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Fishermen Revive Baby Found in Creek PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 30, 2013


The Macon County Sheriffs Office received a call on Saturday afternoon, July 27, that a 18-month-old baby had been playing by Salt Lick Creek and had fell in. Two heroic fishermen spotted the baby floating face down in the water, pulled her from the creek and began chest compressions, which saved her life.

Dan Hassard, of Lafayette, and good friend Tom Green of Kentucky, who were fishing below the bridge off Galen Road last Saturday afternoon, couldn’t believe their eyes when a small child floated down the creek in front of them.

“The child’s parents were camping about 100 yards away and the baby probably fell in around the bridge,” said Dan Hassard. “I went in to get the baby and it was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. My feet felt like concrete as I tried to reach the small child.”

At that point Tom Green, who is the Park Director at Mammoth Cave, said the baby had probably been in the water five or six minutes.

Dan said when he lifted the lifeless baby it felt like she weighed a ton. “She wasn’t breathing and baby had already turned blue.”

Trained in CPR, Tom started chest compressions to get the water out of the baby’s lungs after Dan got her to the creek bank. “After five or six minutes of CPR, the baby finally began to respond,” said Tom. “She coughed up muddy water, took a breath and began crying.”
The fishermen laid the child on the hood of a car and started rubbing her hands and feet to get her blood circulating and they tried to keep her crying so she would remain awake.

A medical helicopter landed at Driver Road and the small child was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where she was listed in stable condition on Monday morning. According to Mr. Dan Hassard, the parents told him the baby was out of intensive care and didn’t have any brain damage.

“I didn’t really think I needed to go fishing when my long-time friend Dan ask me,” said Tom, “but something just kept telling me to go. We were at the right place at the right time and we are just thankful for that.”

Added Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammnons, “I would like to commend these two gentlemen for saving this little girl’s life and I am glad this didn’t turn into a tragedy. Accidents happen, but everyone should take extra precautions because small children can get away in a hurry.”

Those responding to the incident were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle. Red Boiling Springs Fire & Rescue set up the landing zone for Air Evac.


Stolen Property Recovered; Value of $15,000 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Sheriff Mark Gammons of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department recently reported that on July 18, 2013, his office received a complaint from an individual, located in Southern Macon County, stating several items had been stolen from their residence.

Deputies and detectives who arrived to investigate the scene reported numerous items were stolen including a DVD player, laptop computer and computer equipment, antiques, antique dishes and other household goods, and mink coats.

The total value of the stolen items amounted to approximately $15,000.

Upon further investigation, suspects were established and questioned, which led to the recovery of a majority of the items including the mink coats and computer equipment.

This has been labeled an ongoing investigation and charges are pending.

Alcohol Possible Factor in Serious Weekend Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Emergency personnel responded to an overturned vehicle on the Galen Road this past weekend.

On Saturday night, July 20, around 9:30 p.m. a one-vehicle wreck occurred on the Galen Road near Friendship Church. Antonio Santiago, age 34, of Lafayette, was driving eastbound on State Highway 261 in a 2003 Chevy Venture, when he ran off the road on the right hand side, hit a light pole and overturned. Alcohol is suspected to be a possible factor in the crash.

Santiago was reported to not be wearing his seatbelt, and he was transported by EMS ground to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition on Monday morning.

THP Sgt. Wilson, of Clay County, conducted the investigation.

Responders were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Rescue Squad and the Macon County Chronicle.


Crash Leaves Man in Vanderbilt Hospital PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 16, 2013


A Lafayette man is still in Vanderbilt Hospital this week after a two-vehicle crash on Highway 52 East that happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. last Thursday, July 11.

Investigating Trooper Gerald Carter said the wreck involved a white 2001 Chevy Cavalier  driven by Rigo Berto Conseco, age 28, and a red 1998 Ford F-150 truck, driven by Francisco Hernadez Avendano, age 37.

Trooper Carter told the Macon County Chronicle that the Chevy Cavalier was traveling westbound on Hwy. 52, while the Ford truck was traveling eastbound on 52. “The Cavalier crossed the center line, striking the truck in the eastbound lane,” said Carter. “Each vehicle had only one occupant.”

Carter said that Rigo Berto Conseco was seriously injured and was transported by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. The Red Boiling Springs Fire & Rescue set up a landing zone at Nestle Waters for the helicopter to pick him up. The driver of the pickup sustained minor injuries and was transported by EMS-ground to Macon County General Hospital.

Conseco is from Lafayette and Avendano from Red Boiling Springs.

Responders were: Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Macon County EMS, Red Boiling Springs Fire & Rescue, and the Macon County Chronicle.


Search of Gamaliel Rd. Home Leads to Three Meth Arrests PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 16, 2013


Officers of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department recently arrested three individuals for their involvement in the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine.

According to Detective Donnie Crawford, numerous residents in the Gamaliel Rd. area in Red Boiling Springs began contacting their department with concerns about the traffic in and out of the residence located at 300 Gamaliel Road. Some even witnessing what they believe to be drug deals going down outside the property.

Detective Crawford and Detective Ron Smith then conducted a three-week surveillance investigation of the residence in question.

“We observed several cars coming to the residence and then leaving after a short time,” said Detective Crawford. “On two occasions we also witnessed a male and female occupant smoking a joint on the porch.”

After compiling their evidence, officers were able to obtain a search warrant on July 11, which was executed that afternoon.

During their search of the property officers discovered coffee filters, lithium batteries, Coleman fuel along with other precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine in a downstairs bedroom.

Upstairs, officers found two plastic bottles with tubing, a Mason jar filled with Coleman fuel and other drug paraphernalia consistent with a shake-and-bake meth lab.

Joseph Lee Vibbert, 27, and Samantha Jeanne Gregory, 23, were arrested on charges of promotion of methamphetamine (2 counts), intent to manufacture methamphetamine (2 counts) and simple possession. Their bond is set at $41,000. David Wayne Tackett, Jr., 23, was arrested on charges of promotion of methamphetamine (2 counts) and intent to manufacture methamphetamine (2 counts). His bond is set at $30,000.

An elderly woman, Tackett’s grandmother, also resided in the home. She was relocated with family. 

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