Smithville Police Department Conducts Sobriety Checkpoints

The Smithville Police Department, in an effort to make city streets safer during the holiday season, conducted saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints on Tuesday, December 22nd.
Police say 127 vehicles were stopped on Highway 56 south. Several citations were issued for offenses ranging from speeding to drug charges.
Officer Scott Davis arrested Eula Davis and Mark E. Adams of Murfreesboro during a traffic stop. Davis was charged with driving on a revoked license and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and Adams was charged with possession of schedule II and IV controlled substances. Davis’ vehicle was also seized by the Smithville Police Department.
Meanwhile, Corporal Travis Bryant arrested Santos Acuna of Smithville for driving on a suspended license. Acuna was observed driving a 1998 Ford Explorer with a passenger side head light out. After stopping the vehicle, Officer Bryant discovered that Acuna’s license was suspended.
Corporal Bryant also cited Christopher Myers into court for possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, driving on a suspended license, and reckless driving on Morgan Avenue.
K-9 Officer Brad Tatrow, while on patrol, observed a black Chevrolet Cavalier traveling 19 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. Upon stopping the vehicle, Officer Tatrow detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage. After performing field sobriety tasks, David Allan Cox was arrested for a first offense of driving under the influence.
These saturated patrols and sobriety checkpoints were funded by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
Meanwhile in other city crime news, 30 year old Christopher Shannon Mooneyham of 200 Green Acres Drive was arrested Monday, December 21st for public intoxication. According to the report, Corporal Travis K Bryant was called to the probation office where he was met by Deputy Jody Johnson, Norene Stribler and Heidi Johnson. Officer Bryant was told that Mooneyham was intoxicated and had fallen asleep in the chair. Corporal Bryant woke Mooneyham and began speaking with him. Mooneyham appeared to be disoriented and he stated that he was on medication prescribed by his doctor. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Smithville Police Department. Bond for Mooneyham was set at $1,000 and he will be in General Sessions Court on January 7th.
28 year old Jennifer M Ball of 620 Anderson Ridge Road, Silver Point was arrested Monday for public intoxication. Officer Scott Davis reports that he was dispatched to 223 East Bryant Street in reference to a fight. Upon arrival, he made contact with Ms. Ball. She had an odor of an alcoholic beverage about her breath. Her eyes were bloodshot and watery, her speech was slurred and she was unsteady on her feet. Officer Davis attempted to get her a ride home, however due to her level of intoxication and for her safety, she was placed under arrest for public intoxication. Bond for Ball was set at $1,000 and she will be in General Sessions Court January 7th.
35 year old Leslie Danette Yorke of 1025 Morningside Drive, Cookeville was arrested on Tuesday, December 22nd on a capias out of Putnam County. Corporal Travis K Bryant and Patrolman Matt Holmes went to 830 Luttrell Avenue and made contact with Ms. Yorke. Officers had prior information of a warrant for her arrest. She was taken into custody at that time without incident.
22 year old Virginia Ruth Carrier of 1243 Haley Road was arrested on Wednesday, December 23rd on one count of forgery and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. The arrest was made by Detective Jerry Hutchins. Bond for Carrier was set at $12,500 and she will be in General Sessions Court on February 4th.
Any information received that will help Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

Wreck Claims One Life, Injures Three Others

One man lost his life and three others were injured Tuesday night after their SUV went off Highway 70 at Dowelltown overturned and came to rest upside down in a creek.
Dead is 41 year old Troy Bain.
30 year old Dwayne Reeder, 39 year old Walter Redmon, and 27 year old Courtney Paris all of Smithville were injured and transported by DeKalb EMS to DeKalb Community Hospital
Central Dispatch received the call at 8:37 p.m.
Lieutenant Randy Maynard of the Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that Reeder was traveling east on Highway 70 in a 1997 Ford Expedition when he apparently fell asleep. The vehicle went off the left side of the road, plunged over an embankment, overturned, and came to rest on it’s top in a creek. Bain and Redmon, back seat passengers, were ejected. They were not wearing their seatbelts. Reeder and Paris, in the front seat, were apparently wearing their seatbelts.
Among those responding were members of the DeKalb County Fire Department Extrication and Rescue Team, the Liberty Fire Station, DeKalb County Rescue Squad, DeKalb EMS, and the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

Smithville Firefighters Called to Fiddlers Manor Apartments

Smithville Firefighters were called to Fiddlers Manor Apartments on Walker Drive at 12:57 p.m. today (Tuesday) after a fire was reported in one of the apartments.
Fire Chief Charlie Parker says actually what happened was that a woman who lives in the apartment was roasting pecans and nuts when the stove overheated, causing damage to the oven. Smoke spread throughout the apartment, but no one was injured.
As a precaution, Chief Parker says all residents of the entire apartment complex were evacuated. There was no structure damage to any of the apartments.
DeKalb EMS and officers of the Smithville Police Department were also on the scene.

