Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tip Leads To Arrest Of Fugitive In Cookeville

A tip from a confidential informant led to the arrest of a Carthage man in Cookeville this week by agents with the U.S. Marshal's Task Force. Putnam County sheriff's deputies and Cookeville city police officers also assisted in the arrest of 25-year-old William Joseph Givens of North Main Street in Carthage, who was wanted for failing to appear for his sentencing after pleading guilty in a drug case. Givens was to begin serving a 15-year prison term in February, after accepting a plea agreement in Putnam County Criminal Court. Officials say he had pleaded guilty to possessing more than half a pound of cocaine for re-sale. Givens was already on probation on a drug-related offense when he was arrested by the highway patrol after a traffic stop on Willow Avenue, and police say their tip indicated that he was again dealing drugs out of an apartment on Walnut Avenue, but they say he gave them no trouble when they found him in a bedroom of the home.