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Dowelltown Water Tested Safe to Drink

September 29, 2008
Dwayne Page

Customers of the Dowelltown-Liberty Water System no longer have to boil their drinking water before consumption.

Testing has been completed on water samples and the results reveal that the water is safe to drink.

A break in a water line caused an interruption in service Sunday night and early Monday morning.

Officials were concerned that the water might have become contaminated because of the line break.

Smithville Fire Fighters Conduct Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of New Fire Hall

September 27, 2008
Dwayne Page
Smithville Fire Fighters Conduct Ribbon Cutting at New Fire Hall
Smithville Fire Fighters at Saturday Dedication
Firefighters Stand at Attention During Dedication Ceremony

The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department hosted a dedication, open house, and ribbon cutting Saturday to commemorate the opening of the new fire hall downtown.

During his remarks during the dedication, Smithville Fire Chief Charlie Parker expressed his appreciation to his fellow firefighters for their committment, to past and present city administrations and aldermen, and to the citizens of Smithville for their support. "For the last several years, the Smithville Fire Department has tried to be an agreessive department, trying to build, grow, and expand our capabilities for the citizens of Smithville. This building is one of our accomplishments. We've managed to purchase several pieces of equipment over the last several years. This building is just another building block as we go forward."

Smithville Mayor Taft Hendrixson, who also spoke during the dedication, said he is proud of this new state of the art firehall and the firefighters who staff it. Mayor Hendrixson added that he is also pleased that the city did not have to borrow money to build it due to sound financial management for several years.

In an interview with WJLE on Friday, Parker says the new firehall provides space for fire trucks, offices, training rooms, and living quarters. "When we started this project, we were trying to expand the department so that we could have a building big enough to hopefully someday buy a truck with a ladder on it in order to reach some of the taller buildings in the city. So we made the building big enough on the bottom floor to house larger equipment as the city grows. We added three bays. We presently have four trucks so we're still utilizing the old part of the fire department downstairs. We changed the garage doors of the old fire hall to make it all match the new building. The bottom floor of the new building contains three new bays so we can get all of our trucks parked inside now. None of them have to set outside. It also gives us a little room for expansion in the future. We've made a room to hopefully have a washing machine in the near future for our turnout gear. We also have rooms for our offices and training upstairs. We had extra space so we made provisions to hopefully have some full time firefighters soon. There's a kitchen and a training room upstairs, along with bathrooms and showers. We've incorporated bunk rooms. We're trying to look to the future and possibly add some full time firefighters. We've got the building and the capability to do that now. We're real proud of the new fire hall."

For more information about the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department visit www.smithvillefire.com

Tigers Rout Lions in Woodbury 63-20

September 27, 2008
Tiger Quarterback Hunter Poteete Looking for Open Receiver

The DeKalb County High School Tiger football team put their first loss of the season behind them Friday night, as they crushed the Cannon County Lions, 63-20, in Woodbury. The 63 points tied a team record for the most points scored in a game. The 1973 Tigers scored the same amount of points in a 63-0 defeat of Red Boiling Springs.

DeKalb stormed out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, as Hunter Poteete threw touchdown passes to J.J. Herriott (14 yards) and Hunter Stewart (12 yards), while Abram Edwards returned a fumble 63 yards for the third Tiger score. Zach Taylor hit two of his first three extra point attempts, as DC took the three-score advantage at the end of the quarter.

The Lions stormed back on a pair of second quarter touchdowns. Quarterback Josh Seng hooked up with Andrew Woodin on a 27-yard touchdown pass for the first Cannon County score, and Melvin Young reeled off a 28-yard run for the team's second score. Kevin Walkup connected on the first extra point attempt, but had the second one blocked, which made the score 20-13 in favor of the Tigers with 2:28 to go until halftime.

The Tigers used only 1:08 on the clock to collect their next score, as Poteete swiftly moved the team 70 yards in five plays, capped off by his five-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Lawrence. Poteete then found Abram Edwards on a deflected pass for the two-point conversion, which pushed the Tiger lead to 28-13.

With just 1:09 left in the half, Cannon County was able to pick up a first down on the ensuing drive, but did little else and was forced to punt. DeKalb took the ball at the 34-yard-line, and Poteete called his own number on a quarterback draw, which led to a 66-yard burst to the end zone with just 5.5 seconds left until the intermission. Taylor booted the PAT, which gave DC a 35-13 edge at the half.

