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Motel squatting results in drug arrest

By DAVID MELSON - dmelsn@t-g.com
Posted 7/30/22

A man who had allegedly been caught sleeping inside a vacant room at a Shelbyville motel Monday morning was caught with drugs at another motel a short time later, police said.

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Motel squatting results in drug arrest

A man who had allegedly been caught sleeping inside a vacant room at a Shelbyville motel Monday morning was caught with drugs at another motel a short time later, police said.
Officer Ramon Castillo was checking motels for a man fitting the description of an individual ordered to leave Best Western Celebration Inn, Madison Street. Castillo was told by a maintenance employee at Shelbyville Inn, North Cannon Boulevard, that a non-guest who fit that description was on the grounds.
The man, identified as Peyton Nicholas Garrett, 25, of Shelbyville, allegedly ran upon seeing Castillo. A concerned citizen told Castillo she saw Garrett run behind a brick-walled storage area behind a Delray Street business.
Sheriff Austin Swing and Castillo approached the enclosure. Castillo said in his report he climbed the wall and found Garrett spread-eagled on the ground.
Garrett complied with officers’ orders when taser use was threatened, allegedly saying he didn’t want to be jailed for trespassing.
A backpack belonging to Garrett containing crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded pistol was found nearby, police said.
Garrett was charged with possession of a schedule 2 drug and paraphernalia, resisting stop/frisk/halt/search, and possessing a weapon while under the influence of a controlled substance. A charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm was added when a records check showed Garrett was convicted of auto burglary in 2015 and aggravated burglary in 2016. He was held on $16,000 bond.
Drug charges
Drugs were confiscated from two people who passed out in their vehicle at the Race Trac store, North Main Street, around 2:15 a.m. Monday, police said.
Officers said they found driver Alexis Joan Freels, 19, of Lentz Street with a smoked marijuana cigarette and a bag containing .67 grams of marijuana in her clothing, and a pistol tucked into the driver’s side door handle of her Dodge Charger.
Shea Timothy McMillan, 25, of Nashville, allegedly had a bag containing 43 1/2 prescription pills of various types, a small bag containing 1.64 grams of cocaine, and a magazine for Freels’ gun.
McMillan was charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institution, possession of schedule 2 drugs (four counts), and possession of a schedule 4 drug. He was held on $55,000 bond.
Freels was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a schedule 6 drug, and held on $10,000 bond.
•A bag of methamphetamine was found next to Ricky Rutledge when he was found by police asleep behind The Fly Arts Center, South Main Street, around 8:20 a.m. Monday.
Nearby were additional belongings of Rutledge, 37.  Police said Rutledge is homeless.
Rutledge was charged with possession of a schedule 2 drug and held on $1,500 bond.
•A folded $1 bill containing methamphetamine was found on a man clocked at 52 mph in a 30 mph zone on Dover Street who allegedly refused to stop for an officer until reaching the parking lot of police headquarters Monday.
Cory Scott Melton, 34, of Midland Road, was driving a 2011 Nissan Rogue with a license plate registered to a 2013 Dodge, Officer Brock Horner’s report said. Melton told police he recently purchased the car. Murfreesboro police later said the SUV had been stolen from a dealership there along with 15 sets of keys in a lock box.
Charges of sixth offense driving on a revoked license, speeding, evading arrest by vehicle and possession of a schedule II drug were filed against Melton. He was held on $8,000 bond.
•A man entered Dollar General Store, Big Springs Shopping Center, early Sunday night, swiped a card and ordered a clerk to press the register’s “cash” key, police were told.
The register downloaded $860 onto the card, according to the clerk.
The suspect was described as a dark-complexioned Black man with dreadlocks and weighing approximately 190 pounds.
•A vehicle dolly was stolen within the past two weeks from property on Squire Hall Road, a Bedford County deputy was told Tuesday.
Jail intake
The following were charged since Monday by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.
•Sandra Kaye Arnold, 38, Green Lane; violation of probation, show cause; released, no bond
•Jessica Dean Barrett, 28, Chestnut Drive; shoplifting; summons issued
•William Wesley Bates, 52, North Cannon Boulevard; criminal simulation (two counts); held, $10,000 bond
•Caelan Adams Berry, 18, Sims Road; driving on suspended license, registration law; summons issued
•Quiana Shavonta Blackman, 26, Antioch; show cause, probation revocation; held, $5,500 bond
•David Thomas Boyd, 53, King Arthur Court; public intoxication; summons delivered
•Timothy Allen Dominick, 45, Beechwood Road; possession/sale of schedule 2 drug, assault; released, $3,000 bond
•Dumikah M. Dowdy, 18, Raby Avenue; financial responsibility, simple possession, speeding; released, no bond
•Michael John Edwards, 49, Tullahoma; violation of probation, show cause; held, $4,500 bond
•Patricia Abrajen Fernandez, 30, South Main Street; no driver’s license/exhibited on demand; released on recognizance
•Escamilla Garcia, 26, Murfreesboro; light law, no driver’s license; held, $500 bond
•Peyton Nicholas Garrett, 25, Shelbyville; convicted felon in possession of firearm, resisting stop/frisk/halt/search, possession of schedule 2 drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, weapons violation; held, $16,000 bond
•Pascual Miguel Gaspar, 25, Saddlewood Drive; DUI, light law, driving on revoked license, open container; held, $5,000 bond
•Sebastian Juan Gaspar, 26, homeless, Shelbyville; three attachments; held, $1,230.79 bond
•Shaun Earl Gibson, 44, Highland Court; assault; released on recognizance
•Justin Kaleb Harris, 34, Tines Drive; domestic assault; released, $5,000 bond
•Noah Andrew Jackson, 20, East Depot Street; light law, simple possession; summons issued
•Elizabeth Holly Martin, 31, Tulllahoma; driving on suspended license, leaving scene of accident; summons issued
•Kenneth Shondale Mason, 47, Nashville; violation of probation (two counts); held, $5,000 bond
•Cory Scott Melton, 34, Midland Road; driving on revoked license (sixth offense), speeding, evading arrest by vehicle, possession of schedule 2 drug; held, $8,000 bond
•Jamie Elizabeth Merlo, 42, Cedar River Road; attachment; held, $300 bond
•Nicholas Ian Price, 32, Manchester; disorderly conduct, resisting arrest; held, $11,000 bond
•Juan Raigoza Sartillan, 36, Ranchero Drive; domestic assault; held, $2,500 bond
•Ricky William E. Rutledge, 37, homeless, Shelbyville; possession of schedule 2 drug; held, $1,500 bond
•Blake Michael Stone, 28, Horn Lane; driving on revoked license; released, $500 bond
•Carla Marie Stringer, 45, Manchester; probation revocation; released, no bond
•Hailey Blair Whitehead, 32, Cedar Glade Circle; bondsman surrender, failure to appear, bench warrant; held, $10,000 bond