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Communities say goodbye to Sgt. Alex van Aalten
Narcotics seized from Clark’s Pharmacy

Woman charged with vehicular homicide

 

Communities say goodbye to Sgt. Alex van Aalten

 


photos courtesy of Dale Welch/Hilltop Express
Above, the body of Sgt. Alex van Aalten arrives at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport in Sparta on Friday, April 27. The 21 year-old United States Army sergeant was killed in Afghanistan on Friday, April 20 during combat operations.
At right, large crowds and American flags lined the streets Sunday, April 29 as his body was taken from Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville to Trinity Assembly in Algood for the funeral. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Sgt. van Aalten was a soldier with the 82nd Airborne 1-508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, Delta Company at Fort Bragg, NC.

 

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Narcotics seized from Clark’s Pharmacy

Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Overton County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Etheredge removed boxes of narcotics from Clark’s Pharmacy on Tuesday, April 24 after two search warrants were executed on Doug Clark’s pharmacy and residence. The Sheriff’s Office worked in cooperation with Office of Inspector General, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Tax Enforcement Division of Tennessee Department of Revenue. Investigators have been conducting interviews and identifying prescriptions allegedly altered, forged, and passed to Clark at his pharmacy for a number of years.

 

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Woman charged with vehicular homicide

By MARY JO DENTON,
Herald-Citizen staffwith permission

An Allons community woman has been arrested on charges of vehicular homicide in connection with a traffic crash in Rickman last year.

Robin Ann Vaughn, 31, was arrested April 22 at the home of her father, according to Overton County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Etheredge.

She was allegedly in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado truck traveling south on old Highway 42 in Rickman on January 18, 2006, when the truck crossed the center line of the highway and struck a car, killing the driver, Sharon L. Qualls Peterman of Rickman.

After the crash, Vaughn told investigators she had not been driving the truck and that the driver, an acquaintance of hers, had fled the scene. But a Tennessee Highway Patrol and THP Criminal Investigation Division investigation, which was conducted over a long period and which reportedly included DNA testing of blood on the truck’s airbags, concluded that Vaughn had been the driver.

Recently, evidence gathered in the case by THP Trooper Neil Matthews and CID Agent Troy Human was presented to the Overton County grand jury, which issued indictments charging Vaughn with two counts of vehicular homicide and with driving on a revoked license.

According to Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett, Vaughn is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication and vehicular homicide by reckless conduct with an auto. Both charges refer to the one traffic crash and one victim.

Vehicular homicide by intoxication carries a penalty of 8 to 12 years, while the homicide by recklessness charge carries a penalty of 3 to 6 years, Burnett said.

Vaughn was booked into Overton County Jail, where her bond was set at $250,000. She is scheduled to be arraigned in Overton Criminal Court before Judge David Patterson on May 11.

ADA Burnett said, “The THP and CID are to be commended for their excellent work in this investigation.”

He cited the work of Trooper Neil Matthews, Lt. Jimmy Beaty, and Agent Human.

Officers who conducted a search for Robin Vaughn and arrested her included Overton Deputy Sgt. Lee Dulworth and Deputies Lee Richards, Brent Taft, and John Harris.

 


 

 

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