A stolen car crashed in Lewisburg Saturday night, injuring the driver and damaging two houses.
About 9 p.m. Oct. 29, Officer Clint Newbill was patrolling on Nashville Highway when he was forced on to the shoulder by a car coming toward him in the center of the road. Newbill turned around and activated his blue lights, and, later, his siren, trying to stop the car.
Meanwhile, Newbill learned from dispatch that the car matched the description of one that had been stolen in Shelbyville earlier in the day, which was valued at $11,000. Newbill and Officer Steve Sanders were finally able to approach the car on foot when it stopped in the center of the intersection of Nashville Highway and North Ellington Parkway. The driver refused to get out of the silver Nissan Sentra, and sped off towards the square. At this point, Sgt. Danny Burk advised the officers to "back off," so they were a long way behind when Sheriff's Capt. Bart Fagan saw the car travel south across the square at a high rate of speed. The car then turned right from Cornersville Road onto Spring Street and crashed at the corner of Spring Street and 6th Avenue. The homes at 548 and 540 Spring Street were extensively damaged, as was the car. The driver, Rodney Crosslin, 32, of Shelbyville, was hospitalized for his injuries. When he is released, Newbill wrote, Crosslin will be charged with reckless driving, theft of property, and evading arrest, and cited for following too closely and failure to obey a traffic control device. "Crosslin is also facing charges in other jurisdictions," Newbill reported.
Jimmy D. Ridley, 41, 7th Avenue North, was charged with evading arrest after he fled from officers trying to serve him with an attachment from Circuit Court. In the same incident, Alexander W. Harris, 22, 6th Avenue North, was charged with harboring a fugitive because Ridley was found hiding in the backseat of Harris's car.
Thefts and vandalism reported
* A black Angus bull, four cows and two calves, worth a total of $4,700, were stolen from a farm on Old Belfast Road. Marshall County Sheriff's detectives located the animals at the stockyard in Fayetteville, where they were identified, and later returned to their rightful owner.
* A set of four Lexonic chrome wheels and Yokohama slim tires, which cost over $4,000, were stolen off a 1995 GMC Sierra pickup truck parked at the owner's home on Honeysuckle Way, Chapel Hill. The truck was left sitting on cinder blocks. Owner told Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Layne Worsham the wheels and tires were fully insured.
* A 42-inch Vizio flatscreen TV, a Dell laptop, a Sony PS3, 25-30 PS3 games, and 25-30 DVDs, worth a total of $2,680, were stolen from a home on Ewing Lane during a party.
* On Oct. 27, Fire Chief Ricky Cozart reported to the Marshall County Sheriff's Department that a gas card was stolen from Belfast Fire Department and used between March and September to buy $2,323.28-worth of fuel. It was used as recently as Oct. 26 at the Shell on South Ellington Parkway.
* Between Oct. 27 and 28, items worth a total of $750 were taken from a property on Tyree Road. The missing items include a tiller attachment, a horse-pull bull tongue, a milk can, a feed trough, three scrap batteries, a sulky for a Gravely mower, and a harrow.
* Between 4 p.m. Oct. 10 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14, a home on Mooresville Highway was entered after the glass of an outside door was broken. Items worth a total of $629 were taken, including an electric chain saw, an electric leaf blower, a seven-inch digital TV, a five-inch TV/radio, a digital photo frame, an antenna, an 8 GB thumbdrive, a tent, an antique Daisy BB gun, bath towels, and a pair of small binoculars. The glass of the door will cost $125 to replace.
* A four-foot square mirror with rope-style, gold-plated wooden trim, valued at $500, was stolen off the porch of a home on 6th Avenue South between 9 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. Oct. 26. The owner told police she was in the process of moving into the house, and the mirror was left on the porch, covered with a green blanket.
* A 1999 Ford Ranger pickup truck that was left at the owner's home on 7th Avenue North while she was gone on a long vacation had a hole drilled in the gas tank. When the owner poured 15 gallons of gas into the tank, it came straight out. The cost of a new tank is estimated at $300, and the price of the wasted gas was $50.
* $290-worth of damage was done to a windowpane and window screen when someone tried to get into a home on Spring Place Road. The owner's dog barked wildly, possibly driving the would-be intruder away.
