Chicago arrests lead to local charges
Posted By Sparta Live | April 11, 2002 12:00 am
Authorities discovered items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine when they investigated a residence, on Saylors Street. Apparently the items were located in a storage shed behind the property.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., Saturday, the Sparta Police Dept. was contacted in reference to a suspected meth lab at 116 Saylors Street. Sgt. Jeff Hutson and Ptl. Dale Dodson arrived at the location and met with Wanda Webb, of Knoxville, who is the owner of the property.
Wanda Webb told authorities she rented the property to her daughter, Alison Webb and Alison’s boyfriend, Johnny Grissom. According to the report, Wanda Webb had received a call from a relative who said her daughter and Grissom were seen on the news and were apparently arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine in Chicago.
According to a report from the Chicago Police Dept., Alison Webb, 38, and John Grissom, 43, were arrested and charged with manufacture/possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of syringes, possession of a B.B. Gun and child endangerment. Police had served an outstanding warrant on a woman at a local hotel and upon entry into the room, officers observed narcotics paraphernalia and chemicals. They immediately notified the Chicago Fire Dept. HazMat Unit and the Chicago Police Dept. Bomb, Arson and Narcotics sections. Police discovered 374 grams of crystal methamphetamine ($123,500 estimated street value), a container of psuedoephedrine, other chemicals, a scale, syringe needles and propane tanks. A juvenile was also located inside the room and was placed into protective custody.
Wanda Webb was concerned since her daughter and Grissom had not paid rent since January and decided to visit the rental property to investigate. Wanda and her brother, Rex Clouse, arrived at the residence and secured cats that were found inside the home. The house did not appear to have been properly maintained. Clouse had decided to check a storage shed located behind the house and when he opened the door, he was observed with a strong chemical odor, which apparently gave him a sore throat.
Sgt. Jeff Hutson alerted DEA member Inv. Allen Selby of the Sparta Police Dept. and he arrived on the scene at approximately 4:50 p.m. Selby spoke with the each individual on the scene and went to the storage building to investigate.
According to Selby, the building was cluttered and when he made his way to the back of the building, there was a two foot gap where a wall was made of plywood and had an army type blanket over top of it. When authorities pulled the blanket away, they found a meth lab.
There was a silver canister which concerned Selby and he called for the Sparta Fire Dept. to come and assist. Authorities performed testing on the canister and the results were negative. Members of the Sparta Police Dept. and Sparta Fire Dept. put on white suits and breathing apparatuses to empty the front of the storage building. It took approximately two hours to unload the building and disassemble the false wall. Selby said they did this to make it easier for the Hazardous Materials Team to reach the meth lab. EMA Director Jerry Cole Sr. was also notified and arrived on the scene at approximately 8 p.m.
HEPCO, a Hazardous Materials Team, from Nashville, was notified and arrived on the location to clean up the meth lab. There were 11 containers of various liquids consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine, along with peroxide, coffee filters and other items.
During a final assessment of the building, authorities found a funnel stuck in the floor which led into a tube and ran into a downspout. The location was contaminated and EMA Director Jerry Cole, Sr., notified Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) who recommended the site be cleaned. American Environmental Services (AES) from Murfreesboro, arrived at approximately 11:45 a.m., Sunday and dug approximately 3’ x 5’ area and approximately 5’ deep. The soil was sent out to be reclaimed.
– Accident led to DUI charges
White County EMS transported one woman, Mary F. Crawford, 48, of Sparta, to the hospital after she was involved in a two vehicle accident. The other driver, Jennie S. Pittman, 39, of Sparta, was arrested for DUI and several other charges.
8 a.m., Tuesday, officers from the Sparta Police Dept. were dispatched
Way and North Main Street in reference to an accident. According to Sgt. Jeff Hutson, Crawford was traveling east on Bockman Way in a 1996 Buick LeSabre. Crawford stopped for the red light at North Main Street when her vehicle was hit from behind.
Pittman was traveling east on Bockman Way in the outside lane in a 1979 Datsun 210 and rear ended the Buick. Emergency personnel lent their assistance and transported Crawford to the White County Community Hospital emergency room. Several members of the Sparta Fire Dept. were dispatched to the scene and cleaned up the roadway. Pittman was charged with driving on revoked/suspended, DUI and violation of implied consent law. She received a citation for financial responsibility and her court date is scheduled for Friday, April 12.
