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1.000 Marijuana Plants Found in Macon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Approximately 1,000 marijuana plants were discovered by aerial surveillance on Monday, September 22, during a joint operation between the Macon County Sheriffs Department and the Tennessee Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication.

A helicopter crew flew over Macon County and located the large marijuana crop, while a ground unit was en route to the location.

The plants were harvested and destroyed following the all-day investigation. 

It’s estimated that the harvested plants have a street value of well over $10,000.

This investigation is ongoing, and Sheriff Mark Gammons urges anyone with information involving illegal drug activity in Macon County to call the Macon County Sheriff’s Department. Callers can remain anonymous. 

 
Stolen Vehicle, Gun Found in Kentucky PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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An investigation that began in Macon County, recently led to the confiscation of 29 guns in Allen County, Kentucky, and a stolen vehicle and weapon from Macon County.

According to Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department began investigating a stolen vehicle during the summer on the west end of the county.

The stolen vehicle belonged to a member of the military, who was serving in Afghanistan.

“While investigating the vehicle theft, it was discovered that a 30-30 rifle was stolen by the same suspect in the case,” Satterfield stated.

After investigating several leads, conducting interviews and gathering evidence the Macon County Sheriff’s Department was able to locate the vehicle in Allen County, Kentucky. 

Following a joint investigation with the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, the Drug Task Force and the ATF, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence where the stolen weapon was located.

Upon a search of the residence, a total of 29 weapons were recovered and approximately four ounces of methamphetamine was found. The vehicle was also discovered at a second location in Allen County. The Allen County suspect was arrested by authorities on drug related charges.

The victim of the vehicle theft was notified and it was discovered that he also had a .22 pistol stolen. That weapon was found to be sold to a Macon County resident and was recovered the same day.

 The Macon County suspect who allegedly sold stolen items to the suspect in Allen County is currently incarcerated at the Macon County Jail on other charges. Additional charges are pending in this case.


 
Saturday Fire Levels Dry Branch Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Members of the Lafayette Fire Department responded to a structure fire that leveled a home at 2969 Dry Branch Road, off Highway 10 South, on Saturday afternoon, September 20th.

When firefighters arrived at the site of the 3:00 p.m. fire they found the one-story wood frame structure already on the ground.

The home was owned by Wendell Ray Walker, who was the occupant.

A passerby is believed to have spotted the fire and the origin was undetermined, according to Lafayette Fire Chief Keith Scruggs. “We sent the new tanker, Engine #2 and five firefighters to the site on Dry Branch,” said Scruggs, “and fireman Steve Dellaquila was in charge of the scene.”

Tri County Electric was called because of active power lines.The Lafayette Fire Department reported returning to the station at 5:30 p.m.

 First Responders were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle. 


 
Criminal Court Convenes Next Week PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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Criminal Court will convene at the Macon County Justice Center on Monday, September 22, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. with Judge John Wootten presiding. According to the records of Macon County Circuit Court Clerk Rick Gann, various cases involving drugs, theft, DUI, assault, evading arrest and other charges will be heard.

State of Tennessee vs:

David Adkisson, DUI (first offense), open container, drivers license to be carried and exhibited, light law-motor vehicle.

Billy V. Bandy, Jr., theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Anthony Dewayne Barrett, assault - threat of bodily injury.

Brad Allen Austin, probation violation.

Stephen T. Barber, probation violation.

Anthony Dewayne Barrett, simple possession/casual exchange, marijuana.

Willie Don Barrett, theft of property ($500-$1,000).

Terry A. Bennett, burglary, public intoxication, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Buck H. Best, reckless endangerment-deadly weapon involved, schedule VI drugs, probation violation.

John T. Biggs, probation violation.

Patrick A. Blanford, driving while license suspended, speeding, seat belt, financial responsibility.

David V. Bowles, probation violation.

Sherman Brady, driving while license revoked, resist stop, arrest, search.

Jonathon S. Brown, drivers license to be carried and exhibited.

Kurt Alan Carrick, seat belt, open container, DUI (1st offense), simple possession, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Sherman Brady, driving while license revoked, unlawful use of driver’s license, financial responsibility.

Valerie Lynn Carter, nonsupport flagrant.

Kathalina Casas, aggravated burglary, theft of property ($500-$1,000).

Kristie Colgate, probation violation.

Opal Daniels Coons, drivers license to be carried and exhibited.

