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Scam...Scam...Scam $$$$ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LPD Detective Jason Roberts is pictured with boxes of merchandise involved in a scam. (Photo by D. Gregory)

As scams continue to filter across the United States, Detective Jason Roberts, of the Lafayette Police Department, has uncovered more victims after a phone call from a man in Austin, Texas. He wants to warn everybody to beware of anything unusual that immediately sends up a red flag!

Detective Jason Roberts received a call from a man in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, January 22, telling him that he was one of the many victims of the Target Security Breach. “This thing is huge,” said Roberts, “and it seems to be part of a much broader scam.”

“The Texas man told me that he had purchases on his credit card bill that he didn’t make and that some of the packages came to an address here in Lafayette,” the Detective said. “After I listened to his story I decided to go to the location that was listed on his card, along with this female name, that I won’t disclose.”

Roberts went to the residence inside the Lafayette city limits and the person’s name he had was definitely living there. “I spoke to this individual and she did have these packages,” he said. “Two were in her car and another one was inside the house. Her story was that she was doing this for a friend.”

According to this female, she met this guy on the Christian Mingle web site and they started e-mailing and texting back and forth. She says he told her his name and that he is a 47-year-old American who used to live in Colorado, used to be an airline pilot, but was now working for a mining company in the Ukraine. “She told me that was how the relationship started and began building,” the detective said. “She was very vulnerable and he was saying all the right things to her – anything from scriptures in the Bible to how blessed they were to actually meet and a lot of other stuff. She became a victim herself.”

The detective says that this man told her that some of his co-workers, who were also miners in the Ukraine, wanted to know if it would be alright if they had some deliveries sent to her house. “She said yes,” Roberts continued. “So they sent these packages to her house and she was re-packaging them and condensing them into one big box, to help them with shipping costs. She was suppose to send them, but at the time according to her, she didn’t know where. She told me that she just needed some money to send them. Everything she got she still has.”

“Later on she called me and said she had just received another package. I told her not to open it and just leave it in the box and I would see if I could return it.”

According to Detective Roberts he found out that she had sent this male individual $3,000 by Western Union to an address in the Ukraine. “Because of her vulnerability he got access to her bank account. She sent him money a second time and after that he wiped out her account.”

“These people prey on vulnerability,” added Roberts, “and if someone comes along and says the right things, things perhaps you have always wanted to hear: Bam! Hook, Line and Sinker!”
Roberts at first thought the female subject was the one involved in the crime, but he now realizes that she is an even bigger victim than the guy from Texas who called him.

He explained to the woman what she had gotten herself involved in and what he was doing. “She was still having conversations with this man for me, so I could get the address where the packages were suppose to be sent. But the address I obtained is in the Ukraine.
”I have involved the FBI, because it it goes international it is beyond me,” explained the Detective. “I expect many more cases like this coming up.”

Detective Roberts says that this is a huge warning for people, especially the elderly to watch out for scams. Don’t accept any kind of money or check, don’t put money on a green dot card. Beware of anything that you have to send.”
The detective said this is the same concept that recently happened at Cathy’s Florist, only this is on a much bigger scale. This money is sent overseas rather than the US because it can’t be tracked.

“I want to get this out to everybody, please beware because we are starting to see this a lot more,” he said. “They are hitting people on the Internet, and you need to be cautious because they are taking advantage of people on chat lines and facebook.

“God sent this person to me for me to help, said Roberts. “She knows she is being scammed. I told her to just cut off anything involving his name. What she has lost, she probably won’t get back. Just don’t lose anymore.”

The merchandise inside of these boxes included watches, rings, cell phones, clothes, shoes, coats, electric dog collars, and many other items.

Macon County Recognized at State Fair Convention PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pictured Sitting (L-R): Mike Wells, Bill Wells, Sally Wells, Max Wells; Standing (L-R): Carol Wells, Mark Wells, Kathy Wells, Tonya Wells, and Marty Wells. (Photo submitted)

Macon County was well represented at the 92nd Annual Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention that was held the weekend of January 18th with Sally Wells receiving the prestigious Thornton Taylor Award. She was honored for the work she has done for the Tennessee Association of Fairs and the Macon County Fair for 31 years.

Macon County received several other awards with the Fair Catalog designed by Cindy Gregory Patterson, Put It In Print, winning 1st place. Doug Holder won 2nd place in the recycled item category and Wanda Sandifer won 3rd place for her hand pieced and hand quilted quilt.

Attending the convention from Macon County were Sally & Bill Wells, Lisa Yokley, Tonya Butler, Wynona and Eddy Clayborne, Jeff & Debbie Hughes, Marilyn Murphy, and Steve & Beverly Walker.

McKenzie Sullivan represented Macon County in the Fairest of the Fair State Pageant.

Sally Wells has been a member of the Macon County Fair since it was organized in 1983. “She is an outstanding lady, who has devoted over 30 years of service to the Macon County Fair,” said Steve Walker. “She worked with all department chairs and she always prepared and submitted all reports to the Region and State. Sally was very devoted to the Fair.”
Mrs. Sally and her husband Bill Wells have three sons, Mark and his wife Kathy; Marty and his wife Tonya; and Mike and his wife Carol. They have three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sally is very proud of her family but they are extremely proud of her and her accomplishments with the Macon County Fair.

“A quote from Ms. Sally, “I like being around people. Being involved is a good way to get to know people and give back a little to the community. As a matter of fact, I think I have gotten back a lot more than I’ve put in.”

Added Walker, “When people in Macon County think of the Fair, Mrs. Sally Wells comes to their thoughts. As one of the founders, she has been loyal and dedicated to the Macon County Fair. The success of the Macon County Fair would not have been possible without Sally Wells.”

