|Ward 1 Alderwoman Jessica White has been charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer|
A city alderwoman from Crane has been charged with misdemeanor assault of a law enforcement officer following an incident last weekend.
According to Sheriff Richard Hill, an deputy pulled over a vehicle about 11:00 p.m. Saturday (05-05-12) at 607 Hemphill that "was being operated in a suspicious manner." When the deputy approached the vehicle he "could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from inside the vehicle."
|Thomas Barnett (mug shot SCSO)|
One of the occupants of the vehicle, Thomas Barnett, 27, of Brookline, was wanted on a municipal traffic warrant out of Crane. When officer Richard Morrison attempted to arrest Barnett he was allegedly assaulted by Brittany Barnett. Hill says Brittany Nichole Barnett, 23, also of Brookline, kicked an officer in the groin and she has been charged with misdemeanor assault of a law enforcement officer.
|Brittany Barnett (mug shot SCSO)|
Stone County deputies had been called to back-up Morrison and Hill says several people attempted to interfere with the arrest of Thomas Barnett.
|Jordan White (mug shot SCSO)|
Court records say that Jordan Ray White, 26, of Crane, attempted to intimidate officers at the scene by ordering them off of his property. "I informed White to sit down and remain quiet" White then screamed "this is my f*****g property." As Deputy Taylor Jenkins attempted to arrest Jordan White he allegedly drew back his fist in an attempt to strike the deputy. Jenkins used his forearm and bicep to block the punch and struck White in the face. He has been charged with resisting or interfering with an arrest.
|Donald White (mug shot SCSO)|
According to the probable cause statement filed against Donald R. White, 56, from Aurora, the man attempted to punch deputies Brandon Flack and Jenkins. When he was ordered to put his hands behind his back he refused to comply and continued to fight with officers, at which point he was tazed. He has been charged with resisting or interfering with an arrest.
Jessica Beth White, 31, who is Ward 1 Alderwoman, was allegedly intoxicated when she hit Jenkins in the back of the head, according to court records. She has been charges with assault of a law enforcement officer.
Attempts to reach Jessica White for comment were not returned.
The investigation is ongoing, according to Sheriff Hill.