Mike Fitzhugh is officially the new Rutherford County Sheriff. After being voted in by the Rutherford County Commission last Thursday and sworn in after the meeting, he received his bond at 12:01am Monday morning.
Meth continues to plague Rutherford and Surrounding Counties. The most recent case led police to a domestic violence call at the Knights Inn on S. Church Street in Murfreesboro. Once at the address, police noticed 34-year old Travis Ray Taylor had a plastic container in his hands. The container evidently contained the ingredients to manufacture meth, according to an official arrest report.
Officers made their way to room 201 at the Motel where four more individuals were found. A search for weapons then took place. The search is called a "Terry Search." A Terry Search is a justifiable search for weapons, even in the absence of probable cause to arrest, where there is a suspicion that an individual is armed and dangerous. The arrest report stated, "A Terry Search of the room revealed a loaded .40-caliber Ruger P94, cash and drug paraphernalia consistent with the use of meth." In case you're curious, the gun that was found was designed for military, police, civilian and recreational use. While the gun is totally legal to own, it is not legal to own while in the commission of a felony.
Possible meth lab equipment found in the motel room tested positive for meth and was later destroyed by authorities. One of the men in the room by the name of Terry Baucom then told police that all five of them had previously fled from a Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper at a high rate of speed. The short lived pursuit happened on August 4th, according to Baucom. He told police that all five of them had previously been living inside the car.
The subjects were arrested and transported to the local jail where it was discovered that 33-year old Latreva Perez had a small amount of meth hidden inside of her. The meth found inside of Perez weighed almost a full ounce.
Arrested were Travis Taylor, 34, LaTreva Perez, 33, Misty Brown, 35, Christopher Rogers, 36, and 27-year old Terry Baucom. They were charged with the Initiation of meth, promotion of meth, possession of a handgun during a felony, maintaining a dwelling, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspects, who have not made bond, will appear in court on September 25, 2014.
MPD Arrest Report's #14-15609 A through E
Rutherford County Sheriff's Office
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