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Archives 02-11-2004



Unofficial Primary Results
Relentless rain causes flash floods in county
Kenneth Rich pleads to teen's murder
Cow in trunk lands two men in county jail



Unofficial Primary Results

Precincts reporting: 100%

Overton County Highway Superintendent, Democratic Primary
Joe Garrett.................1,818.........59%
J.D. Winningham........1,288.........41%

Overton County Property Assessor, Democratic Primary
Larry King.................2,199........71%
Billy L. Sullivan.............883........29%


Relentless rain causes flash floods in county

courtesy of Darlene Moles

The swinging bridge near the dam in Standing Stone State Park is almost washed out by cascading flood waters on Thursday afternoon as unrelenting rain poured over Middle Tennessee. Under normal conditions, the two spillways on the right of the dam allow water through, but flood waters go through all of them. Many areas throughout Overton County were covered by the fast-falling rain, causing the closure of many roads.

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Kenneth Rich pleads to teen's murder

By ROBERT FORSMAN, OCN court reporter
Kenneth Rich, 50, pled guilty last week in Overton County Criminal Court, Judge Leon Burns presiding, to second-degree murder. Rich was charged with the shooting death of 17 year-old Greg Inman in December 2000.

Rich shot Inman with a 12-gauge shotgun in the chest during a domestic altercation that ensued when Rich arrived at the residence of Inman's mother, Lillian Peters. Overton County Sheriff deputies had responded to domestic disputes at the residence on prior occasions, according to reports.

A 14 year-old reportedly shot Rich with a .410 shotgun while Rich and Peters were struggling after Inman was shot.

Inman was transported by ambulance to Livingston Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Rich was airlifted by helicopter to a trauma center and moved to a Department of Corrections special-needs facility upon his release from the hospital. Rich has been in DOC custody since that time.

Rich was sentenced to 15 years in prison with credit for time served, as part of a plea agreement negotiated by Public Defender Art Johnson and Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett.

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Cow in trunk lands two men in county jail

By ROBERT FORSMAN, OCN court reporter
Two Overton County men have been charged with stealing cattle and transporting them in a car trunk.

Scotty G. Robbins, 38, of Monroe, and Jeffery D. Smith, 37, of Monroe, were arrested and charged with four misdemeanor counts of theft under $500 and one felony count of theft exceeding $1,000. The alleged misdemeanor thefts involved ordinary calves.

The alleged felony theft was reportedly of a registered Angus bull-calf worth $1,500.

The calves were reportedly transported one at a time to buyers. According to arrest reports, Smith and Robbins, who have been in jail since being arrested, had each "calf tied-up and put in the trunk of a red car."

During a bond hearing February 5 in Overton County General Sessions Court, Judge John Officer presiding, an investigator identified the car as belonging to Robbins. The investigator testified that more charges could possibly be issued.

Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett asked the court to set Robbins' bond at $100,000 because of a prior misdemeanor record and probation violations. ADA Burnett asked that Smith's bond be set at $50,000.

Robbins' attorney, Public Defender Art Johnson, said theft of calves was no different than any other theft charge, including shoplifting. Johnson requested Robbins' bond be set at a reasonable amount. Johnson said a $100,000 bond would in effect be no bond at all because it would be too large of an amount to post.

Smith's attorney, John Meadows, requested that his client's bond be set at a reasonable amount, citing Smith's lack of a prior criminal record and his lifelong family ties in Overton County.

Remarking that shoplifting and cattle rustling were not the same, Judge Officer set Robbins' bond at $45,000 and Smith's bond at $30,000.

"Its a pretty bad world when a farmer can't leave his cattle in a field without them being stolen," Judge Officer said.

Judge Officer scheduled March 23 as a disposition date for both defendants.

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