FEBRUARY 8, 2019

THREE PEOPLE IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION FOLLOWING THURSDAY TRAFFIC STOP

MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE – Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said two men and a woman are in custody after deputies conducted a traffic stop Thursday morning in connection with the report of a stolen pick-up truck that deputies recovered Thursday afternoon in Monroe County.

The following individuals are in custody:

• William Charles Roberts, Jr., 61, Wilson Station Road, Madisonville. Roberts is charged with delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance (crystal methamphetamine) for resale. Roberts is being held at the Blount County Correctional Facility on a $25,000 bond pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. February 13.

• Wendy Lee Guardino, 43, Big Bend Drive, Maryville, was taken into custody on a warrant for failure to appear in court on a previous charge. She is being held in the Blount County Correctional Facility on a $1,500 bond pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. February 13.

• Joshua Clay Loflin, 41. Big Bend Drive, Maryville, is in custody in the Monroe County Corrections Facility on a warrant for failure to appear in court in Monroe County. In addition, he is being held on Blount County warrants for theft of a motor vehicle over $10,000 and failure to appear in court on prior charges. Loflin will be released to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office after he faces his Monroe County charge.

The incident began at around 5:30 Thursday morning when deputies were notified of a stolen 2007 F250 Harley Davidson edition pick-up truck from a residence on High View Drive in Louisville. While a deputy was on his way to the call, he spotted a vehicle matching that description on West Lamar Alexander Parkway, with another pick-up truck following closely behind. After confirming the first truck was the stolen vehicle, he attempted a traffic stop, but both trucks fled. A short time later, another deputy conducted a traffic stop on Hopewell Road on the other truck they believed was involved in the theft of the Harley Davidson edition truck. After deputies and an investigator with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force made contact with the individuals in the vehicle, they seized 70 grams (2.5 ounces) of crystal methamphetamine that belonged to Roberts. In addition, they arrested Guardino, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant for a prior charge. Through the course of the investigation, deputies determined that Joshua Loflin had stolen the 2007 F250 and taken it to a residence in Madisonville. Thursday afternoon, deputies with the Blount County and Monroe County sheriff’s offices took Loflin into custody at that residence and recovered the stolen vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing at this time, and additional charges are possible.