The Tigers continued to pour it on in the second half, as Lawrence capped off the opening drive with a three-yard touchdown run. Travon Johnson ended the ensuing Lion drive with an interception return for a touchdown, which covered 66 yards. Taylor's PAT kicks gave DC a 49-13 lead with 6:28 to go in the third quarter.

Young broke loose for his second rushing touchdown on the ensuing Cannon County drive, as the senior darted 38 yards to paydirt, which made the score 49-20 after Walkup's extra point. DeKalb marched right back down the field, however, and scored again, this time on a 17-yard pass from Poteete to Herriott, which widened the margin to 56-20, with 1:05 remaining in the third.

With the mercy rule invoked, the clock ran continuously in the fourth quarter. DeKalb County added one more score on a four-yard run by Kevin Kijanski, which put up the final margin of 63-20 after Taylor's point after kick.

The DeKalb County Tigers improve to 4-1 on the season, and will travel to Pearl-Cohn for a Region showdown, next Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

SES Students Help Raise Money for their School in Wildcat Fun Run

September 27, 2008
Dwayne Page
Students Walking in Wildcat Fun Run
SES Students Walking to Raise Money for their School

Students from pre-k to the second grade helped raise money for their school during the 17th annual Wildcat Fun Run held Friday at Smithville Elementary School.

Dr. Bill Tanner, SES Principal, says much of the money raised this year will help support the addition of an outdoor classroom at the school for all students and teachers." Last year we raised $33,000 with the Fun Run and we hope to do as well this year. A lot of the money will go toward this project (outside classroom), plus we're trying to get another grant to help along with this fundraiser. The more money we can get towards our outdoor classroom, the bigger and better one we can build."

Dr. Tanner says the Fun Run is a project of the school's PTO. "The PTO does this. It's their fundraiser to help us with some projects that we have during the year. This year, the idea was that we wanted to build an outdoor classroom. A lot of times when students are doing activities inside a classroom, like painting, using sand or other types of materials, it creates a mess for the janitors to have to clean up. Or they may be doing an activity where they're real loud, but if they are outside, they are not bothering anybody else. We can also do nature studies outside and experiments. It's not conducive sometimes to do experiments inside."

In addition to the funds raised through the Fun Run, Dr. Tanner says the school expects to receive some donated materials and volunteer labor to help build the outdoor classroom, which could be completed by spring.

Dr. Tanner says he wants to thank all those who supported Friday's Fun Run. "We've had wall to wall parents and other people out here helping with the event and it's just been a beautiful day and a great Fun Run here at Smithville Elementary School."

This event is held each year in an effort to raise money for the school. Students are asked to accept pledges or donations prior to the day of the run. During the Fun Run, students walk or jog on a 1/8 mile track for one hour with each lap being recorded for each student. After the event, the students then collect money from their pledges.

Special Grand Jury Session Called to Indict Defendants in Theft Investigation by Sheriff's Department

September 25, 2008
Dwayne Page
James M. Adcock

An investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department into a recent rash of burglaries and thefts has led to a special session of the grand jury and sealed indictments against several persons named in the probe.

The DeKalb County Grand Jury was called into special session Wednesday.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says "These individuals are thought to be "larger scale" thieves considering their past criminal histories and are a threat to our community. This is an ongoing investigation by my detectives and me dealing with theft rings here in DeKalb County. More arrests are forthcoming."

Sheriff Ray asks for you to take an inventory of your firearms, electronic components, and valuables by listing all serial numbers and descriptions of your items in case of a theft. This is vital information that tremendously increases the solvability of any theft and also aids in the recovery of the stolen items.

