Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Prohibited Weapons Charges Brought In Two Cases

Two Cookeville residents are facing charges in separate cases this week of carrying a prohibited weapon. Police say 20-year-old James Robert Barksdale of Pippin Road was cited after Officer Anthony Leonard stopped his vehicle on a window tint violation. Leonard says that "in plain view inside the vehicle" was a switchblade knife. He asked Barksdale if the knife was his, and Barksdale allegedly replied that it was in the vehicle when he bought it. Leonard claims Barksdale offered unsolicited instructions on how to operate the knife, which was opened by pressing a button on the handle. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Michael O'Neal Walker of Shipley Road was charged with possessing a prohibited weapon after he allegedly caused a disturbance at a local bar and threw away a knife with a six-inch blade when police came to investigate. Under state law, it is illegal to possess a switchblade knife or knuckles; or any other implement for infliction of serious bodily injury or death that has no common lawful purpose.