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Traffic stop leads to $10,000 worth of crystal meth
Passenger goes for gun
More funds approved for water line project

Traffic stop leads to $10,000 worth of crystal meth


Precautions were taken when removing items believed to be a disassembled methamphetamine lab.


K-9 Officer Michael Tharp of Overton County Sheriff’s Department brought a drug dog to the scene to assist in the investigation.

Livingston Police Department took methamphetamine and the means of creating it off the streets in different investigations recently.

A call of a suspicious and reckless driver resulted in the arrest of six Hispanic males and the recovery of more than 2.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine on Friday, Jan. 30. Livingston Police Officer Chris Billings made the stop.

After making contact with the driver, Officer Billings found that the driver did not have a valid driver license, and placed the driver in custody. A search of the vehicle, a van, was then conducted. Inside the van, Officer Billings and Detective Kevin Phillips then allegedly located 13 bags of a crystal like substance they believe to be crystal meth.

Livingston Police asked assistance from Overton County Sheriff’s Department, and K-9 Officer Michael Tharp and other deputies arrived on the scene. All of the individuals were taken into custody and transported to Livingston Police Department. Once there, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials were contacted. It was later determined that all of the individuals were in the United States illegally.

Each were charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and were placed on $25,000 bond to appear in General Sessions Court on Tuesday, Feb. 3. In addition, each had a detainer warrant filed by U.S. Immigration for deportation at the conclusion of their cases in Livingston.

Other LPD personnel participating in the investigation were Brandon Walker, Jon Swift, Jacob Boswell, Tim Poore, Logan Carpenter, and Chief Greg Etheredge. Other Sheriff’s Dept. personnel participating in the investigation were Robert Garrett, Kenny Cherry, Mike Kruger, and Jeremy Carr.

Chief Etheredge said he was very pleased with the drug seizure.

“It is one of the largest crystal meth cases that I have seen in my career at one time,” Chief Etheredge said. “I am so proud of the work that everyone is doing.

“It just goes to show what can be done when everyone works together towards one goal.”

On Sunday, Feb. 1, acting on information of a suspicious vehicle, LPD Officer Jonathan Storie made a traffic stop of a vehicle at Walgreens parking lot. While on the stop, officers allegedly began to detect a strong chemical odor consistent with a meth lab coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed what officers allege as a meth lab.

Additional officers arrived at the scene and began to process the items believed to be a broken down lab, which was contained in trash bags in the back of the suspect vehicle.

Det. Jacob Boswell stated, “We were lucky that there were no unknown mixed chemicals on the site.

“It appears that the suspects were out trying to obtain ingredients for a new batch of meth.”

Chief Rocky Dial and James Melton of Livingston Fire Department provided assistance at the scene.

Officer Storie stated that the suspects were from Jackson County and that Capt. J.D. Masters and Det. Donathan Durham of Jackson County Sheriff’s Department were contacted to assist in the investigation and follow the trail.
At approximately 4 a.m. Monday, Feb. 2, a joint search warrant was conducted at the residence of Casey Goolsby on Shady Lane in Jackson County as a result of the investigation started by Officer Storie. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives allegedly located another meth lab.

Casey Goolsby, Jennifer Taylor, and Johnny Goolsby were taken to

Overton County Jail on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.
Other LPD personnel assisting in the investigation included Rick Brown,
Randy Boles, Brandon Walker, Chris Billings, and Chief Greg Etheredge.

In another investigation, a search warrant was executed Saturday, Jan. 31 in a joint operation of Livingston Police Department and Overton County Sheriff’s Department. The warrant was obtained by Chief Greg Etheredge for the residence of Mark Staggs on Hillview Drive.

The search allegedly resulted in the recovery of a large amount of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and prescription narcotics.

Chief Greg Etheredge stated, “We are going to begin concentrating more and more resources to combat those who choose to sell drugs in our community.”

Other LPD personnel participating in the investigation were Brandon Walker, Chris Billings, and Johnny Cyrus. Sheriff’s Dept. personnel participating in the investigation were Robert Garrett, Brian Franklin, John Mackie, and Ashley Tharp.

Citizens with information related to criminal activity are urged to contact the Police Dept. at 823-6496 or the Sheriff’s Dept. at 823-5635.


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Passenger goes for gun
The first weekend of February proved a busy one for Overton County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers conducted sobriety checkpoints in many areas of the county, which resulted in 9 arrests and an array of charges, 7 of which included illegal immigrants. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained the illegal immigrants.

A large number of traffic stops were conducted, one of which was initiated
by a concerned motorist who called to advise of a driver believed to be intoxicated while driving on the Cookeville highway.

Sgt. Robert Garrett and Dep. Jeremy Carr responded and located the vehicle, a 1994 Toyota 4x4 truck, on the shoulder of the roadway near Oak Hill Road. Both the driver and a passenger were found to be passed out inside the vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The driver, Daniel W. Ray, of Albany, KY, was arrested for DUI and other charges.

