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Bain Sentenced To 22 Years For Attempted Murder

December 4, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

28 year old Tina Rose Bain appeared in DeKalb County Criminal Court Monday and entered a \"No Contest\" plea to a charge of attempted murder in a January shooting in which a White County man was killed and a DeKalb County woman was seriously wounded.

Judge Leon Burns, Jr. sentenced Bain to 22 years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections as a range one offender, which means she may be eligible for parole after serving thirty percent of the sentence.

Bain, who was scheduled to stand trial this week, instead entered the \"No Contest\" plea under a negotiated settlement with state prosecutors. All other charges against her were dropped including charges of first degree murder, felony murder, theft, and two traffic offenses, driving on a suspended license and violation of the financial responsibility law.

A co-defendant in the case, 33 year old Michael E. Johnson of Sparta received a life prison sentence in August after he pleaded guilty to first degree murder in the case.

Johnson and Bain were charged in the shooting death of 21 year old David Anthony Welch of Sparta and the wounding of 23 year old Heather Trapp of Smithville. Both Welch and Trapp were shot at Trapp's home during the pre-dawn hours of January 6th on Webb Lane.

TBI Special Agent Bob Krofssik testified Monday that the proof in the case would show that Johnson fired the shots that killed Welch and that Trapp was shot by Bain.

After the shooting, Johnson and Bain left the scene in their car but were arrested later that day in White County. They were brought to the DeKalb County Jail and after several hours of questioning, were charged in the shooting.

Johnna West, a friend of Trapp, who had spent the night at Trapp's home and was a witness to events before, during, and after the shooting testified in the case during a preliminary hearing earlier this year in DeKalb County General Sessions Court.

West says she was awakened by an argument between Trapp and Bain. \"I heard yelling from Heather who was apparently in the laundry room. I don't know if they were in the laundry room or on the back porch but I could hear Tina screaming very loud at Heather and Heather yelling and then I heard something that sounded like firecrackers. I didn't think anything about it being gunshots at that time. Within a few seconds, I heard the same thing coming from the bedroom. It sounded like fireworks or firecrackers popping. It was like two pops. I raised up and looked and saw Johnson walking out from the bedroom and out through the laundry room. That's when I saw Heather lying face down in the laundry room in a puddle of blood. I knew then that she had been shot\".

West continued, \" I was in shock. I was scared. I didn't know if I was going to be next. I didn't know what was going on, but I knew I had to get to the phone. I ran back and checked on (Trapp's daughter) first and then I grabbed the phone and called 911. I went and looked in the bedroom and saw David (Welch) laying on the bed but he wasn't making any noise or sounds. I went and sat by Heather. I asked her who shot her and she said ?Tina'. I talked to her until the police and ambulance arrived.\"

TBI Agent Krofssik testified that three different statements were taken from Bain in the days after the shooting and that Bain gave a different version of the story each time. In the first statement, Krofissk said Bain \" denied being over there and being involved in the shooting in any way\". In the second statement, \"she admitted being there but blamed the shooting on a third party, another woman\". In the third statement, Kroffssik said Bain blamed the shooting on Johnson.

Putnam County Man Files Lawsuit Against County- Claims He Was Denied Proper Medical Care Last November

December 5, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A Putnam County man, seriously injured in a traffic accident over a year ago, has filed a federal court lawsuit against DeKalb County and the previous Sheriff's administration claiming he was detained more than 15 hours as a prisoner at the jail without receiving proper medical care.

Daniel Lloyd Billings has named as defendants, DeKalb County; former Sheriff Lloyd Emmons, individually and officially; Adam West, individually and officially; Samantha Young, individually and officially; Thomas Southworth, individually and officially; and John Does # 1 to #3, individually and officially.

West, Young, and Southworth were all employees of the Sheriff's Department at the time of the incident and the John Doe defendants are other unidentified Sheriff's Department and or DeKalb County employees who were working at the county jail facility during Billings' detention.

The defendants have not yet had a chance to file an answer to the complaint.

The lawsuit states that \"On or about November 13th, 2005, while Billings was driving his car, the vehicle left the road and hit a tree on Backbone Road in DeKalb County.\"

\"Billings' car sustained extensive front end damage, the steering wheel was broken by the impact of Billings' chest, and he was pinned in the car for some period of time.\"

\"DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies, a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer, and a DeKalb County ambulance arrived at the scene of the accident.\"

\"Although it was apparent that Billings had been injured in the accident, the ambulance left the scene without rendering treatment.\"

\"Billings was arrested by the highway patrol officer at the scene under suspicion of DUI and he was taken to the DeKalb County Jail. Billings was turned over to the exclusive custody and control of the Sheriff's Department and it's employees and officials at or around 9:00 p.m. on November 13th, 2005.\"

