Alcohol, threats and loaded shotgun lead to arrest

Friday, May 26, 2017

Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies, along with a trooper from the Highway Patrol, responded to Carl Fox Road on May 15 after a domestic disturbance was reported.

The subject, Scott Batts, reportedly had been drinking and was armed with a shotgun while making threats toward his girlfriend and law enforcement officers.

Approaching the residence on foot, deputies encountered Batts on the front porch, yelling at his girlfriend inside the house and repoertedly saying “they are going to get hurt” in regards to the deputies.


Advancing under cover, a deputy pointed his shotgun at Batts and ordered him to the ground. When Batts did not comply, another deputy tased him, allowing deputies to handcuff him.

The loaded shotgun was found hidden in a horse stall on the property.

Batts was charged with aggravated domestic assault and resisting arrest. Bond was set at $9,500.


• Lewisburg Police stopped Michael Atkins at the intersection of 8th Avenue and Colburn Drive after they had received reports of his car driving through the grass on Rock Crusher Road on the morning of May 15.

Atkins told officers that he had just been shopping at Wal-Mart. When asked, Atkins, according to the report, admitted to officers that he had purchased compressed air used to clean dust from computers and that he had inhaled the product.

Atkins performed poorly of field sobriety tests.

He was charged with driving under the influence second offense, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, and vandalism. He was also issued citations for failure to maintain lane, expired tags and no insurance. According to the police report, bond was set at $20,000.

On the evening of May 20, officers responded to a call of a man sitting on the railway bridge on Ellington Parkway and discovered Atkins nearby.

The report described him as “sweating and trembling” and appearing intoxicated.

Officers found several cans of aerosol duster in his pockets. Atkins denied inhaling the contents.

He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was charged with public intoxication. Atkins had only recently bonded out of the Marshall County Jail for the previous incident. Bond for this incident was set at $500.

• On May 11, Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Rock Crusher Road regarding a domestic incident that had resulted in a vehicle accident.

The female subject reported that during an argument while driving with her boyfriend, Brandon Sawyers, he had grabbed the steering wheel of the vehicle, causing her to lose control of the vehicle and hit a telephone pole and tree.

She said that Sawyers had fled the area on foot when he heard approaching sirens.

He later turned himself in at the Marshall County Jail where he was served with warrants for aggravated domestic assault, reckless endangerment, and vandalism.

Bond was set at $11,000.

On May 16, the female subject reported to the Sheriff’s Office that Sawyers had been trying to call her from jail, violating bond conditions as well as an order of protection. Detectives confirmed the calls from jail to her number and added a violation of bond conditions charge to Sawyers. No bond was issued on that charge.

• On May 8, LPD officers responded to a residence on 2nd Avenue following a report on an intoxicated person.

Robert Brooks was at the location, reportedly to confront an ex-girlfriend. Brooks left when told police had been called. Officers found him “laying in the bushes” a short distance away.

He was charged with public intoxication and held on $500 bond.

On May 10, Brooks was charged with contempt of court after being found in violation of previous bond conditions restricting him from a residence on West Commerce Street.

On May 18, officers responded to the West Commerce residence again where they found Brooks in an intoxicated state.

Brooks reportedly told officers that “he had been drinking all day.”

Jail officials required Brooks to be transported first to Marshall Medical Center for observation due to his level of intoxication before processing him into jail.

He was charged with public intoxication. Bond was set at $1,000.

• On May 7, LPD responded to a possible domestic incident on Moreno Drive.

There they encountered Danny King, who was described in the report as intoxicated and also bleeding from his right hand.

Officers noted damage to the inside of the residence, including a broken mirror, pictures removed from the wall and destroyed, and that alarm panel ripped from the wall.

King admitted to being in an argument and also to firing a round from a 9mm pistol, according to the police report.

Officers found a pistol in the bathroom as well as an empty shell casing on the living room floor.

King was charged with aggravated domestic assault and reckless endangerment with a weapon. Bond was set at $10,000.

• Joshua Brashears was charged with domestic assault after a May 8 incident when he reportedly threatened his father with a crow bar, saying he would kill him, after an argument. Bond was set at $1,000.

• On May 10, a manager at Wal-Mart approached two Lewisburg Police Officers to report a woman acting suspiciously in the store.

Speaking with the woman, Mary Henson, officers noted that she appeared intoxicated, but they did not note any smell of alcohol.

Discovering that Henson had a warrant for probation violation, officers placed her under arrest.

Henson was found to have 44 pills in her pocket, namely Xanax, Hydrocodone, Diazepam, Clonazepan, Prednisone, and Gabapentin.

In addition to the probation violation, she was charged with simple possession of both Schedule IV and Schedule II drugs and possession of a legend drug. Bond was set at $6,000.