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Community Support Sought for Angel Tree Project

November 21, 2007
Dwayne Page

The 12th annual Angel Tree Project is underway and your support is needed to help make this holiday season merrier for hundreds of less fortunate children.

Laura Stone, President of DeKalb County Angel Tree Incorporated, says this program has been reorganized. "This is our 12th annual Angel Tree Project. It's basically the same program but we've come under a different organizational aspect of it. We are now a non-profit organization in the process of getting our 501c3 status. I am the president and Lisa Vaughn is the secretary-treasurer. We have a board of directors made up of Marie Blair, LaVaughnda Midgett, Charlie Parker, and Tim Woodward. We're working together with the community this year as a group in order to provide presents, like we always have, for the needy and disadvantaged children of the community."

Stone says DeKalb County Angel Tree Incorporated hopes to serve more than 600 children this holiday season. " We've got, somewhere in the neighborhood of 630 children this year that we're serving, and the deadline to shop and return your gifts to the banks is on Friday, December 7th. I know a lot of people are going to be off during the holiday and it's a good time, when you're going into the bank to cash your check for after Thanksgiving shopping, to go ahead and pick up an angel or two off the tree. If you can't choose an angel, we're happy to take money as well. We understand that some people don't have the time to shop so we'd be happy to do the shopping for you. This is a good weekend to get everybody in the shopping mood, and hopefully we'll have a lot of these angels taken this week."

Angel Trees are located at all bank locations in DeKalb County. Each angel represents a child and his or her wish list for Christmas. Select an angel from the tree, buy a gift for the child, and return the gift to the bank where you picked up the angel.

Stone says Cash Express is also serving as a donation site for anyone who wants to drop off coats and toys." We'll be making up presents from the donations. If we have a child who doesn't get as much (Angel Tree presents) as their sibling, or if a child's name doesn't get taken and we have something left over, we're going to have some options of being able to make up some presents with these donations, so if you just want to buy, a couple of Barbie dolls or a coat or two you can drop those off at Cash Express because they've partnered with us."

Stone says she knows of one family who benefited from the Angel Tree Project in the past and this year is able to support it themselves. "They were able to take four angels off the tree this year. I talked with this lady and her child and she said if it wasn't for the angel tree in year's past, her kids wouldn't have gotten anything. Her child said I was able to get presents when I was growing up and it's time for us to give back to the community. I thought that was such a touching story of how things can turn around for people. Here is a family who needed help, when times were tough for them, and are now in a position to buy for four angels themselves. That's a wonderful example."

Cookeville Woman Accused of Shoplifting Found with Drugs

November 20, 2007
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police arrested a Cookeville woman on drug charges Saturday after answering a shoplifting complaint.

37 year old Lois Ann McCloud of 627 Rice Circle, Cookeville was charged with simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (xanax) and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond is $2,500 and she will appear in General Sessions Court on the charges December 6th.

The arrest warrant states that " Officer Matt Holmes responded to a shoplifting call at Gordon's Hardware and was advised that the subject had left. A description was given of the car and it was stopped at Wal-mart. Upon speaking to both subjects in the vehicle, they admitted to being at Gordon's Hardware but denied shoplifting anything. They also consented to a search."

Officer Holmes' report states that "I found a plastic bag in the passenger front floor board that contained needles and straws. Upon a search of McCloud, a black flash light was found down the front of her pants in a black container. When asked what it was, she stated that it was paraphernalia. The subject admitted she used the needles for shooting up morphine. Also a small key chain was found in Ms McCloud's left pocket containing two blue pills believed to be Xanax. Ms McCloud was arrested and transported to the Smithville Police Department. The male driver of the vehicle was arrested on an active warrant out of DeKalb County." His name was unavailable. The vehicle was towed.

A motorcycle rider, stopped for speeding, was found with drugs on Sunday.

25 year old Chauncey Lee Eanes IV of Laurel Avenue, Knoxville, was charged with resisting a stop, frisk, halt, arrest, and search along with simple possession of a schedule IV and VI controlled substance. He will be in court on the charges December 6th.