Aldermen Approve Airport Board Requests

The Smithville Aldermen Monday night approved requests from the Airport Board to establish monthly fees for the lease of the new T-hangars to be built at the airport and to extend the leases of the tenants of the existing T-hangars.
Ten years ago, the city entered into an agreement with a group of aircraft owners, under which they would put up their own funds to build T-hangars at the airport and the city would not assess them a rental fee for ten years. That agreement ends this month.
The city is also in the process of building additional T-hangars and making other improvements at the airport, after receiving state and federal grants to help fund the project. The city’s local matching obligation is 10%.
Roth Terrell, a member of the Airport Board, presented his proposals to the Mayor and Aldermen. “We are erecting a new set of T-hangars. There will be eight individual T-hangars for single planes and at the end of those T-hangars will be one large corporate hangar that will hold a larger corporate size aircraft or multiple airplanes. Currently we have a list of tenants who have already put their names on a list to reserve a spot so hopefully once the T-hangars are finished, they will be filled immediately. The airport board, the manager, and others got together a while back and discussed what the T-hangars should be leased for. We did some research on surrounding airports and found out what they are charging. For individual hangar, we would recommend that it be leased for $115 per month, and for the large corporate sized hangar, that would be leased for $225 per month. We would ask you to take that into consideration.”
Terrell also asked for an extension in the lease agreements of the current T-hangar tenants. “We do have another set of T-hangars just like the ones being erected now that was constructed ten years ago. At that time, they were paid for by seven individuals who put up their own money to have these T-hangars built. Their ten year lease is up at the end of this month. Under the lease, they’ve paid $12,000 of their own money for an individual hangar. One individual spent a little more because he had a corporate size hangar. The city, at that time, agreed to a ten year lease for that.”
“A lot of the surrounding airport boards have agreed in the past that when people are interested in building their own hangar for their own use, they have typically received a 20 year lease. The individuals here only received a ten year lease. Since their lease is coming up at the end of this month, I would like to propose that the city consider extending the gentlemen’s lease by five more years under the same terms, with a five year extension. That would give them potentially a twenty year lease which is fair since they put up their own money in advance.”
“The benefits to the city from these T-hangars is that the city will receive eight individual T-hangars and one corporate size T-hangar in just a few months at only 10% of your investment. 90% of it was done by the government(grant). We have a list already compiled of people who want to lease those.”
“The individuals who put up the money on the other (existing) T-hangars, they are going to be staying there. Some individuals (who originally participated) have left so those T-hangars will be becoming available also. We’ve proposed the same fees be applied to those as the new ones.”
” The city’s total investment for these sixteen T-hangars and two corporate size hangars is approximately $88,000. Your monthly income would be somewhere around $1,715 per month. Shortly over four years, the city will have recuperated their investment and will be making money at that point. Not to mention the added fuel sales the city will receive from those extra airplanes based at the new hangars. Also having extra airplanes here provides the potential for an aircraft mechanic based at our facility which would add revenue for the city.”
Again, the aldermen approved Terrell’s requests.
In other business, the aldermen set the regular meeting dates of all 2010 city council meetings. The meetings will be held on the first and third Monday nights of each month, except for Dr. Martin Luther King Day in January and Labor Day in September. No meetings will be held on those dates.
The board also hired Larry Dickens as an employee at the Water Treatment Plant.
The city firefighters have requested a workshop meeting with the Mayor and Aldermen. That will be held on Monday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m. at city hall.

Shirley Marie Webb

72 year old Shirley Marie Webb of Livingston died Sunday at Livingston Regional Hospital. She was a retired office manager for Comcast Cable and a member of the West End Church of Christ. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Kerry Duke will officiate and burial will be in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Alean Overton Costello and a sister, Peggy LaVar. Survivors include her husband, Carl Webb of Livingston. Sons, Terry and wife Lisa Webb of Livingston and C.D. and wife Cindy Webb of Smithville. A daughter, Sherrie Thrasher of Livingston. Six grandchildren, Lindsay Brooke Thrasher, Nate Webb, and Tucker Webb all of Livingston, Rebecca Grace Webb, Susan Marie Webb, and Ellie Elizabeth Webb of Smithville. Sisters, Joyce Swallows and Jess of Celina. Speck Funeral Home in Livingston is in charge of the arrangements. This information provided as a courtesy of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home.

