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John Sloan - Outdoors

Bow season opens Sept. 24

By JOHN L. SLOAN
It was a beautiful morning. A typical late September morning if it isnt one of those mornings with rain or blinding heat. The buck stood as if he was a statue or posing for a photo. In a way, I guess he was. The problem was he was standing with his butt facing me. Even with a crossbow, I will not take that shot. But I didwith my camera. And he just walked away. Oh well.

Our Tennessee bow season opens this Saturday. The limit is three does a day and one buck a day, not to exceed three for the entire year. Our deer population is in good shape and the rains have produced a good mast cropat least they have where I have looked. I have found persimmons, paw-paws, acorns and plenty of green browse. The deer appear to be in good physical condition.

I am looking forward to hunting this year. As it has been for a few years, I will be shooting the TenPoint crossbow. It is an awesome piece of equipment and barring sticking an arrow in a tree instead of behind a deers shoulder, I feel confident. If I can get a good shot out to 40 yards, I should have freezer meat. I once shot a tree with my TenPoint and split it wide open.

Also as in past years, I shall not be too selective in what I shoot. Anything but a spotted fawn or a doe with a spotted fawn at her side is in trouble.

Note to readers: If you are having a deer problem, email me at bowriter1944john@aol.com and Ill try to come help. The crossbow is legal and perfectly suited to shooting in populated areas. I need a couple for my freezer and have promised some meat to other folks. I believe my health will permit me to hunt several days this year.

I hung a stand just a few yards from where I shot the picture of the deer walking away and I put one of my hunters in that stand 10 days later, hoping for a better shot angle. He made the shot at 11:15 in the morning. I took that picture of the buck I saw at 11:25. That is about as close to patterning a mature buck as I have ever come. What is funny is it was a different buck. It was a kind of cool that morning. I also believe they came to the edge of that green field for the shade. Deer prefer it cool.

I recall a cool morning a few years ago when a friend of mine decided he would try to rattle one in. Knowing it would be in the mid-80s by 10 a.m., I had my doubts about how effective rattling would be. It worked on a good buck.

Can we grow deer like that in Tennessee? You bet your bippy we can. Hunters killed some big deer last year. A lot of them. The three-buck limit combined with good conditions in the last year or so, have done much to allow some deer to reach that size.

However, the major factor is the selectivity of hunters. They are starting to learn, if they want to kill a wall-hanger, they need to let a little one walk. I have been saying that for a long time. I found an article I wrote in 1982, preaching just that. Let a young buck walk and shoot a doe.

Before you throw a hissy fit, you are right. I dont practice what I preach. I no longer have the slobbering desire to kill a monster buck. As I said earlier, with two exceptions, I shoot whatever is legal and walks by.

So let us all hope for a cool, crisp morning this Saturday. Not a lot of chance of that happening but we can hope.

If the low temperature is below 70, Ill go. I can hang in there until the sweat starts dripping off my nose. Eventually, the deer will move. I once killed a big buck in Kentucky at one something in the afternoon on a day when it was in the 90s. I also killed one in Wilson County that I am sure was going to jump in a pond to cool off.

Wear a fall restraint device (safety belt) if you are hunting off the ground and check for ticks, chiggers and snakes. Hunt safe and good luck. If you kill one, send me a picture at bowriter1944john@aol.com.

Good Luck.

Contact John L. Sloan at bowriter1944john@aol.com

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General Lifestyle

Bob Cross doles his stuff to the needy

By KEN BECK, The Wilson Post
A man with two passions, Lebanons Bob Cross appears to be at odds with his own nature.
He readily confesses an addiction to collecting, but he spends much of his time giving away household goods to the needy.

I was collecting long before I started giving things away, said Cross, 82, a Korean War veteran. My daddy was a collector. After he died, his auction lasted three days. He picked out things that were worth something. I get a lot of it from him. I just think my kids are gonna have a big time when I die.

The house he built 41 years ago, about a quarter mile from the shore of Old Hickory Lake, overflows with items he either bought, found, was given or that were passed along by family members.

Most of these things I put a tag on cause my kids dont know (what they are). They dont know squat, he said matter-of-factly.

His collections include ice cream and soda glasses, old record albums, old telephones and a few hundred ball caps. Among cherished family heirlooms, a piano dominates the living room. In 1860 it was shipped by wagon from New York to his grandmothers home in Mt. Juliet.

