Gambling and weapon charges result of traffic stop

Posted By | February 4, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
Several deputies from the White County Sheriff’s Department seized a stolen weapon and a large amount of cash after they responded to a call in reference to a drunk driver. The driver, William D. Robinson, 55, was placed under arrest for DUI and received additional charges for the stolen weapon and gambling promotion.
Deputy Lewis Carrick of the White County Sheriff’s Department responded to a possible drunk driver call from the Cookeville Police Department. At approximately 9:40 p.m., Sunday, the vehicle was traveling south on Highway 111 and then headed toward Roberts Matthew Highway. Carrick pulled the vehicle over at DCI Trucking and came into contact with the driver, Robinson. According to the report, deputies questioned the driver and he allegedly admitted he had been drinking.
Deputy Jeremiah Lintz had Robinson perform several field sobriety tests which he did not complete satisfactorily. Robinson was placed under arrest. Cpl. Jeffrey Bulakowski and Deputy Charles Dennis were also on the scene. When they searched the vehicle, a weapon was found above the console. Authorities ran a check on the weapon and it had been reported stolen. Authorities transported Robinson to the White County Justice Center and found evidence of gambling cards with numbers and names which led to an additional charge of gambling promotion.
Marijuana seized during traffic stop
Two subjects were placed under arrest for simple possession of schedule VI drugs after a K-9 unit alerted on the vehicle during a traffic stop on Highway 70 south.
At approximately 8:27 p.m., Saturday, Deputy Charles Dennis of the White County Sheriff’s Department observed a blue GMC Blazer weaving on Highway 70 south. Dennis stopped the vehicle and came into contact with the driver, Jason W. Rich, 19, and the passenger, Lee Thomas Narramore, 18, both of Sparta. Dennis asked the occupants if they had been drinking and they stated “no”. According the report, Narramore and Rich was acting very nervous. Dennis asked Rich to step out of the vehicle. A few moments later, Cpl. Jeffrey Bulakowski arrived with his K-9. After the K-9 alerted on the vehicle, a search was conducted and the deputies found a clear bag containing a green leafy substance,believed to be marijuana.
A search was made on both subjects, which also revealed two more clear bags containing a green leafy substance. Both subjects were placed under arrest and transported to the White County Sheriff’s Department.
Burglaries continue in downtown Sparta
Officers from the Sparta Police Department were dispatched to four separate burglary locations which occurred between Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2002. “We are appealing to the public. We will be glad to listen to them and see what they have to say,” said Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth. The Sparta Police Department is investigating these burglaries and would like anyone who may have witnessed the crimes or seen any suspicious activity at these locations to please contact Chief Jeff Guth, Detective Allen Selby or anyone from the department at 836-3734.
Patrolman Paul Sherrell arrived at Sain Heating and Cooling at 21 N. Spring Street after receiving a call in reference to a burglary at approximately 7 a.m., Feb. 1, 2002. The burglary apparently took place sometime between Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2002. Sherrell came in contact with David Sain who stated he came into work and found the back door had been pried open. According to the report, a small amount of cash, stamps and several other items were taken. The estimated amount of loss was $183. Detective Allen Selby of the Sparta Police Department is investigating.
Patrolman Paul Sherrell arrived at Kirby Clinic Of Chiropractic at 23 N. Spring Street in reference to a burglary at approximately 7:15 a.m., Feb. 1, 2002. According to the report, Sherrell spoke to the owner, Scott Kirby, who stated someone had pried open the front door, apparently continued into the building and shuffled through things within the office. The burglary happened sometime between Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2002.
No items were reported missing at the time, but the estimated amount of damage was $500. Sherrell took the report and Detective Allen Selby is investigating.
Lt. Robert Hall of the Sparta Police Department arrived at West Sparta Church of Christ on Hampton Drive at approximately 7:15 a.m., Feb. 1, 2002, in reference to a burglary. According to the report, a burglar broke into two offices inside the church. The subject stole cash and damaged two doors in the process, sometime between Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2002. The estimated amount of damage was $500. Hall took the report and Detective Allen Selby is still investigating.
Sgt. Jeff Hutson responded to a burglary at Rose Petal Flower Shop at 386 W. Bockman Way. Hutson came into contact with Jimmy Presley at the flower shop and took the report. According to the report, an unknown subject entered the building from the east side and shuffled through various items. A portable air compressor valued at $300 was stolen and damage was done to an interior door as well as the outside door where the subject gained entry. The estimated amount of damage was $954.
Detective Allen Selby of the Sparta Police Department is still investigating.

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