Cynthia Lynn Kousa

57 year old Cynthia Lynn Kousa of Liberty died Monday at her residence in Liberty. She was a monitor technician at Cookeville Regional Hospital. The family has chosen direct cremation. There will be no visitation. She was preceded in death by her father Frank Quick. Survivors include her mother, Helen Quick of West Palm Beach, Florida. A son, Jason and his wife Rebekha Kousa of Arlington, Virginia. A daughter, Cari Kousa of West Palm Beach, Florida. Three grandchildren, Katie, Jacob, and Caleb Kousa all of Virginia. Two sisters, Teri Quick of West Palm Beach, Florida and Nancy Conklin of West Palm Beach, Florida, and a close friend, Grace Ryan of Liberty. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Roy J. Evans

65 year old Roy J. Evans of Lawrenceville, Georgia died Saturday. He was born in Smithville. Evans was a 1963 graduate of DeKalb County High School. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served in Vietnam and Germany, retired from General Motors and was a graduate of Brenau University. After retiring from General Motors he taught school in Walton County for several years. Evans was a long time member of Peachtree Road Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl G. and Era Cantrell Evans and two brothers, Frank A. (Chuck) Evans and Brown A. Evans. He is survived by his wife, Juanita McDaniel Evans of Lawrenceville, Georgia; a daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Jeff Howard of Dacula, Georgia; sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Nanci Evans of Loganville, Georgia and Nathan and Stephanie Evans of Loganville; a sister, Joyce Norred of Woodstock, Georgia; brothers, Dennis Evans of Sugar Hill, Georgia, Kenneth Evans of Norcross, Georgia, Dale Evans of Smithville, and Earl Evans of Milner, Georgia; grandchildren, Kyle Evans, Mitchell Howard, Taylor Evans, Lauren Howard and Cade Evans; several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Peachtree Road Baptist Church. Dr. Preston Moore, Reverend Scott Cramer and Dr. Steve Sparks will officiate. Burial will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Monday from 2 to 9:00 the Tom M. Wages Funeral Service – Lawrenceville Chapel.. Northside Chapel Funeral Directors, Roswell, Georgia is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Louise Vickers

85 year old Mildred Louise Vickers of Smithville died Sunday at NHC Healthcare Center in Smithville. She was a retired DeKalb County school teacher, a Methodist, a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the WAVES as a Navy Reserve in World War II. The funeral will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Love-Cantrell Funeral Home. Virgil Hibdon, Jr. will officiate and burial will be in DeKalb Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents, Noah David Britton, Sr. and Mabel Blakley Britton; her husband Clarence Vickers; a daughter, Elaine Allen; a grandson, James David Dye; a sister, Bobbye Price; and a brother, Noah Britton, Jr. She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Gilreath of Smithville and Marsha Penrod of Kentucky. One son, Britt Vickers of Smithville. A step- daughter, Susan Slay. Four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews survive. Love-Cantrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Convicted Sex Offender Back in Custody