Among those named in sealed indictments by the Grand Jury Wednesday are:

79 year old James M. Adcock of Jefferson Road, Smithville who was arrested on a sealed indictment for theft of property over $1,000. Sheriff Ray says Adcock had in his possession several guns that had been reported stolen here in DeKalb County. During a lengthy investigation, detectives found that people, who were known felons and who had long criminal histories for similar crimes, were stealing guns from several homes in DeKalb County and were taking the stolen firearms to Adcock's home to be sold. Adcock would purchase the weapons with cash. After obtaining this information, detectives went to the home of Adcock and confronted him with information they had obtained. They were able to recover two stolen firearms. While at the residence, Adcock was advised that officers had proof of other firearms which had been sold to him but Adcock denied it. Detectives left Adcock's residence but were able to reconfirm their information that more stolen firearms had been sold to him. Officers then went back to Adcock's home later in the evening and conducted a search of his residence. During the search, detectives found two more stolen guns that Adcock had purchased, including a .357 pistol that had been reported stolen here in DeKalb County in 2003. Also found at the residence was the stolen firearm that the detectives had questioned him about earlier in the day which he had denied having in his possession. Adcock's bond was set at $10,000 on the charge and he will appear in court on October 24th.

42 year old Shannon Lynn Newby of Anthony Avenue, Smithville was arrested on three counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of property over $1,000, and one count of theft of property under $500. Sheriff Ray says in May of this year, Newby made forced entry into a residence on Cookeville Highway and took two firearms, a floor safe, guitar, a DeWalt impact wrench, and multiple DVD's all valued at over $1,000. Many of these items including one of the firearms have been recovered.

Sheriff Ray says in June of this year, Newby went to a residence on Twilla Lane Smithville and made forced entry into the home. He took two rifles valued at over $1,000. One weapon has since been recovered. Also in June, Newby forcibly entered a home on West Main Street in Smithville and took a chainsaw valued at $350 from the home. The chainsaw has since been recovered. Newby's bond was set at $150,000 and he will appear in court on October 24th.

38 year old Comer Thomas Vance of Bell Street Smithville was arrested for two counts of theft over $500, one count of theft under $500, and one count of aggravated burglary. Sheriff Ray says in June of this year, Vance went to a residence on Lee Homer Road Smithville and stole a catalytic converter off of a 1995 Chevy Lumina valued at $600 without the owners consent. Also in June of this year, Vance forcibly entered a home on West Main Street in Smithville and took a chainsaw valued at $350 from the home. The chainsaw has since been recovered. On another date in June, Vance went to a residence on Haley Road in Smithville and stole a catalytic converter off of a 1991 Ford Van valued at $800. Vance's total bond was set at $100,000 and he will appear in court on October 24th

32 year old Tyrone Dewayne Owens of Shady Drive Smithville was arrested for one count of aggravated burglary and one count of theft over $1,000. Sheriff Ray says in May of this year, Owens forcibly entered a residence on Cookeville Highway and stole a .25 caliber semi automatic hand gun, a .22 caliber rifle, a floor safe, acoustic guitar and case, several DVD's, and an impact wrench valued at over $1,000. Owens' total bond was set at $50,000 and he will appear in court on October 24th.

32 year old Sharon K. Skinner of Cedar Drive Smithville was arrested for one count of aggravated burglary and one count of theft over $500. Sheriff Ray says in August of this year, Skinner made forced entry through a window of a residence on A.B. Frasier Road Smithville and stole several articles of jewelry, one play station two console, loose change, and several DVD's valued at over $500. Skinner's bond was set at $25,000 and she will appear in court on October 24th.

23 year old Donald Ricky Atnip Jr. of Banks Pisgah Road Smithville was arrested for theft of property over $1,000 and filing a false report. Sheriff Ray says earlier this month, Atnip went to a residence on Short Mountain Highway and stole a 16 foot trailer and a Maytag Washer and Dryer. Atnip then drove from the residence on Short Mountain to McMinnville Highway where the trailer came off of Atnip's vehicle. The operator of another vehicle, which was traveling on McMinnville Highway, did not see the trailer in the roadway and struck the trailer causing damage to their vehicle. When Deputies arrived at the scene, Atnip was loading the stolen trailer back on to his truck and told the deputies that the trailer belonged to him. The deputies filed an accident report with Atnip and the other motorist. A further investigation into the accident revealed that the trailer had been stolen. Atnip's bond was set at $25,000 and he will appear in court on October 24th.

38 year old Walter Ray Redmon of Sparta Highway Smithville was arrested for four counts of theft over $500 and one count of aggravated burglary. Sheriff Ray says in June of this year, Redmon forcibly entered a residence on Four Star Loop through a window and stole a Marlin 30-30 rifle and case along with various swords, daggers, and knives. The rifle has since been recovered. Also in June of this year, Redmon went to a residence on Evins Mill Road in Smithville and stole a catalytic converter off of a 1996 Chevy Lumina Van valued at $600.