When officers approached and attempted to arrest the passenger, Phillip Campbell, also of Albany, KY, he allegedly began to resist arrest during cuffing procedures. Campbell allegedly lunged his arms between the seat in an attempt to obtain a hidden firearm, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol that was loaded.

Officers pulled Campbell from the vehicle and allegedly found a large amount of marijuana on his person, as well as paraphernalia.

Campbell faces numerous charges and was held on a $29,000 bond.
The truck was seized as were a handgun and $258 cash.

Sheriff W.B. Melton stated in a press release, “The Overton County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank all citizens for their calls concerning criminal activity. We would especially like to thank the caller above for their assistance in removing these dangerous criminals from our roadways.”



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More funds approved for water line project
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen held their regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 2, with all aldermen present.

A taxi permit was approved for Benton Gaw, doing business as Gaw’s Taxi Service.

Police Chief Greg Etheredge said, “I’ve inspected his vehicles, his letters of reference, his insurance, he’s good to go.”

A taxi permit request by Richard Selby was postponed to next month.
Jacob Boswell was hired as a police officer. Alderman Robert Jolley voted against the hiring.

Alderman David Langford asked Chief Etheredge if he had money in the budget for Boswell’s salary, and Chief Etheredge assured that the money was there.

Uniform patches in a new design for Livingston Police Department were approved at $500 from the general fund, and squad car logos in the same design were approved at $945 from the drug fund.

The first reading of Cross Connection Ordinance 2009-2-2 was approved.
Water Department Supervisor Tim Coffee said, “Most cross connections are at homes. Where people have swimming pools, they throw their hose right in the pool to fill it up, that’s a cross connection.”

Alderman Langford asked what harm filling a pool could cause. Coffee answered that if a hose is down in a swimming pool, which may have chemicals that are harmful if ingested, and a water line breaks in a lower area, a siphon-effect could be caused in which the pool water would be drawn into the water line, potentially contaminating the drinking water in that area.

He said the problem is where the water inlet is submerged in the water.

“You’ve got to have that air gap,” Coffee said.

A public hearing on the ordinance will be held at City Hall at 6:45 p.m. Monday, March 2.

The first reading of Municipal Flood Plain Zoning Ordinance 2009-2-1 was approved to allow the city to continue in the national flood insurance program.

A public hearing will be held at City Hall at 6:50 p.m. Monday, March 2.
Resolutions on a $400,000 water and sewer revenue tax bond were approved.

A capital outlay note in the amount of $400,000 was approved after engineer Roy Wauford gave an update on the water project.

He informed the aldermen that the water line is now connected from Hilham to the water treatment plant.

“The intake is virtually complete,” he said. “It is awaiting electrical. There has been a glitch as far as getting the electrical in on time is concerned, because apparently, Tri-County never realized exactly what we were doing down there.”

A dedicated power line will have to be run from Celina to the intake because the existing power lines will not be able to supply the electricity necessary for the pumps without affecting service to other customers, according to Wauford.

“They estimated the cost of running that dedicated line at $770,000,” he said. “They agreed to pay 35% of that $770,000, leaving Livingston to pay $500,000.”

With a $100,000 savings the project has recently shown, a capital outlay note was needed for the other $400,000 needed for the project.

Transformers are expected to be installed by March 1 to start up the 500 horsepower motor, but the line to power either or both of the 500 horsepower and 700 horsepower motors is not expected until around the first of July, according to Wauford.

“They, of course, don’t guarantee that schedule,” he said. “But it appears that sometime between March 1st and the end of April we will be able to pump water from the Cumberland River to Livingston.”

Resolution 2009-2-2 was adopted to apply for a Community Development Block Grant to improve the quality of water in Livingston by replacing unlined cast iron pipe.

A release about the grant application states, “Staff members from the Upper Cumberland Development District will be conducting surveys by phone over the next couple of weeks. These surveys are used to qualify the Town of Livingston for grant funds. The survey information given is kept confidential. Please do not be alarmed if a staff member from the Upper Cumberland Development District contacts you.”

Mayor Hayes said, “Residents who do live around the hospital will be getting phone calls from Upper Cumberland Development District asking questions on their water quality and quantity.”

If awarded, the grant will be for $500,000, with the Town of Livingston paying $70,000.

Rick McDonald addressed the Board of Aldermen on behalf of Livingston Tree Board to make a budget request of $6,000 annually to support required activities for maintaining Tree City status. Required activities for maintaining Tree City status include holding an Arbor Day celebration with a proclamation from the mayor, having and enforcing a city tree ordinance, and spending at least $2 per city resident on tree-related activities and projects.

“What we’re hoping to do is plant 30 trees every year for the next 15 years,” McDonald said.

A work session was set for 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17 to listen to the proposal.

A work session is also set for 6:45 p.m. that evening to look at allowing Animal Awareness to put an animal shelter in the old waste water plant located behind Bilbrey Stables.

Before the meeting adjourned, Water Dept. Supervisor Coffee informed the aldermen that water loss is the lowest it has been in 19 years.

 






 



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