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Aldermen Reluctantly Vote to Make Final Payment to Pool Company

December 6, 2011
Dwayne Page
Tony Poss, Taylor Dobbs of Langley and Taylor, and Steve White at pool in April

The Smithville aldermen Monday night reluctantly voted to pay the Langley and Taylor Pool Corporation of Nashville the remaining $13,649 the city owes for repairs made to the city swimming pool over the summer.

City officials have been withholding final payment claiming Langley and Taylor has failed to respond to city demands to fix problems with the pool regarding drains and lights since they finished their work replacing the fiberglass coating of the pool with ceramic tile. Last February, the aldermen awarded a bid to Langley and Taylor in the amount of $83,649 to do the job.

During Monday night's city council meeting, city attorney Vester Parsley said the city should make that final payment to Langley and Taylor or risk a lawsuit in which the city might be forced to pay for the work anyway, plus the company's attorneys fees.

Parsley said he believes the company has met it's obligations under the contract and can't be held accountable to fix problems with the pool that may have been pre-existing. However, he pointed out that there is a three year warranty and the company could be held responsible for work called for under the contract which was warrantied but not done properly. "On September 6th I received a correspondence from their attorney asking about why we hadn't paid. I wrote a letter about the things that needed repair and explained to him that we wouldn't be paying anything until those repairs were done. I got an email last Thursday from the attorney for Langley and Taylor asking what the city intended to do. He wrote that the company had someone come up and do those repairs. I called Hunter (Hendrixson) and he said that he (Hunter) and Kevin (Robinson) had been over there (pool) and everything looked okay. There were cracks in some tile. We do have a three year warranty that says they will warranty their work for that period of time. Based upon what Hunter said and the communication I had with the attorney for Langley and Taylor, I would recommend that the board go ahead and pay that balance. I think they are in compliance with their contract. There might have been some things that slipped by us but if they're not in the contract then we can't hold them to it. My recommendation would be to go ahead and pay them. They do have a provision in there (contract) that if they have to seek collection they could collect their attorneys fees," said Parsley.

Alderman Steve White said he is not pleased with this company and their apparent unwillingness to fix problems that persist with the pool which they may have caused while doing other repairs. The pool apparently has been continually overflowing the gutters on the deep end since the new tile has been put down and the lights in the pool have not worked properly since they were removed during the renovation and later re-installed after completion of the project. "I was actually over there when they were shooting the grade on the drain. I asked him how it was. He told me that it was an eighth of an inch off which is about as perfect as you can get for an area that big. But after we filled the pool back up, its off by like an inch and a half on that one corner which would consist of pulling the tile back off and taking a layer of mud concrete and building up that one corner and then laying the tile back down. They took out what was there and now what they put back isn't working properly. This has never been an issue before. With the actual drain covers, they pulled them off and when they put them back they didn't put all the screws in them or in some cases they put screws in them and broke the screws off and left the broken off screws," said White.

Tony Poss, golf course tenant and pool operator, said the pool lights have not been working properly since Langley and Taylor finished their work. "All the electrical lights that go in the sides of the pool have all quit working. The pool company did pull the lights out and installed them back. I've been told they're supposed to have a sealed beam in there to keep the lights on so they will work. They're shorting out a GFI box and that's kicking them breakers off. I just want them or whoever to fix it," said Poss.

Acting on the advice of the city attorney, Alderman Danny Washer made a motion to make that final payment to Langley and Taylor to avoid a possible lawsuit. Aldermen White and Shawn Jacobs also voted to pay for the same reason but said they felt the company had not fulfilled its obligations to the city. Aldermen Gayla Hendrix and Cecil Burger were absent Monday night.

Meanwhile, Alderman White asked that cost estimates be obtained for making the pool handicapped accessible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The city must comply with ADA requirements at the pool by next spring. The options are to purchase portable chairlifts or going to the zero entry concept, which would require removing the kiddie pool and constructing a zero grade ramp which gradually slopes into the pool.

