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Drug suspect resists arrest

By DAVID MELSON - dmelson@t-g.com
Posted 12/31/22

A drug suspect resisted arrest during a traffic stop Tuesday, Shelbyville police said.

Bernie Caldwell allegedly jumped from his vehicle and began yelling at Officer Jonathan Evans during a …

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Drug suspect resists arrest


A drug suspect resisted arrest during a traffic stop Tuesday, Shelbyville police said.

Bernie Caldwell allegedly jumped from his vehicle and began yelling at Officer Jonathan Evans during a traffic stop for a malfunctioning light.

Caldwell began trying to “hide items frantically in the vehicle,” Evans’ report said. A computer check showed Caldwell was driving on a license suspended for failure to pay child support.

Sgt. Chris Vest and Officer Dylan Bliss assisted as Caldwell allegedly tried unsuccessfully to pull away while being arrested.

Officers later found 3.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle’s front seat area, Evans said.

Caldwell was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, possession of a schedule 2 drug, driving on a suspended license and financial responsibility. Bond was set at $12,500.

  • Marijuana was found in a truck after Officer Dylan Farrar detected its odor during a traffic stop Wednesday, his report said.

Jose S. Velazquez was stopped for allegedly driving 43 mph in a 30 mph zone on Madison Street. He was charged with simple possession of a schedule 6 drug and paraphernalia, and with speeding, and issued a summons.


Two women shoplifted at least nine jackets from Hibbett Sports, North Main Street, Tuesday afternoon, Shelbyville police said.

One of the suspects took four pink North Face jackets and another took five Nike jackets, store personnel said. A third woman was with them but was not carrying anything when all three bolted from the store, video footage confirmed.

They were last seen leaving in a silver Dodge Charger.

Prostitution and pot

An alleged prostitute from Nashville lured to Shelbyville by a police detective brought along marijuana, according to a Shelbyville Police Department report.

Jamiria Heaven Gaines’ advertisement on an Internet site was spotted by Det. Nathan Everhart, who negotiated a price of $300.

Gaines arrived at a Shelbyville motel on the night of Thursday, Dec. 22, where Everhart told her “The money is in the bedroom.’

So was special agent Casey Cordova of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force, who arrested Gaines without incident.

Officer Jeremiah Guinn found Yesmin Carlmesha Lindsley in a vehicle containing one gram of marijuana outside the room, Lindsley told police she knew nothing about the prostitution and was told only Gaines was coming to Shelbyville to “pick up money.”

Gaines was charged with prostitution and both suspects were charged with possession of a schedule 6 drug.


  • A wallet was stolen from a shopping cart at Walmart early Wednesday, police said.
  • A pistol and a debit card were stolen Friday, Dec. 23, at a home on Amos Smith Road, police were told.

One of the victims named a suspect who regularly spends time at the home. The debit card was missing from a wallet and the pistol, a Ruger LCP .380, from the console of a friend’s vehicle.

  • A mini-drone valued at $24 was allegedly taken from the living room of a Sunlite Road apartment around 1 a.m. Christmas morning.

The victim said she and a friend, who she named as a suspect, had been wrapping gifts. The friend denied taking the drone, police said.

Where’s the intake?

Jail intake information is unavailable due to computer failures caused by water damage from burst pipes this week, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jail and sheriff’s department personnel said the staffs are themselves unable to access reports or jail listings. Publication will resume when the computer system is repaired.