A convicted sex offender is back in custody.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says 36 year old Freddy Sylvester Stringer of Church Street Liberty, was found at a residence in Smith County on Friday, December 18th. According to Sheriff Ray, Stringer, who pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted aggravated sexual assault on a child in July of this year, violated his probation after being arrested for a seventh offense of driving on a revoked license. Sheriff Ray also obtained a warrant against Stringer for violation of the sexual offender law after learning that Stringer participated in Halloween activities by having his porch light on and allowing children to come the residence to trick or treat. Stringer also had his residence decorated for the Halloween season, which is a violation of state law for sex offenders. Sheriff Ray says Stringer had been on the run until he was captured on Friday. Bond for Stringer was set at $10,000 on the sexual offender law violation but a hold without bond was placed on him for violation of the community corrections warrant. He will appear in court on January 7th.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Ray says on Monday, December 14th a deputy, while on patrol on New Home Road, Dowelltown, spotted 27 year old Jessica French Hale of Walker Drive Smithville driving an automobile. The officer having prior knowledge of Hale’s driver’s license being suspended stopped her and placed her under arrest for driving on a suspended license. Hale’s bond was set at $1,500 and she will appear in court on December 30th.
On Tuesday, December 15th, a deputy responded to an accident on High Street in Alexandria where a vehicle had struck a utility pole. Before the officer arrived, the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash left the scene. Deputies later located the driver, 25 year old Kevin Matthew Bly of South Church Street in Alexandria. A check of Bly’s drivers license revealed they were suspended. Bly was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving on a suspended license. Bly’s bond was set at $4,000 and his court date is January 14th.
Also on Tuesday a DeKalb County High School student was arrested on a drug charge. The school resource officer was notified by an assistant principal that he smelled burnt marijuana coming from the boy’s bathroom at the school. After investigating, the assistant principal and the resource officer learned that 18 year old Michael Anthony Leichtfuss of Old Eagle Creek Road Smithville had been in possession of a burning marijuana cigarette that had been thrown into the boy’s bathroom area. The school resource officer seized more marijuana from the student’s home. Leichtfuss was charged with simple possession of marijuana and his bond was set at $1,000. He will appear in court on January 7th.
46 year old Stevie Lane Holder of Rolling Hills Road, McMinnville was charged Wednesday, December 16th with driving under the influence of an intoxicant after a deputy stopped him for speeding and weaving in the roadway. Holder was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 70 East when an officer paced him at 70 miles per hour in a 40 mile an hour speed zone. The deputy also noticed Holder weaving in the roadway. After Holder was stopped, he submitted to field sobriety tasks which he failed. Holder had slurred speech and poor motor skills. Holder did admit to consuming two mixed drinks and two beers earlier. Bond for Holder was set at $1,000 and he will appear in court on January 7th.
46 year old Ricky Lynn Cantrell of Eckels Heights Liberty was arrested Wednesday after being involved in a two automobile accident and then leaving the scene. The deputy investigating learned that Cantrell left the scene of the accident and then drove to his residence. The officer also discovered that Cantrell’s drivers license was revoked for a prior conviction of driving under the influence. Cantrell’s bond was set at $3,000 and he will appear in court on January 20th.
Also on Friday deputies received a call to”Be on the lookout” for a reckless driver in Smithville who was driving at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles. They were also dispatched to an automobile accident on Tramel Lane in Smithville. Upon arrival at the scene of the accident, officers found the same vehicle identified in the “Be on the lookout” call chained to the automobile that was involved in the accident. The driver of the “BOLO” vehicle was trying to pull the other automobile from the ditch line. 32 year old John L. Atnip Jr. of Jacobs Pillar Road Smithville was arrested for a third offense of driving on a revoked license. Atnip admitted that he passed an ambulance and two other cars to get to the accident scene. Atnip was also issued citations for violation of the driver’s license change of address law, driving without vehicle insurance, and violation of vehicle registration law. Bond for Atnip was set at $3,000 and he will appear in court on January 14th.
32 year old Stephanie Lee Vanatta of Old Snow Hill Road Dowelltown was arrested Sunday for a first offense of driving under the influence. While on patrol on Short Mountain Highway, a deputy spotted Vanatta’s vehicle traveling in the oncoming lane of traffic and almost hit a bridge. After making the traffic stop, the officer noticed that Vanatta had slurred speech, that her eyelids were heavy, and she was unsteady on her feet. She submitted to field sobriety tasks which she failed. Vanatta’s bond was set at $1,000 and she will appear in court on January 14th.
24 year old Jonathan David Thomas of Nashville Highway Liberty was charged Sunday with attempted escape. Thomas, an inmate at the jail, ran out of the cell when correctional officers opened the door to deliver the inmate’s food trays. Thomas was quickly caught in the visitation area of the jail annex. Bond for Thomas was set at $10,000 and he will appear in court on January 14th.
Also on Sunday deputies were called to Sims Street in Dowelltown in answer to a domestic complaint where they talked with a female who had been assaulted. The woman had a cut above her eye and her eye was swollen. The victim told the officers that 22 year old Trinity J. Anderson of Sims Street Dowelltown had assaulted her, that he had fired a gun in the house, and had shot the tires on her vehicle in the driveway. Deputies located Anderson at the residence but he became belligerent, uncooperative and wanted to fight the officers.. After Anderson was cuffed and placed in the patrol car, he then kicked the back window out of the patrol car. Deputies found in the home seven bullet holes as well as holes in the tires of the victims vehicle where Anderson had allegedly fired shots. Anderson was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, vandalism to county property, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Bond for Anderson was set at $66,500 and he will appear in court on January 14th

Local Residence Suspected of Distributing Child Pornography Raided by Police

Smithville Police conducted a raid at a West Main Street residence Friday after receiving reports that persons there were engaging in the solicitation and distribution of child pornography.
Lieutenant Steven Leffew, Officer in Charge, says the raid came after a four week investigation, in which the police department worked extensively collecting evidence in order to obtain a search warrant.
Several computers and pieces of computer equipment were seized in the raid. Charges are pending further investigation by the Tennessee Bureau Investigation Crime Lab.
Smithville Police officers assisting in the execution of the search warrant were Sergeant Randy King, Officer Nathan Estes and Officer Scott Davis.
Lieutenant Leffew says he would like to extend his sincere appreciation to Detective Lieutenant. Gary Harris of the Algood Police Department and to the District Attorney General’s Office for their tireless efforts and their many man hours dedicated to this case as well as the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department for assisting in answering calls of service during this time.
Lieutenant Leffew added “During the course of this four week investigation I attended several meetings with District Attorney General Randall York and investigators of the District Attorney General’s Office. I was made aware that this type of disturbing criminal activity is an increasing problem. If anyone has any information pertaining to this kind of criminal activity please contact the Smithville Police Department or the Crime Tip Hotline at 464-6046.”