4 Obion County teenagers arrested on multiple charges
By: John Brannon Messenger Staff Reporter
By JOHN BRANNON
Messenger Staff Reporter
Four teenage boys, each enrolled in the Obion County School System, are back in class after being arrested on serious charges, according to Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder.
William Baker, 18, a junior at South Fulton High School, had “a pretty good grow operation” of homegrown marijuana in a house trailer. He was arrested May 7 and charged with manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Brian Goree, 18, and Josh Butler, 18, seniors at Obion County Central High School, were arrested Thursday and charged with burglary and theft over $1,000. “They stole a bunch of custom automotive parts,” Vastbinder said.
A juvenile whose name and age were withheld was also arrested Thursday. He, too, is a student at OCCHS, grade unknown. “He’s charged with being an unruly juvenile and with theft of property and burglary,” Vastbinder said. “His case is being handled by juvenile court.”
Baker, Goree and Butler were arraigned in Obion County Gen-eral Sessions Court. General Sessions Judge Raymond Mor-ris released them on their own recognizance and probation pending trial next week.
Trial dates could not be determined as court offices are closed Tuesday-Thursday this week.
Vastbinder said all four are back in school.
“We are hoping the two seniors (Goree and Butler) will graduate (May 23), at least try to get an education,” he said. “We’re working with them. Judge Morris is helping. He didn’t lock them up, which he could have done. They’ve got a strict schedule to be at school and get all their academic work finished. They admitted they got into drug use.”
OCCHS principal Linda Short said she’s counseled them and “talked and talked and talked” to both of them. “I told them we all need to learn from our mistakes. You can’t keep making the same mistakes over and over. It will impact your life. That’s what I told them,” she said.
“I also told them I didn’t have to take the time to do this, but I do it because I care about them as individuals. ‘You’ve made a mistake. You need to correct that mistake.’
“Thus far, they have been coming to school and meeting their obligations,” she said.
Published in The Messenger 5.14.08