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Archives 10-27-99

Rickman Union Bank Robbed Third Time
Arrests Made In Theft Of Area Road Signs
Halloween To Be Observed On Saturday




Rickman Union Bank Robbed Third Time

Patrol cars and police tape surround the Union Bank & Trust Co.
branch office in Rickman shortly after a man walked in and
robbed the bank around 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21.
(OCN staff photo)


The Rickman branch of Union Bank & Trust Co. was robbed again last week, the third time the bank has been robbed in the past three and a half years.

Information is still sketchy on the robbery. Around 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, a tall man wearing a mask reportedly walked into the bank, located on Rickman Road (Old Highway 42), robbed it, and left in a blue older model Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Within minutes of the the robbery being reported, authorities found the pickup on Spring Creek Road, south of the bank, and money was found on the ground near the truck. The S-10 was believed to have been stolen from a factory parking lot in Livingston.

Trained dogs from the Putnam County Sheriff's Department and Cookeville Police Department assisted Overton County Sheriff's Department personnel in searching the area for the perpetrator, but found nothing.

The bank was robbed previously in May 1996 and in July 1998. A Gainesboro man charged in both previous robberies is to be sentenced next Friday in federal court in Nashville in the July 1998 robbery.

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Arrests Made In Theft Of Area Road Signs
By Dewain E. Peek

Capt. Tim Emerton and Chief Roger Phillips of the Livingston Police Department show some of the signs recovered during a recent search of a residence on Hawkins Road. Two arrests were reportedly made on Monday, Oct. 18 after the execution of a search warrant at the residence. Arrested were Kathryn Myers, 43, and Corey Gillespie, 19. Both were charged with possession of marijuana under 1/2 ounce and theft of property valued at over $500 in connection with the theft of street signs and traffic control signs. Both were taken to the Overton County jail before being arraigned.

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Halloween To Be Observed On Saturday
By Dewain E. Peek

Halloween will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Livingston, according to Livingston Mayor Hosea Winningham.

A statement from the Livingston Police Department reads, "With Monday being a school day and many residents attending Sunday evening church service, we feel our children would be able to enjoy the season more observed Saturday evening. Halloween is a time of enjoyment for our young people and we wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween."

In an effort to reduce the incidents of vandalism and egg throwing, officers of the Livingston Police Department and the Overton County Sheriff's Department will be out in force this Halloween.

Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips said, "Anyone found throwing eggs or other material at vehicles or pedestrians will be arrested and can face charges of disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor with up to 30 days in jail and up to a $50 fine; vandalism, a class A misdemeanor with up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and up to a $2,500 fine; and/or criminal littering, a class B misdemeanor with up to 6 months in jail and up to a $500 fine."

Any vehicle involved in a throwing incident where the driver is arrested will be towed at the owner's expense, according to both Chief Phillips and Sheriff Kelly Hull.

Authorities urge parents to be sure of their children's whereabouts. Parents are held responsible for damages committed by their children up to $10,000.

Anyone under the age of 18 found throwing eggs or other materials at vehicles or pedestrians will be charged with the offense in juvenile court.

Sheriff Hull said, "Halloween is a time we hope our youngsters can enjoy. Working together, we can insure it to be a safe and fun time."

Chief Phillips added, "Just please remember that what is usually meant as a harmless prank can turn into someone else's tragedy very quickly."

For trick-or-treaters, the Livingston Police Department and Overton County Sheriff's Department offer the following tips for a safe Halloween.

Walk on sidewalks or the shoulder of the road, not in the street or traveled portion of the roadway, and walk facing the oncoming traffic if no sidewalk is available.

Cross the street only at corners, and always remember to look both ways before crossing.

Never cross the street from between parked cars.

Never get into a stranger's car or house. Always accept the treats at the door.

Trick or treat only in neighborhoods you are familiar with. Never trick-or-treat alone.

Don't eat the treats until they have been inspected by a parent.

Wear flame retardant costumes that are easily visible at night.

Take the treats to Livingston Regional Hospital to have them x-rayed for possible contamination.

Those driving children should make sure they exit the vehicle on the curb side away from traffic, and all drivers should drive slow, taking care to watch out for trick-or-treating children.


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