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Former Teacher Indicted in Macon & Trousdale PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Steven C. Snyder

Former educator and Lafayette resident Steven C. Snyder, age 24, has been indicted in Trousdale County and Macon County amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Snyder turned himself in on February 23rd to authorities.

Snyder reported to the Trousdale County Sheriffs Department and was booked on ten counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and eight counts of solicitation of a minor. Authorities in Macon County also booked Snyder on 12 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. He posted bond, which was set at $10,000, in Trousdale County, and his bond in Macon County was set at $10,000 as well.

Snyder was a former teacher in the Trousdale County School System. Trousdale County Director of Schools, Clint Satterfield, said, “The safety of students is our first concern. A student reported inappropriate actions to a staff member, who immediately reported to the principal. The principal immediately reported the allegations to the Director of Schools. The school district immediately contacted local law enforcement and the Department of Children Services.” 

Satterfield indicated that Mr. Snyder was suspended without pay on February 3rd and that Snyder submitted his formal letter of resignation on February 9th.

Trousdale County Sherriff Ray Russell indicated that the investigation began with one of his detectives, who later contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. That investigation also led to further actions in Macon County. 

Snyder is a 2009 graduate of Macon County High School and a 2013 graduate of Lee University and ran cross country and track for both schools. He had volunteered to help the MCHS track team before being hired by Trousdale County. 

 Snyder is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on March 4, 2015. 

 
Many RBS Residents Without Water PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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The aftermath of severe winter weather continues to plaque the City of Red Boiling Springs with reports of water outages from customers in the Willette, Goosehorn, Union Camp, Kirbytown, Jimtown and Draper’s Crossroads areas due to leaks in the line and supply and demand.

According to RBS Water Department Supervisor Chad Owens, the water they are able to get running through the lines is being depleted as fast as it’s being produced, which does not allow the City’s two water plants to build up enough supply to fill the water tanks.

Owens stated that while some leaks in the water lines have been detected and repaired, residents must be observant of their surroundings to help assist the water department in identifying remaining issues.

“We are asking that people be conservative with their water use, check their water meters and lines for leaks and to report anything obvious so we can get it fixed,” Owens stated. “We’re hoping we can have these issues resolved in two-to-three days. We are working around the clock to get water to the people of Red Boiling Springs.”

According to Owens, the City cannot receive assistance from Lafayette, due to Lafayette’s own decreased water supply.

In the midst of the chaos, Red Boiling Springs’ largest industry, Nestle Waters, has stepped up to help residents dealing with water outages by supplying the City with pallets of bottled water to be distributed to those without water and has even offered up employees to help fix water leaks.

While the City of Lafayette is not experiencing any water outages, they are asking residents to remain conservative with their water use until further notice.

“What that means is to be aware of your water use - don’t waste and use at a normal rate,” stated Lafayette Public Works Director Phillip Brawner. “Contact the City if you have any frozen pipes, be observant of your home and report any excess running water outside. Be proactive by walking around your home to observe any signs of a water leak. Also, when we are experiencing warmer temperatures, leaving your water dripping can be a hinderance.”

As of Sunday, February 22, Brawner stated the City was supplied with about half of its usual storage capacity. 

“We are not able to get any water from Trousdale County, because they are struggling too,” he remarked. “If we are able to get our own supply back and help Red Boiling Springs we will, but at this time we need to work on maintaining our own system.”

 Red Boiling Springs residents should report any issues including frozen pipes, possible water leaks or water outages, by calling Red Boiling Springs City Hall at (615) 699-2011. Lafayette water customers should report these issues by calling Lafayette City Hall at (615) 666-2194.


 
Two Airlifted After Saturday Night Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Two teenagers were airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital after a wreck on Oakdale Road Saturday night, February 14. Trooper Cody Ballard was the investigating officer and he was assisted by Deputy Ashley Tharp, of the Macon County Sheriffs Office.

According to Trooper Ballard, 18-year-old C.J. Taylor and a female juvenile were involved in a car wreck sometime between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. They were in a black 2007 Toyota headed north on Oak Dale Road when the car ran off the road on the eastbound side and turned over coming to rest on it’s top. Both occupants were ejected from the vehicle.

They were both carried by the Macon County EMS to a landing zone and were then transported by air to the Nashville hospital.

When contacted by telephone on Monday morning, a Vanderbilt spokesperson stated that C.J. Taylor is in the trauma unit and is listed in stable condition. The juvenile’s condition is unknown.

 Responding to the scene was the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.


 
Penny Whitehouse Turns Herself In - Charged with 11 Counts of Animal Cruelty PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Penny Whitehouse

Fifty-four-year-old Penny Whitehouse turned herself in at the Macon County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, February 11, after local authorities discovered ten horse carcasses and one dead donkey on the 20+ acre, Taurus Farm Road property she formerly inhabited. 

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, Macon County Animal Control Officer Corey Lawrence was contacted by a family that was walking the property, which is currently for sale. While touring the grounds, the family reported that they discovered dead horses laying everywhere.

Lawrence found that there was no food or hay located on the property, and a UT Extension agent confirmed that the animals suffered from neglect and malnutrition.

“A warrant was issued for Miss Whitehouse’s arrest for 11 counts of animal cruelty,” Sheriff Gammons stated. “She turned herself in Wednesday night around 9 p.m.”

During their investigation, detectives discovered that Whitehouse had also been charged with animal cruelty in Michigan and Indiana and is prohibited from owning animals in both states.

“Miss Whitehouse presents herself as an animal rescue operator,” said the sheriff. “She is suspected to have been living in Rutherford County, where we believe she was starting up another ‘animal rescue’ operation.” 

Whitehouse made bail (set at $11,000) and is scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on February 25, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Authorities are currently working to get the bodies of the eleven deceased animals properly disposed of.

Sheriff Gammons warns those who are thinking about placing an animal in a rescue center to do their research.

“Look into these places, ask local authorities about them and check out the conditions to make sure they’re legit,” he stated. 

 
Lafayette Man Arrested in Lebanon Murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Michael Wayne York

A Lafayette man has been arrested in Lebanon, Tennessee, in connection with the death of a co-worker.

According to Interim Chief Michael VanHook, Lebanon Police detectives have charged 31-year-old Michael Wayne York, of Lafayette, with criminal homicide and especially aggravated robbery in the death of his co-worker 36-year-old Brian Christopher Petroff.

The press release states that on February 7, 2015, Petroff was found shot to death in his car at the intersection of Winter Drive and McCowan Drive in Lebanon, after officers responded to a 911 call around midnight. Both the victim and the offender were last seen leaving work together at Steve and Sons Door Company, where they were employed, in the late hours of February 6th.

Vanhook stated that the two men’s place of employment was close to where the incident occurred.

 
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