Officer Matt Holmes report states that "I observed a motorcycle traveling east bound on Highway 70 going through the traffic light at a high rate of speed, 82 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone. With lights and sirens activated, I followed the motorcycle for three miles before the stop. Upon speaking to Eanes, Holmes asked for a license, but Eanes did not have a motorcycle license endorsement. The cycle was to be towed due to no license. Before transporting, Holmes advised Eanes that he would have to search him before putting him in the police car but Eanes refused to a search of his person. At that point, Eanes was placed under arrest and transported to the Smithville Police Department. Upon inventory of Eanes personal belongings, the following items were discovered: a glass bottle that contained a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a small bag containing four and a half blue pills believed to be xanax.".

33 year old Eric Trent Johnson of Banks Pisgah Road, Smithville was charged with possession of a handgun while under the influence of alcohol and aggravated assault. His bond is set at $11,000 and his court date is December 6th.

The arrest warrant states that "Officer Craig Capps responded to a possible domestic involving a weapon at 318 Bell Street Apartments. Upon speaking to Curtis Lloyd, he states Johnson came to his residence intoxicated and pulled a gun on him and pointed it at him making him fear for his life. Johnson left the scene and officer Randy King stopped the subject, arrested him for DUI and found the weapon under the seat of the vehicle."

A 31 year old woman went missing from a residence on South Mountain Street Saturday.

Smithville Police Officer Matt Holmes, in his report, states that "On Sunday, I responded to 508 South Mountain Street on a missing person report. I met with Lila Garrell who advised me that Brandy Braydon was last seen at Sundance where she was employed. She left around 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Braydon was under a court order to stay at 508 South Mountain Street, which is a halfway house. Garrell advised me that on November 10th, Braydon failed a drug screen and thought she was going to jail." She remains missing.

Meanwhile, Officer Travis Bryant took a theft report at a residence on Bright Hill Road on Saturday.

In the report, Officer Bryant states that " Upon arrival, I spoke with Chris Braswell who advised me that his license plates had been stolen from his car and that a couple of months ago other items were taken including a yellow top post car battery valued at $150, a Silverado Craft car battery, valued at $70, a Rampage CD player, valued at $70, and an Aftermarket CD player, valued at $70. Braswell stated that he last observed his license plates on November 14th and noticed them missing on Saturday."

Officer Matt Holmes also took a report of a burglary and theft on Saturday at the residence of Ricky Turner on Foster Avenue.

The report states that " I met with Ricky Turner who advised me that someone had been in his residence while he was gone. He advised me that he left his residence at 7:00 a.m. on Friday and arrived home that evening at 4:50 p.m.. He first noticed a bowl containing loose change relocated in his house. The bowl was empty. Upon further investigation, he found that his 22 Marlin automatic rifle and digital camera were gone. Mr. Turner left the garage door open in the back but the door inside the residence was locked and looked to have been jimmied, opened by a screwdriver. The property was valued at $260."

28 year old Nelda J. Bandy of Potts Camp Road, Smithville was charged with a third offense of driving on a revoked license on Saturday. Her bond is $3,000 and her court date is December 6th.

41 year old Kimberly A. McIntyre of Dry Creek Road , Smithville was charged with public intoxication on Friday. Her bond is $1,000 and her court date is December 13th.

54 year old Lamar Theodore Redman was charged with domestic assault and three other counts of assault on Saturday.

According to Officer Joey Jones' report, "I arrested Redman for domestic assault on his wife at 713 Snow Street. While being processed at city hall by officer Tyler Wix and Jones, Redman stated he was having chest pains. Officer Wix called for an EMT to check him out. The EMT began asking him questions and he became beligerant and violent and knocked the EMT up against the wall, and grabbed officer Jones by the shirt trying to hit him. When he was placed up against the wall by Officers Jones and Wix, Redman got an arm free and hit officer Wix with his fist in the left eye causing redness and poked him in the right eye with his finger. Redman was taken to the floor, still unruly, and the officer was going to use mace, when Redman began cooperating with the officer."

