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DeKalb County Fair Opens Monday Night

July 16, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Fair Board: Mike Williams, Shawn Tramel, Angie Meadows, Jeff McMillen, Pat Parkerson, Matt Boss, Christy Malone-Smith, Fay and Jack Underhill, Judy Sandlin, and Tracy Lawrence. Not pictured: Ron Paschal

The DeKalb County Fair begins its annual weeklong run Monday, July 20.

With the theme "Country Scenes and Beauty Queens", this year's fair will feature another fun filled week of activities along with rides by the Family Attractions Amusement Company and new events including a Comedy Hypnotist Show, the Almost Anything Goes Game Show, and Omega Force Strongmen.

The catalog of premium rules for exhibit entries at the Kenneth Sandlin Center is now available. Just check out the 2015 Fair Catalog (PDF) for complete details. Download the 2015 DeKalb County Fair Rule Book at the link below.
http://www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com/images/2015_Fair_Book_web.pdf

Entry Dates and Times
*Perishable Items ONLY will be taken in on Saturday, July 18 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Kenneth Sandlin Center

Entries are also being sought for the DeKalb County Fair's Decorated Hay Contest featuring three categories:
Decorated Round Bale
Decorated Square Bale
Decorated Display

Open to any youth or adult resident of DeKalb County

Hay can be entered Saturday July 18th - From 11:00 am till 2:00 pm

Hay bales may be decorated Saturday July 18th from 11 am till 2 pm & Sunday July 19th from 2 -4 pm

Decorations and Bales are to be removed on Sunday July 26th between 1- 3 pm

Meanwhile, the DeKalb County Fair 5K and Fun Run will be July 18. Registration begins at 6:30 pm at the Fair Office. The Run will start at 7:00 PM. Pre-registration available by contacting Matt Boss at 615-464-8627. Pre-registration guarantees a DeKalb County Fair 5K T-Shirt. The entry fee is $20 for youth and $25 for adults. Parking available behind Fair Office. For more info. contact Matt Boss at number above. Proceeds will go to the Paislee's Foundation

Fair pageant applications are available for ages one day through 20. You may download applications from www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Fair events each night are as follows:

Monday, July 20: Cattle Show at the Grandstand at 6:00 p.m.; Open Rodeo at the T.C. McMillen Arena at 7:00 p.m.; Junior Fair Princess Pageant for contestants ages 13-16 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Fairest of the Fair Pageant for contestants ages 17 to 20 at the Lions Club Pavilion and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21: Little Mr. and Miss Pageant for contestants ages 4-6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion followed by a Comedy Hypnotist Show; Corn hole Contest at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; Go-Cart Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22: WSMV-TV's Snowbird will greet fairgoers from 5-7 p.m. at the main gate; Little Miss Princess Pageant for contestants ages 7-9 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Miss Sweetheart Pageant for those ages 10-12 at the Lions Club Pavilion; 4 Wheeler and Motorcycle Racing at 6:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; Kids Peddle Tractor Pull at the Grandstand at 7:00 p.m. ; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 23: Junior Goat Show at 6:00 p.m. at the Tot Kelly Barn; Baby Show at 6:00 p.m. followed by The Almost Anything Goes Game Show at the Lions Club Pavilion; Omega Force Strongmen at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Friday, July 24: Toddler Show for contestants 13 months to 48 months at 6:00 p.m. followed by the Zone Status Band at the Lions Club Pavilion: ATV-Mini Road-Outlaws Pulling at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena; a Horse Show at 7:00 p.m. at the Grandstand; and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 25: Blind Draw Horseshoe Tournament at the Tot Kelly barn at Noon.; Gospel Singing at the Lions Club Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.; Super Tractor and Truck Pull at 7:00 p.m. at the T.C. McMillen Arena: and (2- $500 cash drawings) at 9:30 p.m.

Take a stroll down Memory Lane and enjoy nightly entertainment at the Memory Lane Stage in Memory Village.

