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Vehicle Theft — Officer Mark Boaz was on patrol of the McKenzie High School property on Saturday evening, June 18, when he observed a white male walking from the front of the building. Boaz stopped and questioned the male who stated he used to go to school here and was walking around reminiscing about his time here. Boaz advised him he needed to head on since there was no one at the school and with all the school activity across the country it just didn’t look good for him to be there.
Boaz continued his patrol around the school and located a black SUV with an auto dealer tag on it. Boaz met the male subject again and asked him if that was his vehicle. He confirmed it was his and asked Boaz if he wanted to check it out. Boaz conducted a search of the vehicle and asked the male about the auto dealer tag. The male stated he was from Kingsport and was transporting the vehicle back to California, where he currently lived, to have the vehicle worked on.
According to Boaz’s filed report, he was becoming suspicious of the story and called in Carroll County Deputy Steven Scott. While waiting for Scott, Boaz requested the male’s license which turned out to be an identification only card. The male, now identified as Christopher Keith Walker, stated he had a valid license but had lost it. Boaz ran the ID through dispatch and learned the ID was not valid and neither was his driver’s license.
Deputy Scott was on the scene by this time and heard Walker’s story and advised Boaz that the story didn’t sound right. The dealership was contacted in Kingsport where an employee advised that this car went missing from the lot around June 2. The vehicle was valued at $43,120 and had not been reported missing yet. Walker was arrested and charged with Theft of a Vehicle and transported to Carroll County Jail under $25,000 bond.
Driving on Suspended License/Financial Responsibility — On Sunday, June 12, Sgt. Kyle Beauchamp made a traffic stop on a motorcycle due to the driver making several turns failing to use a turn signal. The driver, Wesley Dale White, 40, of McKenzie, was found to have a suspended license and also did not have current proof of insurance. White’s motorcycle was impounded and he was cited into Carroll County General Sessions Court for Driving on Suspended License – First Offense and Driving Without Insurance.
Drug Charges — Two McKenzie residents were arrested on Thursday, June 9 when several officers from McKenzie, Huntingdon and the 24th District Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Walnut Avenue residence. The search located a bag containing five ounces of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a red digital scale with a green leafy substance on it. The substance was field tested and confirmed to be marijuana. Two bullet proof vests were located along with a white powdery substance believed to be a cutting agent as well as a knife with the same white substance on it.
The two subjects found at the residence, Michael A. Webb and Herivia Strayhorn, were currently out on bond from an earlier search warrant, on May 10, during which several drug-related items were seized.
Webb was arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule VI Drugs With Intent to Deliver/Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Due to Webb being out on two previous bonds, with recent Felony Drug and Firearm Charges, Judge Parish set his bond at $250,000.
Strayhorn was also arrested and charged with Possession of Schedule VI Drugs With Intent to Deliver/Resell along with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was also out on a previous bond involving recent Felony Drug and Firearm Charges and had her bond set at $100,000.
A male minor was also in the house at the time of the search warrant and was allowed to go into his maternal grandmother’s custody.
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