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Police Make Several Arrests Over The Christmas Holiday

December 28, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police are reporting a busy holiday season with a number of arrests for DUI, drug offenses, domestic violence and shoplifting.

Chief Thomas J. Stufano says \"On December 23rd officers of the Smithville Police Department arrested 30 year old Juan Lucio with a listed address of Pirtle's Nursery in Smithville for Driving under the Influence. Lucio was stopped at 10:00 pm at West Bryant and College Streets when officers saw the vehicle driving erratically, swerving into oncoming traffic and narrowly missing a head-on collision. Lucio was arrested and transported to the Dekalb County Jail and booked under a $1,000 bond.\"

\"On Christmas Eve Smithville Police Officers also arrested 45 year old Keith Dolberry of 914 Moore Street Toledo, Ohio for DUI when he was driving on Highway 56 South. A concerned citizen had seen the erratic driving of Dolberry and reported it to the Police. Upon contact with Dolberry Officers noted that he was so unsteady on his feet that he had to be held up against his car so he would not fall during the investigation. He was arrested and booked into Dekalb County Jail under a $1,000 bond.\"

\"A second arrest for DUI was made on the same night when Smithville Police Officers came in contact with 32 year old Jimmy Martin of 2454 Hurricane Ridge Road in Smithville. Officers saw Martin driving his vehicle on Miller Road at 5:00 am without his headlights on. While police tried to stop the vehicle, the driver repeatedly crossed the line numerous times before he was eventually stopped some 4 blocks away. The driver was processed for DUI, arrested, and booked into Dekalb County Jail under a $1,000 Bond.\"

\"Another arrest made over the holiday period was 18 year old John David Anderson of Kendra Drive in Smithville, charged with simple possession of a narcotic. He was taken into custody after officers responded to the area on a complaint of an illegal activity taking place in a parking lot. Anderson was seen throwing a bag of pills under the police car. He gave the officers a consent to search his vehicle where an additional bag of marijuana was also found. Anderson was arrested and transported to DeKalb County Jail and booked. He is under a $2,500 bond\".

Chief Stufano says \"Smithville Police also responded to 805 Anthony Avenue in Smithville on a reported Domestic Violence complaint. Upon arrival they found 50 year old John Prater in a drunken state claiming that someone had broken out his vehicle windows and kicked in the residence back door. The investigation disclosed that Prater himself had broken out his windows and damaged two other vehicles. Prater was heard by witnesses that he was going to kill his wife and stepson. Officers found that Prater had also loaded a muzzle loader rifle just prior to the police response placing the weapon next to the door. Prater was arrested under the State's Domestic Violence Act and transported to the Dekalb County Jail under a $2,500 bond\".

\"On December 22nd Smithville Police responded to the Dollar General Store and arrested 39 year old Christopher Hendrixson and 32 year old Jennifer Hendrixson of 407 Hendrixson Hollow Road in Smithville for Theft as they tried to conceal over 30 items in their clothes without paying. Upon doing an inventory of their vehicle a large amount of additional items were recovered. The two were booked into Dekalb County Jail under a $2,500 each\".

Chief Stufano says \"Smithville Police are committed to actively investigating all crimes occurring within the city limits and appreciate the citizens support in reporting suspicious activity\".

DeKalb Jobless Rate Inches Upward

December 29, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 5.3%, up from the October rate of 4.8%.

The DeKalb County Labor Force for November was 9,520. A total of 9,020 were employed and 500 were unemployed.

Tennessee's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 5.0 percent, up from the October rate of 4.5 percent.

County unemployment rates for November show that two county rates decreased, 90 county rates increased, and three county rates remained the same.

Williamson County had the lowest unemployment rate for November in Tennessee at 3.0 percent, up from the October rate of 2.6 percent. Clay County had the state's highest county rate at 9.3 percent, up from the October rate of 8.3 percent.

Knox County had the state's lowest unemployment rate of the major metropolitan counties in November at 3.6 percent, up from 3.1 percent in October. Davidson County was 4.1 percent, up from 3.7 percent in October. Hamilton County was 4.0 percent in November, up from 3.7 percent in October; and Shelby County was 5.4 percent in November, up from 4.9 percent in October.

Young Arrested For Disorderly Conduct After Allegedly Making Threats Against The President

December 30, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police arrested a 48 year old man Wednesday for disorderly conduct at a local restaurant.

Chief Thomas J. Stufano says Clyde Randall Young of 634 Crestview Avenue is charged in the case.

