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West Macon Rescue Squad 7th Annual Fundraiser on Nov. 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Saturday, November 8th, marks the return of the West Macon County Rescue Squad’s Annual Chili Dinner & Raffle. The event is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. in the squad building located at 3080 Rocky Mound Road, in the western sector of the county. All proceeds will benefit the squad with supplies and training costs.

Established to maintain and protect the people of our county, West Macon County Rescue was organized in August of 1993 at 29 Hawkins & Rocky Mound Road, in an old garage building with no running water and heat. The new building was constructed during the summer of 2012, with the members doing all the interior work.“Our dream came true of a new squad building and we are looking forward to growing in the future,” said Kimmy Warf.

This vibrant group is committed to the preservation and protection of life and property from the effects of fire, medical or hazardous conditions through training education. They are bound by a code of ethics to go above and beyond the call of duty.

The chili dinner will cost $5.00 and that will include the door prize raffle, which you must be present to win. Other raffle tickets are available from members of the squad and the cost of one ticket is $1.00, seven tickets for $5.00 and 15 tickets for only $10.00. These tickets will also be available at the event until 7:00 p.m.

This year’s raffle items include a Remington 770 Sporter Bolt Action Rifle 30-06 Springfield 22” Barrel, synthetic stock, blue finish, with scope, CPC Commodities $150.00 gift certificate, Walmart $50.00 gift card, crock pot, and a country ham. You do not have to be present to win these items.

Entertainment this year will be a concert by John Stevens, of Paris, Tenn., who is an Elvis impersonator. There will also be the popular cakewalk.

Everyone is welcome and you are cordially invited to come and enjoy plenty of good food, along with good entertainment, good friends and good times.

“I want everyone to join us and meet the squad members,” said event organizer Crystal Crowder. “We appreciate all the support we can get. If you need more information or directions contact me at 615-644-4631 or Captain Thomas O’Saile Sr. at 615-670-6741.” 

 (Rifle winner must pass the mandatory federal background check.)

Car Hits Tree, Teen Dead PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, October 28, 2014


A 16-year-old MCHS junior was killed on Thursday night, October 23, after the car he was driving hit a tree near the intersection of Galen Road and Pumpkintown Road in Macon County. 

The three passengers in the automobile were transported to area hospitals but they have been released.

THP Trooper Johnny Rodgers was the lead crash investigator and he was assisted by THP Sgt. Ed Crouch.

Domonic Gregory, of Red Boiling Springs, was behind the wheel of a white 2003 Mazda, traveling north on Galen Road around 9:00 p.m., when he turned right onto Pumpkintown Road at a high rate of speed. “He lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right side of the road, and the vehicle struck a standing tree on the driver’s side,” said Trooper Rodgers. The car came to final rest on the driver’s side. Medical Investigator Randall Kirby officially pronounced him dead.

Tabitha Marraccini, a backseat passenger who was the owner of the car, was ejected from the vehicle. She was the only one who wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Air Evac landed at the wreck site and Marraccini was flown out to Vanderbilt Hospital. She has been released.

The two male passengers, Michael Ehringer, front seat, and a backseat juvenile both climbed out of the car on their own. They were both transported to an area hospital and have also been released.  

The Tennessee Highway Patrol would like to thank all the responders for their assistance at the scene including the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Red Boiling Springs Fire & Rescue, Macon County Chronicle and Air Evac.

James “Domonic” Gregory was a junior at Macon County High School and a window technician for Nashville High Rise.

 Funeral services for Domonic Gregory were held on Monday, October 27, at Partlow Funeral Chapel, in Lebanon, Tenn., at 6:00 p.m. with interment on Tuesday, October 28, at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens at 11 a.m. 

Attempted 1st Degree Murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Corey Newberry

Twenty-eight-year-old Corey Newberry, of Lafayette, was arrested Tuesday, October 21, on charges of attempted murder after entering the home of his ex-girlfriend on Barefoot Road wielding a gun and a claw hammer.