The Macon County Fair Board would like to thank the community for their continued support of the fair along with the following individuals and businesses: Doug Holder, Wanda Sandifer, Pam Stubblefield, Barry Hiett, Rick Waller, James Christain, Kim Montgomery, Macon County Coordinated School Health, Macon Bank & Trust and Macon County Special Education Program.


Several Face Meth Related Charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 21, 2014


LPD Officer Jeff Hix found more violations than he bargained for after a traffic stop on Wednesday, January 15, led to the arrest of several individuals on meth-related charges, which were initiated in conjunction with the Macon County Sheriffs Office.

Around noon on January 15, LPD Officer Hix made a traffic stop on a vehicle at Highway 10 and 52. According to Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, of the Macon County Sheriffs Office, the K-9 Gordy unit was called to the scene along with additional MCSO deputies.

“Evidence and information was gathered that led to indications of production of methamphetamine,” said Satterfield. “The investigation led MCSO deputies, LPD officers and also THP Trooper Danny Fisher to the 2000 block of Highway 10 South, where K-9 Gordy was deployed.”

“Gordy hit on a vehicle outside of the residence and when it was searched several components were discovered that were needed to manufacture methamphetamine,” continued the Chief Deputy. “Also upon search of the residence at Colter’s Trailer Park additional meth components were found and finished product of meth was recovered.”

The investigation continued to another residence near the Macon-Trousdale line, where another dwelling was searched and a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, was found.

“The Tennessee Meth Lab Clean Up vehicle was called to the first residence for clean up of the meth lab,” stated Satterfield, “and the residence was quarantined.”
At the time of the investigation the following individuals were arrested by the LPD and MCSO: Micah Brentlea Burnley, Joann Mashell Darley, Terrisa L. Green, Chris David Maness, Donald Curtis Walker, James Charles Jackson, and Danielle Blair Hilderbran. Charges range from DUI, to manufacturing methamphetamine.

This is still an active and on-going investigation and Sheriff Mark Gammons and Lafayette Police Chief Stacy Gann would like to commend all the officers, deputies, and correctional officers for a job well done.

Agencies responding were the Lafayette Police Department, Macon County Sheriffs Office, THP and the Meth Task Force.

Construction Underway for $500,000 Staging Area/Morgue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Construction has started on the staging area/morgue that was a part of the Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $3,058,970, in a disaster recovery application following the 2008 tornado and 2010 flood.

When I talked with 911 Director Steve Jones last Thursday he described the new facility as a 50x100 foot structure, which is a 5,000 sq. ft. multiple purpose building. It is located behind the 911 Center next to the Macon County Justice Center on Highway 52 by Pass East in Lafayette.

“The facility is going to have several different parts to it including a maintenance area where equipment can be worked on and minor vehicle problems can be taken care of for the Sheriffs Office,” said Director Jones. “There is a wash bay where all the county vehicles can be washed and cleaned by the inmates, who do this work while they are incarcerated in the Macon County Jail.

“A section is set up for the maintenance person at the jail who doesn’t have an office anywhere and we found a location for him in the staging area,” said Jones. “We also have a storage facility for him to put everything it takes to maintain the justice center along with restrooms.”

Director Jones says there are other secured storage sections as well.

“The building will have a 12x12 walk in cooler and this is a temporary morgue area,” Director Jones explained. “We are continuing to get more and more people that have moved into our county that have family who live somewhere else and when someone dies there isn’t anywhere in the county to hold these individuals.”

“If you are out on the scene you have to be able to transport loved ones somewhere they can be held until the proper notification is made. You also have to find out what funeral home or what town they need to be making arrangements to go to.”

The 911 Director said the funeral homes don’t have anywhere to put them and it is an inconvenience to them. “We have actually had to take bodies to Sumner County and store them until we could find out what to do,” he added.

There are a lot of migrant workers in the county and unfortunately when something happens these bodies have to be held anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. “That’s what the morgue is, a temporary hold facility, and it is a big part of the building.”

Then there is a section that has a large storing facility that will be used as a loading dock where a tractor trailer truck can back up to it and unload. “There are two large 12x12 doors where you can back equipment in and if the Sheriffs Office goes out and picks up something they have to seize and search, they will have a secured location they can put it in now,” noted Jones.

“So it is a multiple purpose building that we call a staging area because that’s what we are doing, staging for a disaster. During the tornado disaster we had 18 bodies in the EMS bay that had to be processed and luckily we had a gentleman from the state to come up and process them for us. And then we had to get a refrigerated truck to come in and store the bodies until we could get them sent to the appropriate locations.”

Construction is underway and Jones said they hope to be in the building by May. “This is a 100% grant and all it is costing the county is the insurance and utilities. “It bid out for $459,400. The building will cost around $500,000 by the time we get it finished and it is equipped,” concluded 911 Director Steve Jones.



Chuck Cowan Dies in Sumner Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Lafayette resident Chuck Cowan is dead following a Monday morning, January 13th, single-vehicle wreck in Sumner County.

Mr. Cowan was driving a westbound 1990 silver Toyota pickup truck on Hwy. 31 E at 4:29 a.m. when he veered off the road, struck a drain tile, went airborne, flipped the vehicle and landed on the passenger’s side of the truck. He was alone at the time of the wreck, which was in the Sideview Community of Sumner County.

According to the Sumner County Sheriffs Office he was pronounced dead at the scene by the Sumner EMS.

Mr. Cowan was a former member of the Macon County Board of Education, former owner of C & R Enterprises and at the time of his death he worked for a subcontractor of the US Postal Service. Chuck also coached youth sports.

The Sumner County Sheriffs Office investigated the wreck.

Funeral services will be at Anderson and Son Funeral Home, in Lafayette, but were incomplete at press time.

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