influence and released without bond.
• Mary Gaston Goodwin, 48, Lenoir City, was charged with driving under the influence and released on $1,500 bond.
• Martha June Mills, 33, Lenoir City, was charged with contraband in a penal institution, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear and held on $4,000 bond.
• Cameron Michael Nordan, Clayton, N.C., was charged with first offense of driving under the influence and two counts of manufacture, sale or delivery of a Schedule I substance, manufacture, sale, delivery of a Schedule IV substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and held without bond. LCSO Deputy Marshall Lynn was notified of a gray sedan on Interstate 75 southbound that was driving erratically. En route to the vehicle, Lynn noticed the car had blown a tire and was on the side of the road. Lynn and LCSO Deputy Charlie Huskin located the vehicle and made contact with the driver, identified as Nordan. Lynn noticed Nordan had glassy, bloodshot eyes, slow, mumbled speech and was easy confused by simple questions. After agreeing to standardized field sobriety tests, Nordan performed poorly. Nordan stated he had taken oxycodone. Huskins inventoried the vehicle and observed a small cloth bag with plastic baggies and a marijuana grinder. The 9th Judicial Drug Task Force was called, and the cloth bag was tested and proven to contain “294 hits of a substance that tested positive for LSD, contained within 15 bags, 5.56 grams of MDMA and 1 gram of an unknown yellow substance.” Further search revealed Nordan’s backpack held 16 Xanax bars, two containers of THC oil and a bag of small jewelry baggies used for drug distribution.
• William Anthony Stephens, 42, Lenoir City, was charged with two counts of driving on a revoked license and two counts of a juvenile attachment and held on $4,600 bond.
• Jordan Nicole Waldroop, 24, Franklin, N.C., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of a Schedule VI substance and simple possession of a Schedule IV substance and held without bond.
• Jessica Ann Gale Massey, 34, Lenoir City, was charged with domestic assault misdemeanor and held without bond.