Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Phone Card Dispute Leads To Charges

A dispute over a phone card has led to aggravated assault charges being filed against two area men. Sgt. Ken Clement of the Cookeville police department says it began as he was patrolling on North Dixie Avenue about three o'clock in the morning and noticed three men walking northbound. He says it appeared that the first two men were trying to get away from the third one -- who had what appeared to be a large kitchen knife in his hand. Clement turned his patrol car around and ordered the man with the knife to drop the weapon and get on the ground. That man was identified as 23-year-old James Lewis Myers of Commodore Circle in Baxter. Myers claimed that the two men had come to his door armed with knives and demanded ten dollars. He says he got his own knife out to protect himself. The other parties involved claimed that Myers had sold them a phone card that did not work and that they were simply trying to get their money back. Myers denied knowing anything about that, but police say none of the individuals were being entirely truthful. Myers and one of the other men, identified as 32-year-old Donnie Allen Puckett of Hilham, were both charged with assault. Police say Puckett had two knives in his right rear pocket at the time of his arrest.