According to Stufano, \"On Wednesday Smithville Police responded to Susie's Restaurant on a reported disorderly person complaint. Officers responded and met with County EMS personnel who were both the complainants and witnesses to the incident.\"

Chief Stufano says \"The witnesses stated that Young had been in the restaurant making veiled threats against the President of the United States. They went on to state that the man seemed very agitated and mad making numerous remarks. Numerous patrons in the restaurant were so disturbed over the demeanor and comments that they got up from their tables and left. Young left the restaurant prior to police arrival but was stopped a short distance away. Witnesses identified the subject and he was detained and escorted to the Police Department for further investigation. Due to the nature and type of comments made, the US Secret Service responded to conduct a federal investigation of Young. Young was eventually booked on Disorderly Conduct charges and released.

Schools Re-Open Tuesday January 2nd

December 30, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The winter break is almost over for students and teachers.

They will return to the classrooms Tuesday to begin the third nine week session of schools.

The remainder of the calendar reveals that schools will be closed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 15 and for President's Day, Monday, February 19.

The spring break will be April 2 - 6.

Schools will be closed Friday, March 16 and Friday, May 11.

Students will not attend on Thursday, May 24. That will be an administrative day and all teachers must attend.. The last day of school will be Friday, May 25. That will be an abbreviated school day and report cards will be given to the students.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 13 at DeKalb County High School from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will also be held from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 1 at DeKalb Middle School, Northside Elementary, Smithville Elementary, and DeKalb West School.

Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, January 4 and Thursday, March 8.

Competency testing at DCHS will be February 13-16.

Gateway testing at DCHS will be May 1-3. Gateway test makeup will be May 4.

Writing Assessment for the 5th, 8th, and 11th grades will be February 1. Writing Assessment make-up will be February 2.

TCAP testing of elementary students will be April 23-27.

Sheriff's Department Makes Two Drug Arrests On New Year's Eve

January 1, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Sheriff's Department arrested two people on drug charges on New Year's Eve following an undercover investigation.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says county officers went to the home of 52 year old Eddie Lattimore at 3785 Pea Ridge Road to execute a search warrant following an extensive investigation of Lattimore and surveillance of his home on suspicion of drug dealing.

Both Lattimore and 35 year old Tonya Silcox of West Main Street, Liberty were arrested at the scene. Officers found some dilaudid, oxycontin, syringes, and seized more than $7,400 in cash

Lattimore, described by Sheriff Ray as a well known drug dealer in the Pea Ridge community, is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia (syringes), sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (dilaudid), sale and delivery of a schedule II drug (oxycontin), and unlawful possession of a weapon. Authorities found a 9 millimeter pistol in an outbuilding on Lattimore's property.

Sheriff Ray says Lattimore, already a convicted felon, is currently on parole on similar drug convictions.

Silcox is charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance (dilaudid) and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is currently on probation on similar drug convictions.

Sheriff Ray says officers found an uncapped bloody needle with drug residue in Silcox's pants along with some dilaudid.

Lattimore's bond is set at $525,000 and Silcox is under a $28,500 bond.

Both will appear in DeKalb County General Sessions Court on January 11th.

Sheriff Ray says he plans to notify the Tennessee Department of Revenue, the Department of Alcohol- Tobacco and Firearms, and the Tennessee Department of Parole about the arrest of Lattimore. Silcox will also likely be charged with violation of probation.

Defore Named Smithville Police Officer of the Month

December 30, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police Officer Lilani Defore has been recognized as \"Officer of the Month\"

Defore is a three year veteran of the Smithville Police Department assigned to the Patrol Division. She is also the department's Domestic Assault Coordinator and reviews all domestic assaults, sexual assaults, and child abuse cases.

Defore is originally from Texas but has been a resident in the area for over thirteen years.

The commendation, signed by Smithville Police Chief Thomas J. Stufano, Mayor Taft Hendrixson, and Police Commissioner Aaron Meeks, states that \"On behalf of the City of Smithville Police Department I would like to commend you for your recent actions and diligent efforts in your capacity as Police Patrol Officer. Your determination and diligent efforts and participation in the recent investigation of a sexual predator resulted in the arrest of an individual that has caused hardship and mental anguish on young children. Due to the graphic nature and sensitivity of this type of crime your compassion, professionalism and expertise enabled the victim and the residents of our city to feel that justice has been served. Your impressive actions in this case are a credit to your professionalism as a Smithville Police Officer.\"

\"Additionally, your excellent work in traffic enforcement for the month of December has shown the motoring public that driving safety within our jurisdiction is a priority. Your work ethic and tenacity during the month of December has shown your true commitment to the citizens we serve and your fellow officers.\"

\"Last, your self initiation and strong interpersonal skills have shown favorably on the Police Department and our City Leadership. I appreciate your input and current performance and for that you are hereby formally recognized and commended with a copy of this Commendation becoming apart of your permanent personnel record for all to see.\"

\"Congratulations on a job well done.\"

Defore says \"I wanted to make a difference in someone's life who needed help. By being a police officer, I can interact with a lot of people in various situations and the friendships I have developed over the year's here in Smithville has satisfied that dream.\"

Alexandria Police Arrest Silver Point Man On Drug and DUI Charges

January 2, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

Alexandria Police made a drug arrest after a routine traffic stop on Friday.