Memory Lane Stage Events are as follows:

Monday Night July 20
6:30-7:30 pm —Muddy Water Band
7:45- UNTIL —Kitty Steadman

Tuesday Night July 21
6:30-7:00 pm—Reily Kelly
7:00-7:45 pm—Smithville Sugar Squares & DeKalb Dancing Delights
7:45-8:45 pm---Donnie Barthelemy

Wednesday Night July 22
6:30-7:30 pm—Kitty Steadman
7:45-8:45 pm— DCHS Cheerleaders

Thursday Night July 23
6:30-7:30 pm—Bryan Keith
7:45-8:45 pm— Terri Lynn Weaver

Friday Night July 24
6:30 - until— Karaoke Night
No Rap - Radio Edit Only
Max 1 Instrument or 2 Vocal Mikes and 2 Instruments Max.
7:45- UNTIL — Nokes Brothers

Saturday Night July 25
6:30-7:30 pm— Mid State Cloggers
7:45-8:45 pm— Evermean Evergreen Cloggers

Events subject to change without notice.

Rides on the Midway will be provided by the Family Attractions Amusement Company. Unlimited rides will be available for $15.00 on Monday night; $16.00 on Tuesday night; $14.00 on Wednesday and $18.00 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Admission to the fair is $4.00 per person. Children age four and younger will be admitted free! Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The exhibit building is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Parking is Free!

For more information, call 529-FAIR or visit on-line at www.dekalbcountyfairtn.com.

Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash

July 16, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 66 year old man lost his life in a motorcycle crash late Wednesday night.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Floyd Tilley of Woodbury was traveling south on Short Mountain Highway near Lee Braswell Road when he left the road and struck a utility pole.

The crash was reported at 11:55 p.m.

DeKalb EMS responded along with members of the Short Mountain Station of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, and Sheriff's Department.

Tilley's death marks the third traffic fatality of the year on DeKalb County roads.

Elvis Tribute with J.D. Sumner’s Stamps Quartet returning to Smithville

July 15, 2015
J.D. Sumner’s Stamps Quartet
Tom Duggin and the Tim Colwell Band

By popular demand, an Elvis tribute show is returning to the DeKalb County Community Center this summer.

On Saturday, August 1, a tribute to the late King of Rock ‘n Roll will hit the community center stage for two performances, featuring local personality Tom Duggin, the Tim Colwell Band, and J.D. Sumner’s Stamps Quartet, featuring four members of the legendary gospel quartet who backed Elvis on stage from 1971 until the singer’s death in August, 1977.

“When we put on the show in 2013, we actually had the official “Stamps Quartet,” who still carry the legendary group name,” noted Duggin. “The Stamps have been regularly booked on other tribute shows, particularly in Las Vegas and in Berlin, Germany, these past couple of years, so they were unavailable to us this summer.”

Fortunately, Duggin said, Sumner’s Stamps Quartet as they are known – a quartet featuring Donnie Sumner, Bill Baize, Ed Hill and Larry Strickland – were available and excited about the possibility of playing an Elvis tribute show in the Middle Tennessee area.

“All four of these guys worked with Elvis during the 70s, and have each had a prestigious musical career of their own,” said Duggin. “When speaking with Donnie Sumner, he and the group were excited to be playing in a venue close to home, as all four have ties to the Middle Tennessee area.”

Sumner, the nephew of the late, legendary bass singer J.D. Sumner, whom the group was named after, actually had two stints with Elvis. Sumner sang lead when the Stamps first joined Elvis in 1971, but left the group in 1972. However, Elvis came calling again in 1973, as Sumner had joined a group called “Voice,” which backed Presley along with the Stamps for two years. Sumner penned two Presley tunes during the 1970s, and is best remembered by fans for his stellar version of the gospel classic, “The Lighthouse,” featured in the 1972 documentary, “Elvis on Tour.”

Baize was the Stamps’ tenor singer from 1971-76, when he left the group and the music business for a number of years. Baize has written many songs over the years, in addition to preaching and singing in several churches throughout the United States. Baize has also performed at a number of Elvis tribute shows in recent years.

