Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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February 14, 2013

Pleas in hidden needle case draws 2-year sentence

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville area man charged by a police officer with endangering him by hiding a needle filled with a schedule II drug in his pocket pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Criminal Court and received a two-year prison sentence.

Timothy J. Alcorn, 38, formerly of Orange Circle, was facing charges of reckless endangerment, simple possession of a schedule II drug, felony evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment, simple possession of a schedule II drug and felony evading arrest, and was sentenced to a total of two years in prison, was fined $3,000, and must pay court costs.

On Feb. 14, 2012, Ptl. Dustin Lester was on routine patrol in the area of Dooley St. when he observed a motorist driving in an erratic manner. He stopped the suspect and while questioning the passenger, asked if the passenger had any sharp objects in his pocket.

Alcorn reportedly told the officer that he did not, but during a search for weapons, the officer found an open syringe in Alcorns pants. It was later learned the syringe was filled with oxycodone.

The evading arrest charge stems from Alcorn's flight from the scene of a domestic situation.

In other cases on the docket, the following guilty pleas were entered:

•Agatha Dawn Brown, 35, charged with possession of more than .5 grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell or deliver, pleaded guilty to the charge and received an eight-year suspended sentence with one year to be served under house arrest of community service and the balance on supervised probation. Brown was fined $2,000 and is to pay court costs.

•Brian Burkhalter, 37, charged with public intoxication and violation of the sex offender registry law, pleaded guilty to attempted violation of the state sex offender registry law and public intoxication, and received an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence with 90 days to be served on weekends, and the balance on probation concurrent with probation being served in Knox County.

•Stafford A. Burton, 58, charged with two counts of sale of a schedule IV drug and two counts of sale of a schedule III drug, pleaded guilty to all counts and received two two-year sentences to be served consecutively under house arrest of community corrections, for a total of four years.

•Wolford W. Crabtree, 49, charged with violation of the habitual motor vehicle offender law, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to serve one year in prison.

•Gregory Dannels, 26, charged with theft of less than $500 and vandalism of more than $10,000, pleaded guilty to the theft charge and vandalism of more than $1,000 and received a total of two years on supervised probation, and is to pay $1,500 restitution to victims in the case.

•Joseph D. Dunn, 34, theft of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation, and is to pay $450 restitution.

•Paul Elrod, 56, charged with reckless endangerment, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a one-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation, to continue treatment and to pay litigation tax.

•Albert Keith Griffin, 33, theft of more than $1,000, charged with burglary, theft of more than $1,000 and two counts of theft of more than $500, pleaded guilty to burglary, theft of more than $1,000 and one count of theft of more than $500, and received a four-year suspended sentence with six months to serve and the balance on supervised probation.

•Daryl Stephen Hall, 30, charged with promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation.

•Michael Andrew Hamby, 40, charged with attempt to possess more than .5 grams of methamphetamine for resale, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a five-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation.

•Wendy Marchele Hargis, 43, charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, pleaded guilty to promotion of the manufacture of meth and received a four-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation.

•Monica Allen Hayes, initiation of the process to manufacture meth, pleaded guilty to attempted initiation of the process to manufacture meth and received a six-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation, was fined $2,000 and court costs.

•Michael William Keck, 25, charged with aggravated burglary and theft of more than $10,000, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and received a five-year prison sentence. He is to also pay $2,267.72 restitution to two pawn shops, and to pay restitution, if any, to the victim.

•Charles F. Kopsie, 53, charged with initiation of the process to manufacture of methamphetamine, pleaded guilty to attempt to initiate the process to manufacture meth and received a six-year suspended sentence to be served on probation, with fine waived; ordered to pay court costs.

•Ricky D. Ledford, 55, charged with simple possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence, pleaded guilty to simple possession of marijuana and received an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence to be served on good behavior probation. The tampering charge was dropped. Ledford is to pay a $250 fine and court costs.

•Daniel Lee Matthews, charged with theft of more than $1,000, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation. He is responsible for $125 restitution.

•Mitzi Kaye Patton, 44, charged with harassment, pleaded guilty to the charge and received an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence to be served on probation, and is banned from having contact with the victim.

•Jeremy Alan Pugh, 33, charged with two counts of theft of more than $1,000 and two counts of theft of more than $500, pleaded guilty to the charges and received a total of three years in prison. He is to pay $75 to the Economic Crime Fund and $5,997 restitution.

•Marvin Joe Randolph, 31, charged with aggravated burglary, criminal impersonation, 13 counts of forgery, 13 counts of passing a forged instrument, theft of more than $1,000 and three counts of theft of less than $500, pleaded guilty to two counts of passing a forged instrument, attempted aggravated burglary, theft of more than $1,000 and theft of more than $500, and received a total of four years in prison. Randolph is to pay $11,395.

•Jerry Dale Richards, 44, charged with felony evading arrest and driving under the influence, pleaded guilty to the two charges and received a two-year suspended sentence with four years to be served on probation, was fined $350 and court costs and placed loss of license for one year.

•Anthony Ray Richardson, 34, charged with aggravated burglary and theft of less than $500, pleaded guilty to theft of less than $500 and received an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence to be served on probation and is to pay court costs and $200 restitution.

•David Edward Seickendick Jr., 26, theft of more than $500, unlawful possession of a weapon, and in an information with possession of oxycodone with intent to sale and to deliver, pleaded guilty to sale and delivery of a schedule II drug, felony possession of a weapon and theft of more than $500, and received a four-year sentence with two years to be served and the remainder on supervised probation. He is to pay $600 restitution and must forfeit the weapon.

•Steven Ray Sherrill, 30, charged with theft more than $1,000, theft more than $500 and two counts of theft of less than $500, pleaded guilty to theft of more than $1,000 and two counts of theft of less than $500 and was ordered to serve 30 days in jail followed by five years of supervised probation.

•Michael Anthony Smith Sr., 48, charged with possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana for sale and for delivery, pleaded guilty to simple possession of marijuana and received an 11-month and 29-day suspended sentence to be served on probation, had fine waived but is to pay $858.50 court costs.

•Darrell Lynn Tuttle, 34, charged with theft, pleaded guilty to the charge and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation, and is to make $12,500 restitution to the victim.

•William Howard Wachenheim, 21, charged with burglary, theft of more than $1,000 and vandalism of less than $500, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and theft of more than $500 and received a one year prison sentence to be served concurrently at 30 percent.

•Benjamin T. Welch, 35, charged with aggravated burglary and theft of less than $500, entered a best interest plea to attempted theft of less than $500 and was placed on six-months supervised probation, concurrent with drunk driving sentence in General Sessions Court, with fine and court costs waived. Welch is to pay $200 restitution. Burglary count was dropped.

•Adam Garth Murphy, 31, charged with drug fraud, pleaded guilty to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and received a two-year suspended sentence to be served on supervised probation.

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