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Archives 04-27-2005



Poston serving in Iraq, making friends
Pair plead guilty to felony drug charges
Pickett man pleads guilty to molesting children



Poston serving in Iraq, making friends

photo courtesy of Anna Poston
Tennessee National Guard SSG Mark Poston recently sent this and other photographs taken in Iraq to his family. His wife, Anna, said, "The saddest part about a war is the effect that it has on the children. My husband repeatedly expresses his concern for the children of Iraq. Just as he does here with his own grandchildren, he spends time with them and gives them candy, drinks, or small toys that we might send from here. They beg him to bring them back to the United States with him when he returns, because they say that they have no future there. One of the little boys in the picture kissed him on the cheek and cried as his older sister pulled him away. It made Mark cry, too."

Mrs. Poston urges the community to do their part. "Please pray really hard for these children and for the soldiers," she said. "We haven't seen anything here in the United States to compare with what our soldiers are witnessing every day. It tears their hearts out."

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Pair plead guilty to felony drug charges

Willard Mansell and Patti Ann Ingram, both of Livingston, pleaded guilty to felony drug charges on Tuesday, April 19.

Appearing before Judge Leon Burns Jr. in Overton County Criminal Court, Mansell and Ingram pleaded guilty to one count each of facilitation of possession of Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, for delivery, and one count each of facilitation of sale of more than one-half gram of cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The pair received sentences of 4 years in Tennessee Department of Corrections.

Mansell and Ingram had been arrested along with a third person, Daniel Harold Brown, also of Livingston. Brown is to appear in Overton County General Sessions Court before Judge John Hudson, who has been assigned as a special judge for the case.

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Pickett man pleads guilty to molesting children

By ROBERT FORSMAN, OCN court reporter
A Pickett County man pled guilty Monday, April 25 in Overton County Criminal Court, Judge Leon Burns presiding, to sexually molesting 2 children, one of whom attended school in Overton County.

Chad A. Craig, 29, entered a guilty plea to Aggravated Sexual Battery of a boy and a girl under the age of 10. The offenses, committed at a Pickett County residence, reportedly occurred in September 2003 and May 2004.

One victim reported being sexually molested to an Overton County school teacher shortly after the May offense. The teacher notified law enforcement. Craig was questioned by an investigator from the district attorney's office.

Items identified by one victim as being used during the sexual molestation were found by investigators at the crime scene.

Craig was arrested and confined in Pickett County Jail until bond was posted. His case was scheduled for trial in Pickett County next week. A change of venue was filed, moving the case to Overton County for a plea.

District Attorney Bill Gibson prosecuted the case. Attorney John Appman represented Craig.

According to the plea agreement, Craig was sentenced to 12 years in a Department of Corrections prison. DA Gibson said the sentence would be served at 100% as required by Tennessee law.

Judge Burns told Craig that following his release, he would be on community supervision for the rest of his life.

As a convicted pedophile, Craig will be subject to Tennessee laws governing his whereabouts regarding children. As a convicted sex offender, Craig will provide a blood sample for DNA identification. His name, noted conviction, and photograph will be placed on the Sexual Offender's Registry, which is posted on a government website.

Following his plea, Craig was placed into custody and transported to Pickett County Jail to await transport to a DOC prison.

The victims have relocated to another state.

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