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Archives 03-01-2006


Crawford woman dies in Monday collision
Overton County Jail inmate dies while in custody

Jury issues $40,000 fine in drug case



Crawford woman dies in Monday collision

Carson Oliver/OCN
A Crawford woman died Monday, Feb. 27 in a two-vehicle collision on Dogwalk Road. According to reports, Beverly L. Parkhurst, 68, was driving a white 1995 Nissan pickup north on Dogwalk Road around 10:20 a.m. when the truck crossed the centerline into the path of a Barrett Oil Purchasing Inc. tanker truck driven by Timothy Frost, 40, of Monticello, KY. The vehicles collided head-on. Parkhurst died at the scene. Frost was apparently uninjured. The fatal crash was investigated by Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Jimmy Beaty and Trooper Jimmy King, Trooper Alan England, and Trooper Andrew Goolsby.

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Overton County Jail inmate dies while in custody

By ROBERT FORSMAN, OCN court reporter
An Overton County Jail inmate was pronounced dead after being found unconscious Saturday, Feb. 25.

Margaret Michelle Roberts, 32, reported to the jail at approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 to serve a weekend sentence. She was reportedly outfitted with a jail jumpsuit and placed in a holding cell to await booking.

During a routine check, Roberts was found unresponsive in the holding cell at approximately 3:30 a.m., according to jail personnel.

Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported her to Livingston Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at approximately 4 a.m.

No signs of physical trauma were evident, according to Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett.

District Attorney Bill Gibson ordered a TBI investigation of the incident. An autopsy was performed and results are pending. The TBI investigation is ongoing.

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Jury issues $40,000 fine in drug case

By ROBERT FORSMAN, OCN court reporter
An Overton County jury issued a $20,000 fine each against two defendants last week in Criminal Court, Judge Lillie Ann Sells presiding.

Herbert David Cope, 52, and Gina Kay Ledbetter, 35, were convicted of one count each of possessing a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Avinza, a form of morphine sulfate, for sale, and of one count each of possessing the same for delivery.

The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning with a guilty verdict and a ruling that each defendant be fined $20,000.

Cope and Ledbetter were arrested and indicted last year as the result of a sting involving a TBI undercover agent. Livingston Police Detective Bill Randolph, a member of the Drug Task Force, supervised the operation. Randolph and Assistant District Attorney John Moore prosecuted the case.

Attorneys Michael Giaimo and Joe McLerran represented the defendants.

Judge Sells scheduled April 5 for sentencing.

Both defendants face prison sentences.

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