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Archives 03-10-2004



LA headed to State
Police arrest 8 in bust on University St.
Consumers warned about identity theft




LA 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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Police 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 School.

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 nearby.

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 County."

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 truck.

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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Consumers 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 Equifax, Experian, and Trans Union 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 call 1-888-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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