Hill boasts a 55-year music career, six years of which he spent with Presley as a member of the Stamps from 1971-77. Of note in Elvis circles was the rich baritone voice of Ed Hill, which always proclaimed at the end of each night’s performance, “Elvis has left the building. Thank you and good night.” He has also served as a backup performer for such acts as Tammy Wynette, Ronnie McDowell, Dottie West and Ricky Skaggs.

Strickland was brought on board with the Stamps in 1974, as a second bass singer in the group. He sang with the Stamps backing Elvis until his death in 1977. Strickland left the stage in 1989, when he married Naomi Judd, the mother in the famous country duo, The Judds. In addition to helping manage both Naomi and daughter, Wynonna Judd’s respective careers, Strickland has also returned to the stage in recent years to sing gospel music as well as participate in various Elvis tribute shows.

Duggin fronted Smithville’s last Elvis tribute show, titled “Aloha 40,” which was held in August, 2013. He will return to sing Elvis’ songs in this year’s event, being titled “From Memphis to Vegas.”

“That’s kind of how it went for Elvis,” Duggin said. “It all started in Memphis and then came the great concert years with many, many shows under the bright lights of Las Vegas. Much like last time, our show this year will have the feel of a live Elvis concert, with many of the songs he loved to perform live during the 1970s.”

The Tim Colwell Band will return to provide the music for the show, which will also feature a trio of female backup singers along with a brass ensemble. As was the case in the 2013 show, Sumner’s Stamps will open the show with a set of their own, which will likely include stories about their time with Elvis.

“That’s absolutely my favorite part of the show,” Duggin admitted. “I love sitting back and listening to them recounting their days with Elvis with their fond memories. Being the fan I am, I could listen to those stories all day.”

Like 2013, Duggin won’t don the jumpsuit or grow sideburns as is the case with many Elvis tribute artists. “I love Elvis’ songs,” he said. “I’m not Elvis. No one ever will be. The impersonators do what they do and for them, that’s fine. I will honor my musical hero by simply singing his songs and putting on a stage show to the best of my ability."

Tickets are $20 each.

Show times on Saturday, August 1, will be 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Ticket buyers can select which show they prefer to attend until each show is sold out; however, tickets are relatively limited for each show, so those interested in attending are encouraged to buy as early as possible. All seats are general admission and people will be seated at each show on a first-come, first-served basis. Current ticket outlets are the DeKalb County Community Center in Smithville, Prichards Foods in Alexandria, the Cannon County Chamber of Commerce Office in Woodbury, Koncept Kustom Werkz in Cookeville or by contacting Tom Duggin via call or text at (615) 464-3185.

Cripps and Arnold Interview for Director of Schools (VIEW VIDEOS HERE)

July 15, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Gina Arnold
Patrick Cripps

Sitting at a table facing the seven member board of education, the two remaining finalists for Director of Schools each interviewed for the job Tuesday night.

DCHS Principal Patrick Cripps and Supervisor of Special Education Gina Arnold each answered nineteen questions and gave a closing statement.

Each member of the board took turns asking questions ranging from the applicants views and goals concerning common core standards, holding employees accountable, restructuring the curriculum to improve students' academic performance, establishing better lines of communication and transparency within the system, improving technology, among others.

(View videos of each candidates closing statements)

The Board of Education will meet in special session Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. to name a new Director of Schools. WJLE plans LIVE coverage.

Storm Causes Damage and Injuries

July 14, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Three Injured After Travel Trailer Overturns at Four Seasons
Portable Storage Shed Lifted Off the Ground Due to Storm Winds

High winds from a severe thunderstorm wreaked havoc in portions of DeKalb County Tuesday afternoon

Perhaps the hardest hit area was on Meadow View Lane in the Four Seasons Community where a travel trailer overturned with three persons inside. Members of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and DeKalb EMS responded along with the Sheriff's Department. Two of the occupants were helped from the trailer. The other made it out on his own before help arrived.

One of them was transported to the hospital by DeKalb EMS while the other two went there by private vehicles.

A portable storage shed at the scene was also moved off its foundation due to the high winds and a few trees in the area were uprooted.