Alderman White also asked for cost estimates to install more restroom facilities at the swimming pool to accommodate the larger crowds that are now coming to the pool during the summer.

Alderman White further made a motion, which was approved, to keep the pool filled and circulating year round to possibly keep algae from forming and leaves from gathering and staining the sides of the pool. Mayor Taft Hendrixson favors keeping the pool filled but questions the need for continual circulation and the higher electric costs which the city will have to bear.

In other business, the aldermen approved on second and final reading an ordinance amendment to the city code to give full time employees three new paid holidays including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the day after Thanksgiving, and the Friday of the Fiddlers Jamboree. The action followed a public hearing. There was no opposition.

Kevin Robinson, public works director, in his monthly update to the board reported that "we went over to the golf course on Friday and worked on the irrigation and got it winterized. We also got our sixteen inch water main fixed. Its back in service. We found a mini track hoe over in Cookeville. The guy there let us use it for a day. He was wanting $15,500 for it and I talked him down to $14,500. It's a good machine, I haven't seen one like it. It's a Kubota. I just wonder what you want to do about purchasing it. Its got 1950 hours on it," said Robinson.

The city has budgeted funds to make the purchase

Todd Bowman, water plant operator, gave a report on water loss for the month. "We had 49.7 million gallons of water that left the plant in October. We used 396,000 for backwash and 300,000 for re-wash. We metered 380,000 at the plant. The DeKalb Fire Department used 500 gallons which left the total amount of finished water leaving the plant at 49.2 million gallons. We sold 37.5 million gallons which left a total unaccounted for at 10.6 million which comes up to a 22% loss which is still a rather good loss. The floor people are supposed to be at (the water plant) December 19. W&O or whoever has hired some different people to come in to re-do the floor. These people have said they can get the floor right and make it look like we want it to look," he said.

Police Chief Randy Caplinger reported that "we had a real good result with our grand jury sealed indictments. I want to give credit to these officers. They've been out working and I appreciate their efforts and ask them to continue doing what they're doing. They seem to be motivated to do it. We had a prisoner who recently got out of her handcuffs and got away. We picked her up within just a few minutes. So we do now have a new holding cell for anyone (prisoner) who comes in. Its been approved and you're welcome to come and look at it," said Chief Caplinger.

Fire Chief Charlie Parker reported that "we had a total of six fire calls for November, two motor vehicle accidents, and three alarm calls. We had both engines pump tested last week so both of them did pass the annual pump test. We've got a little work to do with them catching things back up but they did at least pass the tests. Our old air compressor that we use for filling out SCBA breathing air packs. Since we got a new one this year, we pulled our old one out of service. I've had another fire department contact me about trying to purchase that. Its not a lot of money, probably somewhere around one thousand dollars for that. I'd talked to Hunter (Hendrixson) about getting some independent group to give us some kind of appraisal on what they thought it would be worth to see if we could sell it to this other department so they could get a little bit of use out of it," said Chief Parker.

Airport manager Wesley Nokes reported that "we recently talked about our upcoming runway overlay project. That's going to be approximately a two million dollar project. We put in a grant for it. I went to TDOT the other day to present the grant application but TDOT has capped funding right now for everybody. Nobody got awarded their full amount. TDOT made a recommendation that we just do the engineering aspect of this project first. The asphalt has to be engineered for weight tolerances. We have one spot that's never had any asphalt on it whatsoever. It'll take more engineering work as far as that goes. The grant is going to be $150,000. We were awarded that the other day. It's a 90/10% matching grant. This grant just pays the engineers and consultants. They have to survey and do all that stuff. (The city's matching grant portion is $15,000).

Two Cited for Shoplifting

December 6, 2011
Dwayne Page
Bridget Nicole Vientos
Daniel R. Wilson

Smithville Police issued citations for shoplifting against two people last week.

34 year old Bridget Nicole Vientos is cited for shoplifting and public intoxication.

