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Wanted Man Arrested at Macon Jail PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Brad Welch

On December 9, thirty-five-year-old Brad Everett Welch, of Hermitage, Tennessee, who was wanted on weapon charges in connection with an incident in the Lafayette Walmart parking lot the previous Saturday, tried to bond out his two female accomplices in the Macon County Jail that had been arrested on December 5th in his car. 

According to Lt. Jason Roberts, of the Lafayette Police Department, he was notified on Wednesday, December 9th, by a detective with the Macon County Sheriffs Office, that the man his department was looking for, Brad Welch, was at the Macon County Jail attempting to bond out the two female suspects LPD Officer Shane Reed had arrested in his car on December 5. “The Sheriffs Office served Officer Reed’s warrants on Brad Welch and he was taken into custody and booked into the Macon County Jail on weapon charges,” said Lt. Roberts. 

As reported in last week’s edition of the Macon County Chronicle, on Saturday morning, December 5, a concerned citizen had reported a suspicious looking woman sitting in a dark blue NIssan Altima in the Walmart parking lot with a mask on.

When the Lafayette Police Department responded, Officer Shane Reed stated that when he drove by the described vehicle, he noticed a female sitting in the passenger side with something on her head that looked like a skull. 

When the officer approached the vehicle he reported he could smell a strong odor of marijuana and he also noticed another female passenger in the back seat. Both females were ordered out of the car, so Officer Reed could search it. By this time other officers had arrived to assist Officer Reed.

The females were identified as 21-year-old Destiny Star Zeiman of Lebanon and 18-year-old Angela Renee Dieters of Murfreesboro.

During the search drugs were found along with a loaded short barreled shotgun and a loaded Raven Arms 25 cal pistol.

Both females, who had active warrants in other counties, were arrested and taken to the Macon County Jail.

Reed state that the male subject, identified as Brad Welch, who was driving the vehicle, remained inside Walmart and didn’t come out. Attempts were made to find him, but video evidence showed that he made it out of the store before officers could find him.

Brad Everett Welch has been charged with weapon: prohibited; and unlawful possession of a weapon. Bond is set at $25,000. A General Sessions Court date is set for February 17, 2016.


 
Man Dies After Falling from Rooftop PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Jacob Sullivan

Twenty-five-year-old Jacob Ray Sullivan, of Lafayette, was pronounced dead at the scene after falling 40 feet from the rooftop of Brannen’s Tobacco Warehouse last Friday, December 11. 

Sullivan was working to repair the roof of the warehouse which is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 

No foul play is expected, but the investigation will continue.

Jacob Sullivan is survived by a son, Jeremiah Sullivan, mother, Tammy Sullivan, father, Phillip Sullivan, brother, Jared Sullivan and sister, Makayla Sullivan.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 15, at 11 a.m. at Alexander Funeral Home in Lafayette.

 
Citizen Reports Masked Woman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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The Lafayette Police Department responded to Walmart on Saturday morning, December 5th, after a concerned citizen reported a suspicious looking subject sitting in a car in the Walmart parking lot with a mask on.

According to LPD Lt. Jason Roberts on Saturday morning Officer Shane Reed was dispatched to Walmart after a caller stated that a subject sitting in a dark blue Nissan Altima was wearing a mask. Upon arrival Officer Reed spotted the described vehicle and when he drove by he noticed a female sitting in the passenger side with something on her head that looked like a skull.

Officer Reed stated in his report that when he stopped and went to speak with the female, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle as he approached it. There was also a female passenger in the back seat. When he asked the two women about the marijuana they both said there was none in the car. 

Both females were ordered to step out of the vehicle, so the officer could find and secure the illegal drugs. By this time other LPD officers had arrived at the scene to assist Officer Reed.

The suspects were identified as 21-year-old Destiny Star Zeiman of Lebanon and 18-year-old Angela Renee Dieters of Murfreesboro.

Reed stated that Angela Dieters became very irrate and didn’t want him to search the Altima. Once both females were out of the car, it was discovered that Destiny Zeiman had an active warrant for her arrest in Wilson County and Officer Woodard placed her in custody.

Located inside the vehicle were several small baggies and a couple of glass pipes used for smoking meth. At this point, according to Officer Reed, Dieters became irrate again and started yelling for her boyfriend and screaming that he was huring her so he placed her in custody as well. While attemping to place her under arrest she tried to get away.

