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Smyrna man indicted on nine charges

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Smyrna man whose former girlfriend lives in Lewisburg was indicted by the grand jury at its August session last week.

Robert Lee "Rob" Smith, 44, is charged in a nine-count indictment with domestic assault, two counts of theft over $1,000, aggravated burglary, and aggravated kidnapping. About 11 p.m. July 23, Smith allegedly forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's home on Adams Street, according to the report by Lewisburg Police Department Officer Steve Sanders Jr. Smith kicked and hit the woman, Sanders wrote, and said he was going to kill her. The victim managed to escape from the house and call 911. Smith reportedly took $3,107 cash, a cell phone, and escaped in the woman's car, a 1990 Pontiac. Smith was picked up from the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department by LPD officers on July 25. His bond was set at $116,000. Smith is represented by the Public Defender's Office.

Other indictments issued by the grand jury include the following:

* Kevin Henry Dixon, 36, of Fayetteville, is charged in a four-count indictment with sale and delivery of cocaine base to a confidential informant on two occasions in December 2007. One sale was of 0.5 grams of the drug, but the other was of 26 grams or more, which makes it a Class B Felony. Dixon will be arraigned when he has selected at attorney.

* Tonya Lynn Lightfoot, 40, of Cummings Circle, is charged with Dixon in the same sales and deliveries of cocaine. Lightfoot is represented by attorney Ray Fraley of Fayetteville.

* Benny Richard Crabtree, 59, of Fayetteville, received a 10-count indictment, charging him with driving after having been declared a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender, driving under the influence (10th offence), violation of the implied consent law, four counts of reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license (4th offence), and failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility. On Aug. 2, it is alleged that Crabtree struck two vehicles and drove "in willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property."

* William H. Rice III, 60, of Chapel Hill, was indicted on charges of driving under the influence (7th offence) and driving on a revoked license (2nd offence). On March 13, Rice was involved in an accident at the intersection of Highways 31 and 270. He was arrested by Chris Cook of the Chapel Hill Police Department.

* Carl S. Neal, 51, of Columbia, was charged in a three-count indictment with driving after having been declared a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender, driving under the influence (4th offence), and violation of the implied consent law. Neal was arrested on July 31.

* Ronald Travis Barron, 33, was indicted on a charge of failure to appear in General Sessions Court on May 4. He was also indicted on the charges of driving under the influence (4th offence), driving on a suspended license (2nd offence), violation of the implied consent law, failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility, speeding, and violation of the seatbelt law. Barron was arrested at 9 a.m. Jan. 1, after police stopped him on West Commerce Street because he was doing 55 mph in a 30 mph zone. Different court documents list Barron's address as Cheryl Drive, Bivins Road, Midway Street, and Floyd Street.

Indictment does not mean a person is guilty.

That's determined by a guilty plea, or by a trial.