Fishy tale of assault, disorderly conduct

Friday, May 12, 2017

From staff reports

• On May 6, LPD responded to reports of an argument occurring in the roadway along Old Farmington Road.

Officers found a female, crying and showing visible injuries to her head, neck, and shoulders. The male, Hunter Blake Gigandet, said that she had fallen down.


Officers reported the smell of alcohol on Gigandet, who reportedly began yelling at the officers and the female subject as well while he was being questioned.

According to witnesses, the pair had been returning from a fishing trip when they began arguing.

The female initially left the stopped vehicle, and later a nearby residence, in order to disengage from the argument.


Gigandet followed both times, reportedly jumping on top of the female subject while “screaming at her.”

He was charged with domestic assault, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication.

• Injuries and serious charges were the result of a car crash on April 30 at the intersection of West Church Street and 5th Avenue North in Lewisburg.

Lewisburg Police responded at approximately 5:05 p.m. to reports of the wreck, which reportedly was the result of a truck driven by William Salsbury running a stop sign and striking another vehicle.

Salsbury reportedly told officers he was not from the area and did not see the sign.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck, Mackenzie Wentzel, said that the truck had run the stop sign and hit them, pushing them into a neighboring yard.

His female passenger reported that she was pregnant and in need of medical attention due to the impact. She was transported to Marshall Medical Emergency Room by Marshall County EMS.

Officers reported that Salsbury’s passenger, as well, was “bleeding profusely from the head and neck area” when they arrived.

Speaking to Salsbury, officers noticed the smell of alcohol and asked him to perform sobriety tests. Finding his performance unsatisfactory, he was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.

He initially declined a blood test after having been read the Tennessee implied consent form, but later agreed to a blood draw at Marshall Medical Center.

Before the blood draw, according to the report, he admitted in the presence of two officers that he had smoked a joint and drank a margarita prior to driving.

Salsbury was charged with driving under the influence and two counts of vehicular assault. Bond was set at $25,000.

• An April 28 response to a 911 hangup call resulted in a domestic assault arrest.

LPD went to the Silver Street address where the female present said that she and her boyfriend, Ronnie Sims, had been arguing.

According to the report, dispatch informed the officers that there was a Maury County protection order barring contact between the two. The order was determined to only be prosecutable in Maury County, so Sims was allowed to leave the residence.

After he left, the girlfriend, in a written statement, detailed more than a simple verbal disagreement.

Sims had threatened her several times with violence and she had locked herself in a bedroom out of fear.

Officers caught up with Sims on Silver Street and placed him under arrest for domestic assault. Bond was set at $1,500.

• On April 23, Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 hangup call on Greenwood Road.

Dispatch had called the number back and the woman who answered had said everything was fine.

Upon arrival, the female subject told a different story.

She reported that Casey Robinson had physically assaulted her during an argument and had threatened her if she told 911 dispatch the truth.

According to the report, she showed several visible injuries, including bruising, scratches, and a golf ball sized knot on her head.

Deputies tracked Robinson, who had left the residence by the time they had arrived, down, and charged him with domestic assault and interference with emergency calls.

Bond was set at $3,000.

• The morning of April 30, three video cameras, worth approximately $1,000 each, were reported vandalized, with two missing entirely, at Westhills Elementary School.

• LPD met Columbia Police at the county line on April 27 to receive Jesse Darnell on a failure to appear warrant out of Lewisburg City Court in February. Bond was set at $1,000.

• Christopher James Cathey was stopped in the early morning hours of May 1 after officers observed a tail light out on his vehicle and difficulty maintaining a lane of travel.

Cathey performed poorly on sobriety tests and was found to have an open, cold beer in his vehicle.

Bond was set at $500.

• Jordan Ciciora was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies on April 25 and charged with aggravated domestic assault. Bond was set at $5,000.

• William Bess was charged with public intoxication on May 3 after he was observed weaving and stumbling while walking down Marshall Street by Lewisburg Police officers.

Officers noticed a distinct smell of alcohol and Bess reportedly said that he had taken prescription medications as well.

Bond was set at $500.