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Animal Welfare League helps Spirit of Santa

The Lawrence county Animal Welfare League recently held a toy drive to benefit Spirit of Santa.

Over $1,000 was raised to provide toys, clothing, and supplies for children across the county. “So many times when we respond to complaints of animal starvation, we find that children and their families are hungry too. ”

“A complaint of animal cruelty many times leads to the League being able to help an entire family. We felt that supporting Spirit of Santa would further our community outreach,” said Jessica Yokley, President.

The League can be reached at 615-430-9501 or lcawl@hotmail.com.

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Local probation officers involved in Wayne County drug bust

Lawrence County probation officers were involved in a drug bust conducted at a Wayne County home during November.

Reports from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department show the operation was conducted by local probation officers, Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies, troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, officers with the Wayne County Police Department and officials with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Officers made their way to the 1380 Chisholm Road home of Tracy Edward Hunt, 33, and Britney Berry, 28, in Cypress Inn on Thursday, November 10. At that time Hunt was on active probation through Lawrence County in connection with unrelated drug charges.

Sheriff’s officials report the home had been under observation for approximately two months prior, and that officers, “had seen lots of traffic in and out of this location.” In addition, officers received information indicating that marijuana was being sold out of the home.

On November 9, a tip was called into Wayne County’s Crime Fighters Line. The anonymous caller reported that there was “lots of marijuana at this location and that Hunt and Berry were smoking marijuana in front of the kids that lived in the house.”

Officials report that there were three female children living inside the home.

The youngsters were ages 15, 6 and two months. The baby, they report, was suffering from a cold at the time of the operation.

Officers report that, as Hunt was on probation, a search of the premises was conducted. They report locating marijuana behind a couch, in a drawer, beneath a bed, in a shed, inside the mailbox, and underneath the baby’s bed.

In total, officers report seizing ¾ pound of the drug along with pruning tools, scales, plastic baggies, a water bong, rolling papers, and various other items of drug paraphernalia.

The youngsters were removed from the home and placed with a friend. Hunt and Berry were both arrested on charges of possession of marijuana for the purpose of resale.

Hunt was also charged with the crime of possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were transported to the Wayne County Jail where they were booked on the charges.

Both Hunt and Berry are scheduled for an initial appearance in Wayne County General Sessions Court on December 6, 2011.

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Greenhill bank on Highway 43 in Lauderdale County robbed

GREENHILL, Alabama – The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department reported a bank robbery on Highway 43 Tuesday that put a local high school on lockdown, WHNT News 19 reported.

Two masked, armed men walked into the First Metro Bank in Greenhill around 12:30 p.m., took cash and fired two shots inside the building, one into the ceiling and another into a cashier’s desk, but no one was hurt, WHNT reported.

Rogers High School was put on lockdown until about 3:30 p.m. because it’s a mile from the area, WHNT reported. Authorities also looked for a red Nissan truck, whose driver may have picked up the men in the area, WHNT reported.

If you have any information about the robbery, call the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office at 256-760-5757 or the Shoals Area Crimestoppers line at 256-386-8685.

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Inmate charged with assaulting corrections officer

An inmate at the Lawrence County Detention Center garnered new charges during the weekend after he allegedly assaulted a corrections officer.

Reports filed through the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department show that the assault incident occurred Sunday.

The officer involved reported that while he was in the booking room he began to hear a “banging” noise from within the jail. He said he went to investigate and found inmate Robert Scott Gibbs, 46, of Wildberry Lane, Collinwood, using a cup to vandalize the sprinkler head inside his cell. He had reportedly damaged the sprinkler, and the officer reports water was “gushing” into the room.

The officer indicated that he opened the door and went inside to pull Gibbs from the room, but that Gibbs turned and punched him in the face. The officer reported he struck Gibbs several times, “…due to being in fear for my life…”

Other corrections officers came to the scene to assist. Reports show that Gibbs was removed from the cell and was handcuffed and shackled. After he was evaluated by a facility nurse, he was then placed into a restraint chair inside another unit.