Redman will be in court on the charge November 29th

Police Officer Travis Bryant Receives Commendation from the City

November 19, 2007
Dwayne Page

Smithville Police Officer Travis K. Bryant has received a commendation for his efforts to obtain equipment for the department.

The commendation, signed by Mayor Taft Hendrixson, Police Commissioner Cecil Burger, Chief Richard Jennings, and Lieutenant Steven Leffew states that "On behalf of the Smithville Police Department, I would like to commend you for your recent efforts in your capacity in the Traffic Division"

"Due to your determination, the police department has received vital equipment and training at no cost, through financial grants."

"As a result of your patience and determination, the Smithville Police Department has been equipped with two in-car video systems, two lap top computers, an EC IR Intoximeter and a hand held Intoximeter. Our officers also have received specialized training at no cost to the City of Smithville."

" It's initiatives like this that will separate our officers from the rest and will take our police department to a higher level of excellence."

"For your outstanding performance, 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."

No City Council Meeting Monday Night Due to Lack of Quorum

November 19, 2007
Dwayne Page

The Smithville Mayor and Aldermen did not meet Monday night due to the lack of a quorum.

Three members of the five member board must be in attendance for the meeting to be held.

Aldermen Tonya Sullivan, Jerry Hutchins Sr., and Willie Thomas were all absent.

Aldermen Cecil Burger and Steve White were present as was Mayor Taft Hendrixson.

The business scheduled for Monday night will apparently be back on the agenda at the next meeting on Monday, December 3rd, however, according to Mayor Hendrixson, since there could be no action on ordinances up for passage on second reading Monday night, the process for adopting them will have to be started over again, beginning with first reading action on December 3rd followed by second and final reading passage after public hearings on December 17th.

Those include proposed ordinance #396 to change the zoning classification of certain property from B-1 to B-2. The property is approximately 1.2 acres belonging to James E. Cantrell and is located at 1100 South College Street; proposed ordinance #397 amending the official zoning ordinance by adding a section which establishes conditions for the parking of recreational vehicles in mobile home parks; proposed ordinance #398 adopting the International Residential Code; and proposed ordinance #399 adopting the International Plumbing Code.

Man Charged with Theft In Stolen Four Wheeler Investigation

November 19, 2007
Dwayne Page

A 33 year old man has been charged with theft of property over $1,000 as a result of an investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.

Ryan K. Martin of Forrest Avenue, Smithville was arrested Saturday after the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department received a tip that Martin had possession of a stolen four wheeler at his residence.

Detectives went to Martin's home but found only one four wheeler, which Martin owned. After conducting several interviews with other people and then determining that the stolen four wheeler had been moved prior to their arrival at Martin's home, detectives went to a residence where Martin formerly resided on Joe Tittsworth Street and found two- four wheelers, both of which were stolen. One of the four wheelers had been stolen from Holiday Haven last weekend and the other four wheeler was stolen on October 28th from Hazzard, Kentucky.

Sheriff Ray says Martin admitted to having possession of both of the stolen four wheelers so he was arrested and charged in the case. His bond is set at $10,000 and his court date is December 6th.

Foutch chosen as Republican Nominee for Assessor of Property

November 17, 2007
Dwayne Page

By a vote of 16 to 12, the DeKalb County Republican delegates Saturday nominated John David Foutch as their candidate for the office of Assessor of Property in the August 2008 General Election. Foutch, an Alexandria resident, told WJLE of his plans to run Friday night then made the announcement official on Saturday, during the Republican convention.

Foutch was selected by the narrow margin over local business woman, Sandy C. Brown, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the office in 2004, losing to Democratic incumbent, Timothy (Fud) Banks.

Foutch was thankful to the delegates for choosing him as the Republican party candidate.

