Wednesday, August 18, 2010

911 Probe Leads To Disorderly Conduct Charge

The Putnam County sheriff's office says a Cookeville attorney and his wife, who is a school teacher, have both been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, after deputies made an investigation into a 911 call in which dispatchers heard only an open line and beeping in the background. Deputies Jason Phy and Josh Reams responded to the home on Burgess Mill Road. Reams says when he arrived, he heard what sounded like loud voices coming from inside the residence and alleges that a male subject -- later identified as 65-year-old Jerry Lee Burgess -- became irate when authorities began questioning him about whether everything was OK. Phy arrived on the scene a few minutes later and claims that Burgess refused to calm down, even after being told that he would be arrested if he did not. Phy says Burgess resisted as he tried to put handcuffs on him. He also claims that Burgess's wife, Lisa, scratched him as he was attempting to place her husband into custody. Both were taken to the jail where warrants were served on them, but both were also released on their own recognizance -- without the need to make a bond. Burgess reportedly told the deputies that the 911 situation was a malfunction of his fax machine.