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Jail escapee caught in Lebanon
Veterans Day observed in Overton County

Legislative Body meeting held Monday night
Arrests made in 4-wheeler theft

 

Jail escapee caught in Lebanon

An escapee from Overton County Jail was captured in Wilson County on Saturday, Nov. 11.

According to Overton County Sheriff's Department, inmate Robert Timothy Covey escaped custody from the jail at approximately 8:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

A statement from the Sheriff's Dept. states, "Mr. Covey traveled across town on foot to a residence on Goodpasture Street, where he stole a white 1990 Infiniti."

At approximately 8:30 p.m. the following day, Chief Deputy Frank Dial and Detective Kevin Phillips reportedly obtained information that Covey was at a residence in Wilson County, around the Lebanon area. They contacted Lebanon Police Department and gave the information they had received.

Members of Lebanon Police Department and Wilson County Sheriff's Department apprehended Covey without incident around 8:45 p.m. The Infiniti was reportedly in his possession at the time. The car was retrieved without damage, according to Overton County Sheriff's Dept.

Livingston Police Department has lodged charges against Covey in connection with the theft of the 1990 Infiniti belonging to Wanda Stephens of Livingston.

Covey is to appear in General Sessions Court on the charges of Burglary of an Auto, Theft of Property over $1,000, and Vandalism over $500.

 

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Veterans Day observed in Overton County

photos by Kassie Hunley/OCN staff

Rain moved the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Livingston from the town square to the VFW Building on Saturday, Nov. 11.

VFW coordinator John Wilmoth, above, welcomed everyone to the ceremony honoring the county's veterans.

At the end of the observance, the VFW Honor Guard, at right, fired a 21-gun salute.

 

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Legislative Body meeting held Monday night

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body held the monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 13, with all commissioners present.

County Mayor Kenneth Copeland announced that Cleary Construction had the low bid for construction of water and sewer lines for the new industrial park, at around $1.3 million.

"The bid came in a lot lower than was anticipated," Mayor Copeland said.

County quarterly reports were approved.

Budget amendments were approved.

A resolution was adopted to authorize ad hoc increases in the retirement benefits payable to certain retired employees of employers participating in the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, pursuant to Chapter 982 of the 2006 Tennessee Public Acts.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Constance Brown, Tonya Reed, Vickie Carr, Eva Dingwall, Gary Smith, and Anita Norris.

Overton County Sheriff's Department's employee handbook was entered into the county record.

Commissioner Johnie Webb informed the County Commission that work at the airport was finished for this year, and that all that is left of the current project is resurfacing, which will have to wait until spring.

Mayor Copeland said, "You have a 5,000-foot runway up there now where corporate jets can land."

Mayor Copeland went on to say, "The state's poured a lot of money into it because they want to make it more of a regional airport, for Pickett, Clay, and Jackson counties."

The meeting adjourned.

 

Arrests made in 4-wheeler theft

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Deputy Lee Richards and Investigator Kevin Phillips stand behind the Honda Recon that was recently recovered.

Two men were arrested recently after an investigation into numerous burglaries in the Dry Hollow and Hanging Limb communities of Overton County.

According to Overton County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Lee Richards was investigating the case on Wednesday, Nov. 8 when he observed a vehicle he believed was carrying a suspect in the burglaries. Dep. Richards caught up with the vehicle and found Daniel Hobbs, who was the driver of the vehicle until he switched seats with his wife while driving down the highway.

The Sheriff's Dept. release states, "Although the initial suspect was not in the vehicle, Deputy Richards learned that Daniel Hobbs was driving on revoked."

A passenger in the vehicle turned out to be a wanted fugitive from Michigan, and was also wanted in Clarksville on burglary charges, according to the Sheriff's Dept.

"At first the man gave a false name, but later admitted who he really was. His name was Samuel Jarrett Modine," the Sheriff's Dept. release states.

Upon further investigation, Dep. Richards and Sgt. Lee Dulworth recovered an air compressor, tools, and a pressure washer that had been reported stolen from Custom Stone Handlers in Monterey.

"Later that evening, Inv. Gary Ledbetter and Deputy Richards learned that in addition to the other stolen items, Modine and Hobbs had also stolen a 4-wheeler from the same location," the release alleges. "This 4-wheeler was then recovered in Algood, in cooperation with Sgt. James Marques with the Algood Police Department."

Samuel Jarrett Modine was charged with possession of stolen property, and was awaiting extradition to Clarksville on a Fugitive from Justice warrant.

Daniel Hobbs was charged with driving on revoked, child endangerment, and possession of stolen property over $1,000.

Sgt. Lee Dulworth and Dep. Greg Etheredge also participated in the investigation.

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