Chief Randy Caplinger said an officer was called to Rite Aid Pharmacy on Friday afternoon, December 2. Vientos was observed by an employee leaving the store with items she had not purchased.. When confronted, Vientos allegedly claimed she had simply forgot to pay for them. She was cited for shoplifting, Several hours later on the same day Vientos got into more trouble as she was cited for public intoxication. An officer was called to check out a public disturbance on Meadowbrook Drive. Vientos and her boyfriend were together in their automobile. She got out of the car on Meadowbrook Drive, climbed onto the hood, and began screaming. Police were notified. Upon arrival, The officer found Vientos agitated, belligerent, and unsteady on her feet. She was cited for public intoxication. Vientos will be in court on December 22.

Meanwhile 27 year old Daniel R. Wilson is cited for shoplifting and charged with resisting arrest. His bond is $1,500 and he will be in court on December 15

Chief Caplinger reports that an off duty Smithville Police Officer saw Wilson in Walmart on Sunday, December 4 and noticed that he was acting suspiciously. Wilson was seen leaving the store with a camouflaged jacket he had not purchased. An on duty officer was notified and saw Wilson running from the store upon his arrival. Wilson was chased down in the parking lot. Again, he was cited for shoplifting and charged with resisting arrest.

Cantrell Charged in Meth Case

December 5, 2011
Dwayne Page
Justin Andrew Cantrell

A 24 year old man is in trouble with the law after being caught with meth lab components at City Walk Apartments near Smithville Elementary School.

Justin Andrew Cantrell of Adcock Cemetery Road was arrested on November 30 and charged with violation of the drug free zone and initiation of a process intended to manufacture methamphetamine.

Sheriff Patrick Ray reports that detectives and deputies of the sheriff's department saw Cantrell in the parking lot of City Walk Apartments holding a bag. When Cantrell saw the officers he began to walk away from them. When the officers asked to speak to him, Cantrell put the bag down beside of some parked vehicles. One of the detectives went over and looked in the bag, which was partially open. He saw tubing and a plastic bottle containing a clear liquid and noticed it to be the one pot method of manufacturing methamphetamine. The officers also found in the bag a gallon of Coleman fuel, coffee filters, a plastic bottle containing acid, two plastic baggies (cold packs)containing ammonium nitrate, and an ice pack which had been cut open. In his pocket, Cantrell had a coffee filter and a hypodermic needle. Cantrell was taken into custody and charged in the case.

Meanwhile, 26 year old Joshua Lynn McCowan of East Bryant Street is cited for simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance. He will appear in court on December 15.

Sheriff Ray reports that on Friday, December 2 a deputy served a warrant on McCowan for violation of probation. During a search of McCowan, the officer found a blue oval pill in his front left pocket which was later determined to be a schedule II controlled substance (Loratab)

Liberty and Alexandria Spread Christmas Cheer

December 5, 2011
Dwayne Page

The annual Christmas Parades in Liberty and Alexandria were held Sunday afternoon and many turned out to share in the fun and excitement and for the chance to win prizes.

Lelan Statom, meteorologist at NewsChannel5 and his family served as Grand Marshal of the Liberty Parade. Both parades of course featured floats, the DCHS band, horseback riders, vintage automobiles, and Santa Claus among many other attractions.

In Liberty, the Dowelltown United Methodist Church won the float competition.

Eric Peterson of Smithville received first place for his 1957 Chevy truck in the category for vintage automobiles

Eli Johnson and Layne Hale of Liberty won first place in the miscellaneous category for their entry with the theme "Fired up for Christmas"

In Alexandria, DeKalb Community Bank won first place with their float. Zack and Ethan Martin took second place and the Malone's Chapel Baptist Church received third place.

For vintage cars, Doyle Slager won first place for his 1960 Chevy Impala. Charles Barry received second place for his 1982 Corvette, and Joseph Overstreet won third place for his entry.

Charles Caplinger won first place for vintage trucks with his 1957 Chevy Cameo. John Johnson took second place for his 1965 Ford F-100 and Kevin Bandy received third place for his 1925 Model-T.