It was also discovered that Angela Dieters had an active warrant out of Rutherford County.

According to Reed, when he continued searching the vehicle he found a loaded short barreled shotgun under the passenger side seat and also a loaded Raven Arms 25 cal pistol beside the drivers seat. 

Officer Reed asked Destiny Zeiman if she had anything else on her person because if she took anything into the jail that it would be a separate felony charge. The suspect said she had something in her bra which she retrived. It was a small blue container with a white crystal substance inside, which was believed to be methamphetamine. When asked whose it was she instantly replied “it’s ours.”

Reed stated that the male subject, identified as Brad Welch, who was driving the vehicle, remained inside Walmart and didn’t come out. “Attempts were made to find him, but video evidence showed that he made it out of the store before we could find him.”

Warrants will be filed for Brad Welch.

In officers Reed’s report he also stated that when he took Angela Dieters to be booked, the female corrections officer discovered a a bag of marijuana hidden in the suspects bra.

Angela Renee Dieters was charged with introduction of drugs into county institution, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule II drugs, simple possession, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Destiny Star Zeiman was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Schedule II drugs.

“We don’t know what these suspects intentions were,” said Lt. Roberts, “and we encourage all citizens to be observant. If you see anything suspicious please don’t hesitate to call us. It is better to be safe than sorry.”

 
Christmas on the Square this Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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This Saturday, December 12, 2015, you and yours are cordially invited to attend the the highly anticipated holiday event  - Christmas on the Square!

Bring the family out to the Lafayette Public Square from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a variety of activities including train rides for both kids and adults sponsored by the Lafayette Police Department, carriage rides provided by the Donoho Hotel, outhouse races, storytelling, children's art projects, face painting and more!

Outhouse races between the Red Boiling Springs Fire Department and the Lafayette Fire Department will begin at 4 p.m. on the square. The Lafayette Fire Department will also have a fire truck on display,

Cookies and free photos with Santa will be available at Macon Bank & Trust. Don’t forget to stop by Inspirations for some free, hot, buttery popcorn!

Several of your child’s favorite characters will also be available for photos including Mickey & Minnie, Frosty and the Gingerbread Man. 

Holiday art projects will be held inside the county courthouse. These projects are sponsored by the Macon County Arts Council.

As in years past, guests of Christmas on the Square are eligible to enter to win several cash giveaways that will be drawn throughout the day. Winners must be present to win. Register for the drawings at any of the participating businesses.

Participating merchants include Indigo Blues, Inspirations, Gibson’s Cafe, The Eating Place, The Loft, Macon Bank & Trust, the Macon County Chronicle, Cathy’s Flowers & Gifts, Johnson’s Jewelers, Macon Department Store, McClard’s Gifts, Crafter’s Creations and Citizens Bank. 

Haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet? Participating merchants on the square will also be offering guests holiday specials throughout the day.

Please remember that for everyone’s safety, there will be no parking on the square during this event. 

So come on out and celebrate the season with us at this year’s Christmas on the Square! We can’t wait to see you!

For more information see page B-1. 

To inquire about further details please call Kathryne at (615) 888-6500 or the Macon County Chronicle office at (615) 688-6397.

 
Christmas on the Square: Dec. 12! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Mark your calendars for a day of family fun on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the highly anticipated holiday event  - Christmas on the Square!

Bring the family out to the Lafayette Public Square from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a variety of activities including train rides for both kids and adults, carriage rides provided by the Donoho Hotel, outhouse races, storytelling, children's art projects, face painting, a fire truck on display, refreshments and free photos with Santa.

Several of your child’s favorite characters will also be available for photos including Mickey & Minnie, Frosty and the Gingerbread Man. 

As in years past, guests of Christmas on the Square are eligible to enter to win several cash giveaways that will be drawn throughout the day and merchants on the square will be offering shopping specials for those who would like to cross a few items off their Christmas list.

Participating merchants include Indigo Blues, the Macon County Chronicle, Macon Bank & Trust, Inspirations, Gibson’s Cafe, McClard’s Gifts, The Eating Place, The Loft, Cathy’s Flowers & Gifts, Johnson’s Jewelers, Macon Department Store, Crafters Creations and Citizens Bank. 

 So come on out and celebrate the season with us at this year’s Christmas on the Square! We can’t wait to see you!


 
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