Gunshot leads to four arrests

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A gunshot at a Lewisburg apartment complex led to four arrests and a variety of drugs and weapons charges last week.

Police went to the Northgate Apartments, off Fox Lane, just before 1 a.m. Wednesday and the neighbor who had called them because she heard a shot fired pointed out the apartment of Brionna Morton. Officers Kevin Clark, Larry Hazelwood, Jackie Robertson and Amanda Newcomb found four people in the apartment.

According to Clark's report, on searching the apartment police found a switchblade knife, a Rohm .22-caliber handgun, a plastic baggie containing a green plant-like material believed to be marijuana, a $1 bill with a white powdery substance on it that appeared to be cocaine, and a $20 bill containing a small blue piece of cardboard that also had traces of a similar white powdery substance.

The gun was found in a plastic container located beside the front door.

Morton, 23, and Shakeia Archer, 19, both of Fox Lane, were arrested and had a bond of $3,000 each. Anthony McMillan, 18, of Rich Drive, was charged with carrying a weapon for the purpose of going armed, possession of a Schedule II drug, and reckless endangerment. McMillan's bond was set at $16,000. Kenneth Byrd, 23, of Holly Grove Road, had his bond set at $16,500. All four are due in city court on March 16.

A weapon and drug charges were also involved in an arrest made by Officer Brad Martin on March 1.

Martin was dispatched to the Family Health Group on North Ellington Parkway at about 9:30 a.m. to investigate a person reportedly passed out in a vehicle.

Martin found George Allen Thomas, 46, of Hazel Green, Ala., who admitted to being a felon. While Martin was waiting for dispatch to check out Thomas' identity, asked for consent to search the car.

According to Martin's report, he found a "box of .32 rounds and a .32-caliber revolver with one round in the chamber. The weapon had a touch of blood on it."

Dispatch told Martin "there was a warrant out of Alabama for his arrest and they would extradite."

Dispatch also ran Thomas' criminal history. It was "long" and showed that Thomas was "a felon charged with conspiracy to possess Schedule II narcotics."

Thomas was charged with being a fugitive from justice, and also with unlawfully carrying or possessing a weapon as a felon.

Martin concluded his report, "The fugitive from justice charge had a hold instead of bond."