Local man charged with assault

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

From staff reports

On Oct. 24, Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an assault call on Old Lake Road.

Arriving on scene, they encountered a female subject who, upon examination by Marshall County EMS, was found “to have swelling and blackening of her right eye, both her lips busted and bleeding from numerous cuts, bruising and swelling along the back of her head to her upper spine and right shoulder” and other signs of injury.

According to the report, the woman reported that she, her boyfriend, Dontay Baugh, and their 19-month-old child had been driving along Old Lake Road. The two had been arguing during the day and, later, the female showed deputies text messages from Baugh in which he had threatened to beat her.

She said that Baugh had parked the car on Old Lake Road and told her to get in the back seat, which she refused to do.

Then, according to the report, he moved the toddler to the front seat, forced her into the back seat and assaulted her.

He then forced her out of the car and drove off.

The female victim then walked to a residence on Old Lake Road to phone authorities.

Her phone was found later alongside the road.

Lewisburg Police located the vehicle at a residence on 2nd Avenue North in the city.

Questioned by officers, Baugh claimed to have been asleep all day, although he allowed that he at some point had also picked up the child and the car belonging to the victim.

Baugh was arrested and charged with domestic assault, reckless endangerment, and driving with a suspended license. Bond was set at $4,000.

• On Oct. 26, LPD stopped a vehicle for running a stop sign on Belfast Avenue.

The driver, Benjamin Watkins, did not have a driver’s license, insurance, or a valid registration.

The passenger, William L. Williams, was found to have an active warrant for contempt of court.

A search of the vehicle, after consent was given by Watkins, found a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine in the glove compartment.

Neither man admitted to possession of the drugs.

Watkins was charged with simple possession of a Schedule II drug and driving without a license.

Williams was charged with simple possession of a Schedule II drug, in addition to the outstanding warrant.

Both were held on $1,500 bond.

• Joseph Rohlman was arrested on Oct. 31 at a residence on Old Belfast Road.

Officers responding to a 911 hang-up call encountered Rohlman there, despite bond conditions from a September domestic assault charge that forbade his being on the property.

He was charged with two counts of violation of bond conditions and held without bond until his court appearance.

• Donnie Lee Rogers turning himself in at the Marshall County Jail on Oct. 26. He had outstanding warrants from the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force for possession of a Schedule II drug with intent to resell, simple possession of a Schedule VI drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $8,100.


• On Oct. 27, Nina Finamore was served at the Marshall County Jail with warrants for forgery and theft over $1,000. Her bond was set at $16,000.

• Thomas Allen Darby and Robert George Spencer were both charged with violation of the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry reporting requirements on Oct. 25. According to the report, the pair did not report to the Sheriff’s office information regarding a new vehicle the pair purchased within the time-frame allowed by state law. Bond for both was set at $6,000.