Not-guilty plea entered for man accused of stealing BCSO vehicle

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Deputies seized several marijuana plants and arrested six people after searching a residence Sunday at 3361 Highway 91 between Colbert and Cartwright, the sheriff’s office said in a news release Tuesday.

The raid was conducted after investigators received information about marijuana growing on the property and near a creek behind the property.

Sheriff’s investigators located several marijuana plants on the property along with Miracle-Gro and other items used to cultivate marijuana, according to the sheriff’s office. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found throughout the property.

Two small children were living in the residence, according to the sheriff’s office.

“It was very disturbing to find an open syringe along with other drug paraphernalia in the children’s room,” said Bryan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Nathan Calloway. “The children’s living condition was so terrible that we were not able to retrieve any of their stuffed animals that they had requested due to possible meth contamination. Luckily our reserve deputies were armed with stuff animals and junior deputy badges. Both children are now in state’s custody. The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office will pursue every possible charge when children are discovered in these types of dangerous environments. This case is still on going.”

Leandra Catherine Lopez, 26, Tony Salvador Lopez, 27, Lawrence Adam Buckannon, 32, Danielle Katherine Davis, 30, Michael Jay Whitlow, 56, and Che Antony Lopez, 38, were arrested for suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Leandra Lopez is also accused of child endangerment.

The District Attorney’s Office will be reviewing the report to determine formal charges.

In other crime news, a formal arraignment was conducted Tuesday for a man accused of stealing a sheriff deputy’s vehicle.

A not-guilty plea was entered by the court on behalf of Spencer Lee Cavender, 33, Durant, who is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny of an automobile, endangering others while eluding and transferring bodily fluids onto a deputy sheriff.

Cavender was arrested in December after authorities said he stole a Bryan County Sheriff’s Office sport-utility vehicle and attempted to run over Deputy John Haislip, who fired his gun at the SUV as it came toward him. The chase ended west of Calera after Cavender crashed the vehicle, according to the affidavit. Cavender was treated for gun-shot wounds. He also is accused of spitting on Deputy Nathan Calloway.

Cavender is now set for the disposition docket Dec. 9. He remains in the Bryan County Jail after his bail was revoked.

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