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Archives 03-08-2006


Explosion injures two Sunday
Prisoner escapes wearing only his boxer shorts

Monroe woman arrested after bumping cars on Main Street



Explosion injures two Sunday

courtesy of Overton Co. Sheriff's Dept.
An explosion blew apart a cabin on Garrett Mill Road on Sunday, March 5, seriously injuring two men. According to reports, Overton County Sheriff's Department was called to the scene, along with Overton County Ambulance Service, Monroe Volunteer Fire Department, and Allons Volunteer Fire Department. Avery Gilpatrick Jr. and Phillip Lewis were flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment of severe burns. Deputies Jacob Boswell and Michael Tharp are investigating the incident and stated that they believe Gilpatrick used an accelerant to try to start a fire and the cabin became engulfed with flames and smoke.

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Prisoner escapes wearing only his boxer shorts

A prisoner tried to make an escape in just his boxer shorts around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1.

According to reports, the prisoner, Michael Wayne Huffer, had been transported to Livingston Regional Hospital after Overton County Sheriff's Department personnel arrested him earlier in the day and believed he needed medical attention.

From the Intensive Care Unit, Huffer apparently escaped through a rear door and headed in an easterly direction.

Sheriff's Department personnel requested assistance from Livingston Police Department, who then initiated a perimiter search and also notified A.H. Roberts Elementary School of the possible direction of the escapee, who was believed to be dangerous, and the school administration chose to lock down the school.

LPD Detective Tim Poore and Officer Ray Smith arrested Huffer without incident after he barged into an elderly person's apartment on McHenry Street and asked for the person's car keys.

After being treated by Overton County EMS, Huffer was returned to the Sheriff's Department's custody.

Huffer is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Thursday, March 9 on charges of Theft Exceeding $1,000, Aggravated Assualt, and Witness Intimidation, among other charges.

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Monroe woman arrested after bumping cars on Main Street

A Monroe woman was arrested after bumping cars on East Main Street in Livingston on Thursday, March 2.

According to reports, a motorist called Livingston Police Department around 9 a.m. reporting that his vehicle had been struck several times in the rear on East Main Street by a red Oldsmobile car.

The red Olds then passed that vehicle in a parking lot and then struck another vehicle in the rear while still travelling on East Main Street.

The driver who reported the incident gave a complete description and direction of travel of the red Olds, according to Capt. Tim Emerton.

LPD Officer Ray Smith and Detective Tim Poore then stopped Sarah M. Clute on Highway 52 East. Clute was charged with Driving Under the Influence and with Failing to Submit to a Blood Test.

Clute is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court to answer the charges.

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