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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Speir arrest
Cocke County authorities patrolling near a known drug house on Tuesday, ended up charging one suspect with numerous offenses. Cocke County Lt. Detective Eric Ramsey said he spotted a white Cadillac which bore a tag which had been reported stolen from Greene County. John Speir, 38, North Highway 321, Parrottsville ran into the residence and locked himself inside. When the owner of the home allowed officers to enter to look for Speir, the suspect ran out the back door but was taken into custody in the rear lawn. A search of the car revealed methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, Chlorthalinidone, Clonazapam, Gabapentine, Phenteramin and Chlordiazepide. And officers recovered two crack pipes, two needles, rolling papers and baggies. Deputy Sgt. David Moriarty said Speir now is charged with the various drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as Possession of Stolen Property stemming from the stolen tag. Speir also was served with warrants charging him with Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Burglary stemming from a July 31 incident. On that day, Jessica Green of Parrottsville told Detective Lt. Josh Hall that Speir came by her residence on South Highway 340 at 7:15 am, beat on her door and threatened to kick it in if the door wasn't opened. By the time Green got to the door, the victim says Speir had kicked in the door and had walked into the residence. Once inside, the intruder allegedly threatened to kill everybody in the home. Green said Speir was unhappy about an issue involving a generator. When Green grabbed her phone and began calling 911, Spears fled the scene. As Spears fled on South Highway 340, he allegedly met Green's boyfriend, Joseph Stuart of the same address. The suspect allegedly pulled a handgun and fired at Stuart as he drove.


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