LA headed to State
Police arrest 8 in bust on University St.
Consumers warned about identity theft
headed to State
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
All eyes are on the basketball after leaving the
hands of Livingston Academy's April Handy, #23, in the final seconds
of Saturday's Class AA Sub-State game against Walker Valley. The
ball went in the basket. The Lady Wildcats are now in this week's
TSSAA State Tournament at MTSU's Murphy Center in Murfreesboro.
The Lady Cats will face Gibson County in the first round of the
tournament at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11.
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arrest 8 in bust on University St.
Livingston Police Department made eight arrests for
drug violations on Friday, March 5 after conducting an investigation
at an East University residence within a block of A.H. Roberts Elementary
The department had received reports of school age
teenagers purchasing drugs at the residence, according to Police
Chief Roger Phillips, and in turn, officers set up surveillance
As part of the surveillance procedure, an undercover
drug agent reportedly went to the residence and purchased large
amounts of marijuana from one of the men there.
Middle Tennessee Drug Task Force then arrived at the
scene and helped LPD gather the suspects into custody.
Chief Phillips said, "This was an extensive
investigation and reached out into other communities in Overton
During the bust, officers reportedly seized scales,
drug paraphernalia, and around a half pound of bagged marijuana,
along with hundreds of dollars in cash and a 1992 Toyota 4x4 pickup
Names and charges of those arrested are as follows:
Michael Ford, 26, Cravens Lane, Livingston -
Possession of Schedule III Drug, Possession Drug Paraphernalia.
Joseph Gilliam, 20, Gilliam Lane, Rickman -
Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of a Schedule IV Drug.
Brian K. Eads, 20, East University Street,
Livingston - Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over one-half ounce.
Amber N. Handy, 18, Lloyd Stover Road, Livingston
- Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over one-half ounce.
Brian K. Zank, 24, East University Street,
Livingston - 2 counts of Sale and Delivery of Marijuana over one-half
ounce, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana
over one-half ounce with Intent for Sale or Delivery.
Dustin Michael Binkley, 19, Rocky Lane, Rickman
- Possession of Marijuana, Evading Arrest, Possession of Schedule
IV Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Michael K. "Cotty" Melton, 49, Rickman,
Facilitation to Possess Marijuana over one-half ounce with Intent
for Resale or Delivery.
Jessie Hammac, 18, Threet Road, Crawford - Facilitation
to Possess Marijuana over one-half ounce with Intent for Resale
or Delivery. The defendants are scheduled to appear before Judge
John Officer on Tuesday, March 9 in General Sessions Court.
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warned about identity theft
In today's world of technology, thieves have a much
easier time using other people's good credit to commit fraud. Tennessee
Attorney General Paul G. Summers and Mary Clement, director of the
Division of Consumer Affairs, encourage Tennesseans to protect themselves
against identity theft.
Identity theft is the act of using a person's personal
identification to make purchases, obtain credit, get loans, access
bank accounts, rent property, obtain employment, or commit crimes.
Consumers usually find out too late that someone else has maxed
out their credit cards.
Attorney General Summers said, "Even if you had
no knowledge of purchases made with your personal information, your
credit history is affected. There are no guarantees, but you can
minimize the risk to protect your personal information."
Summers urges consumers to take the following precautions:
Pay attention when sharing personal information
with others. Never give out Social Security numbers or credit card
account numbers over the telephone unless you know the person or
company on the other end of the line.
Do not use personal information to register
to win a prize. Be extremely careful if you receive a call or an
e-mail from someone indicating they want to "verify" a
purchase or account.
Photocopy all the contents of your wallet and
keep in a secure location. If your wallet is stolen, you will need
to notify the bank or issuer of each credit card as soon as possible.
Each credit card has a customer service telephone number printed
on it. Do not carry identification containing sensitive information,
such as your Social Security number, unless absolutely necessary.
Review your billing records regularly and watch
for charges you didn't authorize. A missing credit card bill could
mean an identity thief has taken over your credit card account and
changed the address to cover his or her tracks.
Be aware when using automated teller machines.
Always be familiar with your surroundings. Guard against people
trying to observe your private ATM personal information number (PIN).
Use your free hand to shield the keypad. Also, do not use cordless
telephones to conduct sensitive financial business. Eavesdroppers
may be able to overhear your conversations.
Clement said, "The amount of time it takes to
recover one's good credit resulting from identity theft can take
an emotional toll on consumers. It is also a very lengthy process
to recapture money lost.
"Consumers should make sure they do all they
can to protect their personal information by shredding documents
before you trash them.
"If you have been a victim of identity theft,
please contact the Division of Consumer Affairs at www.state.tn.us/consumer
or call 1-800-342-8385."
Identity theft victims should notify the police and
the bank or credit card issuer immediately, then notify the three
major credit reporting agencies Ð Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union
Ð to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number.
To report fraud to Equifax call 1-800-525-6285. To
order a credit report from Equifax call 1-800-685-1111.
To report fraud or to order a credit report from Experian
To report fraud to Trans Union call 1-800-680-7289.
To order a credit report from Trans Union call 1-800-916-8800.
The federal government provides information and steps
to take in reporting and resolving the crime at www.consumer.gov/idtheft.
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Overton County News
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