Saturday Just after 10 pm, Deputy Byrd of the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a Finney Drive Clinton residence in reference to an attempted break in. The complainant stated that an unknown white male was attempting to break into the residence. While en route, the complainant stated to dispatch he opened the door and saw what he believed to be a handgun in the possession of the male subject so he closed the door and stayed on the line with dispatch.
Upon arrival, the deputy located the male subject in the back yard sitting in the complainants chair. The subject was asked what he did with the firearm. He replied that another male subject came and got the weapon and walked off with it. The subject was searched but no weapon found. The complainant then came outside and stated that he and his children were inside the residence when they heard the back door being pulled on. At that time, the complainant retrieved his firearm and approached the back door and warned the subject that he was about to be shot if he didn’t get away from the door. He stated the subject complied and walked away from the door. The complainant then opened the door and saw the subject walking across the back yard with what appeared to be a gun. The complainant asked the subject what he had in his hand and he stated it was a 9mm handgun. At that time the complainant and his children retreated into the residence and awaited law enforcement.
The Deputy then spoke with the subject, who was sweating profusely and admitted that earlier he shot up meth. After searching the area, the deputy found the subject’s cell phone and determined that the complainant may have seen the cell phone and thought it was a gun. It appeared the subject may have still been under the influence of drugs. The subject attempted to speak with the victims as if he knew them but the victim stated this was the first time he had ever seen the subject and didn’t know him at all.
The subject was arrested and transported to the Johnson Detention Center. A short time later, the deputy received a call from the detention center that a small bag of what appeared to be meth was found on the subject. It tested positive and that charge was added to the subject’s charges.
60 year old Dennis Lamar Kernells of 300 Marion Place Clinton was booked Saturday charged with possession less than one gram meth, breach of peace aggravated in nature. Warrants allege that on August 6th Kernells did commit the crime of Breach of Peace Aggravated in nature by pulling on the back door trying to get into a victims house threatening the possession of a firearm and did knowingly posses less than one gram of methamphetamine and had prior convictions for this offense. He remains in the detention center on $35,000 bond.