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Scuffle with inmate yields charges

A scuffle that erupted between two local inmates during the extended holiday weekend resulted in charges being placed against both.

Corrections officers at the Lawrence County Detention Center report that the scuffle occurred shortly before 8:00 p.m. Friday.

During rounds one officer reported noticing that the two inmates, Jason Loyd Bessent, 26, of 803 Riverside Drive, Columbia, and James Michael Lindsey, 43, of 509 Glass Street, Mount Pleasant, were involved in a heated argument.

He quickly summoned assistance, but before the other officers arrived at the location, he reports the inmates became engaged in a physical altercation.

Officers were able to break up the fight before either man sustained serious injury. Reports show that Lindsey sustained a minor abrasion over one eye, but that no medical attention was warranted.

Bessent and Lindsey were separated while officers reviewed video surveillance footage of the scuffle.

They determined the men were “both mutually involved,” therefore both were booked under one count of assault. Both Bessent and Lindsey must answer the charge in Lawrence County General Sessions Court on December 20, 2011.

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Christmas For Critters kicks off

The Lawrence County Humane Society is again kicking off its annual Christmas for Critters Campaign to collect pet supplies and monetary donations to continue it animal rescue and spay/neuter programs.

The Society is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization. Volunteers foster homeless animals at their homes until they find permanent one and hold adoption days throughout the year.

This year, the Society has helped with, or funded, the spaying and neutering of over 150 dogs and cats countywide, preventing thousands of unwanted animals from being born in Lawrence County.

Donations of pet supplies, including food, can be dropped off at WDXE Radio Station (located on the downtown square) during regular business hours. Monetary donations may be mailed to the Lawrence County Humane Society, P.O. Box 224, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464. All donations are tax-deductible.

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Judge rules in organization’s favor in local Cherokee dispute

A final order was issued last week in connection with a legal dispute involving members of the local Cherokee group, with the judge ruling in favor of the majority membership.

The dispute was a civil issue involving members of the Lawrence County-based Central Band of Cherokee and former Principal Chief Joe Sitting Owl White. In dispute were the results of an October 26, 2011 election for positions on the group’s board of directors, during which group members say Johnny Corbin was elected Principal Chief.

Judge Robert Holloway heard the case in Pulaski on Wednesday, November 16. After reviewing the ballots and evidence presented, Holloway ruled that the results of the election should be “certified as official.”

He ordered that individuals whose names appeared on the ballot, “are elected by majority of the votes received…and are named to their corresponding positions effective the 16th day of November, 201l…” until the next election, slated for September of 2014.

Holloway ruled that, “White is no longer the Principal Chief of the Central Band of Cherokee, nor does he hold any elected position on the board of the corporation, and maintains standing only as a member…”

He ordered that White turn over any type of mail, mailing lists, documents and items related to the group’s corporation, monies, corporate assets, and other belongings, to the group.

In addition, Holloway indicated that all items housed inside the Cherokee Museum on the Lawrenceburg Public Square (inside a building owned by White), are presumed to belong to the group, “and are to be turned over to the control of the board immediately.”

The order indicates that White may submit to the board an itemized list of all items inside the museum “which he claims are owned by him personally,” and that items he and the board agree belong to him, “will be returned expeditiously.”

The board will be allowed thirty days in which to remove all of the items. The order grants board members the authority to enter the museum (on the first floor) and install a barrier between White’s residence (on the second floor) and the museum itself.

It further states that, “White is prohibited from entering the museum without express authorization from the court and the board…until the conclusion of the 30-day removal period (December 16).”

Corbin said Tuesday that the group hopes to secure all the items from the museum in a safe place for the time being. He said as finances allow, the group will decide whether to rent a building to establish a headquarters, or possibly a museum, where the items may once again be displayed.

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