Two carnival workers were cited for simple possession this week after they were allegedly caught smoking a marijuana cigarette while off duty at the Putnam County Fair. According to affidavits, David Phillip Hadynski II, 22, of Don West Lane, Bloomington Springs, and Jesse Luke Langford, 23, of Valley View Lane, Gainesboro, were observed by an off-duty officer smoking and passing a marijuana cigarette in the grandstands on Tuesday. Langford was also in possession of a small bag of leafy, green substance believed to be marijuana.
Both men allegedly admitted they were working “at one of the rides at the fair” and that they were “on break from working.” Hadynski and Langford were cited by Putnam County Deputy Shane Barrett for simple possession/casual exchange and are set to appear in General Sessions Court Sept. 12. Melanie Lynn Thompson, 19, Paran Road, Cookeville, was cited for simple possession/casual exchange as well. An off duty officer also saw her smoking and passing that marijuana cigarette to two other persons in the grandstands, Hadynski and Langford. Thompson is also set to appear in General Sessions Court on Sept. 12.
In other recent cases:
* A Cookeville man was asked to leave the Putnam County Fairgrounds on Friday after refusing to put his shirt on. Barrett said he working at the fairgrounds when he was told that a “subject had been asked to put his shirt on (but) did not comply.” In the report, Barrett says that he and Deputy Andrew Fahrner “asked the subject again to put his shirt on. He was very uncooperative.” At that time, the man was asked to leave the fairgrounds. No citation was issued, and Barrett says the man was not given a criminal trespass warning.
* And on Saturday at the fair, Majed Alanavi, 23, of Cookeville, was charged with public intoxication.
Fahrner was on foot patrol that evening when he witnessed Alanavi and another man shouting at each other next to one of the vendor booths. Fahrner and Deputy David Davis approached the men, and the other subject involved said that Alanavi had approached him, “started to curse and chest bump him” while he was standing there watching his daughter on a ride.
When Fahrner approached Alanavi, the reserve deputy “noticed immediately the odor of alcohol on his person, and he was unsteady on his feet,” the report says. When Fahrner asked Alanavi if he had anything to drink that night, Alanavi allegedly admitted to having “a few” before he came.
“Because of his actions leading up to my involvement, I decided to place Mr. Alanavi into custody,” Fahrner wrote. Alanavi was booked into the Putnam County jail for public intoxication with a $500 bond. According to the report, his court date is Sept. 12.
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