"I'd like to thank each one of you for your vote of confidence in me. I've been more active in the community over the last five or six years than I ever have been in my life, but I've had more opportunity to do so. Since you have elected me your candidate, I'll do my best to take the State's Property Assessor courses before the election, if I can, so when I go into the office, I'll be ready to serve the public. If I get elected to this office, the office doors will be open anytime. I intend to be out there in the community, seeing what's going on, and trying my best to help. There have been a lot of changes in DeKalb County the last few years. Our population growth has been something to look at. With the change that's coming, we need some changes in some of our offices. We need to be dealing with what's coming along. If not, we're going to be left behind. We need to make the playing field level for everyone in the county, regardless of who you are, what your distinction in life is or what your status in life is. I think it should be level for each and every one of us."

Foutch is also the first district member of the DeKalb County Board of Education

Meanwhile, incumbent Reed Edge announced his intention to seek re-election for the second district constable position and was nominated by the convention. No other constable candidates came before the delegation.

DeKalb County voters will be electing an Assessor of Property and Constable from each of the seven districts in the county during the General Election next August.

The Democratic nominees for these offices will be chosen in the DeKalb County Democratic Primary on February 5th.

Democrats and Independents have until noon December 13th to become qualified to run.

DeKalb County Awarded $100,000 for Health Department Improvements

November 16, 2007

The Tennessee Department of Health has presented a check for $100,000 to DeKalb County for renovations to the local health department.

Assistant Commissioner Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN, on behalf of Governor Phil Bredesen made the presentation to County Mayor Mike Foster Friday afternoon at the health department.

Dr. Taylor, Assistant Commissioner and Chief of the Bureau of Health Services Administration, was joined by DeKalb County Health Department Director Frances Reece, Regional Health Director Debbie Johnson, and Regional Medical Director, Dr. Don Tansil.

Dr. Taylor says the money will enable the local health department to make some updates in services. "We have a check for $100,000 to enable expansion of clinical services here in the DeKalb County Health Department as well as some refurbishment of the waiting areas and some other needed improvements. We know that this is extremely important in helping improve our health outcomes, not just in DeKalb County, but across the state of Tennessee where we're able to extend primary care and a number of other clinical services that will help us improve outcomes in those measures that we perform so poorly on in national surveys. We think this is a step in the right direction and we're very excited."

Director Reece says construction should begin soon after bids are awarded. "We will be going out to bid and as soon as those bids come in and they are opened, we hope to start (construction) very soon. I'm looking at possible completion late in the spring. We will be doing some renovation of the front counter to make it more private and confidential for the patients when they come in and when we do interviews with them. We will be doing new floors and new counters in updating our clinic rooms to get them more modern and to be more presentable to our patients when they come in. The DeKalb County Health Department is doing an excellent job in serving the citizens in DeKalb County and we want to be state of the art. We are proud to offer our services."

Dr Reece says there should be no disruption of services while construction is underway. "We will not disrupt services. We have a game plan so that services will continue. We may have to move things around a little bit but we will see the patients and we will take care of everybody as they come in."

In a press release, Governor Phil Bredesen says "It is our goal to make primary care services available throughout Tennessee near the places where our citizens live and work. By committing these financial resources to DeKalb County, the State and the Tennessee General Assembly have ensured the residents of this community will have access to these important health services."

In the fall of 2005, the Tennessee Department of Health began offering new or expanded adult primary care services to uninsured residents of Tennessee in an effort to strengthen the state's health care safety net. In June 2006, Governor Bredesen signed the Cover Tennessee Act, which includes initiatives to extend health coverage to uninsured children and chronically ill adults, and creates a low-cost insurance program for uninsured working Tennesseans.

"Our residents in rural areas such as DeKalb County have fewer options for seeking primary health care, so it is a great benefit to have these important services available at the county health department," said State Representative Frank Buck.

State Senator Mae Beavers also represents DeKalb County.

"We are so pleased we were able to work with Governor Bredesen and the Legislature in supporting the provision of primary health care through our health department clinic in DeKalb County," said Taylor. "These services are an important way to prevent serious illness and provide management of chronic health conditions."

The DeKalb County Health Department provides an array of services, including adult primary care, family planning, immunizations, well child/EPSDT screenings, WIC and nutrition services, breast and cervical cancer screening, birth and death certificates, children's special services, HIV testing and counseling, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment and communicable disease control. Primary care services are offered on a sliding fee scale based on income, with a $5 minimum fee for each visit. Hours for the clinic are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals wishing to make an appointment may contact the DeKalb County Health Department at 615-597-7599.

Steve Mabe, Jr. Charged with Attempted First Degree Murder in Shooting of Donnie Stanley, Jr.

November 15, 2007
Dwayne Page

34 year Steve Mabe, Jr of 387 Lee Braswell Road has been charged with attempted first degree murder in the shooting of 32 year old Donnie Stanley, Jr.

The shooting occurred at Stanley's home on Toad Road. It was reported to central dispatch at 8:54 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, Mabe's wife, 35 year old Rachel Mabe has been charged with several drug offenses.

Sheriff Patrick Ray told WJLE Thursday morning that a search warrant was executed and served at Mabe's residence around midnight. Officers seized more than 35 weapons, some cash, pills, and other evidence.

Mrs. Mabe was charged with possession of a schedule III controlled substance for sale and delivery (Tylenol with Codeine), possession of a legend drug (phenergan), and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance for sale and delivery (20 Xanax).

According to Sheriff Ray, Officers also found in the home a ledger which was used to record drug transactions.

Steve Mabe, Jr. is under a $500,000 bond and Mrs. Mabe's bond is $51,500. Both will appear in General Sessions Court November 29th.

Meanwhile, Stanley remains in the intensive care unit of Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Sheriff Ray says Stanley was shot once in the right side of his face and the bullet protruded into the neck.

Sheriff Ray described for WJLE the events that occurred after the shooting leading up to the arrests of the Mabe's. "Stanley got shot while in the doorway of his residence. He then went back to wake up another man who lives there with him. He asked his friend to call for help. After discovering that there was no phone service or electricity (the power to the home had been manually shut off and then the phone line was disconnected by someone), Stanley's friend ran to a neighbor's house two doors down to call for help. Stanley then jumped into a truck and drove himself to the neighbor's house where his friend had gone, got out, went inside the residence and collapsed. By then 911 had been called and officers and DeKalb EMS were enroute. After the detectives and deputies got to the scene, Stanley told them that it was Steve Mabe, Jr. who shot him."

Knowing that Mabe resides on Lee Braswell Road, Sheriff Ray says he went to that area and parked at D& D Market on Short Mountain Road. A deputy also arrived at the market along with a reserve deputy, who was in his private vehicle. "I saw Mabe go by in a dark colored car. I then got into the truck with the deputy and we drove by Mabe's residence, where we saw the dark colored car parked there."

Sheriff Ray says he and the deputy went back to D & D Market where they and other officers were going to gather before returning to surround Mabe's home. However, before they got organized, Mabe left his home in a white S-10 pickup truck. Officers pulled Mabe over at Kilgore's Market on Short Mountain Road, and he was taken into custody.

According to Sheriff Ray, officers then returned to Mabe's house. "We went there to secure the house. We also took three adults and a child out of the residence, including Rachel Mabe, and brought them to the jail to be interviewed. After gathering enough information, we executed a search warrant and arrested them (Mabe's)"

Sheriff Ray says Mabe was charged with the shooting based on the statement given by Stanley and other evidence gathered during the investigation. He says Mrs. Mabe was charged because of the drugs found in her pocket book and pill bottles as well as the ledger, which recorded drug transactions.

He says the Mabes are believed to be drug dealers in this community.

Steve Mabe, Jr. was indicted by the April term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury for sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (Oxycontin) and that case is still pending.

Sheriff Ray declined to give a possible motive for the shooting. He says the case remains under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The affidavit of complaint against Mabe states that "On November 14th, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department responded to a call for assistance in the Toad Road area at approximately 8:54 a.m. Deputies arrived at a residence on Toad Road. Upon arrival, they discovered Donnie Stanley, Jr. who had a gunshot wound to the right side of his face. Donnie Stanley was still able to communicate. When asked by Detective Jon Odom and then again later by Sergeant Mike Billings, "Who Shot You"?, Stanley's reply was Steve Mabe, Jr."

"Witnesses have provided information that Steve Mabe, Jr. was not at home on November 14th during the time that Donnie Stanley, Jr. was shot. Witnesses also provided information that Steve Mabe, Jr. returned home not long after Donnie Stanley, Jr. was shot. When he returned home, he changed his footwear from boots to tennis type shoes. Steve Mabe, Jr.'s hair and clothing were wet."

"After hearing the emergency call to Toad Road, Sheriff Patrick Ray said he was parked at the D&D Market located near the home of Steve Mabe, Jr. Sheriff Ray further advised that he observed Steve Mabe, Jr. driving a dark colored four door sedan. Sheriff Ray stated that minutes later, he drove by Mabe's residence and observed the same car parked at Mabe's residence that was discovered at the Donnie Stanley, Jr. residence where the shooting had occurred."

Lightning Suspected Cause of Barn Fire

November 15, 2007
Dwayne Page

Lightning from a passing thunderstorm may have triggered a fire Wednesday at a barn and workshop belonging to Lee Mick at 843 Old West Point Road.

Firefighters were summoned to that location around 5:00 p.m after central dispatch received a report that a barn, with some horses and hay inside, was on fire. County Fire Chief Donny Green says neighbors reported hearing a very loud clap of thunder just before discovering the fire, and since neither the barn nor shed had electricity, lightning is the suspected cause.

Green says upon arrival, firefighters found an enclosed workshop attached to the barn was on fire and that the blaze had spread to the front portion of the barn.

Green says firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire but the shed and all it's contents were destroyed including several tools, a lawn mower and go-cart. He says the fire burned to the inside of the barn and got into the rafters, but the damage to the barn was minimum.

The owner and neighbors, after discovering the fire, released the horses into a fenced pasture, so they were not harmed.

Members of the Cookeville Highway and Short Mountain Highway Fire Stations responded along with officers of the Sheriff's Department who assisted with traffic control.

$2.5 Million Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against DeKalb County and Others

November 14, 2007
Dwayne Page

The widow of a former DeKalb County prisoner has filed a $2.5 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit in Circuit Court against the DeKalb County Government and others.

Bonnie Stembridge claims her husband, Barry Douglas Stembridge, died from a staph infection four months after being released from jail and that he was exposed to the disease while he was in jail.

Ms Stembridge is suing as widow, individually, and on behalf of her deceased husband, Barry Douglas Stembridge; the decedent's son, Jason Douglas Stembridge; and the decedent's father, Harold Stembridge.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit, in addition to the DeKalb County Government are former Sheriff Lloyd Emmons, the DeKalb County Department of Health, Detention Health Care Associates, Incorporated, John or Jane Doe (A), John or Jane Doe (B), dentist, nurse, and/or other medical personnel.

According to the complaint, The DeKalb County Government is a governmental entity which holds itself out to be responsible for the DeKalb County Jail. Lloyd Emmons, (former) Sheriff, was a publicly elected official whose responsibilities included the supervision and oversight of the DeKalb County Jail. The DeKalb County Department of Health is a governmental agency responsible for overseeing health issues within the county. Detention Healthcare Associates, Inc. is a professional corporation which holds itself out to be responsible for providing comprehensive inmate healthcare to detention facilities including the DeKalb County Jail.

D. Russell Thomas and Herbert M. Schaltegger of Murfreesboro are the attorneys for the plaintiff.

Ms. Stembridge alleges that during Barry Stembridge's incarceration in the DeKalb County Jail from Decemeber 19th, 2005 through on or about July 20th, 2006, Mr. Stembridge had approximately eight teeth removed by medical personnel.