The lawsuit alleges that \"the jail intake officer, Samantha Young, was aware, from Billings' physical condition and statements he made during his initial intake, that he had suffered serious injuries in the accident and was in need of immediate medical attention. Despite being given actual notice by Billings of his need for immediate medical treatment and her own observations of his physical condition, Young failed to seek prompt or proper medical attention to Billings' serious medical needs and instead placed him in a jail cell with another detainee in an exhibition of deliberate indifference to his plight.\"

\"Billings was physically sick, vomiting blood and was unable to rise up off the floor, and it was readily apparent to his cell mate that Billings was seriously hurt and was in need of immediate medical attention.\"

\"Billings' cell mate immediately informed jail officials, including Adam West, of Billings' condition and his need for assistance but was told that Billings had refused treatment at the scene of the accident.\"

\"After continuing to observe Billings' vomiting blood and his other physical difficulties, Billings' cell mate repeatedly banged on his cell door, yelled out that someone needed to get Billings medical help, and talked with West 3 to 4 times about Billings' need to go to the hospital. Despite his own observations and being placed on actual notice of the need for immediate medical treatment, West exhibited deliberate indifference to Billings' plight. Finally, some two hours later, West responded that he was waiting for the Tennessee Highway Patrol officer to come back to the jail, and to read his warrants.\"

\"During this time, Billings again personally complained to jail officials about his injuries and need for medical help, but to no avail.\"

\"After more than 12 hours of incarceration in the DeKalb County Jail, Billings was finally removed from his cell, but his release was delayed an additional two hours or more in the release bond process, so that he was not freed from the exclusive custody or control of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department until approximately noon on November 14th, some 15 hours after his arrest.\"

The lawsuit states that \"the defendants, and each of them, were aware of the physical condition of Billings and that he was at serious risk of substantial harm from his medical condition, yet disregarded this risk and took no prompt or reasonable measures to abate the risk of harm from his injuries.\"

\"Upon his release from the jail, Billings was immediately taken to the DeKalb County hospital, by family members rather than jail officials. He was in respiratory distress, and his condition was so serious that he was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center by ambulance. A physical examination of Billings disclosed that he had multiple rib fractures, chest wall contusions, pulmonary collapse, a pseudo aneurysm, a C2 laminar fracture of his neck, free blood within the pelvis, and a lacerated spleen with active bleeding. All these injuries were suffered in the car accident occurring some 15 hours before.\"

\"As a direct and proximate result of the delay in receiving medical treatment, Billings' serious medical injuries were exacerbated, his wound became infected, and necrosis set in requiring extended hospitalization and multiple surgeries which are continuing to this day.\"

\"Billings has suffered serious personal injury from which he has not fully recovered. Billings has incurred and continues to incur medical bills and expenses believed to be in excess of $500,0000 and has lost wages, income and potential for income that he would have otherwise earned had his medical situation been promptly addressed. In addition, Billings seeks to recover for his pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental and emotional distress, past and future medical and related expenses, lost earning capacity, permanent physical impairment and all other damages permitted by law including, in the appropriate case and under the appropriate theory, the recovery of such punitive damages as a jury may allow.\"

Billings wants the case tried before a 12 member jury panel.

Former Home Health Care Workers Charged In Undercover Drug Investigation

December 5, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police have charged three former Home Healthcare workers accused of using the identities of their former patients to obtain prescriptions drugs.

Chief Thomas Stufano says 22 year old Breanna Rippetoe of 848 Foster Road, Smithville, 22 year old Jason Chapman of 212 North Mill Street, Dowelltown, and 34 year old Patsy McCoy-Estes of 632 Frazier Street, Smithville were arrested on Monday night around 9:45 p.m. and charged with drug fraud, facilitation of a felony, and theft under $500.

Chief Stufano says \"The case has been under investigation for approximately two weeks when police learned of an elaborate scheme involving persons formerly working in the home healthcare business taking the identities of their former patients so that prescription narcotics could be obtained.

Officers had set up two different surveillances to monitor the activities of the arrested individuals. After a pattern was established, contact was made with the local pharmacy and a drug sting was initiated.

Officers set up around the perimeter of the business and substituted placebo or non-narcotic pills for the real narcotics in case the suspects eluded police. After the subjects entered the pharmacy and took possession of the intended narcotics, detectives arrested them. Stufano says the trio was attempting to purchase 100 Hydocodone pills. During the arrest, it was also learned that the two females had also stolen merchandise from Jewel's Market just prior to going to the pharmacy. Detectives were able to recover the stolen items from the suspect's car including a rifle from the front seat and additional narcotics.

Chief Stufano says all three of the persons arrested were processed and transported to the DeKalb County Jail. Both Chapman and McCoy's bonds were set at $7,500 and Rippetoe's bond was set at $5,000. Two vehicles were also seized under the State's Drug Forfeiture Act.