For tractors, Dustin Dillehay took home first place for his 1953 John Deere 60, Steven Cook received second place for his 1944 Farmall H, and Ayden Wood won third place for his 1942 Farmall B.


Smithville Christmas Parade Helps Kick Off Holiday Season

December 4, 2011
Dwayne Page
Calvary Baptist Church Wins Float Competition and Spirit Award
Whorton Springs Baptist Church Wins Second Place
DeKalb Community Bank Wins Third Place
Grand Marshals Mr. and Mrs. DeKalb County

The Smithville Christmas Parade helped put folks in a festive mood Saturday.

Hundreds gathered along the parade route, which extended from Smithville Elementary School, down South Congress Boulevard, and around the public square. The weather was sunny and pleasant.

The annual parade, sponsored by the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department, featured decorative floats, vintage automobiles, local kings and queens, boy and girl scouts, veterans, horseback riders, horsedrawn wagons, the DeKalb County High School Fighting Tiger Band, local law enforcement , firefighters, DeKalb EMS, Rescue Squad, among many other entries. Of course, the highlight of the parade was the appearance of Santa Claus who rode into town on a fire engine tossing candy left and right to everyone along the parade route. Jerry Tramel and Kay Quintero, named Mr. and Mrs. DeKalb County served as the Grand Marshals.

The Calvary Baptist Church, complete with a real live camel, won first place in the float competition and also took home the "Spirit Award", sponsored by the Smithville Business and Professional Women's Club.

The Whorton Springs Baptist Church received second place.

Third Place went to DeKalb Community Bank

DeKalb GOP Nominates Mason Carter to Run for Assessor of Property

December 3, 2011
Dwayne Page
Mason Carter

The DeKalb County Republican Party has nominated a candidate to run for Assessor of Property in the August General Election.

Mason Carter, a first district county commissioner, made his announcement official Saturday morning during the local GOP convention held at the courthouse. Delegates to the convention nominated him without opposition.

Carter and his wife Pamela reside in the Temperance Hall community. He worked with DTC Communications for some thirty years before his retirement.

In making his announcement, Carter said "I come before the Republican Party asking for your support and that you would allow me to run for Assessor of Property for DeKalb County. I just appreciate everybody's support and if there is anything I can do just let me know. I appreciate it."

Carter was elected to the county commission from the first district in 2006 and he was re-elected in 2010.

No other candidate 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 March 6th.

Democrats and Independents have until noon Thursday, December 8th to become qualified to run.

State Releases 2011 Report Card on DeKalb County Schools

December 2, 2011
Dwayne Page
Mark Willoughby

The 2011 Report Card on DeKalb County schools shows overall academic progress, according to Director of Schools Mark Willoughby, still two schools were placed on the "target" list and another made "School Improvement 2" for falling short of No Child Left Behind benchmarks in certain subgroups.

The Tennessee Department of Education Friday released complete results from the 2011 state Report Card. The report includes district- and school-level data on a variety of indicators, from student achievement and growth on standardized tests, to attendance and behavior.

Director Willoughby; Lisa Cripps, Supervisor of Instruction for Grades 7-12; Michelle Burklow, Supervisor of Instruction for pre-K through 6th grade; and Lisa Bell, Data Analysis Leader met recently with WJLE to explain the data.

According to the report card, DeKalb Middle School made the "Target" list because the sub-group of students who are economically disadvantaged and students with disabilities failed to meet the necessary benchmarks for the year in the subject of math.

DeKalb West is a "Target" school because the sub-group of students with disabilities failed to meet the benchmarks in reading and language arts.

Northside Elementary is listed as "School Improvement 2" due to the sub-group of students who are economically disadvantaged failed to meet the necessary benchmarks in reading and language arts.

DCHS is in "Good Standing", according to the Report Card. However ACT scores "took a dip" this year, according to Director Willoughby. The state now requires mandatory ACT testing of all juniors, not just college bound students..

