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9/14/18 around 4 P.M. Officer Jeremiah Johnson gets a call about a disturbance at the “Bright Future Primary Care Center”. You know Officer Johnson (J.J.), he’s not the biggest guy on the force but the one with the chip on his shoulder. He’s a sandbox combat veteran. A serious individual that can’t seem to relax. He pours himself into his work, his family and his focus on life. “Intense” is a good character description.
At this point, everything gets very Jerry Springeresque depending on whose story you hear. Jennifer Smith (42) the Grand mother of a 20 day old infant apparently starts up a problem with the staff of the care center which creates the call to police. The Staff gets Ms. Megan Smith (the child’s mother) and Jennifer Smith (42) the Grandmother as well as Mr. John Drake (59), the child’s grandfather into an examination room for a conference.
Enter J.J. who asks Grandma Smith to step outside of the examination room for a talk because he knows she has warrants on her. Grandma, Grandpa and Megan Smith all say “no” and that they are leaving. Wrong answer !!! J.J. repeats the order and Grandma then pulls a couple of pill bottles with several different kinds of pills in it, as well as a bag of weed, out of her dress and hands it to Grandpa. J.J.now goes to put Grandma in cuffs and she won’t go for it. She is screaming bloody murder and fighting back. She outweighs J.J by about 50 pounds. We don’t know how long that lasted but remember that the four of them are trapped in the small examination room at the clinic.
J.J. gets Grandma in cuffs and now turns his attention to Grandpa. Grandpa, who is holding the pills and the bag of weed behind his back won’t let J.J. have them and also starts to “pull away”. So Grandpa, who also outweighs J.J. by about 35 pounds starts to think he’s a Kung Fu Master or something and decides to struggle. At this point can’t you just hear Jed Clampett exclaim: “What In Tar-nation !!!”. Anyhow, Grandpa’s “High Karate” didn’t go far and J.J. got the cuffs on him.
Hang On To Your “Bo Green For Mayor” Hat.
During the scuffle Grandpa dropped the pills and weed which ended up on the examination table next to the baby where Ms. Megan Smith picked up the pills and “shoved them down her pants”. Now everybody except J.J. has held the dope. If this were TV we’d be going to a commercial break with Diemon Dave selling you a car. Anyhow, J.J. has worked up a sweat and although Ms. Smith is only 20 years old and outweighs him by 25 pounds, he’s had enough of this Jerry Springer tryout. Ms. Smith is screaming like a Banshee and putting on her best Ronda Rousey impression but, it ain’t gonna happen. She had the cuffs on faster than a Middlesboro City Council member can motion to adjourn.
So, as Maury Povich says: “The results are in”. All Three of them won a free trip to the Pineville Hotel with full accommodations and all expenses paid.
Well since the dope got passed around like a basketball, all three of the above got charged with some form of possession. Megan never touched the bag of weed so she wasn’t charged with possession of Marijuana like Grandpa and Grandma. Everybody got “tampering with physical evidence”, “resisting arrest” and “disorderly conduct”. With the decision to fight a police officer in a small room as well as let the dope fall on the examination table next to the 20 day old child, all 3 got charged with “Wanton Endangerment”. Grandma had an extra kicker, 4 Bench Warrants. At present they are all still enjoying their stay at the Pineville Home for Jerry Springer imitators. Grandpa and Megan are under 5K. “cash” bond amounts while Grandma has no bond showing except for 700 bucks “cash” on the warrants.
Comedy routine over for the moment. Apparently, it was more important to hold on to the dope and fight a Police Officer who is armed with a loaded and ready to fire 9mm pistol in a small room than to worry about the 20 day old innocent baby. This is a perfect example of what drugs have done to our priorities. I mean really, why would you bring dope into a clinic to begin with? I can see some real “Bright Futures” here. I pray for that child. Hopefully a family member was able to take custody while mom, Grandma and Grandpa are doing their jail stint.
I think this one is as wild as some of the ones Officer Dray usually gets. J.J. my man, I’m sure this is going to be one for the books. I can imagine the conversation over supper that night at the Johnson home. “Oh nothing out of the ordinary honey”.
Remember J.J. was able to subdue 3 people larger than himself in a small room without back up. Big Bear Cowan and Harvey wouldn’t have been able to fit into the room anyway had he called them. We all have to applaud J.J. on this one.
Go Team Middlesboro !!!
P.S. I had to look over the police reports numerous times just to hope that I got close to what really happened. I’m not privy to personal interviews with certain officers like other media. I can’t say I blame em either. There were too many kinds of pills to list and no doubt it was a confusing situation for all involved.
J.J. won’t admit it, but we know Grandma was the toughest of all the take downs.
It took me three days to write this. Sheesh…I need a beer.