Meanwhile, in a separate investigation, Chief Stufano says \"On Sunday, Smithville Police Officers responded to a two car motor vehicle accident at Highway 70 and Highway 56. Upon arrival and investigation, Officers determined that one of the drivers, 42 year old Kevin Leonard of 207 West Woodlawn Street, Smithville had been under the influence while driving resulting in the accident. He was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence (2nd offense), Simple Possession, and Possession of Drug Parphernalia. His bond was set at $14,000.\"

Chief Stufano says officers were able to recover a syringe and narcotics from the area of a bush after Leonard had tried to conceal the items. Also arrested at the scene was 24 year old Chastity Leonard of 207 West Woodlawn charged with Public Intoxication and Simple Possession of an illegal narcotic. She was booked into the DeKalb County Jail with a bond set at $3,500. Leonard's vehicle was seized under the State DUI 2nd Offender guidelines.

On Friday, Smithville Police, in partnership with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office conducted the first of three scheduled DUI Checkpoints for the holiday season. Police stopped over 80 cars during the event with most driver's appreciative of the vigilant support to keep them safe. Driver's were handed informational packets about DUI and Seatbelt Safety. The Sobriety Checkpoint did produce arrests for DUI, No Driver's License, a violation of the Open Container Law.

There are two more checkpoints scheduled between the partnering Police agencies. Law Enforcement is committed to aggressively arresting those individuals that put our driving public in jeopardy. If you drink and drive you will not drive. Smithville Police are requesting all citizens to report Drunk Driving and make this holiday season safe and accident free.

Grand Jury Indicts Twenty Four

December 7, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A total of twenty four people were indicted by the December term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury Monday and Tuesday including one in a sealed indictment.

All those indicted will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, December 18th

19 year old Joshua James Kneer of 313 Park Street, Syracuse New York was arrested Wednesday on a sealed indictment charging him with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide (recklessness), driving under the influence, and driving on a suspended license. His bond is set at $100,000.

Kneer was also indicted on a separate charge of driving while suspended

Others indicted and their charges are as follows:

Ricky Allen Ashford, Sr.- aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000

Matthew M. Lawson- forgery (4 counts) and passing a forged instrument (4 counts)

William David Arendall and Sherry Cook- aggravated burglary (9 counts) and theft over $1,000

Larry J. Keaton- driving while revoked (3rd offense)

Andrew L. Hutchens and Justin M. Cripps- aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000

Sherry Diane Cook- driving while revoked (7th offense) and possession of paraphernalia

Paul J. Comer- evading arrest with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, and violation of the implied consent law

David Michael Kemper- driving under the influence (2nd offense), driving on a revoked license (2nd offense), violation of the implied consent law, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

Kevin D. Eldridge- driving while suspended (7th offense)

Brian D. Thomason- aggravated burglary, burglary of an auto (4 counts), and vandalism under $500

Barbara Self- assault

Lavar Kinte Bass- assault

Hope Tarpley- theft over $1,000

Clarence Bradley Trapp- domestic assault

Kevin D. Eldridge- driving while suspended (7th offense) and violation of the financial responsibility law

Rhonda F. Brewer- driving while suspended and criminal impersonation

William R. Cantrell-evading arrest and possession of paraphernalia

Victor Perez Garcia- speeding, no drivers license, and violation of the financial responsibility law.

Jose L. Padilla Vazquez- driving under the influence and DUI per se

Julio C. Rico- driving under the influence (2nd offense), DUI per se, and illegal consumption

Raymond Dean Martin-simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance

Richard B. Turner- theft under $500

Dale Andrew Buck- driving under the influence, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, violation of the implied consent law, and violation of the financial responsibility law.

Grand Jury Indicts Twenty Four

December 7, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A total of twenty four people were indicted by the December term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury Monday and Tuesday including one in a sealed indictment.

All those indicted will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, December 18th

19 year old Joshua James Kneer of 313 Park Street, Syracuse New York was arrested Wednesday on a sealed indictment charging him with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide (recklessness), driving under the influence, and driving on a suspended license. His bond is set at $100,000.

Kneer was also indicted on a separate charge of driving while suspended

Others indicted and their charges are as follows:

Ricky Allen Ashford, Sr.- aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000

Matthew M. Lawson- forgery (4 counts) and passing a forged instrument (4 counts)

William David Arendall and Sherry Cook- aggravated burglary (9 counts) and theft over $1,000

Larry J. Keaton- driving while revoked (3rd offense)

Andrew L. Hutchens and Justin M. Cripps- aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000

Sherry Diane Cook- driving while revoked (7th offense) and possession of paraphernalia

Paul J. Comer- evading arrest with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence, and violation of the implied consent law

David Michael Kemper- driving under the influence (2nd offense), driving on a revoked license (2nd offense), violation of the implied consent law, and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.