Trees were down in other parts of the county as well. No other injuries were reported.

4th annual Earl Judkins Golf Classic Set for Saturday

July 14, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

The 4th annual Earl Judkins Golf Classic will be held Saturday, July 18 at Riverwatch to raise money for a Cannon County woman with local ties who is suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma.

The event is hosted by the Cantrell Cancer Benefit Foundation and this year's recipient is Edith Johnson McReynolds.

"She was diagnosed a year ago. Mrs. McReynolds is the mother of five children. One is in college and the others will be entering college soon. She really needs a benefit to help overcome medical bills and for her kids to go to school too," said spokesman Tyler Cantrell. Her father is J.E. Johnson from DeKalb County and she has two brothers from here.

The golf classic began four years ago to help families who have been affected by cancer. Those wishing to be served must first apply. A committee then reviews the applications and selects a recipient each year. The man for whom the classic is named, the late Earl Judkins, was an avid golfer and a cancer patient. "Earl was my brother. He had colon cancer. My mother Marie Judkins also had colon cancer. We have been hit with cancer like many other families in our community," said Ivadell Randolph.

Our family was also affected by cancer four years ago with my sister Amy Miller so we know how hard it is for families," said Cantrell.

In addition to Miller, previous recipients of the benefit golf classic were Chrissy Means and Gracie Dezarn.

This Golf Classic begins with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. "Tee time is at eight a.m. Show up a little bit beforehand. That way we can sign you up, get you a goodie bag, and place you on a team if you don't have a team. We do take individual golfers for $75.00. You can bring your own team for $300," said Cantrell.

"We partner with Modern Woodmen of America. They do matching funds up to $2,500. If we were fortunate enough make three thousand they will give another $2,500," said Randolph.

"If you want to come out Saturday and meet Edith and make a donation that would be great too," added Cantrell.

The entry deadline is Wednesday, July 15. The format is a 4-person A,B,C,D, Scramble/Own Team-Best Ball. For more information contact Tyler Cantrell at tcantrell@cosma.com. Like them on Facebook at Cantrell Cancer Benefit Foundation or Phone 1-931-239-5948 or contact Riverwatch Golf Course to sign up at 1-931-761-8125. Donations may be made to the Cantrell Cancer Benefit Foundation. Mail to 625 Foster Road, Smithville, TN 37166.

"It'll be a great day for a great cause and we'll feed you. Everybody is going to get a blessing out of it," Cantrell concluded.

Early Voting Times Set for Alexandria Municipal Election

July 14, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Election Commission voted Monday night to set the early voting hours for the Alexandria Municipal Election.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW SAMPLE BALLOT)

alex ballot web site newspaper.pdf (9.29 KB)

Early voting will take place at the election commission office at the courthouse in Smithville and will be held from August 14 through August 29 as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The election is being held to elect three aldermen to four year terms and to fill the remaining two years of vacant or unexpired terms of mayor and two aldermen positions.

Candidates for Mayor are Tony Tarpley and Bennett Armstrong.

Those running unopposed for the two year aldermen positions are Danny Parkerson and Matthew Boss.

Kelly Pyburn, David Cripps, and John F. Suggs are each running unopposed for the four year alderman terms.

Dowelltown Woman Charged with Eight Counts of Debit Card Fraud

July 14, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Terra Elaine Locklear
Joseph Matthew Giles, Jr.
Austin Neal Whitworth
Reginald Hill Miller
Michael Brandon Redmon
Dustin Matthew Brewer

A Dowelltown woman is charged with using a stolen prepaid debit card in eight separate transactions within minutes of each other at Walmart to obtain more than $1,400 on Thursday, June 25.

32 year old Terra Elaine Locklear of Dale Ridge Road, Dowelltown will make a court appearance July 16 on eight counts of fraudulent use of a debit card. Her bond is $16,000. The case was investigated by a sheriff's department detective.

According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Locklear used the stolen Walmart prepaid card to buy three lollipops and three Pepsi soft drinks at the self-checkout counter. In each case, she made the purchases and arranged to get one hundred dollars back. All the transactions were made within minutes of each other. She also used the card to withdraw $403 from an ATM and to purchase a money order for $401.