Kaleb N. Cross, speeding, driving on wrong side of road, vehicles/street cars stop at all stop signs, reckless endangerment, muffler law, evading arrest flight-vehicle, reckless driving, driving while license suspended.

Joshua L. Davis, probation violation.

Shawn Day, DUI (1st offense), driving while license revoked.

Joshua L. Davis, driving while license revoked, habitual traffic offender.

Brad T. Dozier, speeding, seat belt, registration certificate must be carried, reckless driving, evading arrest risk of death or injury-vehicle involved, evading arrest flight-vehicle, driving while license revoked.

Brad T. Dozier, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000), criminal trespass.

Jackie L. Dozier, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000), criminal trespass.

Brandon Dozier, promoting methamphetamine manufacture.

Kenneth Dyer, probation violation.

Christopher Todd Ferguson, probation violation.

Mary Jean Francis, habitual traffic offender-pet.to declare.

Ashley D.Garrett, contra in penal facility, simple possession/casual exchange.

Aletha A. Graves, habitual traffic offender, DUI (4th offense), driving while license revoked, financial responsibility.

Tina Bates Graves, probation violation.

Terrisa Lee Green, poss. unlawful drug paraphernalia, simple possession, promoting methamphetamine manufacture.

William C. Gregory, driving while license revoked, financial responsibility, registration certificate must be carried.

Ricky D. Hale, schedule II drugs: cocaine/meth.

Tonia K. Halliburton, schedule II drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss.

William E. Haney, probation violation.

William Scott Hartnagel, driving while license revoked, reckless driving, simple possession.

Randall J. Hines, probation violation.

Dustin G. Hix, possession weapon-convicted felon, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Michael Wayne Holland, 2nd, assault-bodily injury.

Michael Wayne Holland, domestic assault.

Michael Waye Holland, public intoxication, possession of handgun while under influence, disorderly conduct.

Jimmy Terry Hooten, driving while license revoked, speeding, unlawful removal/alteration of registration, financial responsibility.

Jimmy Terry Hooten, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Rocky L. Hooten II, DUI (1st), implied consent, conditional licenses, seat belt, light law-motor vehicle.

Shane Hostutler, schedule IV drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss, simple possession.

Danielle Jackson, vehicular homicide.

Jason Wayne Jaco, driving while license revoked, seat belt, failure to use turn signal, financial responsibility.

Derek Wayne Jones, illegal taking/poss./destrut of wildlife, hunt/fish/trap/no license or stamp, wildlife rules and regs. violation.

Jotham Paul Jones, theft of property ($500-$1,000).

Matthew L. Jones, probation violation.

Timothy Gray Jones, domestic assault-aggravated.

Laura Lee Keener, schedule II drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss.

David C. Keller, harassment.

Mellisa D. Kemp, probation violation.

Jonathan Kennedy, aggravated burglary, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Corey A. Key, reckless driving, seat belt, obedience to any required traffic control device, open container, financial responsibility, vehicular assault, DUI (1st).

William E.Legon, aggravated sexual battery.

Marranda Likens, probation violation.

Susie A. Likens, probation violation.

Candy Denise Long, schedule III drugs mfg, del, sell, poss., schedule IV drugs mfg, del, sell, poss.

Candy Denise Long, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Candy Denise Long, theft up to $500.

Candy Denise Long, joyriding, driving while license revoked, simple possession.

Candy Denise Long, possession without prescription unlawful, obtain drugs by fraud.

Casey Wayne Looper, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Chester L. Loudy, DUI (1st), driving while license revoked, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, resist stop, arrest, search, speeding, seat belt, open container, registration certificate must be carried, financial resposibility.

David B. Maddox II, driving while license suspended.

Daniel W. McCormick, probation violation.

Christopher L. McDonald, schedule IV drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss, schedule II drugs mfg, del, sell, poss.

Sherri Denise McDonald, schedule II drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss. schedule III drugs mfg, del, sell, poss.

Terry Meadors, driving while license revoked.

Ashley R. Morrow, child abuse.

Amanda G. Murphy, light law-motor vehicle, financial responsibility, unlawful removal/alteration of registration tag, driving while license revoked, DUI (2nd).

Richard L. Murphy, probation violation.

James L. Myers, probation violation.

Jesse Allen Newberry, assault.

Paul A. Newberry, schedule II drugs mfg, del, sell, poss.

Stephanie D. Newberry, schedule IV drugs mfg, del, sell, poss., schedule III drugs mfg, del, sell, poss.

