From Post staff reports
A Wilson County real estate agent is facing charges after Gallatin Police identified him and one other man as suspects in a number of thefts involving heavy construction equipment.
William Wayne Boykin of Wayne Boykin & Associates Real Estate firm, 411 Hill Street, Lebanon, was arrested on Oct. 20 along with Joshua Ricketts after they were identified through the use of a red light camera system that is used in Gallatin.
The two men are believed by Gallatin Police to be involved in a number of thefts of heavy construction equipment in Sumner and Wilson Counties.
Boykin and Ricketts have been charged with theft over $10,000, attempted theft over $10,000 and possession of stolen property. They bonded out of the Sumner County Jail and are to appear in court on Nov. 19.
GPD Investigator Jamie Helson responded to a call concerning a theft of equipment at a construction site on Greenlea Boulevard on July 15, he wrote in an affidavit on file with the Sumner County General Sessions Court.
By CONNIE ESH, The Wilson Post
A Wilson County pilot has been identified after the small helicopter he was flying went missing Sunday afternoon not long after taking off from the Lebanon Municipal Airport.
The pilot has been identified as Robert E. Koudelka, 43, of Lebanon.
Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe said Koudelka was a very skilled pilot in fixed wing craft, and was working on his certification in helicopter flight.
Wilson Emergency Management Chief John Jewell confirmed that Koudelka was a student pilot making a solo flight from Lebanon Airport to Cornelia Fort Airport in Nashville.
Ashe said at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, about the time the craft reportedly went off the radar, Sumner County residents reported seeing a chopper that was apparently going down.
BY CONNIE ESH The Wilson Post
Layoffs at Lebanon ‘s TRW plant may be partly counter-balanced by hiring at the new Leviton Plant scheduled to open in just a few months, according to G.C. Hixon, executive director of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County.
Hixon noted that the county does have some other projects in the planning stages, but acknowledged that layoffs estimated at 105 employees from TRW could create some short term problems. But he added that unemployment in Wilson County at 5.8 percent last week is still lower than the state average of 7.2 percent.
TRW has said that it plans to remove its assembly operations from the Hartmann Drive plant by the end of November. And according to a United Auto Workers source, about 50 of the 105 have already received their pink slips.
TRW was one of the county’s top 10 employers until the company started cutbacks in fall 2007.
However, the commercial steering manufacturer has not yet notified the state of the layoffs, which company officials are required to do if they reduce the work force by more than a set percentage, Hixon added.