Two people involved in a one auto traffic accident Thursday night near Alexandria remain hospitalized at Erlanger in Chattanooga.
Sergeant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Joe Edge of Smithville and Kimberly April Dawn Cornett of Murfreesboro were passengers of a Jeep Liberty SUV driven by Warren Brandon Glasby of Smithville, who has been charged with driving under the influence.
According to Sergeant Prater, Glasby was driving west on Highway 70 when the vehicle went off the road into a ditchline, struck a rock bluff, and then overturned, coming to rest on it's wheels. The mishap occurred between the old stock barn and the intersection of Old Liberty Road.
Both Edge and Cornett were flown by Life Force helicopter ambulance to Erlanger Hospital while Glasby was taken to DeKalb Community Hospital for observation.
The accident remains under investigation by Sergeant Prater and Trooper Allen England of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has arrested two people in recent days in a couple of theft cases. One of them is also charged with drug offenses.
30 year old Christopher Daniel Gibbs of Morgan Drive Smithville is charged with Aggravated Burglary and Theft of Property
Sheriff Patrick Ray says Gibbs entered a residence on Banks Pisgah Road Smithville by breaking through a door. Upon entering the residence, Gibbs grabbed cash that was lying on a coffee table in the residence. Gibbs was unaware that the owners of the house were home. The owner grabbed Gibbs and he dropped the cash and left the scene. Gibbs was later arrested at a residence in Dowelltown. The owners of the house were uninjured. Bond is set at $15,000 and his court date is September 13th.
Meanwhile, 19 year old Samantha Devault of Highland Drive Smithville is charged with Possession of a Schedule II Drug (Dilaudid), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (needle and a straw), and Theft of Property under $500.00.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has arrested a 23 year old man on a sealed indictment, returned by the Grand Jury earlier this month.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says Bobby Walker Vaughn of Halls Hill Pike, Murfreesboro was arrested on a sealed indictment charging him with two counts of Aggravated Burglary, Theft of Property, and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.
Sheriff Ray says Vaughn is accused of breaking into a residence on Pea Ridge. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department recovered some of the items the day Cannon County authorities got in pursuit of Vaughn, after he stole the car of a Cannon County Investigator.
Vaughn appeared for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday. His bond is $81,000.
Meanwhile, 20 year old Brandy Bone of Wade Street Smithville is charged with two counts of Forgery and Theft of Property.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department has a new website and blog.
Sheriff Patrick Ray encourages you to visit on line at www.dekalbsherifftn.com. You will find information about the Sheriff and the Sheriffs Department. The new site also includes a survey of the Sheriff's Department performance, a crime stopper report, TBI Missing Children and Sex Offender Search, TBI and FBI's Most Wanted, Information about handgun permits, D.A.R.E. and information about DeKalb County. The site also has a link to a page for kids.
Sheriff Ray also urges you to visit the Sheriff's Department's blog page, which features information about crime news in our county and other interesting articles. The site is www.dekalbcountysheriff.blogspot.com
Several defendants appeared before Judge David Patterson in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday to settle their cases.
62 year old Charles E. West pleaded guilty to violation of the sex offender act and received a two year sentence to serve ninety days and then be on probation. The sentence is to run concurrent with a violation of probation case against him in DeKalb County General Sessions Court. He was also fined $350.
28 year old Jason Allen pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule VI controlled substance (over one half ounce of marijuana). He received a two year sentence to serve sixty days and then be on probation. He was fined $2,000. Allen must undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and perform 100 hours of community service work. He begins serving his sentence September 17th.
Smithville Police Chief Tom Stufano, Captain Steve Deffendoll, Investigator Bill Elliott, Sergeant Lilani Defore, and Central Records Supervisor Sue Mathis have all turned in their resignations.
All will be leaving as of September 4th, except for Mathis, who is stepping down at the end of the month.
In his resignation letter, read to the aldermen Monday night by Mayor Taft Hendrixson, Stufano cites deteriorating working conditions as a reason for his decision. "I would like to take this occasion and thank you for the opportunity of being able to serve you and the residents of this city for the last year in my positions of Executive Officer and as Chief of Police. I feel confident that during this time the majority of the officers have substantially increased their pride and professionalism and are now providing the level of service to the citizen¹s representative of any nationally accredited police agency."
After eighteen years as City Recorder and Secretary-Treasurer for the City of Smithville, Burnace Vandergriff is calling it quits.
Vandergriff says he is tired of dealing with what he calls the "harassment" of a few people who frequent city hall on a regular basis, disrupting the work of city employees with their almost constant demand for city records as well as a majority of the city aldermen, who seem to cater to them.
Smithville Police Lieutenant Richard Jennings has got his job back.
By a vote of 3 to 2 Monday night, the Board of Aldermen, following a lengthy hearing, overturned the termination of Jennings.
Alderman Willie Thomas made a motion that Jennings be returned to the police department with "full pay". Alderman Jerry Hutchins', Sr. seconded the motion. Alderman Tonya Sullivan joined Thomas and Hutchins in voting to reinstate Jennings, but aldermen Cecil Burger and Steve White voted to uphold the firing.
After the vote, Mayor Taft Hendrixson called for a recess, which was approved by the aldermen. Hendrixson left the meeting room and went down stairs, apparently to ponder casting a veto. But when he returned later and called the meeting back into session, Mayor Hendrixson stated that he would not veto the board's decision, which was met with applause from members of the audience.
The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department arrested a nude swimmer at Center Hill Lake Sunday after officers saw him trying to get rid of some drugs while getting dressed.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 30 year old Scotty Farmer of Sykes Road, Hickman was arrested at Long Branch Boat Ramp near Center Hill Dam. Upon the deputies' arrival, Farmer and his friends were found swimming without any clothes on. Farmer came out of the water and put his pants on and the deputy noticed Farmer had thrown something in the lake. The officer quickly recovered the package and found pills believed to be Percocets. Farmer was charged with possession of a schedule III drug (Percocets) and fabricating/tampering with evidence. Bond is set at $6,000 and his court date is September 20th.
A 19 year old man was airlifted after a one auto traffic accident early Sunday morning on Highway 70 near Alexandria.
Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Brandon Likens of 3982 McMinnville Highway, Smithville was traveling east on U.S. 70 in a 2000 Pontiac Montana Minivan around 3:00 a.m. Sunday when he went off the right shoulder of the road, overcorrected, and then went back across the westbound lane and off the left shoulder. Trooper Jennings says Likens overcorrected again and spun around facing west. The vehicle slid back across the east bound lane, went off the shoulder, and struck a tree.
He was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt Hospital.
Trooper Jennings says Likens may have fallen asleep while driving, causing the crash.
Others responding included DeKalb EMS, the Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, and the DeKalb County Fire Department's Extrication Team.