On another date in June of this year, Redmon went to a residence on Haley Road in Smithville and stole a catalytic converter off of a 1991 Ford Van valued at $800. Also in June, Redmon went to a residence on Lee Homer Road in Smithville and stole a catalytic converter off of a 1995 Chevy Lumina valued at $600. Redmon's bond was set at $125,000 and he will appear in court on October 24th.

In other news, 30 year old Jerry H. Goff of South Titsworth Road Smithville was arrested Sunday for simple possession of drugs after he was stopped on South Titsworth Road for a traffic violation. Deputies received consent from Goff to search his vehicle and found 6 orange pills in the console of his car believed to be Suboxone. Goff did admit to the deputy that the pills were his and he had no prescription for them. Goff's bond was set at $1,500 and he will appear in court on October 9th.

39 year old William Andy Cantrell of Redmon Road Smithville and 42 year old Tammy Denise Miller of Short Mountain Road Smithville were arrested Tuesday after a deputy spotted their car sitting beside of the roadway on McMinnville Highway. Officers obtained consent to search the vehicle and found 31 hypodermic needles in Miller's vehicle. Cantrell was found to have another hypodermic needle in his pants pocket. Bond for both Cantrell and Miller was set a $2,500 each and they will appear in court on December 11th.

40 year old Donna Sue Estes was arrested Wednesday for possession of drug paraphernalia after officers from the Sheriff's Department went to a home on Short Mountain Highway. The officers received consent to search from the owner of the residence and found 5 hypodermic needles, two cut straws, and a tourniquet in a bedroom where Estes was sitting. Estes' bond was set at $2,500 and she will appear in court on October 2nd.

23 year old Daniel Sklenka of South College Street Smithville and 22 year old Barry Elrod of Golden Lane McMinnville were arrested Thursday for theft under $500 for stealing county road signs. A deputy, while on patrol, noticed a vehicle sitting on Dry Creek Road in Dowelltown. As the officer approached the vehicle, the driver turned his headlights off and then when the deputy got to the vehicle, the driver turned the headlights back on and drove off. The officer pulled the vehicle over for a traffic violation and noticed the county road signs in the back of the vehicle. The names of the road signs were- Highway 70 and Evins Mill Road cross signs, Toad Road, Adcock Cemetery Road, and a deer crossing sign. The two men were taken into custody. Bond for both men was set at $1,000 and they will appear in court on October 30th.

Smithville Man Defends Himself In Home Invasion

September 24, 2008
Dwayne Page

A Smith Road resident defended himself from a burglar early Monday morning.

Smithville Police Officer Scott Davis, in his report, states that "On Monday, September 22nd at 3:15 a.m., I was dispatched to 274 Smith Road in reference to an attempted break-in. Upon my arrival, I made contact with the complainant, David Reses, who stated that he was home when a male Hispanic with a mask over his face and armed with a black gun, kicked in the front door. When the suspect got near the complainant's bedroom door, the complainant (Reses) struck the suspect in the head with a steel pipe. The suspect fled in an unknown direction of travel."

There was damage to the front door and a lock but apparently nothing was stolen from the residence.

Two Men Rob Restaurant Employee

September 24, 2008
Dwayne Page

An employee of the City Cafe on West Broad Street says she was robbed as she was closing the business last weekend.

Danielle Swanson told Sergeant Joey Jones of the Smithville Police Department that two men took a money bag from her containing $1,000.

Sergeant Jones' report states that " On Saturday, September 20th at about 12:55 a.m. I was dispatched to the City Café on a robbery complaint. Arriving at 1:04 a.m., I made contact with Danielle Swanson who advised me that she was robbed. She went on to say that around 11:00 p.m. while closing the restaurant, she had gone over to the trash cans to throw away some trash and as she was walking to her car, parked on the other side of the parking lot, someone shoved her down from the back. Swanson said she could not tell who it was but they (two men) had sleeveless shirts and khaki shorts. Both were about 20 years of age and tall, approximately six feet tall, and thin. One had a beard and blond hair and the other had dark hair but no facial hair. She advised me that she had never seen them before. She then stated that they had to have come from around the trees behind the trash cans to the north of the building. That's the only place that she said they could have been hiding. Then she stated that one of the guys took her purse and threw out the contents and then they got the money bag containing the daily receipts. They then went across the parking lot and got into a white suburban and took off heading westbound. Swanson then stated that she ran over to her sister's house and called her step-father who said that when he was coming off of Dry Creek Road onto West Broad Street enroute to the restaurant, he saw a white suburban turning down Dry Creek Road, and going fast."

