Wednesday, January 26, 2011

More Cases Resolved In Criminal Court

An Overton County man will be spending six years in prison after pleading guilty this week to several counts of aggravated burglary.  21-year-old Lowell Tyler Ambs of Rickman reportedly told the judge that he had committed a series of burglaries because he was addicted to drugs and needed money to pay for them.  He was arrested in January of last year after police caught him and another man breaking into apartments on Summerhaven Avenue in Cookeville.  As part of his plea, Ambs must also pay restitution to the victims.  Also in court this week, former Putnam County sheriff's deputy David Shannon Blackwell pleaded guilty to issuing a series of worthless checks. He had already pled guilty on charges of theft and burglary for stealing jewelry from his brother and also breaking into a local business to steal money.  Blackwell must also pay restitution to the victims, but was given judicial diversion on the charges, which means that if he stays out of trouble while he is on supervised probation for the next five years, he could be eligible to have his record cleared.