3-vehicle pileup stalls traffic for 2 hours


BELMONT — Three vehicles were involved in a crash on State Road 46 West on March 11 that had traffic backed up for two hours.

Carla F. Willis, 56, of Spencer, was traveling east on 46 in a silver Chevrolet Equinox near the intersection of Scarce O Fat Ridge Road when she said she looked up and saw brake lights in front of her.

Judy A. Tackitt, 72, of Nashville, was stopped in front of her home about to turn in the driveway when the rear passenger side of her red Honda Accord was struck by Willis’ vehicle.

Willis attempted to miss hitting the back of Tackitt’s vehicle by swerving onto the shoulder, but hit the passenger side of the vehicle in the process, the accident report said.

When Willis hit Tackitt’s vehicle, Tackitt was then pushed into incoming traffic where she struck Nathan McMillan’s black Ford Fusion. McMillan, 41, is from Chesterton, the report said.

The impact caused McMillan’s vehicle to leave the road and overturn onto its roof.

One witness traveling westbound reported seeing Tackitt’s vehicle come across the center line into the opposite lane of traffic, the report said.

A witness traveling eastbound reported seeing Tackitt slow down to turn in front of her home and Willis hitting the back of the vehicle.

Willis was taken by ambulance to a hospital for a fracture/dislocation of her elbow and lower arm. It was unclear in the report which arm was hurt.

An ambulance also took Tackitt to a hospital when she complained of chest pains.

McMillan was treated at the scene for knee, lower leg or foot pain.

Deputy Greg Pittman said that by judging by the accident scene, injuries could have been much worse.

Accident results in heroin arrest

A crash near a gas station resulted in a Columbus woman being arrested on drug possession charges.

Niki L. Linville, 21, was involved in a crash outside the Circle K gas station on State Road 46 East March 6.

Brown County sheriff’s deputies Jacob Woods and Bill Southerland along with Nashville Officer Josh Stargell responded. The officers were informed that Linville was in the gas station’s restroom possibly hiding narcotic drugs, the probable cause affidavit stated.

Southerland spoke with Linville and she gave him a yellow plastic bag with a burnt spoon, clear plastic baggies and wrappers, the report said.

Linville said the items belonged to another woman whom Southerland had interviewed about the accident, according to the affidavit. Southerland said she was given the items and told to hide them.

The other woman denied these claims and said she had never seen the items before.

Before Woods entered the gas station, Linville was in the manager’s office. The manager of the gas station stated she saw Linville hide two syringes in one of the drawers of her desk.

The manager showed the syringes to Southerland. One syringe was used and uncapped, filled with heroin, Southerland said.

During the investigation, officers discovered Linville had a warrant for her arrest in Johnson County for failing to appear on a charge of possession of paraphernalia.

Linville was charged with a possession of a narcotic drug, a Level 6 felony; unlawful possession of a syringe, a Level 6 felony; and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

Woman charged with disorderly conduct

A call about a protective order violation on Hoover Road resulted in one woman’s arrest.

On March 10 at 2:30 p.m., officers were called to the 400 block of Hoover Road on the report of a protective order violation involving Dustin Poling.

Nashville Police Officer Tim True, Brown County Lieutenant Brad Stogsdill and sheriff’s deputies Nathan Tompkins and Rick Followell all responded to the call. The police report said Stogsdill was inside getting a statement from the protective order victim when Taylor D. Lemons, 22, Nashville, came outside yelling with a cigarette and lighter in her hand.

She and Poling, who was detained in handcuffs, began arguing. When she became upset, she pushed Poling, who had his hands behind his back, the probable cause affidavit stated.

True placed Lemons in handcuffs and she began screaming and yelling repetitively, the affidavit states. She was arrested on initial charges of domestic battery.

Poling and Lemons have one child in common.

Stogsdill transported Poling to the jail for violating a protective order.

While True was attempting to transport Lemons, she kept pulling away from him while cursing and screaming, the affidavit said.

Lemons was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor.

Fire damages house; no one injured

HAMBLEN TWP. — One room in a home in the 6300 block of Three Notch Road was damaged in an afternoon fire March 14.

When firefighters arrived, there was heavy smoke showing, said Hamblen Lieutenant Justin Griffith.

The fire was out 17 minutes after firefighters arrived. Most of the fire was contained to one room, but there was heavy heat and smoke damage throughout the house, Griffith said.

No one was injured. One man lived at the home.

The cause of the fire looks to be electrical, but is still under investigation, Griffith said.

Hamblen was assisted by Cordry Sweetwater and Fruitdale volunteer fire departments.

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