Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

December 20, 2013

Motion to suppress meth case search denied

CROSSVILLE — A meth lab-related case against a Crossville man appears headed for a jury trial or settlement after a Cumberland County Criminal Court judge denied a motion to suppress a search of a residence in a Crossville subdivision two years ago.

Judge David Patterson denied Randal Boston's motion filed on behalf of his client, Stephen Robert Stults, 68, to suppress evidence seized during a search of the home and property of Stults' late mother.

As a result of the ruling, the initiation to manufacture methamphetamine, and theft of less than $500 and simple possession/casual exchange in an unrelated case, were continued to the Jan. 17 discussion docket and Jan. 29 deadline docket.

Crossville Police Ptl. Johnathan O'Neal testified that on Oct. 11, 2011, he was dispatched to the Ivanhoe Lane residence of Patricia Weaver after receiving a complaint and a report of suspicious activity at the Camelot subdivision residence.

When he arrived he found Stults outside the house, and Weaver inside. O'Neal said he made contact with Weaver, made sure she was okay, and then asked for permission to search the property, which he testified Weaver granted to him and Ptl. Don Johnson.

A search was conducted and in a crawl space police find components commonly associated with the clandestine manufacture of meth. Stults was taken into custody and later gave police a statement, denying the components were his.

Under questioning from Boston, O'Neal testified that he did not obtain a written waiver because the homeowner granted him permission to search without question.

Boston's only witness was Pamela Stults, sister of the defendant, who testified that another sister of the two was responsible for the request for a welfare check because of a long simmering dispute.

She testified that she and Stephen Stults took turns carrying for their ill mother, and that neither gave permission to search.

Deputy District Attorney Gary McKenzie argued that Stults did not having standing to challenge the search as a resident of the house, since there was no evidence he lived there.

Boston countered that Stults' staying on and off with his sick mother gave the defendant "reasonable expectation of privacy."

Patterson ruled that the officer's testimony stood unchallenged and because of that, the search was constitutional and that evidence of the meth lab components was admissible in court.

Text Only
Area News
  • Panel waives ticket charge for boosters

    The building and grounds committee approved a request to waive a portion of the ticket fees for a school sports booster group planning a truck and tractor pull at the Cumberland County Community Complex, but the committee cautioned the group it would take action by the full Cumberland County Commission to relieve them of the obligation to return 10 percent of the gate charge to the county.

    April 23, 2014

  • Jury seated in Batty slaying case

    A jury plus alternates has been seated and began hearing evidence in the trial of John Russell Giles of Hampshire Lane, Fairfield Glade, charged in connection with the Nov. 7 death of Kimberly Ann Batty, 58, of Dovenshire Dr., also Fairfield Glade.

    April 23, 2014

  • New site sought for convenience center

    An expansion at Colinx and the improvement of a city street will require Cumberland County to move a convenience center. The city of Crossville has proposed a site in the same general area, but commissioners on the county's building and grounds committee were concerned about the cost to make the site suitable for a convenience center and the proximity of the Little Obed River.

    April 23, 2014

  • Hwy. 70 crash.jpg CCHS student dies in car crash

    Crossville Police have identified the victim of a two-vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday morning on Hwy. 70 W at the intersection of Dillon St. as a sophomore at Cumberland County High School.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_0783.JPG Visitors center now open to the public

    A ten-year effort to establish a gateway to the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, as well as to point tourists and visitors to the many other area parks, historical sites and points of interest, concluded Thursday as the community gathered with officials from the city of Crossville, Cumberland County, the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and the National Park Service to dedicate the Crossville-Cumberland County: Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitors Center on River Otter Dr.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Shots fired during standoff over domestic situation

    Chickens were killed, threats of bodily harm made and at least three shots fired in the presence of a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy during a domestic dispute between an uncle and nephew.

    April 22, 2014

  • Jury selection set in Batty slaying

    Jury selections were scheduled to begin today in the trial of John Russell Giles of Hampshire Lane, Fairfield Glade, charged in connection with the Nov. 7 death of Kimberly Ann Batty, 58, of Dovenshire Dr., also Fairfield Glade.

    April 22, 2014

  • Thoughts for this holy time of Easter

    The first performance of George Friderick Handel's masterpiece, "Messiah," was given in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13, 1742, where it was well received. When it was performed in England there were criticisms of the music, performers and location of the performance. It was held that the subject matter was too exalted to perform in an opera house, but rather it should be performed in church. Wouldn't it be interesting if we knew how many times this magnificent music has been performed in the past 272 years?

    April 22, 2014

  • Joe Goodwin.JPG Warden Joe Goodwin remains a true original

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, and Crossville's Joe Goodwin is part of that living history.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fleeing shoplifter causes $30,000 in damage

    A Morgan County man fleeing from the scene of a $4.99 shoplifting incident allegedly backed his vehicle into a light pole, destroying a solar power system and causing nearly $30,000 in damage.

    April 21, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice