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Smithville Police Department Works to Ease Concerns over Reported School Threats

February 23, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The Smithville Police Department and Chief Mark Collins would like to extend their gratitude to all of the concerned citizens for the overwhelming amount of phone calls and Facebook posts in regards to the current school situation.

“I was contacted by a representative of the school system in regards to this matter late Thursday afternoon. The Smithville Police Department then took measures to have extra officers at all schools located within the city limits. Myself and the Smithville Police Department take the safety of all students and faculty both on campus and in transit very seriously. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide services as needed,” said Chief Collins.

Two Escape Injury in Thursday Crash

February 23, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Two women escaped injury in a two vehicle crash Thursday at the intersection of West Broad Street and Anthony Avenue near Walmart.

Captain Steven Leffew of the Smithville Police Department said 74 year old Catherine Newby of Smithville was driving a 2012 Nissan Altima, pulling out onto West Broad from Anthony Avenue, when she crossed the path of a 2011 Jeep, driven by 50 year old Tammy Harris of Murfreesboro who was east on Broad Street. After impact, Newby’s car ran off the highway down an embankment and stopped near a flowing creek.

Harris told police that she tried to stop to avoid the collision but couldn’t due to the wet road conditions. Newby told officers that after the collision she accidentally pressed the accelerator instead of the brake.

Members of the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department and DeKalb EMS were also on the scene. Again, no one was injured.

Victims Injured by Driverless Car Recovering as Case Remains Under Review

February 23, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

One of two women struck by a driverless 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser on Valentine’s Day in the parking lot of City Walk Apartments remains hospitalized at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

50 year old Angelia Burke is recovering from serious injuries sustained in the incident. Her daughter, 32 year old Alecia Burke was also hurt.

Smithville Police were summoned to the scene that afternoon due to a report of a fight in progress and injuries to victims struck by an automobile. Members of DeKalb EMS, the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol were dispatched. Medical first responders and the Smithville Elementary School SRO and nurse also responded.

According to Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the PT Cruiser, which belongs to Vicky Alvis, went in motion backward in the parking lot with no one behind the wheel and it struck both Angelia and Alecia Burke, knocking them to the pavement. The vehicle continued moving backward in a circle, striking a parked 2001 Toyota Camry, and then running over Angelia. The PT Cruiser then hit a parked Chevy Tahoe, before coming to a stop. Angelia was pinned underneath.

Bystanders and first responders came to the aid of both women. A jack was initially used to help raise and stabilize the car until Smithville Firefighters arrived to deploy air bags to help lift the car to get Angelia out. She was taken by ground ambulance to Vanderbilt Hospital. Alecia was transported by EMS to Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital.

Police have not released details of the alleged incident involving Alvis and the Burkes but the case reportedly remains under review by the District Attorney General’s Office.

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