$500,000 bond set for domestic assault

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Persistence paid off for Lewisburg police officers on Sept. 5, leading to serious charges for a local man.

Officer Gaylon Thomason responded to a 911 hang up call from Old Columbia Road.

At the scene, he encountered Keith Pearson who informed Thomason that there were no issues at the home.


Pearson refused to let the officer enter the home to speak with the other occupants unless a search warrant was presented.

Another male at the scene indictated to the officer with hand gestures that Pearson was not telling the truth.

Thomason left the scene before returning with other officers to speak with Pearson.

Cpl. Lonny Cook spoke with Pearson who repeated his story.

Cook, according to the report, told Pearson that he could not leave unless he spoke with everyone in the residence to make sure that there wasn’t any reason for concern.

While officers spoke with Pearson, the other male exited the back door and told officers that Pearson had been assaulting his wife that morning and that she was locked in a bedroom.

At this point, officers detained Pearson and entered the home.

The male witness stated that he had been sleeping on the couch when he was awakened by Pearson throwing his wife on him.

Pearson’s wife stated that he had become angry that morning and had assaulted her.

According to the report, Pearson had threatened to kill anyone in the home who called the police.

The other male in the home had dialed 911 but hung up, knowing that police would check on the cause of the call.

Pearson was charged with aggravated domestic assault as well as tampering with evidence.

His bond was set at $500,000.

• A Franklin man was arrested on Sept. 3 at Walmart in Lewisburg after a loss prevention employee recognized him from a television news report the previous evening.

Corey Edward Brown had been featured on WKRN the prior evening after a report that Franklin Police were looking for Brown after he threatened to kill his girlfriend with a crowbar.

The employee called Lewisburg Police who encountered Brown in the parking lot. He attempted to drive off but was blocked into his parking space by the police cruiser.

A search of Brown after his arrest resulted in officers finding marijuana on his person and a pipe inside his car.

Brown was charged with driving with a revoked license, simple possession, and possession of paraphernalia.

Bond was set at $2,000 on the charges in Lewisburg

• On Sept. 3, Lewisburg Police officers responded to Scenic Drive after a resident reported a person refusing to leave the property.

When officers arrived on scene, the occupant told them that William White Jr. had come to her home looking for another woman who he claimed had stolen money from a family member.

When told that the woman was not at the residence, he refused to leave.

Officers discovered that White had an outstanding warrant out of Davidson County and arrested him.

According to the report, Cpl. Lonny Cook explained to White that if he had any contraband on his person he should turn it over before reaching the jail or other charges would result.

White denied any such items.

When he was searched by correctional officers at Marshall County Jail, they discovered a small bag of a white powder believed to be cocaine and two glass pipes concealed within his clothing.

White was charged with simple possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of paraphernalia, and introduction of drugs into a peneal institution. Bond was set at $15,500.

• On Sept. 1, LPD arrested William Bess for public intoxication at the Summit Apartments on Franklin Avenue.

Apartment management said that Bess had entered the property obviously impaired and that they wanted him removed.

He was presented with a ban notice from the property as he was being escorted out.

Bond was set at $500.

• Canadian Lunsford was charged with domestic assault after a Sept. 1 incident on Silvercreek Road. Lunsford was arguing with her father-in-law over her dog when she allegedly threw a bottle, striking him in the head.

Bond was set at $1,000.

• James Andrews was arrested on Aug. 30 after he tried to pawn a firearm on East Commerce Street that had been reported as stolen in Columbia.

Andrews’ father had reported the Smith & Wesson pistol as stolen, and, when contacted by police, denied that he had given his son permission to sell it.

Andrews was charged with theft by possession and held on $1,000 bond.