January 30, 2018
By: Dwayne Page
A Lebanon man is facing charges after forcing his way into an Alexandria home where he was not welcome.
27 year old Eddie Jacob Maynard of Martin Avenue, Lebanon is charged with public intoxication, vandalism, and aggravated burglary. His bond is $11,500 and his court date is February 22.
Sheriff Patrick Ray said that on Tuesday, January 23 a deputy was dispatched to West Main Street in Alexandria due to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival the officer learned that Maynard, who was not welcome at the residence, allegedly forced his way in after repeatedly knocking and beating on the locked door and then kicking it in, causing damage to the door and to the interior of the home. Maynard also allegedly damaged a bumper on a vehicle parked outside the residence. The damage was estimated at more than $1,000.
Maynard was found to be unsteady on his feet. His speech was slurred and he had a strong odor of alcohol on his person. He was taken into custody.
41 year old Chad Wilson Johnson of Colvert Road, Smithville is charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property. His bond is $22,500 and his court date is February 8.
Sheriff Ray said that Johnson allegedly broke into a residence on Saturday, January 13 at Jefferson Road and stole property valued at $2,405 including a black Sanyo television, a Panasonic DVD VCR combo, collector plates, home interior pictures, miscellaneous antique figurines, a red tool box with miscellaneous tools, and a pump master bb gun with a scope.
42 year old Angela Nicole Vallem of Curtis Avenue, Alexandria is charged with fugitive from justice. Her bond is $200,000 and her court date is February 1.
Sheriff Ray said that on Thursday, January 25 Vallem was taken into custody for being a fugitive from justice. She is wanted in Dalton, Georgia for several felony drug charges. Central dispatch contacted authorities in Georgia who reported that they would extradite her back there. The case was investigated by a Sheriff’s Department Detective.
Police Need Help Identifying Burglars Caught on Camera (VIEW VIDEO HERE)
January 30, 2018
By: Dwayne Page
The Smithville Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying 2 persons who broke into a vehicle in the area of the Golf Course on Sunday, January 14.
The crime was captured on a video camera.
According to police, one of the burglars broke the window of a parked car and took a bag with its contents along with a 9 millimeter handgun. After committing the crime, the burglars left but then returned a short time later to steal more items from the same car.
Police believe the suspects are African American males and were in a light blue or premiered grey Ford Crown Victoria bearing Kentucky Plates.
If you recognize this vehicle or either suspect please contact Detective Brad Tatrow with the Smithville Police Department or the Crime Tip Line at 615-464-6046.
DCHS Construction Technology Students To Complete First Tiny House by Spring
January 29, 2018
By: Dwayne Page
Students in the DCHS Construction Technology (building trades) program are hard at work these days during school hours building their first “Tiny House”.
The 8’ x 20’ “Tiny House” is being constructed on a modified trailer that can be anchored or moved from place to place.
The project began in the fall and should be completed by the end of the school year, hopefully as early as March.
“It seems to be going really well. We were able before Christmas break to get the Advantech flooring down. The floor, which is insulated, is screwed down with threaded self tapping screws. The wall plates are screwed down. We did all that before Christmas break but the snow days set us back. We started framing the walls after Christmas break and we have done quite well with that. We’re using two or three different plans and taking the best ideas from them. We have decided on the outward look and what we want it to look like and how we want the loft to be with shed dormers on each side to give more room in the loft. We should have it dried in and the siding on by March but this is new territory for us. We’ve never built one of these before. There’s a lot of specialty things that have to be taken into consideration especially the plumbing,” said Gary Caplinger, Construction Teacher at DCHS.
Because it is small, Caplinger said much of the construction is being done indoors. “We’re building it in the shop so we don’t have to take the trailer out until we get to the roof system. That’s when we’ll have to bring it outside. But the majority of it is being done in the shop. We will build the walls in here and do our plumbing and wiring rough ins here. We will be pulling it out of the shop after we get all that done and then we’ll put the roof system on and finish it up. It is made permanently to the trailer so when you buy the house you get the trailer. It is 8 feet, 4 inches wide and the trailer is 20 feet long. It cannot go over 13 feet, 6 inches in height otherwise a permit would be required to transport it on the highways,” said Caplinger.
Living accommodations in the Tiny House, although compact include adequate living room, kitchenette, bathroom, and sleeping space.
“We do (build) everything for space saving in a Tiny House so the bathroom door will be a pocket or sliding door that slides back into the wall. The kitchen will have a place for a stove, kitchen sink, and we’re hoping to work a stair case in the Tiny House,” Caplinger continued.
Caplinger said once the Tiny House is at or near completion he would like to take it on the road to show it off at venues including the Expo at the Hyder-Burks Pavilion in Cookeville this year.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in it. A lot of people have asked about it. We’re hoping this is something that catches on,” he concluded.
If you are interested or would like more information about the Tiny House contact Caplinger or Brad Leach, Career and Technical Education Director at DeKalb County High School.
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