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2 face charges after weekend arrests

2 face charges after weekend arrests
Two Union City men were arrested on charges over the weekend in connection with separate incidents allegedly involving firearms.
Jovan Grennell Westmoreland, 28, of 409 Todd St., Union City, was arrested at 3:44 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of Nash Street and charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, criminal trespassing, theft of property and alteration of serial numbers.
According to a Union City Police Department report, police were in the back of the parking lot at the Blue Marble at 1220 East Main St. just after 3 a.m. checking vehicles when officers heard gunfire coming from the nearby East Gate Village area.
Officers drove to East Gate, where they saw two black men — one identified as Westmoreland — walking away from a vehicle parked in front of 533 Nash St. While police were speaking with them, the police department received an anonymous call from someone at East Gate who alleged the men stopped had done the shooting and had put the gun in the vehicle’s trunk.
According to the report, Westmoreland indicated the car belonged to him and he had been driving it. He denied permission for consent to search the car, but police confirmed Westmoreland was barred from East Gate Village for disturbances. He was arrested for criminal trespassing.
While police were completing an inventory of the property inside the vehicle, officers opened the trunk and saw a Hi-Point .380 ACP semi-automatic pistol in plain view. It was unloaded and in the slide locked position.
Police continued searching the area around a building in the 500 block and found three spent rounds of .380 ACP in the breezeway between that building and another. A criminal history check of Westmoreland revealed he was a convicted felon, having been convicted of a felony in August 2005 in Obion County, police reported. As a result, he was also charged with the weapons offense, a Class E felony.
Westmoreland was transported to the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex.
Later, while police were checking the serial numbers on the pistol, officers discovered the serial numbers were hard to read and it appeared someone had attempted to scratch off the numbers. Because Westmoreland was in possession of the firearm, he was also charged with altering serial numbers, according to police.
When police were finally able to read the serial numbers and check further, they learned the pistol had been reported stolen in Union City on April 24, resulting in Westmoreland also being charged with theft of property.
He was scheduled to be arraigned today at 1 p.m.
In a separate incident earlier in the weekend, Reginald Jones, 48, of 711 South Sunswept Drive, Union City, was arrested at 9:51 p.m. Saturday at his home and charged with aggravated assault.
According to a Union City Police Department report, police had responded shortly after 8 p.m. to a Nash Street apartment, where Frederick Darryl Scates alleged Jones had pointed a gun at him and told him he was going to kill him. He claimed Jones had an old rusty revolver and he told police what he was driving.
Police reported they located Jones at an apartment at 711 South Sunswept Drive and an officer who looked into a window allegedly saw Jones place an item under the couch. Once inside and after receiving consent to search, police checked under the couch and located a rusty .22 caliber revolver-style pistol with six spent rounds.
Jones was arrested for aggravated assault and transported to the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex.
Published in The Messenger 6.3.13

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