Chief Mark Collins says 25 year old Patrick N. Blevins of 533 Anderson Ridge Road, Silver Point is charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia (pipe), and driving under the influence (4th offense).

Chief Collins says officers Chris McMillen and Cody Jenkins stopped Blevins vehicle on Highway 70 in Alexandria on a traffic offense. As Blevins got out of his automobile, the officers detected a strong odor of what they thought was marijuana. They conducted a field sobriety test and placed Blevins under arrest.

The officers found a small bag of marijuana and a pipe used to smoke drugs.

Two other arrests were made in a separate investigation on New Year's Eve.

Chief Collins says 31 year old Travis Pinkerton of Watertown was pulled over in a routine traffic stop and charged with driving on a suspended license. Another man with Pinkerton was arrested. He was wanted on charges in Cannon County.

Police Chief Announces Reassignments Within The Department

January 10, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police Chief Thomas J. Stufano says there have been a few re-assignments to better serve the needs of the citizens of Smithville and provide increased coverage within the department. The following Officers will assume their new duties effective immediately.:

K-9 Sergeant Steve Deffendoll from Road Patrol Supervisor to Detective Sergeant in charge of Investigations

Officer Lilani Defore from Patrol Officer to Drug K-9 Officer/ Sexual Assault Coordinator

Officer William Elliott from Patrol Officer to Investigator/Seizure Specialist

Officer Mac Judkins from Patrol Officer to Patrol/Traffic Officer

Officer Mark Milam to School Traffic Officer and Officer Johnny King to School Traffic Officer

Police Make Arrests for DUI and Domestic Assault Over New Year Holiday Weekend

January 3, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police made several arrests over the New Year holiday weekend.

Chief Thomas J. Stufano says \"On December 30th Smithville Police arrested Walter Hartman of 303 Manhill Road, Dowelltown on the charges of DUI and Reckless Endangerment. This is the 5th DUI arrest for Hartman. Police observed Hartman driving his Ford Thunderbird at a high rate of speed on Cookeville Highway near Northside School crossing the centerline multiple times. When the vehicle was finally stopped and the officer approached, a 9 year old female, who was sitting in the passenger seat, crawled across the driver's seat frantically yelling \"Please help me\" to the officer. The officer immediately identified the smell of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the vehicle and asked the driver to get out of the vehicle. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the juvenile was the adopted daughter of the driver and was in fear due to Hartman's reckless driving. Hartman had to be held against the vehicle as he was too inebriated to stand. He was subsequently arrested and transported to the DeKalb County Jail. He was placed under $15,000 bond. Hartman's vehicle was confiscated under the state's Drug and Alcohol forfeiture act.

A second DUI arrest was made on New Year's Day when Francisco Soto Perez of 232 Orchard Lane of McMinnville was confronted by another driver who claimed that Perez almost ran into his vehicle. Smithville Police responded to a reported disturbance in the Exxon Gas Station parking lot. Officers discovered that Perez smelled of an alcoholic beverage, slurred his speech and admitted to drinking and driving. Perez was arrested and processed and remanded to the DeKalb County Jail under a bond of $1,500

On New Year's Eve Smithville Police Officers responded to 307 White Street regarding a domestic complaint. Upon arrival officer's discovered that 19 year old Daniel Lee Clien had been drinking heavily and kept a female companion from leaving the residence. Officers found that the female tried numerous times to exit from a rear bedroom window only to dragged back by Clien which left bruises on the female. Clien damaged numerous items in the residence including phones which were ripped out of the walls and glass which was broken from items being thrown about. Clien was arrested for domestic assault and underage drinking and was transported to the DeKalb County Jail under a $3,500 bond.

Smithville Police are committed to actively investigating and prosecuting drivers who are DUI. The Police Department asks that everyone help eliminate drinking and driving in our area.

County Firefighters Snuff Out New Year's Day Chimney Fire

January 4, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

DeKalb County Volunteer Firefighters were summoned to the home of Royce and Alicia Curtis at 1472 Lower Helton Road on New Year's Day.

Chief Donny Green says the Curtis' called for help after noticing smoke from the fireplace coming back down the chimney into the house. The area around the chimney was also very hot.

By the time firefighters arrived, the house had filled with smoke and fire could be seen around the chimney where it emerges from the roof.

Green says firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze and all the fire damage was confined to the immediate area around the chimney. However, he says the entire home received significant smoke damage.

No one was injured.

Members of the Liberty, Temperance Hall, and Short Mountain Highway Stations responded along with a tanker truck.

DeKalb EMS and officers of the Sheriff's Department were also on the scene.

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