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Multiple Drug Charges & Child Abuse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Macon County resident Tina Ann Carey, age 47, was arrested last Wednesday, March 25, on two counts of child abuse, two counts of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle and multiple drug charges after officers discovered a shocking amount of drugs inside her vehicle, where two children (her nieces/nephews) were left alone.

According to Macon County Sheriffs Department detectives, Carey brought Ashley Renee Mangrum to the Macon County Justice Center that day for a court hearing and left Mangrum’s two children in her vehicle when someone noticed and reported the unsupervised children to officers.

Mangrum was arrested during her court hearing for being intoxicated.

When officers got out to the parking lot of the justice center, Carey and the children had driven off the premises.

Approximately four hours later, Carey returned to the justice center to attempt to post Mangrum’s bond, at which time she again left the two children unattended in the vehicle. 

Detective Darrell Taylor observed the unattended children and escorted them from the parking lot into the justice center for their safety. 

After gathering evidence, detective Taylor determined that the children were in fact abandoned by caretaker Carey and the Department of Children's Services was contacted.

While removing the carseat and booster seat from Carey’s vehicle in order for DCS to transport the children, officers discovered a partially-smoked cigarette containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the passenger door pocket.

A further search of the vehicle uncovered multiple narcotics mixed in bottles, a syringe, drug paraphernalia and other pills organized in clear, plastic bags generally associated with resale. 

Many of these harmful drugs and paraphernalia were within reach of the children left inside the vehicle.

Carey was charged with possession of a Schedule IV drug, possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule VI drug, possession of a legend drug, child abuse (2 counts) and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle (2 counts). 

She remains incarcerated at the Macon County Jail on a $12,500 bond. 

Carey is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on April 1 and April 29.

As of Friday, March 27, the children remain in DSC custody. Their mother, Ashley Mangrum, posted bond on the public intoxication charge and was released on her own recognizance.

Truck Rolls, Driver Faces charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Highway 10 North was the site of a traffic accident on Wednesday night, March 25, that involved three vehicles. It was investigated by THP Trooper Justin Mote with the assistance of Trooper Danny Fisher. 

According to Trooper Mote, 42-year-old Barry Hall, of Lafayette, was headed north on Highway 10 North (Scottsville Road) in a silver 2000 Ford F250 truck when a northbound white SUV cut him off while passing. “There was a 2011 Nissan driven by Kenneth Meador, traveling south, so the SUV turned back into the northbound lane cutting off the Hall truck,” explained Trooper Mote. “The truck ran off the northbound side of the roadway, over corrected, crossed the center line and entered the ditch line on the southbound side of the road, struck a fence line and rolled over, coming to final rest in the near by field, ejecting the driver.”

The white SUV reportedly fled the scene, and the southbound Meador car received damage due to the debris that was kicked up.

The passenger in the Ford truck was 22-year-old Mary Parsley, of Lafayette. The wreck occurred at approximately 8:35 p.m.

Barry Hall was transported to Macon County General Hospital, but he was later transferred to another medical facility. His condition was unknown at press time.

“I have issued several warrants for Barry Hall including DUI, possession of a handgun while under the influence, seat belt law and no insurance,” stated Trooper Mote.

This is an on-going investigation.

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


Walmart Wallet Robbery Suspect Charged PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Joshua M. Jones

The case against Joshua McKinnley Jones, who has been identified and arrested as the man who robbed a woman in Walmart on Sunday night, March 15, has led to several other charges.

Things went from bad to worse for 31-year-old Jones, after he robbed a woman of her wallet inside of the local business and fled the scene.

It was first reported in last week’s edition of the Macon County Chronicle, that the Lafayette Police Department was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a robbery. In the affidavit of complaint, Patrolman Joshua McClard states that he responded to the call at Walmart, and suspect Joshua Jones fled the scene in a high speed pursuit with the LPD. According to McClard, he made contact with the robbery victim who told him that Jones was following her around in the store while talking on a cell phone. He preceeded to grab her wallet out of her hand and ran out of the store. A photo line up was presented to the victim and witnesses, all of which positively identified Jones as the suspect.

According to Patrolman Derrick Gann, who also responded to the call, he made contact with Jones as he ran the stop sign while exiting Walmart. “I initiated my emergency equipment in front of Capitol Bank, but Jones refused to stop,” stated Gann. “He ran the stop sign at 52 and Ellington, and then ran the stop sign at Ellington Drive and Church Street. The suspect traveled down Ellington Drive and ran the stop sign at the Scottsville Road intersection.”

Gann says that Jones turned left heading north and he met several vehicles while driving at a high rate of speed. “Jones did cross the center line numerous times while fleeing and after numerous tips saying who the driver was, I was able to obtain a photo of Jones, and did positively identify Jones as the driver. His license was revoked.”

On March 19, Deputy Woodard, of the Macon County Sheriffs Office, transported Joshus Jones for a Lafayette Police Department officer to the Macon County Jail for warrants. According to the affidavit of compliant filed by Woodard when Jones was getting out of the back of his patrol car, he left in the seat a white powder in a bag, which tested positive for methamphetamine.

 Joshua Jones has been charged with robbery, driving on a revoked license, evading arrest, failure to stop for signals or stop signs, reckless driving, driving left of center, reckless endangerment, and possession of a Schedule II drug. His bond is set at $15,250. Court dates have been scheduled for April 1 and May 27.

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

Chris Phillips

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.

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