* A residence on Woodlawn Avenue was burglarized on Oct. 13. On Oct. 24, when the owner's wife got home from a stay in the hospital, she found that $275-worth of her jewelry had also been taken and not reported in the first instance. The missing items are a sterling silver watch, "pink ice" diamond earrings, and a wedding ring.
* Someone tried to steal a computer monitor, computer speakers, and Bose speakers, worth a total of $260, from an apartment at Northgate Arms. Entry was made through a bedroom window, and the missing items were found on the ground outside.
* Between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. Oct. 30, someone spray painted "Tyler and Andy's Bitches" on the side of Bethberei Church. Marshall County Sheriff's deputies also found the church had been painted on Oct. 27.
Arrested and charged with driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law
* Billy Joe Jones Jr., 25, Sugar Tree Drive. Bond: $2,000; court date: Nov. 14. Jones was later charged with violation of his bond conditions, and is now held without bond until his court date.
* Mark R. Pugsley, 36, Richardson Road. Bond: $2,000; court date: Nov. 14. Also cited for failure to drive within lane and open container.
* Bobby L. Ferguson, 64, Columbia. Held without bond for court on Nov. 1. Additional charge: aggravated assault. This is allegedly Ferguson's fifth DUI.
Arrested and charged with domestic assault
* Daniel Castaneda Rios, 21, Franklin Avenue. Bond: $1,000; court date: Nov. 7.
* Ronald D. Ballard, 36, Belfast. Bond: $2,000; court date: Nov. 1.
Arrested and charged with aggravated domestic assault
* Roderick L. Foxx, 33, Fayetteville. Bond: $7,500; court date: Nov. 7.
* Jason Tyler Hendricks, 20, Columbia. Bond: $15,000; court date: Nov. 1.
Turned himself in on a warrant for domestic assault
* Ronald Franklin II, 29, Tiger Boulevard. Bond: $1,000; court date: Nov. 14. According to reports by Officers Amanda Newcomb and Russell Grubbs, police were called twice in two days to domestic altercations between Franklin and his victim. Allegedly during one incident, the victim was pushed down a flight of stairs, and during the other, her head was slammed against the wall.
Arrested and charged with public intoxication
* Jenny Yvonne Davis, 40, Verona Caney Road. Bond: $500; court date: Nov. 21.
* Alan C. Ward, 30, Unionville. Bond: $1,500; court date: Nov. 7. Additional charge: drug paraphernalia.
Served with warrants at Marshall County Jail
* Amy Ambrose, 30, Columbia. Charges: simple possession of Schedule III, IV and VI drugs, drug paraphernalia, and criminal responsibility for facilitation of a felony. Bond: $7,000; court date: Nov. 29. Marshall County Sheriff's deputies were called to a domestic assault case where Ambrose was the alleged victim. The outstanding warrants were discovered when officers checked her identity.
* Steven C. Burchfield, 24, Jackson Avenue. Bond and court date not stated. Charge: vandalism.
* Briana Lee Dale, 31, Pulaski. Bond: $1,000; court date not stated. Charge: probation violation.
* Jacques Nicholson, 44, Columbia. Charge: failure to appear.
Arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license
* Byron W. Coates, 30, Belfast Avenue. Bond: $2,000; court date: Nov. 14. Also cited for failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility and light law violation. This is allegedly Coates' fourth driving-on-suspended offence.
Cited for driving on a suspended license
* Zeldra K. Swaggerty, 27, Coleman Street. Court date: Nov. 14. Also cited for expired registration.
* Laura M. Aviles, 31, Adams Street. Court date: Nov. 14.
Cited for shoplifting
* Christopher Lee Flynt, 28, 1st Avenue North. Court date: Nov. 21.
* Joshua A. Taylor, 30, Adams Street. Court date: Nov. 21.
* Brionna L. Morton, 26, South Ellington Parkway. Court date: Nov. 14.
Arrested on a warrant for violation of community corrections
* Eugena Grimes, 22, 8th Avenue North. Bond: $1,000; court date: Nov. 9.
Served with a criminal summons for violation of probation
* Virginia Buckman, 43, Limestone Avenue. Court date: Nov. 21.
* Dominic Franklin, 29, Bark Street. Court date: Dec. 5.
* Katherine Isley, 50, Jackson Avenue. Court date: Nov. 29.
-- Karen Hall