(Smith County Insider Press) – On March 7, 2018, Deputy Terrance Adams with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Cookeville Highway for a suspicious vehicle parked in the back yard running and with the lights on, but with the appearance that no one was inside.
According to the police report, when Deputy Adams arrived on the scene, he made contact with Kathleen Schwartz (22, Carthage) and Kenneth Hiers (41, Buffalo Valley), who were slumped over next to each other in the front seat of the vehicle.
According to the police report, it took several minutes for Schwartz and Hiers to respond. Deputy Adams asked Schwartz what they were doing there. She stated that she did not know where they were, and she thought they might have wrecked. Hiers, who was in the passenger seat, could not explain why they were there either.
According to the police report, both Schwartz and Hiers appeared to be under the influence. When the suspects were asked to step out of the vehicle, they were both unsteady on their feet, had bloodshot eyes, and had slurred speech.
Both suspects were placed under arrest for public intoxication. Sgt. Jimmy Gregory, who was also on the scene, asked the owners of the residence if they wanted the vehicle to remain or be towed. They requested it be towed. During the inventory of the vehicle, a hypodermic needle was located along with a small plastic bag containing a crystal like substance, which field tested positive for meth. Both suspects denied it was theirs.
Schwartz is charged with possession of schedule II, public intoxication, and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use.
Hiers is charged with possession of schedule II, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use, and violation of probation.