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Archives 06-18-2003






Police Department makes more arrests
Man arrested for explosion in Rickman
Coffma's Grocery robbed at gunpoint Saturday night


Carnival held for DARE last week

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff

The "Dragon Wagon" was a thrill to the hundreds of kids who attended the DARE carnival last week at Livingston Academy. The event is held each year to raise money for the DARE educational program on drug awareness.



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Man arrested for explosion in Rickman


A resident of the Spring Creek Circle subdivision was incarcerated after trying to get an early start on Independence Day with a blast that scared neighbors and was heard for about a mile away.

Overton County E-911 received four calls reporting an explosion on Thursday, June 12. One call came from June Chapel Road, approximately one mile from the epicenter of the explosion.

Several neighbors in the subdivision were in their yards wondering what had happened when Chief Deputy Bob Hunter and Investigator Mark Ramsey of Overton County Sheriff's Department arrived at the subdivision. The officers were met by Detective Bill Randolph and some of the citizens of the community.

"They stated that an explosion had occurred on the east side of the subdivision," Chief Hunter's report states.

Officers found a burnt circle of grass about 2 feet in diameter and a line of ground about 3 inches deep and 18 inches long where the device had exploded and blown sideways.

Witnesses said a man riding a lawnmower had brought the explosive and set it off in the field. The man was a resident in Spring Creek Circle.

A car was later stopped on Spring Creek Road, and Det. Randolph realized the passenger was the man seen on the lawnmower. The man was identified as Jason David Anway, 33, formerly of Michigan.

Anway was arrested for Possession of an Explosive Weapon.

No more explosive devices were found at Anway's residence, but officers reported finding a shopping list that contained the ingredients of gunpowder and wicks.

Inv. Ramsey said, "He said he used to make them all the time in Michigan, where he lived at, and he was making them for the 4th of July this year."

Sgt. Gary Murphy and Deputy Jacob Boswell aided in the investigation.

Inv. Ramsey added, "The FBI called, they're going to investigate him."




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Coffman's Grocery robbed at gunpoint Saturday night


Coffman's Grocery was robbed at gunpoint Saturday night, June 14.

According to Overton County Sheriff's Department, the robbery was reported to E-911 around 8:30 p.m. after a white female wearing a scarf around her face came into the Hilham Highway market and showed the clerk that she had a handgun, which was also wrapped in a scarf.

Chief Deputy Bob Hunter said, "She demanded money, and the clerk gave her an undisclosed amount.

"She left the business on foot.

"We know now that she did have an accomplice waiting just down the road for her with a vehicle, he said. "We do have a description of the vehicle, and we do have suspects at this time."

Working the case Saturday night were Sheriff Bud Swallows, Lt. Dewain Winningham, Sgt. Lucian Finch, Dep. Steve Taylor, and Dep. Jacob Boswell.

he case has been assigned to Investigator Mark Ramsey.




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