Kevin D. Eldridge- driving while suspended (7th offense)

Brian D. Thomason- aggravated burglary, burglary of an auto (4 counts), and vandalism under $500

Barbara Self- assault

Lavar Kinte Bass- assault

Hope Tarpley- theft over $1,000

Clarence Bradley Trapp- domestic assault

Kevin D. Eldridge- driving while suspended (7th offense) and violation of the financial responsibility law

Rhonda F. Brewer- driving while suspended and criminal impersonation

William R. Cantrell-evading arrest and possession of paraphernalia

Victor Perez Garcia- speeding, no drivers license, and violation of the financial responsibility law.

Jose L. Padilla Vazquez- driving under the influence and DUI per se

Julio C. Rico- driving under the influence (2nd offense), DUI per se, and illegal consumption

Raymond Dean Martin-simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance

Richard B. Turner- theft under $500

Dale Andrew Buck- driving under the influence, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, violation of the implied consent law, and violation of the financial responsibility law.

Man Dies From Injuries In Thursday Afternoon Wreck

December 8, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

An 18 year old DeKalb County man died Thursday night at Vanderbilt Hospital from injuries he received in a one vehicle traffic accident Thursday afternoon on Bright Hill Road.

Dead is Matthew Bates of Page Drive, Smithville.

Sergeant Billy Prater of the Tennessee Highway Patrol says Bates was a passenger of a 1988 GMC Jimmy, driven by 18 year old Joshua Puckett of Four Seasons Road, Smithville. The accident occurred around 12:50 p.m. Thursday about four-tenths of a mile north of Hooper Road on Bright Hill Road.

Sergeant Prater says Puckett was driving toward town and was negotiating a curve when the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, began to rotate, traveled up a grass embankment, and then overturned. The vehicle came to rest in the west ditchline of Bright Hill Road facing south. Both Puckett and Bates were ejected. Neither was wearing a seatbelt.

Puckett and Bates were taken by DeKalb EMS from the scene to meet a Vandy Life Flight helicopter ambulance and were flown to Vanderbilt Hospital.

Sergeant Prater was assisted at the scene by Trooper Brian Raymond of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, EMS, and DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Fighters.

Man Indicted For Vehicular Homicide In April Car Crash

December 9, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

A 19 year old man was indicted by the DeKalb Couny Grand Jury this week for vehicular homicide as the result of an April traffic accident in Smithville, in which 69 year old Ofallon Byford later died.

Joshua James Kneer of 313 Park Street, Syracuse New York was arrested Wednesday on a sealed indictment charging him with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular homicide (recklessness), driving under the influence, and driving on a suspended license. His bond is set at $100,000.

Kneer was also indicted on a separate charge of driving while suspended.

Smithville Police said at the time of the accident that Byford was driving east on Broad Street in a 1993 Ford Tauras when a 1988 Pontiac, driven by Kneer of West Main Street, attempting to cross Broad Street from Carter Street, pulled into her path.

Kneer was not seriously injured but he was charged with failure to yield, violation of the financial responsibility law, violation of the seat belt law, and driving on a suspended license.

Byford was transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Hospital and then to the parking lot of the high school where she was airlifted by helicopter ambulance to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. She died in June.

Alexandria Celebrates Christmas with Parade

December 9, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Hundreds turned out on a bright sunny afternoon for the Alexandria Christmas Parade Saturday.

The parade featured seasonal floats, the DCHS band, vintage automobiles, and of course, Santa Claus, among many other entries.

Phil Jones of NewsChannel 5 flew to town in the Sky 5 helicopter and he served as Grand Marshal of the Parade.

The West Main Baptist Church of Alexandria took first place among the parade entries. The Alexandria First Baptist Church received second place and Mason Carter's antique tractor took third place.

Many people also won drawings for cash, country hams, bicycles, and a $100 savings bond after the parade.

Grand Jury Commends Sheriff's Department

December 10, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Members of the DeKalb County Grand Jury toured the jail last week and had good things to say in it's report to the court.

The report states that \"The consensus of the Grand Jury was that everything was clean and organized. We were impressed with the open door policy for any citizens to visit the jail and the willingness of the Sheriff to answer any questions.\"

Stephen L. Officer is the Grand Jury foreman.

Deputy Graduates From Law Enforcement Training Academy

December 11, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Sheriff Patrick Ray has recognized a member of his department for graduating from the Walters State Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Sheriff Ray recently presented Offier Patrick Britian with an award from the Tennessee Sheriff's Association for Outstanding Achievement for an Employee of a Sheriff's Department.

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