According to the lawsuit, "During the time period in which Mr. Stembridge had approximately eight teeth pulled, there was a known outbreak of staph infection within the jail. Despite having knowledge of the presence of staph and the threat of infection, medical personnel proceeded to pull Mr. Stembridge's teeth and failed to administer any antibiotics or any other precautionary measure to prevent the contraction of staph infection."

"Mr. Stembridge was released from jail on or about July 20th, 2006. On or about November 15th, 2006, he began experiencing back pain and late that night was admitted to the hospital. Mr. Stembridge died on November 20th, 2006. The final diagnosis by the attending physician was staphylococcal sepsis. The immediate cause of death named on the Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Death is also staphylococcal sepsis."

Ms. Stembridge claims that it was negligence to pull the teeth in an environment with such risk of exposure to staph and that it was further negligence to fail to administer any antibiotic or any other precautionary measure to prevent the contraction of staph following the dental procedures.

She further alleges that "the dentist and/or medical personnel, John or Jane Does, failed to act in accordance with the standard of care prevailing in the community or in similar communities at the time of their acts and failures to act as alleged herein. Their acts and failures to act resulted in damages which otherwise would not have occurred had they met the standard of care. The breach of the standard of care set out above resulted in damages to plaintiffs which otherwise would not have occurred had they complied with the standard of care which was breached."

"Detention Healthcare Associates, Incorporated failed to meet its professional obligation to the inmates of the DeKalb County Jail to furnish medical services within the standard of care prevailing in same or similar communities. Either clinical pathways were not in place, or not followed. It was negligence on the part of Detention Healthcare Associates, Inc. not to have such or follow such a breach of standard of care prevailing in the community or in such similar communities, resulting in the injuries which otherwise would not have occurred and in damages to the plaintiff which otherwise would not have otherwise occurred. Further, Detention Healthcare Associates, Inc, is liable for the dentist and medical personnel's acts and failures of act upon the theory of agency."

Ms. Stembridge alleges that "prior to his death, Barry Douglas Stembridge had pain and suffering, a loss of enjoyment of life, was in mental anguish over his physical condition, and ultimately died as the result of the failure of the defendants to properly prevent the contraction of staph. As a consequence thereof, he was deprived of his earning capacity and his heirs at law as dependents were deprived of his earning capacity and suffered pecuniary losses. His loss of capacity to earn which will be calculated and shown to the court and jury in this matter amounts to tens of thousands of dollars of losses. The cause of action for these losses inures to the benefit of the family. There were other out-of-pocket expenses incurred which were incidental and consequential damages consisting of expenses of the ambulance trip to the hospital, hospital emergency room charges, hospital treatment, and other expenses. Plaintiff specifically brings this cause of action pursuant to (state law) which codifies the right to proceed as heirs."

"Bonnie Stembridge claims that "she has been deprived of the companionship, society, counsel, and marital relationship with her husband. Thus, she brings her cause of action for loss of consortium alleging that she is entitled to a cause of action as an heir at law but also individually she has an independent theory of recovery for the loss of her husband whom she was living with and for whom she deeply cared."

"Jason Douglas Stembridge brings a cause of action for loss of consortium as he is deprived of his father's companionship, guidance, counsel, friendship, and the normal parent/child relationship which was close and which was cut short due to the acts and failures to act of the defendants. This separate claim is not objected to by the widow."

"Harold Stembridge brings a cause of action for loss of consortium as he is deprived of his son's companionship, counsel, friendship, and the normal parent/child relationship which was close and which was cut short due to the acts and failures to act of the defendants. This separate claim is not objected to by the widow."

Ms. Stembridge is asking that "they (plaintiffs) be permitted a recovery in this cause in the amount of $2.5 million dollars, in total, that the consortium claim be reported separately from the other damages requested, all damages permitted by law, discretionary costs, general relief, a trial by jury, and the clerk's costs."


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