Friday, May 15, 2009

Things You May Have Missed

If you weren't driving by the Papa John's pizza restaurant on Tenth Street in Cookeville Thursday, you may not have noticed the car parked inside the front door -- literally. Police say the driver apparently hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal as she pulled up in front of the business. She ended up plowing through the plate glass and doing a fair amount of damage. A total of three people were taken to the hospital, including the driver, but police say their injuries were not life-threatening.

If you don't work for the bank that foreclosed the property, you may not know that a home on the Nashville Highway was vandalized this week by someone with a fondness for pink paint. A representative of the bank was checking on the property when he found that someone had spray-painted with florescent pink paint on the hardwood floor in the living room and had ripped out the fireplace and surround. There were holes in the sheet rock and light fixtures were missing as well as baseboard molding and switch plate covers. Appliances were also missing, and the bank official estimated that the damage could exceed $100,000. The home is located just over five miles west of Cookeville.

If you haven't read all of these blogs, you may not have noticed that were are attempting to add what are called "mug shots" when possible as people are charged with a crime. We rely on our sources in the various law enforcement agencies to provide these photos, and not every arrest will come with picture, but it's one way to help you distinguish the John Smith who was arrested this week from all of the other John Smiths you may know. For the record, that's also why we usually include an age and address for suspects, and we shouldn't have to remind you that being arrested does not mean the same thing as being convicted.

Speaking of being convicted, a Putnam County man will be spending two years in jail after being convicted on a charge of possessing marijuana for re-sale. 29-year-old Kenny Dewayne Hammons Junior of Paran Road was picked up when Cookeville Police Officer Brandon Tayes saw him in the parking lot of Sav-A-Lot on South Willow Ave. Tayes had what he says was "prior knowledge" that Hammons had an active warrant.

A Cookeville business has now been involved in a scam that may have connections to South Carolina. Back on May 2, a representative in the Tractor Supply Cookeville store accepted a nearly $4,500 check from a business called Future Transmission Parts in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the purchase of a trailer and a zero-turn lawn mower. He says the man who presented the check had a South Carolina driver's license and his photo appeared to match his appearance. But about a week later, a man claiming to be the owner of the business called Tractor Supply to say that he had not authorized the purchase. The owner speculated that someone had used his checks as a template to manufacture their own checks and pass them at different locations around the area. He has already filed a police report in Murfreesboro for other fraudulent charges that have come to his attention in the past few days. Cookeville police Detective Tim Terry is looking into things from this end.

And it's all in the timing. A Cookeville woman left her home on Free Hill Road for about fifteen minutes on Thursday evening and as she was unlocking her front door when she returned, she heard someone slamming out the back door. She also found a pile of her stuff on the floor by the back door -- including a DVD player, a computer, a PS2, and a VCR. She says it doesn't appear that anything was stolen but the kitchen cabinets had been opened and the place pretty well ransacked. Authorities say the thief may have left behind some prints in his hurry to leave.