Meanwhile, Cross has a 75-foot-long barn that spills over with more stuff than Noah packed on the Ark. The red building is stashed high and wide with everything from an electric fan and a porcelain sink to a baby crib and an old water cooler. Stashed round and about are used file cabinets, mattresses, toys, rugs, quilts, lamps and racks of clothing.

We got to get rid of some of this, Cross said. We dont sell any of it. We give it all away. Weve got to put some more in. Weve had three deliveries this week. We take anything.
The bulging barn is where Cross performs his unheralded ministry. Practically everything here was given to him. He will pass it along to needy families.

I have a few friends who know I will take things, and they bring them in person or will send me things. I dont tell anybody where I get anything or who I give it to. I dont want to embarrass anybody, said Cross, who today wears black shoes, overalls, a white shirt and a John Deere Gator ball cap.

We try to fix things up before we give em away. We dont want people to get something we wouldnt want ourselves.

They find me by word of mouth. I do have a card I give out to people at yard sales. Most of the time they come and get it. I dont charge anything. I figure if they want it bad enough, they can come get it.

The front of his card reads: Junkologist, R.M. (Bob) Cross.

Flip it over and youll find his mission statement: I collect junk, repair the repairable, save the good, donate to the needy, help children. Anything that can be reused will find a new home. Old telephones receive special care.

Hes always had a servant heart. He can take stuff and repair it and make use of it, said Crosss son, Corky. I think he sees people that need things, and he has access to folks that want to get rid of things, and he hates to waste anything. If he can take it and repair it and make your life a little bit better by it, hes glad to do it.

Bob and Dolly Cross, who celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary this month, worship with Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Their union has produced five children: Steve, Corky, Crysty, Flint and Tracy (deceased) and 12 grandchildren.

Mama and I work down here a little while every day, Cross said. My wife, shes a mechanic and got her radio license. Shes very smart. Shes also got Alzheimers.

I dont know if you can make deals with the Lord or not, but I told Him, If you just let me stay healthy, Ill take care of her.

Neighbor Jim Adams lives a half mile up the road and comes down frequently to lend a helping hand. He holds up an item and says, There must be something goes with this, but I aint found it out."

Were big buddies, Adams said, referring to Cross. I try to tell him to slow down. Him and his wife keep going.

Adams and Cross meander about the barn, studying the situation.

I had two friends, Richard Huddleston and (the late) Terry Chafin, who built on to the barn for me. Only they didnt build it long enough, Cross said. You have to have a lot of friends to do this.

The fix-it-man pointed out a high chair, a cider press, a Paul Bunyan doll, a wheelchair and an ancient wooden telephone booth, and said, I have no idea whats upstairs. I havent been up there in 20 years.

Pictures, he said wearily of the nearly 100 paintings hanging on the walls. Thats my downfall. We may have an art sale some day.

The generous, gentleman junkie grew up in Donelson and worked for 36 years as manager of the telephone company in Lebanon. His collecting took off like gangbusters when he retired in 1983.

A hand-painted sign that belonged to his father hangs above the entrance to his barn and reads: A.R. Cross & Sons, Junkologist, 1974.

The iron gate at the driveway entrance bears the name of the estate: Roar Valley.
Cross explained, noting, You got motor boats going up and down the lake, cars up and down the road, and were in the landing path of airplanes, so we just call it Roar Valley.

While most folks visit his barn to give or to fetch, Cross some days takes his charity on the road.

I go to the Mennonites about once a week or so and carry them ice. They dont have any electricity. Theyre always happy to see you with ice, he said.

Not wanting to see anything thrown away, Cross pointed to old refrigerators on the ground behind the barn and informs, These old chest-type deep freezers. The ones that cant be fixed, I take to the Mennonites. They keep their feed in em. The rats cant get in.

After giving a tour through his small kingdom of give and take and give again, Bob Cross surveyed his surroundings and said, When I get it cleaned up, Ill call you, but I could be a while.

Writer Ken Beck may be contacted at kbtag2@gmail.com.

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Commuter train continues to pick up steam

By KEN BECK, The Wilson Post
The way Susan Wilkins and 1,225 other daily Music City Star riders see it, theyre on the right track. The Mt. Juliet resident has been commuting to Nashville for the past 4 years. Riding, rather than driving, has given her plenty of time to count the many blessings of being a passenger.

