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Archives 2001 10-03-2001




Stolen Drugs Ordered Destroyed
Council Approves Dumping Smith & Wesson For Glock
Saturday Collision Kills Algood Man


Stolen Drugs Ordered Destroyed

Livingston Police Department Officer John McLeod and witness Donald Cobb, pastor of Livingston First Baptist Church, pour the various confiscated drugs out of their containers into a five-gallon bucket so the drugs may be transported elsewhere and destroyed.


Livingston Police Department recently recovered more than 120 prescription bottles of stolen medications through several arrests and raids.

The confiscated medications, which were all at prescription levels, included dilaudid, per-cocet, prozac, librium, and several varieties of birth control, vitamins, penicillin, and schedule drugs. The drugs were released by a judge’s decree to be destroyed because they were considered adulterated, or impure.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, Officer John McLeod with Livingston Police Department disposed of the drugs in a nearby sludge pit. Photographers and witnesses remained with Officer McLeod until all drugs were fully destroyed.

Of the drugs confiscated by LPD, several were sold by pharmacies for as much as $80 per prescription. According to Officer McLeod, the drugs totalled thousands of dollars in pharmacy value alone.


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Council Approves Dumping Smith & Wesson For Glock

By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 1, with Alderman James “Pug” Lee absent.

Livingston Police Department was authorized to trade in Smith & Wesson sidearms for Glock 22-C pistols. The department has had performance problems with their Smith & Wesson pistols lately.

The City Council voted to send Little Creek Farm Resources notice of termination of contract. The Town of Livingston considers the contract for gas null and void by not fulfilling an obligation of the contract. The contract calls for Little Creek Falls to obtain consent from Duke Energy, which has apparently not been obtained to this point. Aldermen Robert Jolley and Curtis Hayes voted against the measure. The board approved adding sewer service to an area near Peach Street, provided the state approves of the current plan. The Town of Livingston will pay the water and sewer bill for the Overton County Legacy Museum, which will be in the old jail building. The City Council will meet with Jimmy Haley at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 to discuss the water plant.

Alderman Johnny Halfacre informed the board that the city has been approved for a 90 percent grant to buy property to extend the runway at Livingston Airport. The City Council then voted to apply for a $1.6 million grant to build the runway extension.

The board voted to send a letter to a Livingston daycare asking that parking spaces be created for parents to park when leaving or picking up children, rather than parking in the street. The letter will give the daycare 30 days to create the parking space. Alderman Hayes voted against the measure.

The meeting adjourned.


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Saturday Collision Kills Algood Man

Harris Eldridge Jr., 49, of Algood, formerly of Overton County, died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Eldridge and passenger Juliette Kim Garrett, 45, of Allons, were reportedly traveling southbound on Highway 136 in Cookeville in a 1993 Dodge Colt when a utility trailer, pulled by a 1998 GMC van travelling northbound, became unhitched and struck the car.

According to reports, the van, driven by James Robb, 39, of Sparta, left the right side of the highway and hit a mailbox. Robb then attempted to steer the van back onto the road and to keep his trailer from jackknifing; however, he was unable to regain control of the vehicle.

The van overturned and disconnected the trailer, causing the trailer to slide into the southbound lane of the highway and strike Eldridge’s car.

Eldridge suffered head trauma and passenger Garrett also received severe injuries. Both were airlifted from the scene to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Eldridge reportedly died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 30 and Garrett was listed in surgical ICU at Erlanger.

Robb was taken to White County Community Hospital with minor injuries, then treated and released.

Also travelling with Robb was Justin Robb, 17, who reportedly received minor injuries.

THP Brian Lawson investigated the accident.

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