According to the Macon County Sheriff’s Department incident report the victim, Ms. Terri Likens, was at her home with her current boyfriend, Kyle Likens, on September 14, 2014, when they heard someone coming through the front door and saw Mr. Newberry standing in the living room with a gun in one hand and a claw hammer in the other.

Newberry allegedly pointed the gun back and forth between Likens and her boyfriend, muttering things like ‘You’ve taken everything from me and ruined my life.’

While Newberry had the gun pointed at the male victim, Ms. Likens jumped from the sofa and tried to run to the master bedroom where she kept a weapon.

While running past Newberry, he struck her in the head with an unknown object, yet she was able to make it the bedroom.

Newberry then chased after her and Likens’ boyfriend attempted to chase Newberry, but was told to get on his knees while a gun was held to his head.

A scuffle ensued in the bedroom between Likens and Newberry, and Mr. Miller jumped on Newberry’s back and put him in a choke hold. 

According to the victim’s account, Newberry loosened his grip on the gun and Likens was able to take it from him and unload the weapon. Newberry then went for the claw hammer, but dropped it when Mr. Miller pointed Likens’ pistol at him. 

Mr. Newberry was said to go from being angry to bursting into tears, and he advised Likens that he was leaving town. 

Likens convinced Newberry that he should go see his mother before leaving and she and Mr. Miller followed him to his mother’s house.

The victim stated that when they pulled on Ferguson Road, Newberry took off and she and Kyle drove to Newberry’s mother’s Kerry Street residence and advised her about what had just happened. At that time, she contacted the sheriff’s department.

Mr. Newberry had just been released from jail on September 11, 2014 for violating an order of protection filed against him.

Newberry was recently apprehended and charged with two counts of attempted 1st degree murder, aggravated burglary, violation of order of protection and two counts of violation of probation. His bond is set at $100,000.

Over $10,000 in Stolen Property Recovered PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pictured above is a portion of the stolen items recovered by the Macon County Sheriff's Department.

Thirty-nine-year-old Ewing David McMurtry was arrested last week after officers from the Macon County Sheriff’s Department recovered over $10,000 in stolen property in McMurtry’s vehicle and at a second storage location.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, his department has been investigating numerous thefts across the county for several months and Mr. McMurtry was established as a suspect.

On Thursday, October 16, McMurtry was apprehended in the north part of the county at which time a search of his vehicle was conducted. Numerous stolen items were recovered inside the vehicle, and McMurtry was transported to the Macon County Jail.

The following day, detectives conducted a search at a Macon County residence where McMurtry had allegedly been storing additional stolen items. A variety of stolen goods were recovered there as well.

The case is currently still under investigation and the Macon County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to recover stolen property.

As of press time, over 1,000 stolen items have been recovered with a combined value of over $10,000.

Items recovered include a riding lawn mower, power tools, hand tools, lawn equipment, etc. 

Sheriff Gammons would like to thank all of the deputies, detectives and correction officers involved in the case as well as the Lafayette Police Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

 Officers are now in the process of contacting the many victims in this case in an effort to return their stolen items.

William Beasley Indicted in Macon County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

William Beasley

William Alexander Beasley, of Lafayette, has been indicted by the Macon County Grand Jury.

According to the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Beasley is charged as a co defendant in a Long Creek Road burglary after he was caught on video with the stolen items at Lebanon Pawn Shop in Wilson County. He was also involved in an attack with a couple of inmates at the Macon County Jail and he was charged with assault.

Beasley also faces charges in Smith County, along with Duwayne Edward Perdue, following a September 4 high speed police chase that began in Carthage and ended in a field in neighboring Trousdale County. He was charged with evading arrest, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal trespassing, providing false report/information, criminal impersonation and introduction of contraband into a mail. Methamphetamine was found on him when he was booked into the Smith County Jail.

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