County wide, the school system made "Good Standing" status in grades 3-8

Schools and districts must meet performance standards in 37 categories at each grade span to be deemed in "good standing" under the federally mandated No Child Left Behind law.

DeKalb County is not required to implement any new programs to address concerns at the "Target" schools based on the report card . However, after school tutoring programs were offered this past year at Northside Elementary and Smithville Elementary due to their "School Improvement 1" status in the 2010 report card, according to Michelle Burklow, Supervisor of Instruction for pre-K to 6th grade. "This year we had to offer the supplemental education services, after school tutoring for those two schools. It came through Title I federal monies," she said.

Director of Schools Willoughby told WJLE that DeKalb County is by no means alone for schools on the state's radar. According to Willoughby, a total of 841 schools out of 1,662 across the state are either on a "Target" "School Improvement 1 or 2", or "Reconstruction" list. However, if the state's request is granted for a federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind Law, all of the schools in DeKalb County will be in "Good Standing" by meeting all the new guidelines for growth.

The Tennessee Department of Education is seeking to scrap the complicated means of measuring school progress under NCLB for a more straightforward plan that lays out how much progress schools must make each year.

Under the current Adequate Yearly Progress measure outlined in the federal law, schools are expected to show 20 percent gains per year. The expectation is pushing hundreds of schools across the state into the failing category.

In its request for a waiver from the controversial No Child Left Behind law, the state Department of Education says it's reasonable to expect gains of 3 to 5 percent per year in the number of students proficient in math and reading, but not 20%. Willoughby said he agrees with the state's position. "Should that waiver be approved then there would not be any schools in DeKalb County that are on the "Target" lists because the gains of growth are going to be more realistic like five or six percent per year rather than expecting us to have a twenty percent growth in a year. Twenty percent growth in a year is a pretty high goal to have. So having the goal as five or six percent is a more realistic goal," said Willoughby

With more workloads being placed on teachers in the classroom, Director Willoughby said he is proud of the job our local educators are doing, as well as the student progress that's been made.. "We're really proud of the Achievement scores that our students have made. Our students are achieving well and they are making gains. We're real proud of our students and we're proud of our teachers. There's more eyes on teachers statewide. Our teachers are working really hard and DeKalb County is a good place to go to school. When your children graduate from DeKalb County, they will graduate with a good education and they can be successful," said Willoughby.

The following is a summary of the DeKalb County School System Report Card for 2011 from the Tennessee Department of Education:

The graduation rate of 91.2%, maintained from 2010 is above the state
Attendance for K-8 was 95.8%, up from 93.9%
Promotion Rate for K-8 was 99.7%
Attendance at DCHS was 95.2%, up from 94.5%

In grades 3-8, the county received ALL "B"s for Academic Achievement in the areas of Math; Reading/Language Arts; Social Studies, and Science. The county exceeded state scores in the areas of Reading/Language Arts and Science. The county matched state scores in Math and Social Studies. For 5th, 8th, and 11th grade Writing, the county received ALL "A"s

Tennessee Value Added Assessment Scores (TVAAS), which measures academic growth over a three year period, shows that the county's Math score in grades 3-8 improved from a "D" to a "C" and Reading from a "C" to a "B". Social Studies maintained a "C" and Science fell from a "C" to a " D"

Achievement writing scores improved from 2010 going from 4.1 to 4.2. Scores. Reading and Language Arts Achievement exceeded the state by 2%. Math exceeded the state by 3%

TVAAS (Growth)
End of Course (EOC) Math, English, and U.S. History all maintained one year's growth while above average growth was shown in Science/Biology.

DeKalb's ACT scores are down from 2010.
Since the implementation of the law regarding mandatory ACT testing of all juniors, DeKalb County has seen a decline in ACT scores. When compared to the state, DeKalb County's ACT scores (three year averages) are within one point except for Math.

Lisa Cripps, Supervisor of Instruction for 7-12, told WJLE that efforts are underway to improve ACT results. "We're doing lots of review. We've got some academic coaches in and helping. Ms.
(Kathy) Hendrix (DCHS Principal) also has some incentive type things in place. We're doing everything we can to get that (ACT scores) up," said Cripps.

