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Archives 09-16-2009


Departments join forces to bust burglary ring
Hay bales destroyed on East Howard
Legislative Body meeting held Monday

City Council meeting held September 8
Blazer burns on Tower Hill Road

Departments join forces to bust burglary ring

Dewain E. Peek photo
Standing in a room full of items believed to be stolen are, seated left, Det. Jacob Boswell and Patrolman Brandon Walker of Livingston Police Department, and, standing, Det. Chuck Castle of Overton County Sheriff’s Department, Det. Tim Poore of LPD, Police Chief Greg Etheredge, and Det. Kenny Cherry of Overton County Sheriff’s Dept.

More than $50,000 worth of stolen property was recovered last week as a result of a multijurisdictional investigation by Livingston Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Overton County Sheriff’s Department, Cookeville Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Algood Police Department, and the District Attorney’s Office.

Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge stated, “This is what happens when law enforcement cooperates together.”

The investigation was a direct result of an investigation by Det. Gary Ledbetter, of Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, of a home burglary in Jackson County in which a laptop computer and a PlayStation 3 video game were reported stolen. During the course of that investigation, the suspects in that case were apprehended in Livingston by Det. Ledbetter and Chief Etheredge.

As the investigation proceeded, Det. Ledbetter and Chief Etheredge learned of a theft ring involving at least 6 individuals committing burglaries of residences and vehicles in Putnam, Jackson, and Overton counties over the past year. All of these jurisdictions had cases from these individuals,
according to Livingston Police Department. The number of individual cases was believed to be more than 40 cases.

The theft ring concentrated on high end electronics, including flat screen televisions, X-Box, PlayStations, iPods, and laptop computers.

Investigators learned that a large part of the stolen property had been sold to one individual who owned property in Overton County and resided just outside of the city limits of Cookeville in Putnam County.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the various jurisdictions pooled their expertise and resources to make the case and executed a number of searches in Overton and Putnam counties. As a result, more than $50,000 worth of what is believed to be stolen property has been recovered.

Law enforcement recovered dozens of laptop computers, flat screen televisions and monitors, iPods, and car stereos.

During the time of the search, many items were identified on the spot by Cookeville Police Detective Chase Mathis and Putnam County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Hoover as being from previous burglary reports they had on file.

The investigation is still ongoing as more information is learned from each recovery site.

Chief Etheredge stated, “I can’t remember a time when all of these agencies worked together at the same time on the same case, and it was great. The results speak for themselves.”

Chief Etheredge pointed out that District Attorney General Randy York made himself available throughout the operation to provide legal guidance on how best to proceed for prosecution.

Detectives leading the investigation along with Det. Ledbetter, Det. Chase Mathis, and Det. Hoover included Det. Gary Harris and Det. Bryant Swallows of Algood Police Department, Det. Chuck Castle, Det. Brian Franklin, and Det. Kenny Cherry of Overton County Sheriff’s Department, and Det. Tim Poore and Det. Jacob Boswell of Livingston Police Department.

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Hay bales destroyed on East Howard
Fairgrounds Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire on East Howard Road around 5 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13.

Firefighters were able to save the farm equipment, but a shed and 160 round bales of hay belonging to Ron Johnson were destroyed.

Dave Burchfield of Fairgrounds VFD said this is the second incident of hay bales on fire in recent weeks. He is urging farmers to be watchful of their hay.

“The bales were too old for the fire to be spontaneous,” he said.
The fires are being investigated.

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Legislative Body meeting held Monday
Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 14, with Commissioners Stanley Carter Jr., Jean Moore, Gregg Nivens, and Jeff Staggs absent.

Second reading of the Non-Profit Resolution was approved.

Overton County Schools quarterly report was approved.

A revenue adjustment for Highway Department was approved.

The Floodplain Resolution was adopted.

Approved as notaries were Rusty S. Robbins, Britt Appline Potts, Thomas A. Windle, Danny Lee Langford, and Angela Faith Maynord.

The meeting adjourned.

City Council meeting held September 8
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8, with Aldermen Lynn King and David Sadler II absent. The meeting had been moved from the usual first Monday of the month because of the Labor Day holiday.

Mayor Hayes gave an update on the water project, saying, “We have got the green light from everyone, including our engineering firm, to crank the pumps up. The electricity is ready, and we’ll be firing up Thursday morning.

“So the first drop of Cumberland River water will be coming to the water treatment plant.”

David Spade gave a presentation on the GIS (geographic information system) mapping being performed for the Town of Livingston. The system maps the gas and water lines, as well as property lines.

He said, “We’re trying to be very cost effective in doing this. We’re trying to take advantage of what the staff already knows, so that we’re not out just kind of guessing where you have utilities.”

Mayor Hayes informed the aldermen, “The main thing is, we have now got all of our water lines on a computer disk, instead of just a hard copy laid out on maps.”

He added that City Hall personnel will be trained in how to use the maps to answer questions about the location of gas and water lines.

The following were appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals: Ron Moore – chairman, David Langford, Randy Smith, Diane Ledbetter, and Jane Ann Officer.

The low bid of Morton Salt Co. was accepted for 100 tons of road salt at $73.49 per ton.

Mayor Hayes was asked if the city used liquid to melt snow and ice.

“We don’t use any liquid, it’s all rock salt,” he answered.

Vicki Smith of Animal Awareness Association brought up a question about electricity at the building the city is allowing the group to use for an animal shelter.

The city will average the current cost at the building, which is still partially used by the city’s water department, and the shelter will be billed for the amount that is in excess of the current average use.

Smith informed those in attendance that the shelter needs volunteers and any donations of wood, nails, bricks, etc. to get the building in shape.

Before the meeting adjourned, Alderman David Langford informed the Board of the need for repairing of a sidewalk on 4th Street.

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Blazer burns on Tower Hill Road

Dewain E. Peek photos
Allons Volunteer Fire Department extinguish a vehicle fire Sunday afternoon, Sept. 13. Michael Kernell said he was driving his 1999 Chevrolet Blazer up Tower Hill Road when he smelled something burning and smoke came inside the vehicle. He and his young son, Kyle, exited the vehicle before it burst into flames.

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