22 year old Joseph Matthew Giles, Jr. of Walker Lane, Smithville is charged with theft of property under $500 and forgery. His bond totals $6,500 and he will make a court appearance July 23. Sheriff Ray said that on Sunday, July 5 Giles took a check belonging to a woman and forged her name before passing it in the amount of $40 at a local store. The case was investigated by a sheriff's department deputy.

34 year old Austin Neal Whitworth of Fredericktown, Missouri is charged with being a fugitive from justice. His bond is $200,000. Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, July 9 a deputy arrested Whitworth on an outstanding warrant from St. Francois County, Missouri for failure to appear on a second degree domestic assault. Missouri authorities have confirmed that they will extradite.

48 year old Sandra Kay Thomason of Restview Avenue, Smithville is cited for simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (alprazolam) and driving on a revoked license. She will be in court on August 20. Sheriff Ray said that while on patrol Sunday, July 5, a deputy spotted a white Hyundai cross the center line on South College Street and run off the roadway. The officer stopped and found the driver to be Thomason. A computer check revealed that her license were revoked as of June 8, 2015. Upon a search, a pill believed to be an alprazolam was found.

30 year old Stephen Hunter Pugh of Woodbury Highway, Liberty is cited for simple possession of a schedule II drug (morphine), simple possession of a schedule II drug (Oxycodone), simple possession of a schedule IV drug (alprazolam), and possession of drug paraphernalia (straw). He will be in court August 27. Sheriff Ray said that on Wednesday, July 8 a deputy spotted a car in a parking lot on Highway 70 west. The man inside, Pugh was believed to be passed out. After the officer awoke him, he saw that Pugh had in his possession one 60 milligram morphine pill and five- 15 milligram Oxycodone pills. As he got out of the vehicle, Pugh dropped a straw and an alprazolam pill. He had no prescription for the pills.

52 year old Reginald Hill Miller of Walker Creek Road, Alexandria is charged with assaulting his daughter and son. Miller will be in court on two counts of domestic assault on July 16. His bond totals $5,000. Sheriff Ray said that on Monday, July 6 a deputy responded to a residence on Walker Creek Road in reference to a domestic assault. Upon arrival the officer spoke with the complainant who said that she and her father, Miller had gotten into an argument and that Miller had picked her up and thrown her down twice before another family member (her brother) came in the room and restrained him. The victim said she then ran outside and called police.

In the other case, the officer spoke with Miller's son who said he was in his bedroom when he heard his sister screaming "get off me". He ran into his sister's room and found their dad, Miller standing over her. The man then grabbed Miller to restrain him so his sister could get away. Once he let go, Miller began punching his son and saying he should shoot him because he didn't deserve to live. Miller hit his son in the face several times, causing lacerations and bruising.

30 year old Michael Brandon Redmon of Holcomb Road, McMinnville, an inmate at the jail, is charged with assaulting a correctional officer. His bond is $2,500 and he will be in court July 15. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, July 10 while in the recreational yard of the jail, Redmon began causing problems. When he failed to return to the jail annex as he was instructed, a correctional officer escorted him back inside. Before being placed in the cell, Redmon grabbed the correctional officer and tore his shirt. Although the officer wasn't hurt, the incident caused him to fear imminent bodily injury. Since this is the second time Redmon has assaulted a member of the staff, Sheriff Ray said he has been taken to another county jail to be housed.

27 year old Dustin Matthew Brewer of Page Drive, Smithville is charged with being a fugitive from justice. His bond is $200,000 and he will be in court July 16. The case was investigated by a sheriff's department detective. Sheriff Ray said that on Friday, July 10 a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) check on Brewer showed that he is wanted in Livingston, Michigan for breaking and entering into a building and for unlawful driving away.

Brewer's brother, 46 year old David Duane Brewer of Corinth Church Road, Smithville was picked up last month by the Sheriff's Department for the same offense, being a fugitive from justice. According to Sheriff Ray, a detective ran an NCIC computer check on David Brewer Wednesday, June 24 which revealed he was wanted in Livingston, Michigan where he is facing charges of larceny over $20,000 and two counts of unlawful driving away. David Brewer has already been extradited back to Michigan.