A comparison of Academic ACT Achievement scores for 2009, 2010 and 2011 are as follows:

Year 2009: 20.8
Year 2010: 18.5
Year 2011:17.9

Year 2009: 21.2
Year 2010: 17.8
Year 2011: 17.5

Year 2009: 19.1
Year 2010: 17.6
Year 2011: 17.3

Year 2009: 21.2
Year 2010: 19.3
Year 2011: 18.0

Year 2009: 21.0
Year 2010: 18.7
Year 2011: 18.1

DeKalb Middle School:
A "C" was maintained in Reading and Math Achievement while Social Studies improved from a "C" to a "B". Science received a "B, down from an "A" in 2010. DMS was at or above the state in every academic area except in Math.

TVAAS (Growth)
Comparing 2010 to 2011, DMS improved in every core academic area and grade level in 2011. For example, 8th grade Science had a -10.8 for growth last year. This year it is 6.4. However, the three year average of Math gives DMS a "C". Reading and Language Arts received a "D", Social Studies dropped from a "D" in 2010 to an "F", and Science a "D". Math improved from a "D" in 2010 to a "C" for 2011

DeKalb West School:
An "A" was maintained in all academic areas and exceeded the state. Writing improved from a 4.4 in 2010 to 4.5 in 2011 for both 5th and 8th grades.

TVAAS (Growth)
While the report card assigned a "D" in the area of math, every grade improved markedly in growth for 2011. An "A" was maintained in Reading and Social Studies fell from a "B" to a "C" while Science gained from a "C" to a "B"

Northside Elementary School:
A "C" was maintained in the area of Math and Reading/Language Arts as well as a "B" for Science and Social Studies. NES exceeded the state at 4.2 in Writing which is an "A" on the state Report Card.

TVAAS (Growth)
Although Math received a "D" for the three year average, NES had significant growth in 2011. In 2010, 4th grade Math had a -5. In 2011, the growth had improved to 4.6. Fifth grade also gained from -4.0 to a 2.1. NES received an "A" in Reading and Social Studies growth and a "C" in Science

Smithville Elementary School has the same report card and standing as Northside Elementary since it is a feeder school to Northside.

DeKalb County Schools had an Average Daily Membership of approximately 2,844 students. There were 193 teachers and 10 administrators in the system. The pupil expenditure for this Report Card is $7,666. The state per pupil expenditure is $9,084.

Peanut Butter Recall Affects UCHRA Commodities

December 2, 2011
Randy Wilder, Community Outreach and Resource Development Manager

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture/ Commodity Distributions issued a statement to the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency (UCHRA) involving recalled Hampton Farms peanut butter. Specific lots of Hampton Farms brand peanut butter distributed to agencies and participants in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (Commodities) in Tennessee are being recalled. Hampton Farms issued a recall for the product because it was not manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practices. This peanut butter was distributed in Tennessee through USDA and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. To date, no one has become sick or been injured because of this product.

The recalled peanut butter was distributed during the month of November 2011 and has the following identifying information: Brand name-Hampton Farms; Product-Smooth Peanut Butter; Size- 18 ounce jars; Best used by date: 10/19/2012; Production lot Number-878.

If the peanut butter received through commodities matches the information above, contact the local UCHRA DeKalb County office at (615)597-4504 for further information and instruction on discarding and replacement of the peanut butter.

If your peanut butter does not match the identifiers listed above, then there is no need to be concerned or take action.

If you need additional information, please contact Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s central office at 931-528-1127 or Tennessee Department of Agriculture 615-837-5162 or Terry.Minton@tn.gov.

Undercover Drug Investigation by Smithville Police Department Results in Grand Jury Sealed Indictments

December 1, 2011
Dwayne Page
 Randy Caldwell
Ben Pascal
Teresa Beasley
Timothy Lawson
Keith Clifford Lafreniere

An undercover drug investigation by the Smithville Police Department has resulted in grand jury sealed indictments against five people.