Swanson stated that the only thing taken was the money bag.

No arrests have been made.

Bredesen Appoints York District Attorney General

September 24, 2008
Dwayne Page
District Attorney General Randy York

Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed Randall A. York of Crossville, Tenn., as the District Attorney General in the 13th Judicial District. The vacancy was created by the resignation of William E. Gibson, which became effective in July. The 13th Judicial District is composed of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam and White Counties.

“Randy York has practiced general civil and criminal law in the state and federal courts, with a concentration in all seven counties of the 13th Judicial District,” said Bredesen. “I am pleased to make this appointment and believe Randy will serve the State of Tennessee with distinction and provide the leadership the people of the district expect and deserve.

“I also want to thank Tony Craighead for his service as District Attorney General Pro Tempore during the last two years,” said Bredesen. “General Craighead has served the 13th District with integrity and honor during a difficult transitional period.”

York , who spoke with WJLE by telephone late Wednesday afternoon, says he is ready to go to work for the people of the 13th Judicial District as their new District Attorney General. "I'm ready to get my feet wet, roll up my sleeves, and to do some work. I have been practicing law since 1982, primarily here in Crossville. I've had an occasion to practice in all of the seven counties that compose and comprise the 13th Judicial District so I've tried all different types of cases including just about every kind of criminal case you can imagine."

"My wife is from Smithville, the former Judy Dodd. Her mother is Genelle Dodd from Liberty. I have two children, John and Anna."

York says he will keep offices in Livingston, Cookeville, and Crossville. "There are three counties (in the district) with an office of the Attorney General including Livingston, Cookeville, and Crossville and all of those will stay as they are. The D.A's staff has a group of seasoned prosecutors that are really good and I'm looking forward to working with them."

York has been a member of the firm Colvard, York & Ramsey since May 1990. Previously, he was a member of the firms Bean, Colvard & York from 1985 to 1990 and York and York from 1982 to 1985. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in 1978, York received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Nashville School of Law in 1982.

“This is a great honor, and I want to thank Governor Bredesen for the opportunity to serve the state in this new capacity,” said York. “I look forward to working with the dedicated employees of the district attorney’s office to ensure justice is achieved for the citizens of Tennessee.”

York is a member of Cumberland Homestead Baptist Church and serves as president of the Bread of Life Rescue Mission board of directors. He is a past president of the Cumberland County Bar and a member of the Tennessee Association for Justice. He is married to Judith York, a teacher at Cumberland County High School, and has two children, Jonathan and Anna.

Two Smithville Police Officers Receive Commendations

September 24, 2008
Dwayne Page
(Left to Right) Brad Tatrow and Matt Holmes

Smithville Police Officers Matt Holmes and Brad C. Tatrow and have been presented commendations signed by Mayor Taft Hendrixson, Police Commissioner Stephen White, Police Chief Richard Jennings, and Lieutenant Steven Leffew, for their recent actions.

The commendations states that "On August 31st, 2008, while working drug interdiction, K-9 Officer Brad Tatrow conducted a traffic stop and Officer Matt Holmes provided backup. During the investigation, K-9 Astro was deployed and indicated on the vehicle. During a pat down of one of the suspects, the driver assaulted Officer Tatrow and fled on foot. Both Officers Tatrow and Holmes gave chase and apprehended the subject approximately 500 yards from the traffic stop."

‘An estimated $6,000 of cocaine and marijuana was taken off the streets of Smithville and the police department was able to seize a 2001 Mercedes Benz."

"Due to your continuing efforts and dedicated service, know that you are making a difference for the citizens of Smithville that you swore to protect and serve. You have served with distinction and are a credit to the Smithville Police Department."

" For your outstanding service, you are hereby formally recognized and commended with a copy of this commendation becoming a part of your permanent personnel record."

