Boyfriend charged in ax attack

Friday, September 1, 2017

• On Aug. 26, Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic dispute call on Reese Road.

The victim reported that her boyfriend, Taylor Johnson, had taken an ax to her Jeep after an argument.

Johnson, detained on scene, admitted, according to the report, hitting the vehicle several times with an ax, which was found in the Jeep.


He also had thrown the victim’s possessions into the front yard.

Deputies observed several dents, several windows broken out, and serious damage to the door and hard top of the vehicle.

Johnson was charged with domestic assault and vandalism over $1,000. His bond was set at $6,000.


• Rocky Bamberg was arrested by the Lewisburg Police Department on Aug. 28 and charged with vandalism.

A resident of North Church Street reported that Bamberg had come to her residence and had hit her car several times with a steel chair.

Officers observed that the front windshield of the vehicle was broken and the hood of the car showed several scratches as well.


Officers went to Bamberg’s residence on Thomas Street where they observed him to be unsteady on his feet, slurring his speech, and smelling like alcohol, according to the police report.

Bond was set at $1,000.

• On Aug. 26, deputies responded to a complaint on Lunns Store Road of an unknown car parked in a driveway.


Deputies found a man passed out in the drivers seat. After several attempts to wake him, the driver, George Michael Bennett, woke up but seemed, according to the report, disoriented.

A check with dispatch returned information that Bennett’s license was revoked.

Deputies found in his pocket, while patting him down, a glass pipe with a white residue and a small bag containing a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine.

Bennett was charged with criminal trespass, simple possession of a Schedule II drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $9,000.

• Sarah Stegall Kelley was arrested on Aug. 28 and charged with six counts of forgery.

On July 3, a local man had reported the theft of checks from his home. Between April and June, six of the checks had been cashed at a local bank for a total of $2,424.

Bond for Kelley was set at $18,000.

• LPD officers responded to West Commerce Street on Aug. 28 after a report of an unwanted person at the residence.

They encountered Joseph Beard, who had been kicked out of the home and whose belongings had been placed outside.

According to the report, Beard told officers that he was on probation and had walked next door to the county probation office to request a drug test. Beard said that he knew he would fail the test and wanted to violate his probation.

The probation officer reported to officers that she had seen track marks on Beard’s arms, which would indicate recent drug use.

Beard was, in the officers words, “extremely hostile and continuously yelled” at officers as they were speaking with him.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and held on $1,000 bond.

Later in the day, a warrant was issued for violation of probation. Officers attempted to serve Beard at the county jail with the warrant, but according to Officer Collins, Beard said that he didn’t care and would not allow the warrant to be served.

An additional bond of $1,000 was set for the violation charge.

• On Aug. 29, LPD responded to a business on Nashville Highway after a man reported the theft of a firearm from his vehicle.

The victim stated that he had left his windows open while inside the business for approximately 40 minutes. When he returned to the vehicle the center console was open and his Glock was missing.

He mentioned that he had noticed a black Nissan leaving the parking lot while he was inside.

Roughly 25 minutes later, officers responded to another business on Finley Beech Road, where two store employees reported that their cars had been broken into and items were missing.

A short time later, officers received a call from another business on Nashville Highway after an employee discovered a Hispanic male going through his vehicle.

When confronted, the subject left the scene in a black Nissan Sentra.

• The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office responded to several reported burglaries recently as well.

On Aug. 23, a four wheeler valued at $2,000 was reported missing from a residence on Anderson Lane.

On Aug. 24, deputies responded to a home on Highway 40 after the resident reported the theft of a 55” television sometime during the day.

On Aug. 25, a man on Mt. Lebanon Road reported that during the day someone had entered his home, broken down a closet door, and took a safe.

The safe contained legal documents, jewelry, a set of car keys, and two bottles of prescription medication.