Smithville Police Chief Randy Caplinger said 41 year old Randy Caldwell, 24 year old Ben Pascal, 45 year old Teresa Beasley, and 41 year old Timothy Lawson have all been served with the indictments and will appear in criminal court for arraignment on Monday, December 12. One other person has yet to be served.

The investigations were conducted by Detectives Matt Holmes and Brandon Donnell with an informant making the drug buys. A TBI agent worked with the detectives in one case.

Caldwell is charged with two counts of sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance.

The indictments allege that on August 18 and 19, Caldwell sold and delivered Hydromorphone, a schedule II controlled substance.

Pascal is charged with sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. He is indicted with a co-defendant for allegedly selling and delivering dilaudid, a schedule II controlled substance on August 25.

Beasley is charged with sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance. Her indictment alleges that she sold and delivered Hydromorphone, a schedule II drug on August 26. The alleged drug buy took place at City Walk Apartments.

Lawson is charged with three counts of sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance in a drug free school zone.

The indictments allege that Lawson sold and delivered morphine on July 27, August 4, and August 23. The alleged drug buys took place at the City Walk Apartments, located near Smithville Elementary School.

Meanwhile 23 year old Brandon Matthew Byford, not part of the drug investigation, has been arrested by Smithville Police for harboring a fugitive, resisting arrest, and possession of a prohibited weapon for allegedly trying to hide Lawson in his City Walk apartment.

Detectives Donnell and Holmes went to City Walk Apartment Monday, November 28 to serve the indictments on Lawson but no one came to the door, even though they saw who they thought was Lawson inside. After forcibly entering, the detectives found Lawson who was hiding in the apartment. They also arrested Byford. Police said Byford tried to resist and he had brass knuckles in his possession. Byford is under a $7,500 bond and he will be in court on December 15.

18 year old Keith Clifford Lafreniere, II was indicted Monday on a rape charge. The case was investigated by Detective Matt Holmes of the Smithville Police Department.

The indictment alleges that on May 26 Lafreniere did intentionally or knowingly engage in unlawful sexual activity with a 12 year old girl and that it was accomplished by the use of force or coercion constituting the offense of rape.

The incident allegedly occurred at a residence on West Main Street. DNA evidence was collected at the scene. Lafreniere, who was identified as a suspect, was later charged in the case. He will appear for arraignment in criminal court on Monday, December 12.

Meanwhile in other cases, 34 year old Amy Jeanette Lawson is charged with theft over $500, criminal trespassing, and a second offense of driving on a suspended license. Her bond is $17,500 and she will be in court on December 15.

A Smithville Police Officer was recently called to Food Lion. The store manager said that a customer claimed that another woman, later identified as Lawson, had come up to her in the store and began talking. Before leaving, Lawson allegedly swiped the woman's wallet, which contained up to eight hundred dollars. Lawson then left the store, got in her car, and drove away. The victim followed after Lawson and caught up with her on Dearman Street. Lawson allegedly gave back the wallet but there was no money in it. Lawson then drove to Jewel's Market, where police confronted her. While there, the officer was notified that Wal-mart called to report that Lawson had been in the store earlier that day trying to return a cell phone, when she was not supposed to be there. Lawson had previously been barred from the store. Walmart filed a criminal trespassing charge against her. Lawson was arrested and brought to the police department but while she was being held, Lawson slipped out of her handcuffs and darted out the door. Police apprehended her at North Webb and Congress Boulevard.

57 year old Terry Wayne Owens is charged with domestic assault. His bond is $3,500.

Chief Caplinger reports that police went to Owen's residence on Smith Road after someone there phoned 911 and hung up. Upon arrival, police learned from a woman there that she and Owens became involved in an argument which turned physical with him allegedly assaulting her. He was taken into custody.

