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Narcotics seized in Bilbrey Street raid
THP launches year-long school enforcement effort

Arrest made in Expressway bathroom fire

 

Narcotics seized in Bilbrey Street raid

Kyle Stephens/OCN staff
Livingston Police conduct a drug raid at a Bilbrey Street residence on August 10.

Livingston Police Officers lodged Narcotic Drug and Drug Paraphernalia charges on Thursday, Aug. 10 after a raid at a Bilbrey Street residence.

According to Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips, this is an ongoing investigation stemming from a large number of citizen complaints about this area. The area is just a short distance from Overton County Nursing Home and Livingston Middle School.

Livingston officers allegedly discovered used syringes, Schedule 2 Narcotics, and records of illegal drug sales at the residence.

Arrested was Barbara Ferrell, also known as Bobbie Ferrell, and also known as Bobbie Vanover, 58, of Bilbrey Street Livingston. Ferrell was charged with 1 count of Possession of Schedule 2 Dilaudid with the Intent to Sell or Deliver to Others, and the Illegal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Sammie Hensley, 60, of Bilbrey Street, was charged with Possession of Schedule 2 Drug, Avinza, with the Intent to Sell or Deliver to Others, and 1 Count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Both Hensley and Ferrell are on the Community Corrections Probation Program for Overton County Criminal Court, after a recent conviction for Solicitation to Possess Schedule 2 Narcotics for sale.

William T. Bilbrey, 24, of Johnny Bilbrey Lane, Cookeville, was charged with Possession of a Schedule 4 Drug Xanax, and with the Illegal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,

Also arrested were Shelby Reagan, 30, also of Johnny Bilbrey Lane, Cookeville. Reagan was charged with the Illegal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and For Failing to Appear in Overton General Sessions Court on December 16, 2005.

Other charges may be sought in the upcoming session of the Overton County Grand Jury, against these individuals and others currently under investigation, according to Chief Phillips.

Chief Phillips commented that all citizen complaints are taken seriously and investigated.

"These investigations are not done overnight and may take many man hours of surveillance in any given area," he stated. "Officials identify individuals involved and take appropriate legal action."

Recent complaints from citizens have netted 76 drug arrests, according to Chief Phillips.

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THP launches year-long school enforcement effort

Kyle Stephens/OCN staff
Tennessee Highway Patrol is cautioning motorists to be careful around school zones.

Tennessee Department of Safety and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) recently launched a year-long enforcement effort aimed at keeping children safe as they travel to and from school.

Hundreds of state troopers will be watching school zones and buses, both from the air and on the ground, in an effort to crack down on motorists who disregard laws designed to protect children.

Governor Phil Bredesen said, "Keeping our children safe, both at home and at school, is key to their growth and development. That's why I am very pleased to see the Highway Patrol partnering with local schools and law enforcement agencies to help ensure Tennessee children get to and from school safely."

Tennessee Highway Patrol will dedicate approximately 850 work hours to school transport safety in August. Every state trooper will work one school zone or school bus each week, an additional 105 troopers devoted to safe schools each week and nearly 850 troopers actively enforcing school zone laws throughout August.

Interim Department of Safety Commissioner Gerald Nicely said, "The THP's school zone enforcement effort is the first of its kind for this agency. The goal is to protect Tennessee children from drivers who may be distracted, impatient or careless. That's why you'll see more state troopers around school buses, at bus stops, and in school zones, writing tickets to drivers who break the law."

Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Mike Walker said, "A school zone isn't just the 15-mile per hour area around a school. It's anywhere our children travel.

"In Tennessee, it's against the law to pass a school bus with its red lights flashing - no exception. If you do it and get caught, you will get a ticket. If you do it and kill or severely injure a child, you will have to live with that for the rest of your life."

Each year, 24 million children in the United States ride school buses, including 600,000 in Tennessee, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). National Safety Council (NSC) reports approximately 26 students were killed and another 9,000 were injured in incidents involving school buses last year. Most of the deaths and injuries occurred as the children were entering or exiting a bus.

"This effort doesn't just pertain to school zones and school buses," Colonel Walker said. "Children riding with parents or friends need to remember to buckle up properly. That means older kids in seat belts, younger kids in booster seats, and little kids in child safety seats."

Nearly 600 children are killed annually and many more injured going to and from school in a vehicle other than a school bus, according to NSC. Safety belts can lower the risk of injury by 45%.

For more facts, figures, and safety tips visit http://www.tennessee.gov/safety/newsreleases/backtoschool06.htm or http://www.tennessee.gov/safety/newsreleases/backtoschool06facts.htm.

 

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Arrest made in Expressway bathroom fire

A Rickman man has been arrested in connection with a bathroom fire at Expressway Market.\

On Monday, Aug. 7, Livingston Police and Livingston Fire Department units were dispatched to a fire at Expressway Market, located at 1301 West Main Street. Livingston firemen found smoke coming from the men's restroom located on the west side of the building, according to reports.

Expressway clerk Jyotsanabe J. Patel and customers were not injured in the blaze.

The fire was ruled suspicious by Fire Chief Rocky Dial.

“It appeared that a hand towel dispenser had been set ablaze,” the report stated.

The roof area and ceiling were damaged along with bathroom fixtures. Damage was estimated to be several thousand dollars.

LPD officers canvassed the surrounding areas looking for clues, and detectives took evidence from the scene.

The following day, Livingston Police took William F. Huddleston, 23, of Rickman, into custody. Huddleston was booked on 1 count of Aggravated Arson and 1 count of Vandalism over $1,000 and lodged in Overton County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

The investigation is continuing.

 

 

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