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Report of Assault Leads to Marijuana Charge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

altMacon County Sheriffs Department Detective Darrell Taylor, Sergeant Kyle Petty and Deputy Kevin Templeton were dispatched to a residence on Williams Rd. in Lafayette last week after an assault on a minor was reported.

At the scene officers became suspect that there may have been drugs involved and, after conducting interviews and gathering evidence, they received permission to search the home.

During their search officers discovered a Mason jar containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana bud, which was confiscated. 

Donnie Lee Roark, age 48, was arrested and charged with child abuse and possession of a Schedule VI drug. 

Roark was released on bond (set at $5,500) and is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on April 8, 2015. 

 
Former Macon County Nonprofit Treasurer Indicted PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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NASHVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Lafayette man accused of diverting funds from several nonprofits for which he served as treasurer to his personal bank account.

At the request of 15th District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, TBI Special Agents began investigating Christopher Phillips on April 21, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that from March 2011 through February 2014, Phillips, while serving as Treasurer of the Macon County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lafayette Lions Club, and the Macon County High School Class of 1983, diverted funds from each of nonprofits to his personal bank account. Phillips maintained his account and those of the three nonprofits at Macon Bank & Trust, at which he was also employed. He subsequently resigned when the allegations surfaced following the bank’s annual audit in 2014.

 On February 9th, the Macon County Grand Jury returned indictments for the 49-year-old, charging him with one count of Theft over $500, one count of Theft over $1,000, and one count of Theft over $10,000. Today, he was booked into the Macon County Jail and subsequently released after posting $3,000 bond.

 
Woman Robbed Inside Walmart PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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On Sunday night, March 15, the Lafayette Police Department was dispatched to Walmart, located on Highway 52 By Pass West, in reference to a possible robbery that had occurred.

While responding one of the officers saw a vehicle speeding out of the parking lot and he proceeded to go after him.

The blue vehicle ran over the curb and supposedly almost hit another vehicle while getting away. “Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but he wouldn’t stop,” said LPD Lt. Jason Roberts. “They pursued him to the Kentucky State Line, and then Allen County was notified.” 

According to the LPD, the woman at Walmart reported to the investigating officers that a suspicious looking man had been following her inside the Walmart Store while talking on a cell phone. Apparently, when she stopped to look at the jewelry, the man said I’ve got to let you go and he grabbed her wallet and took off running out of the store.

The suspect has been identified.

 This is an on-going investigation.

 
Citizens Bank and Town and Country Finance Auto Auction: Friday, March 13 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Citizens Bank and Town and Country Finance Auto Auction, Friday, March 13th at 5:30 PM

THE AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT THE MAIN OFFICE OF CITIZENS BANK LOCATED AT 400 HWY 52 BYPASS WEST LAFAYETTE TN. IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER THE SALE WILL BE HELD THE FOLLOWING WEEK. ALL SALES ARE FINAL, WE ONLY GUARANTY A CLEAR TITLE. NO ON-SITE FINANCING. IF YOU WISH TO FINANCE PLEASE SEE A LENDING OFFICER PRIOR TO THE SALE. AUTOS CAN BE VIEWED THE DAY OF THE SALE ON LOCATION.

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Home Burns on Parkhurst Road PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Fire ripped through a two level, 1600 square foot brick home located at 1090 Parkhurst Road outside of Red Boiling Springs near Winkler’s Crossroads early Saturday morning, March 7. The dwelling was owned by Jackie Gentry.

“When the Red Boiling Springs Fire Department arrived around 3:25 a.m. on March 7, the two level home was already involved and we initiated a mutual aid call to the Lafayette Fire Department for assistance,” said  Chief Randall Bray. “We had six other firefighters at the fire site and we used the engine and a tanker, along with 23,850 gallons of water. The residence was a total loss.”

“The Lafayette Fire Department received a call at 3:34 a.m. requesting mutual aid from RBS,” said LFD Captain Don Stevens. “We sent an engine, tanker and four firemen. They returned to quarters at 6:16 a.m from the Parkhurst Road fire.”
The fire is believed to have started by a fuse panel or space heater in the basement of the house. The estimated property loss is $55,000.

There was a rekindle call the next day.

“The firefighters did an excellent job,” said Chief Bray, “and I would like to thank the Lafayette Fire Department for their assistance.

 Responders included the Red Boiling Springs Fire Department, Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Sheriffs Office.


 
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