27 year old Daniel Ray Wilson was cited for shoplifting on Thanksgiving Day. Wilson allegedly put several items in his pockets, totaling over $87 from Walmart trying to conceal them. He will be in court on December 11.

34 year old Eric Heflin was stopped for a traffic (light law) violation on Wednesday, November 23. He was also cited for violation of the open container law. He will be in court on January 3.

UPDATED: Fifty Six Indicted by Grand Jury

December 1, 2011
Dwayne Page

Fifty Six people were indicted by the regular term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury Monday including twelve who were named in sealed indictments. All those indicted will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m.

WJLE had originally reported on Tuesday that 40 were indicted but several names were inadvertently omitted from the list. The following is a complete list of all those indicted including those named in sealed indictments who have been served:

Andrew Anderson (sealed indictment)- Aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor

David Anderson, Travis Rich, Jessica Bogle, Amy Ford, and Tammy Jones: co-indicted on charges of Initiation of meth, manufacture of meth, promotion of meth, and criminal trespassing

Jessie Robert Adcock- Auto burglary and theft over $1,000

Shannon Anderson- Aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000

Dickie Bain- Theft under $500 (2 counts)

Dickie Ray Bain and Mark Goodson- Theft over $1,000 and false report

Teresa Beasley (sealed indictment)- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance

Steven Darrell Bly- Aggravated burglary and violation of an order of protection

William H. Bogle, Jr.- Harassment ( 2 counts)

Kevin Brooks- Theft over $1,000

Randy Caldwell (sealed indictment)- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance (2 counts)

Chasity Carter- Theft under $500

Anna Faye Colburn- possession of a schedule II, III, and VI controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia, driving under the influence, and violation of the implied consent law.

Terry Collins- Theft over $1,000

Tammy Currie- Aggravated burglary (4 charges) and theft under $500 (4 charges)

William Corey Dickens- Theft over $1,000 (2 counts)

David Dixon- Possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and violation of an order of protection.

Jessica Dyal- Theft under $500

Amy P. Ford- Possession of a schedule III controlled substance

James Goodman- Manufacture Methamphetamine

Tiffany Greer- Aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000

Shaun Hill- Aggravated burglary (3 charges) and theft over $1,000 (3 charges); and possession of a schedule II controlled substance

Jill Marie Jones- Prescription Fraud (2 counts)

Terry Wayne Knowles- Driving on a suspended license

Keith Clifford Lafreniere,II- Rape

Roxanna Landis- Possession of paraphernalia and public intoxication

Timothy Lawson (sealed indictment)- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance in a drug free school zone (3 counts)

Robert Justin Luna- Initiation of a process to manufacture methamphetamine

Wanda Carol Mathis- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance

Daniel Lee Mayo- Possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale, driving under the influence, and violation of the implied consent law.

Coty McCormick-aggravated assault

Kenneth Moore-Rape of a child

Melinda Murphy- Theft under $500 and fraudulent use of a credit card

Steven Osment (sealed indictment)- Hindering a secured creditor

Ben Pascal (sealed indictment)- Sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance

Lisa Porterfield-Hindering a secured creditor

Richard Raby- Burglary (2 charges), theft over $1,000

Joseph E. Selby- Sexual battery

Danny Lee Smithson- Driving on a revoked license (4th offense)

Terry Ray Story- Domestic Assault

Bradley Shane Redmon- Assault

William Ray Roller, Jr and Kathy Ann Roller- promotion of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance for resale, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia.

James Walter Stringer (sealed indictment)- Rape of a child (3 counts)

David Anthony Taylor- Driving under the influence, violation of the implied consent law, driving on a suspended license, assault, and indecent exposure

Michael Glen Thomas- Driving under the influence

Amy Rachel Vanatta and Michael Shane Wilcher (sealed indictment)- Unlawful photographing (of an adult)

Matthew Wilbur- Sale and delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance for resale, and possession of paraphernalia

Paul Willingham-Aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000

Kenneth Adam Wright- Driving under the influence (2nd offense), and Violation of the implied consent law


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