Assault victim arrested on drug charges

Jeff Bobo • May 21, 2007 at 12:00 AM

CHURCH HILL — Three people wound up going to jail one morning last week after a Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled up to a market on Carters Valley Road just in time to witness a man assault a woman.

HCSO Deputy Chris Funk stated in his report that he responded to the Whistle Stop Market on Carters Valley Road about 7:15 a.m. last Wednesday in response to a complaint of an argument between Willard Victor Fleming, 38, 665 Bancroft Chapel Road, Kingsport, and his girlfriend Cortney Nichole Ramey, 19, of that same address.

Funk stated in his report that as he pulled into the Whistle Stop Market parking lot he “observed Mr. Fleming tackle Ms. Ramey onto the asphalt parking lot.”

Fleming was arrested and charged with domestic violence.

As Funk was investigating the assault, however, he witnessed a small plastic bag containing a white powder believed to be cocaine fall out of Ramey’s pant leg from where it had apparently been concealed in her pants.

Police said Ramey was then placed under arrest, and as a result of a search officers found a bag in her front pocket containing eight small blue tablets believed to be Xanax and 1.5 pills believed to be Percocet.

Funk said in another pocket he found a pack of rolling papers, and in Ramey’s vehicle he found a partially smoked marijuana cigarette.

In a purse found in the trunk of Ramey’s car Funk allegedly found a mirror with white residue on it, a set of scales and small plastic baggies used for drug packaging. In the console of her car Funk allegedly found a straw used for sniffing drugs.

During the investigation the store clerk told Funk that Ramey had come in before his arrival and gotten the restroom key. Upon searching the restroom, Funk found the ignition key to the car Ramey was driving in a clear plastic bag floating in the toilet.

Ramey was charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, and destroying evidence.

Also during the investigation Fleming accused a third person, Brandon Lynn Ramey, 22, 354 Payne Ridge Road, Church Hill, of pointing a gun at him.

Brandon Ramey reportedly consented to a search, and although no gun was found there allegedly was half of a Lortab pill in a metal container on Brandon Ramey’s key chain.

Brandon Ramey was charged with possession of Schedule III narcotics and violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act.

Cortney Ramey and Brandon Ramey will be arraigned May 30, while Fleming is set for arraignment on June 4.

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