Police follow smelly trail to make arrest

Friday, May 19, 2017

• On May 9, LPD Corporal Shaun Crawford responded to a report in the White Drive area of a camper being pulled, on which the sewer cap was not fastened, leading to human waste being leaked along the road. Following the trail to a residence on Lowe Street, Crawford spoke with Christy Tucker, who initially said that she did not know where the driver had gone. Tucker claimed that the driver was Daniel Tucker.

Eventually finding the driver under a pile of clothes in a back room, he repeated to officers that his name was Daniel Tucker, and that, according to the report, officers could get his identification out of his vehicle.

Looking for the ID, officers discovered a bag, believed to contain marijuana. A pipe was found on his person as well.


“Daniel Tucker” admitted to officers that his name was really Daniel Stottlemyer. He was found to have outstanding warrants for child support payment, issued by the county.

Stottlemyer was charged with criminal impersonation, possession of a Schedule VI drug, possession of paraphernalia, and vandalism.

His bond was set at $5,000.


Additionally, Tucker was found to have oxycodone, morphine, and Xanax in her purse, resulting in charges of simple possession of both Schedule II and Vi drugs. Her bond was set at $2,000.

On May 6, a citizen reported a CSX train caboose being vandalized along the track at West Church Street and 8th Avenue.

Arriving on the scene, Lewisburg Police officers entered the train car and found that windows had been broken and the interior damaged.

Officers also found a cellphone that had been placed on a shelf in the car.

Tracing the number to an apartment on Franklin Avenue, a female at the address said that she had given that phone to her son.


Interviewing Dakota Marshall, 21, he told officers that he and two of his friends, Jamarius Kinzer, 21, and Zachary Vannasse, 19, had been at the bowling alley when they decided to see if they could get in the caboose parked on the track behind the building.

According to the police report, Marshall told officers that they had vandalized the car. The other two suspects were either uncooperative or denied vandalizing the caboose.

The three were all charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and vandalism to property used by railroads. Bond for each was set at $4,000.

• Lewisburg Police investigated a series of auto burglaries that occurred in the early morning hours of May 9.

Residents on Belfast Avenue, Hillsdale Street, and Highland Avenue reported items, ranging from handguns to loose change, missing from their vehicles overnight.

None of the vehicles showed any sign of forced entry and most had been left unlocked, according to the owners.

Nightshift officers had investigated a report at around 4 a.m. of a male wearing black jeans and a long dark shirt, also holding a red bag, who was going through a car on Highland Avenue.

They were unable to locate the subject at that time.

• Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle on May 6 along River Road for possible drunk driving.

The driver, Jessica Renee Stephens, told deputies, according to the report, that her license was suspended and that she had a pending DUI case in Bedford County.

A state Park Ranger on the scene stated that she had been cited the previous day for the suspended license by Park Rangers and Chapel Hill Police.

Stephens was described in the report as “erratic” and, when asked, could not tell the deputy where she was. When told Chapel Hill, she reportedly asked for directions to Bedford County.

Her children, aged three and five-years-old, were in the car as well, and were released to a relative.

She was charged with driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and two counts of reckless endangerment. Bond was set at $13,000.

• On May 9, MCSO deputies stopped a vehicle on Belfast/Farmington Road, the occupants of which had been reported by witnesses on North Eliington Parkway in Lewisburg to be involved in a possible domestic dispute.

The female occupant reported that the driver, Edward Castile, had become angry over a text message she had received and had assaulted her and physically kept her from leaving the vehicle.

Castile was charged with domestic assault and held on $4,000 bond.

• Caleb Fentress was arrested on May 9 at the Marshall County Courthouse on an active warrant for theft. Bond was set at $7,500.