– Lopez charged with evading arrest
Authorities were led on a vehicle chase on North Spring Street, Tuesday evening. Once law enforcement stopped the driver, Daniel Jesus Lopez, 31, he was charged with DUI and several other charges.
At approximately 9:22 p.m., Tuesday, Deputy Christopher E. Bennett of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. received a call in reference to an alleged drunk driver on North Spring Street, traveling south in a light blue Monte Carlo. Bennett came in contact with the vehicle at the intersection of North Spring and Turntable Road. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop at the red light, almost hitting another vehicle. Bennett activated his blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle. According to the report, the driver sped up to about 70 mph, refusing to stop and started to drive in the wrong lane of traffic, nearly hitting two vehicles head on.
The vehicle stopped at Christian Life Church on North Spring Street, parking halfway in the parking lot and the road. Bennett came into contact with the driver, Daniel Jesus Lopez, who was allegedly unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and had a strong odor of alcohol on him. According to the report, Lopez admitted to drinking at least five beers. Lopez was given field sobriety tests which he performed unsatisfactorily. When Lopez was placed under arrest, authorities found a glass pipe with wire stuffed in one end and a white powdery substance inside, commonly used for smoking methamphetamine. A computer check also revealed Lopez’s license was revoked. Lopez was offered the intoximeter test but he refused. Lopez was charged with DUI, driving on revoked/suspended, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, drug: unlaw drug parph/use & activities, violation implied consent law. His court date is scheduled for Friday, April 12, 2002.
– Pine Thicket fire investigation, continues
Authorities are investigating the scene of a fire at the residence of Eddie and Terry Vinson. According to Lt. Chad Dodson of the White County Sheriff’s Dept., firemen extinguished a small fire which was located inside the residence.
No one was home at the time of the fire.
At approximately 10:06 a.m., April 8, 2002, Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Dept. was dispatched to a structure fire at 989 Pine Thicket Road. Several firemen arrived on the scene and found a small fire inside the residence. The fire was quickly extinguished and law enforcement officers were called to the location.
Inv. Chris Isom and Lt. Chad Dodson of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. arrived on the scene to investigate. “I commend the Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Dept. for their quick response,” said Inv. Isom. “It saved us time and work.”
“They did a great job,” said Lt. Dodson.
Firemen were on the scene until approximately 11:18 a.m. Both Inv. Isom and Lt. Dodson are continuing the investigation. No additional information was available at press time.
– Shoplifter apprehended at Cato
Sparta police responded to a local clothing store after the manager alerted authorities to an attempted theft of merchandise on Tuesday.
At approximately 12 p.m., April 9, 2002, Sgt. Jeff Hutson of the Sparta Police Dept. was dispatched to Cato at 225 Mose Drive in reference to the shoplifter. According to the report, a local woman, Sue Howard, 46, was caught with several bras, panties, shorts and tops in her purse. The estimated value of the merchandise was $149. Howard was placed under arrest and was charged with theft of property – involving merchandise. Her court date is scheduled for Friday, April 12.
– McMinnville Highway fire investigated
Authorities are investigating a structure fire on McMinnville Highway. The Emergency 911 Center dispatched several fire Depts. to the location and firemen had the fire extinguished in a short amount of time.
At approximately 7:50 p.m., on Monday, Doyle and Mt. Gilead Volunteer Fire Depts. were dispatched to the structure fire at 5245 McMinnville Highway, across the street from the Doyle Volunteer Fire Dept. There were approximately 13 firemen and four explorers on the scene. Firemen contained the fire to the basement area. The Depts. worked together and had the fire extinguished in a short amount of time. Vanessa Dennis was renting the property at the time the fire occurred. White County EMS was on the scene and lent their assistance. Deputy Charles Dennis of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. was also on the scene. “Authorities are looking into it,” said Doyle Fire Chief Dewayne Kress. No other information was available at this time.
– Items stolen from truck
Authorities responded to a call in reference to a theft which occurred at 311 W. Everett Street on Saturday. Items were taken from inside a vehicle which was parked at the residence.
Sgt. Jeff Hutson of the Sparta Police Dept. came into contact with Chris Bilbrey, of Smithville, who allegedly stated he had parked his vehicle in the driveway on April 5. When Bilbrey returned at approximately 6 a.m., April 6, he found someone had stolen items from inside the vehicle. According to the report, a CD player, 600 watt amplifier, a set of speakers and $500 cash in a billfold were missing. The estimated value of loss was $1,050.