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Judge reduces bond in theft, drug case

By Kathy Jefcoats

Bond for a Jonesboro woman charged with auto theft and drugs and weapons violations was reduced Wednesday morning from $21,740 to $7,500.

Jeff Cofer, a court-appointed attorney for Ashlie Lynn Vaughn, 21, of Autumn Terrace, asked Henry County Magistrate Robert Godwin for a reduction in bond. Godwin said Vaughn's past criminal history includes obstruction of an officer and possession of marijuana.

Vaughn was arrested Monday after being stopped for having a tag light out on the 1990 Honda Accord she was driving. The car had been reported stolen from DeKalb County.

Cofer said Vaughn borrowed the car and didn't know it was stolen but the arresting officer told Godwin Wednesday that the interior of the Honda was stripped.

"She knew or should have known the car was stolen," said Assistant Solicitor Annie Deets.

During the arrest, the officer found a substanced suspected of being methamphetamine and a concealed weapon. The weapon was identified in court as a blowgun. In addition to theft by receiving stolen property, Vaughn is charged with possession of methamphetamine and carrying a concealed weapon.

Restaurant employee arrested for robbery

Henry County police arrested the former assistant manager of Wendy's Tuesday, charging her in connection with the armed robbery of the fast food restaurant Jan. 14.

Erica Rontoya Smith, 22, of Marquis Way, Jonesboro, is charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. Four adult males were arrested last week and police were looking for a juvenile in connection with the incident at the Jonesboro Road location in McDonough.

Travius Deonte McCord, 19, of Jonesboro, Eddie Lee Wheaton III, 20, of Newnan, and Vincent Charles Davis, 18, and Caresio Demorris Jones, 17, both of McDonough, are charged with armed robbery and kidnapping. McCord was also a Wendy's employee at the time.

Witnesses said armed masked men entered the eatery around 10 p.m. Jan. 14, forcing employees to the floor and into a cooler.