"Congratulations and keep up the great work!"

Chapman Pleads Guilty In Counterfeit Cash Case- Gets Two Years Probation

September 23, 2008
Dwayne Page
Jason Ryan Chapman

A 24 year old man, charged in a cash counterfeiting operation earlier this year, pleaded guilty to forgery by passing Monday in DeKalb County Criminal Court

Judge Leon Burns, Jr. sentenced Jason Ryan Chapman to two years, all suspended to time served. He must perform 100 hours of community service on probation and make restitution of $40 to Wal-mart. He was given credit for eight days of jail time served.

Chapman, a former employee of Walmart in Smithville, could be seen on a videotape from the store's surveillance camera , making purchases at Walmart with some of the counterfeit money.

Smithville Police Detective Sergeant Jerry Hutchins, Jr. said at the time of the arrest that "On March 21st a patrol officer responded to Walmart in reference to counterfeit money showing up. The case was assigned to me and I received the videotape from the manager of Walmart that shows an employee, Jason Chapman basically passing $40 in counterfeit currency to purchase items there. I developed a lead in the city and he (Sheriff) had some tips in the county he had come up with and we put our information together and was able to resolve the case."

Two other people in the case, 24 year old Megan Ann Lann and her boyfriend, 27 year old Somer Walid Abdalla were indicted in August on charges of criminal simulation and passing counterfeit bills as currency.

Abdalla pleaded guilty on August 18th to criminal simulation over $1,000 and received a two year sentence, all suspended to supervised TDOC probation. The case is to run consecutive with a violation of probation sentence against him in the General Sessions Court in another case. Under terms of the plea agreement, Abdalla cannot associate with his girlfriend Lann except for court authorized contact with their child. All jail credit of 143 days from March 28th, 2008 to August 18th, 2008 shall be applied to the violation of probation sentence in the General Sessions court case.

Lann pleaded guilty to forgery (passing) and received a two year sentence, all suspended to TDOC supervised probation. She must make restitution toWal-mart in the amount of $240 and perform 100 hours of community service work. She must not associate with her boyfriend Abdalla under terms of the plea agreement.

Abdalla, Lann, and Chapman were arrested as the result of a joint investigation by the Smithville Police Department and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Lann and Abdalla were accused of producing at least $800 to $1,000 in counterfeit $10 and $20 bills on a desktop and laptop computer and printer in their home and then passing some of those bills at local and area businesses.

Detective Sergeant Hutchins says the Smithville Police Department also charged Lann and Chapman with passing counterfeit bank bills as currency.

Sheriff Ray and Detective Sergeant Hutchins say counterfeit bills showed up at several businesses during the winter and spring. The bills had no water marks or bar codes and some were not cut squarely. The bills also had some of the same serial numbers.

According to Sheriff Ray, both Abdalla and Lann were involved in manufacturing the counterfeit bills.

In other court cases Monday, 35 year old Lisa Dillon pleaded guilty to theft over $10,000 and received a four year sentence with six years of DOC probation. Dillon must make restitution of $12,841 to the victim in the case and perform 100 hours of community service work.

22 year old Christopher P. Mulford pleaded guilty to sale of a schedule VI controlled substance and received a two year sentence with 30 days to serve. He must perform 100 hours of community service work and make restitution of $100 to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. Mulford must also pay a fine of $2,000.

23 year old Edward Lee Judkins, Jr. pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000. He received a three year sentence to serve 150 days. The sentence is to run consecutive to a violation of probation in General Sessions Court. He must perform 100 hours of community service work and make restitution. Judkins was given jail credit for time served since February 26th.

30 year old Amy Renee Ford pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000 and was sentenced to two and a half years, suspended to and given credit for time served since March 29th. She will be on DOC supervised probation, must perform 100 hours of community service work, and must make restitution of $500.

24 year old Leonardo Rodriguez pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, but he was given credit for time served since March 22nd and will be on supervised probation. He is under a restraining order to keep away from the victim in the case.

20 year old Steven Cantrell pleaded guilty to casual exchange and received a sentence of 11 months and 29 days. He will be on supervised probation by PSI and must pay a $500 fine. Cantrell must also perform 100 hours of community service work and make restitution of $100 to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department. The case is to run consecutive to a General Sessions Court case against him.


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