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Cookeville man critical after impact with log truck
Woman dies in Friday wreck

Four arrested on charges of arson

 

Cookeville man critical after impact with log truck

A Cookeville man was critically injured in an impact with a log truck Wednesday, Nov. 29.

According to reports, Danny Simpson, 37, of Alpine, was driving a White semi-truck pulling a trailer loaded with logs for Mullins Lumber Co. north on Highway 111 around 6 p.m. and stopped in the emergency lane near the 6 mile marker. Simpson then merged back onto the right lane of Highway 111 and was reportedly gaining speed when a silver 1987 Honda Civic struck the rear of the trailer. Mullins pulled the tractor-trailer back into the emergency lane, and the Honda, which was apparently stuck under the truck, was pulled into the emergency lane.

The driver of the Honda, Donald Mazintas, 38, of Cookeville, was transported by Air Evac to Vanderbilt Hospital in critical condition.

Simpson was apparently uninjured.

The incident was investigated by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Andrew Goolsby along with THP James Sells, THP Stanley Roberts, THP Bobby Barker, THP Lt. Randy Hoover, and Sgt. Kevin Norris of the CIRT Team. The investigation included inspection and assessment of the tractor-trailer.

Overton County Sheriff's Department personnel assisted with traffic control, diverting traffic from Highway 111 to Old Highway 42.

 

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Woman dies in Friday wreck

photos by Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

A Spencer woman died in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 111 around 12:32 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

According to reports, Charles V. Hastings, 87, of Spencer, was attempting to cross the southbound side of Highway 111 onto Turkey Creek Road when his 1983 Chevrolet Celebrity pulled into the path of a 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass driven by Jarman Hicks, 26, of Livingston. The passenger side of the Hastings vehicle was struck broadside.

Thelma H. Hastings, 82, of Spencer, who was riding in the front passenger seat, died from her injuries.

Mr. Hastings reportedly sustained critical injuries and was transported by Air Evac to Vanderbilt Hospital.

Hicks was also injured, and was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital for treatment.

Putnam County fire and rescue personnel responded to the scene to assist Overton County EMS.

Trooper Andrew Goolsby of Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the incident, with assistance from Trooper Jeff Cook and THP Lt. Jim Beaty.

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Four arrested on charges of arson

A search for a fugitive has resulted in the arrest of four men on charges of aggravated arson.

According to Overton County Sheriff's Department, Inv. Kevin Phillips, Inv. Brian Franklin, Dep. Brad Sperry, and Sheriff W.B. Melton went to the Beaty Lane residence of Kenneth Hyso on Saturday, Dec. 2 in search of a fugitive by the name of Wesley Hyso.

While conducting the search for the fugitive at the Crawford community residence, deputies became suspicious of an outbuilding that was locked from the inside. Officers also reported they detected an odor consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine, and that they heard individuals inside the outbuilding.

The people inside the outbuilding reportedly refused to come outside to speak with the officers.

At that point, Phillips and Franklin left the scene to obtain a search warrant, while Sheriff Melton and Dep. Sperry remained to secure the outbuilding.

Moments later, the building erupted in flames.

According to reports, four individuals came running out of the outbuilding.

Dep. Sperry said, "They had a strong odor of meth."

Acting on the assumption that the fire was produced from an exploding meth lab, Dep. Sperry and Sheriff Melton reportedly led the four a safe distance away as the outbuilding continued to burn and ultimately exploded.

Mountain Fire Department responded to the scene and fought the fire. One of the firefighters said it was one of the hottest fires for that size of structure that the fire department has encountered.

Special Agent Greg Whitaker of the State Bomb and Arson Unit, along with Dep. Greg Etheredge, arrived to assist in the investigation.

Dep. Sperry filed charges of aggravated arson against Kenneth Hyson, 30, of Crawford, Mark Bowman, 40, of Monterey, Bradley Tayes, 24, of Monterey, and Jesse Randall Howard, 26, of Crawford.

Sheriff Melton said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be brought in relation to the incident.

 

 

 

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