Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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December 13, 2012

Attempted robbery nets 2-year sentence

CROSSVILLE — The Crossville man who walked into a local fast food restaurant and announced a robbery, only to be turned away by a cashier who did not take his threat serious, pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Criminal Court and received a two-year prison sentence.

William Roger Ward, 51, whose address at the time of his arrest was on Evergreen Dr., pleaded guilty to the indictment and will be given credit for 190 days served in jail since his arrest in connection with the incident.

On May 7, Crossville Police Sgt. Chad Withrow reported that Ward walked into Petros off West Ave. and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk thought the man was joking and brushed him off, causing Ward to leave the business angry.

Ward was arrested a short time later when police realized he was the same person who had appeared at the police department to complain about an officer. When told to wait, Ward fled from the office and was later apprehended in a wooded area behind the Bread of Life mission off Fourth St.

He has been in jail ever since his arrest on the attempted robbery charge.

In other cases on the docket, the following took place.

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•Farah Lynn Coleman, aggravated burglary and theft of less than $500, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Coleman; continued to discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket of Jan. 30.

•Mark Alan Daniels, theft of more than $10,000, continued to discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket of Jan. 30.

•Michael James Davis, sale and delivery of Oxycontin and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Davis; continued to discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket of Jan. 30.

•Scottie Joe Eastwood, rape, continued to discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket of Jan. 30.

•Nathan Byron Parker, statutory rape, continued to discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket of Jan. 30.

•David Edward Seickendick Jr., unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Seickendick; continued to discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket of Jan. 30.

Deadline docket

•Aaron Dale Ashburn, aggravated assault, evading arrest and unlawful consumption, continued to Dec. 11.

•Lawrence James Brozik, sexual exploitation of a minor (more than 100 images), continued to Dec. 11.

•Alexander Michael Calabrese, aggravated burglary, criminal simulation and theft of more than $1,000, continued.

•Christopher Brian Darnell, possession of more than .5 grams of methamphetamine, possession of alprazolam for sale and for delivery and criminal impersonation, continued to Jan. 30.

•Kelly William DeMoe, second offense driving under the influence, per se (more than .20 percent), continued to Jan. 23.

•Wendy Marchele Hargis, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, continued.

•Sergio Joshua Muniz, aggravated assault, assault and vandalism of government property, continued for discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket of Jan. 30.

•Carson Ray Norris, first-degree murder and aggravated assault, Randal Boston appointed to represent the defendant; continued to the Jan. 22 discussion docket and Jan. 30 deadline docket.

•Joey Allen Pugh, aggravated burglary, continued.

•Jeffery A. Sharp, two counts each of possession of a schedule II drug for sale and for delivery, theft and unlawful carrying of a weapon, continued to Dec. 11.

•Richard Lynn Sherrill, driving under the influence and violation of the habitual motor vehicle offender law, continued to Dec. 11.

•Steven Ray Sherrill, theft of more than $500 and two counts of theft of less than $500, continued to Dec. 11.

•Bennie Dexter Ward, aggravated sexual battery, continued to the Jan. 22 discussion docket and Jan. 30 deadline docket.

Motions and hearings

•Kelly William DeMoe, aggravated child abuse, set for trial Jan. 23.

•Gary S. Haney, aggravated burglary, domestic assault and order of protection, continued to Dec. 11.

•Monica Allen Hayes, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Hayes; continued to discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket of Jan. 30.

•Charles Kopsie, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, motion for Tiffany Lyon to withdraw from the case pending; final forfeiture ordered.

•Kevin Sherrill, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, promotion of the process to manufacture meth and possession of more than .5 grams of meth for sale and for delivery, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Sherrill; continued to Dec. 11.

•Byron Keith Tanner, aggravated criminal littering and vandalism of more than $500, continued to Jan. 25.

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