Melanie Peterson, driving while license suspended, speeding, financial responsibility, simple poss.

Marcus S. Pitts, DUI (4th), implied consent, driving while license suspended, seat belt, open container, financial responsibility, unlawful use of driver’s license.

Justin Ray Pullen, sexual exploitation of a minor.

Homero M. Ramirez, habitual traffic offender.

Joshua P. Ray, driving while license revoked, aggravated assault, DUI (4th), theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Joshua P. Ray, theft up to $500.

Joshua P. Ray, disorderly conduct.

Rachel Elizabeth Ray, failure to appear on citation, driving while license suspended, financial responsibility.

Bobbi Reece, probation violation.

Shana Rice, schedule IV drugs mfg, del, sell, poss., schedule III drugs mfg, del, sell, poss.

Justin Riddle, promoting methamphetamine manufacture, poss. unlawful drug paraphernalia, simple poss.

Tonya Robinson, theft of property ($500-$1,000), theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Meggan A. Rolin, probation violation.

Gerardo Ramirez Ruiz, statutory rape.

Jessica Ventura Russell, theft of property ($500-$1,000).

Terri Ann Bunn Santillian, stalking-misd.

June Elizabeth Severinsen, agg. child abuse.

Joshua Barret Shoulders, DUI (1st), simple poss., possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Jennifer Leann Shrum, DUI (1st), seat belt, driver to exercise due care.

Richard D. Shultz Jr., rape of child.

James J. Smalling, driving while license revoked, schedule III drugs mfg, del, sell, poss., unlawful removal of registration, financial responsibility.

Chelsea Smith, theft up to $500.

Chelsea Smith, vehicles/street cars stop at all stop signs, simple possession-meth., poss. unlawful drug paraphernalia, simple poss./casual exchange.

John Tillman Smith, schedule VI drugs, marijuana.

Mark Anthonyh Smith, schedule III drugs mfg, del, sell, poss.

April Michelle South, vehicular homicide.

April Michelle South, driving while license suspended, registration expired, unregistered vehicle on hwy., display of registration.

Wesley Ryan Spears, DUI (2nd), driving while license revoked, purchasing of alcoholic beverages for child, obedience to any required traffic control device, light law.

Brenda Kay Stafford, probation violation-drug related.

Tabitha Strawbridge, probation violation.

Curtis Lee Strong, theft of property ($10,000-$60,000), theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Curtis Lee Strong, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000), criminal trespass.

Mason Scott Taft, DUI (1st).

Darrell D. Taylor, schedule III drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss, schedule II drugs mfg, del, sell, poss.

Jason D.Taylor schedule II drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss, schedule II drugs-meth.

Jason D. Taylor, probation violation.

Shelia Taylor, schedule II drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss.

Tonya Weidner Trowbridge, probation violation-drug related.

Misty Goad Tuck, driving while license revoked, driver license-address req. within 10 days, seat belt, registraton expired, financial responsibility.

Misty Goad Tuck, driving while license revoked, seat belt, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Barry Usry, schedule IV drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss., schedule II drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss.

Anthony P. Wallace, probation violation.

Mary L. Ward, habitual traffic offender.

Tyler Lee West, probation violation.

Aaron White, schedule VI drugs-marijuana.

Joseph A. Whittemore, aggravated burglary, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Roger Wilder, DUI (1st), light law-motor vehicle.

Roger Wilder, schedule VI drugs-marijuana.

James D. Woodard, driving while license suspended.

James Clayton Wright, probation violation.

Teddy A. Young, schedule III drugs, mfg, del, sell, poss.

 
Fall Funfest on the Square: Oct. 18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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To celebrate the season, merchants on the Lafayette Public Square are extending an invitation to everyone to join them for the sixth annual Fall Funfest on the Square set for Saturday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the afternoon event, a variety of fall-inspired activities are scheduled at no cost for children and adults, including storytelling, apple bobbing, wagon rides, inflatables, a fire truck display and a Halloween costume contest. 

Each of the local businesses participating in the event will also offer special Fall Funfest deals and discounts to consumers. 

Kids Costume Contest judging will take place at 1:30 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. The First Place winner will receive $50, Second Place will receive $25 and Third Place will be awarded $15.

So mark your calendars for Fall Funfest on the Square on Saturday, October 12, for an afternoon of family fun and fantastic discounts at your favorite local businesses!

 Participating merchants and information about this year’s giveaways will be announced in an upcoming issue of the Chronicle.


 
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