Some Employees of Star Manufacturing Seeking Union Representation

July 13, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
ome Employees of Star Manufacturing Seeking Union Representation

Issues of working conditions, workplace safety, and unrealistic production expectations are among reasons being given for why some workers at Star Manufacturing want union representation.

According to an organizer for the United Steel Workers Union, a vote is set for Thursday, July 23 at Star Manufacturing locations in Smithville and Cookeville.

"We were contacted by employees of Star Manufacturing asking us how they can be represented by our union. It was a group of over a dozen people that met to discuss why they felt like they needed a union. The group said that they were not being treated fairly in the workplace and concerns they brought to management's attention were not taken seriously or outright ignored. Issues of workplace safety, working conditions, and unrealistic production expectations were common among all that we spoke to," said Duane Prichett, an organizer with the United Steel Workers Union in an interview with WJLE Monday.

According Prichett, the complaints were shared by employees at both the Smithville and Cookeville facilities. "To determine if these concerns are widespread through the facility or if this is just a few people who feel like they're getting a raw deal, we asked them (employees) to get together a larger group of people. We then had several meetings with dozens of Star employees and they all had similar issues. We now have a large majority who have signed cards (seeking union representation)."

"During our meetings, we were informed of some troubling conditions at the plant. Supervisors and managers having outbursts of yelling and belittling workers for not getting production units out that they didn't even have parts to complete; threats of write-ups and terminations; there were safety issues as well; and lighting conditions and environmental control issues like air conditioning and heat stress putting workers at risk," said Pritchett.

"One thing that really drove home the conditions that concerned us all was that many employees complained of a work rule that prevented them from even using the bathroom for thirty minutes before or after breaks or lunch. These issues they have expressed are things that unions have fought against since the founding of unions in this country. It was apparent to us that the basic dignity and respect that men and women in the workplace must be given in this country, they were being denied. Workers deserve to be treated better than this and we'll help them fight to get something that's better for them. They deserve that," added Prichett.

WJLE contacted the Star plant manager in Smithville by telephone Monday but he declined comment at this time.

According to the NLRB website, eligible Star Manufacturing voters include all full-time and regular part-time production employees, maintenance employees, cell leaders, quality control employees, and shipping employees employed by Star Manufacturing International Inc in Smithville and shipping employees at the facility on West Broad Street in Cookeville but excluding all other employees, office clerical employees, professional employees, guards and supervisors.

The union vote in Smithville will be Thursday, July 23 from 5:00 am - 5:30 am , 6:30 am - 8:30 am, and from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Voting in Cookeville will be from 10:15 am - 10:45 am.

Star Manufacturing International, Inc. is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri but has companies in several states. Star has been making durable, reliable, quality products since 1921. That year, Star introduced its first product, a popcorn machine. Since then, the company has grown and expanded into one of the world's most respected and valued manufacturers of products in six major categories: Counter Top Gas and Electric Commercial Cooking Appliances, Hot Dog Cooking and Preparation Equipment, Popcorn Machines, Specialty Food Warmers ,Display Merchandisers, Toasters & Waffle Bakers.

Smithville Police Warns Shoppers to Beware of Purse Snatchers

July 13, 2015
by: 
Dwayne Page
Captain Steven Leffew

The Smithville Police Department is warning citizens to be aware of leaving purses unattended while shopping in stores.

" We are having a lot of reports of purses being stolen from carts while customers are shopping. The thefts are occurring as shoppers have their backs to the carts while reaching for items in the stores," said Captain Steven Leffew.

"The purse snatchers wait for the shoppers to turn away then they simply walk by the carts and take the purses or wallets before the shoppers are aware of anything happening," he said.

"I would encourage everyone to be mindful of leaving purses unattended while shopping and after loading items in your vehicle remember to remove purses/wallets from the carts before returning them to the store or to the cart return areas," added Captain Leffew

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