Theyre too numerous to tell, said Wilkins, who serves as an ideal cheerleader for the Music City Star, which celebrated its fifth anniversary Sept. 18. First off, the convenience. Second, the ease of travel. I dont have to worry about traffic or idiots on the road. I am conserving gas, wear and tear on tires and wear and tear on me.

I am not contributing to the congestion in Nashville. Even the bus systems have improved with the advent of the train, because so many more people are riding the train now. Almost every week, you are seeing new people on there.

Indeed, ridership on the commuter train has increased about 150 percent, from 104,785 riders in 2007 to 250,626 riders in 2011. This past June, the Music City Star set a single-month record for ridership with 26,989 passenger trips, which represents a 53 percent increase from June 2010.

I think this is one of the things that Nashville needs because the parking and traffic is horrendous down there. I get home about the same time, but the experience has been so much more pleasant, said Wilkins, who works at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Lee Strader, a 2000 Lebanon High School graduate, began taking the train nearly five years ago.

I rode it for six months every day. I didnt think it was going to make it, said Strader, who is glad that it did.

Every Wednesday morning the artist pedals his lime green bicycle 3 miles to Lebanon Station on Baddour Parkway and rides the train into Nashville where he sells vintage clothing.

I love the train because it shows you a part of Middle Tennessee that you dont normally get to see, said Strader, who doesnt have a car.

His foot-powered bike and the diesel-powered train serve his transportation needs for now, plus hes found fringe benefits via the Music City Star.

I took a girl on a date on the train to a little ice cream place in Nashville. We had a blast. To someone whos never ridden on a train, its like your first time on an airplanewhoa! he said with a grin.

Conductor Brad Thompson welcomes riders as they board the three passenger cars in Lebanon at 6:40 on a weekday morning. An earlier train departed here at 5:45 a.m. In the cab at the back of the train, Engineer John Kreynus has his hand to the throttle. The two men, along with a dispatcher in the Lebanon office, handle all the chores necessary to get this train to Nashville, and the Music City Star ranks high in the nation for getting its passengers to their destination on time.

Averaging 45 to 50 miles per hour along the main line during its 50-minute trip to Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville, the train may speed up to 60 miles per hour in a few stretches.

The engineer of 2 years also controls three or four different brakes and keeps busy working the horn whenever the Star approaches a street. Two long blasts, one short and one long warn cars that the train is about to cross the road.

Kreynus joined the crew in 2006. You see something different about every day, said the Baltimore native whose life-long ambition was to work on a train. Its not the same routine.

The train jaunts along, shimmying down the line as the horn blows frequently. From Lebanon to Riverfront Park is a journey of 31.4 miles. Concrete markers, put up in 1971, mark each mile along the route.

The tracks are 56 inches wide, and the gallery cars, which have an upper deck (from this perch, passengers can enjoy the scenery from 10 to 12 feet above the ground) and came from the Metro line in Chicago, are 10 feet wide and 85 feet long. They seat more than 140 passengers. This train can accommodate 430, and 364 are aboard this second train from Lebanon this morning. Until the Star hit these rails, it had been 50 years, going back to August 1955, since passengers regularly rode the Tennessee Central from Lebanon to Nashville.

If one were riding the Tennessee Central in 1920, then a few miles west of Lebanon, he would spy the Horn Springs Hotel north of the tracks and the Hamilton Springs resort to the south side. While both have been long gone for years, should Lebanon developer Jack Bells new Hamilton Springs project develop as he plans, it will become Tennessees first transit-oriented development.

The Star shimmies alongside roadways, and as it passes north of Mt. Juliet Elementary, passengers peering out the window may observe a long line of vehicles backed up as parents drop their children off at the school. Most riders are not sight-seers.

The commuters commune in groups of two, three or four. Some sew or read the newspaper. Others talk quietly on cell phones, manipulate iPads or catch a nap.

The time flies on the train. Youre sitting there talking about your day or telling jokes. I see people knitting, crocheting, reading, working on laptops, all kinds of different things, said

Sheila Varga, who began commuting in November 2006 to her job at Louisiana Pacific, between 4th and 5th Streets and Union, where she is an inside sales associate.

Varga, who drives 4 miles each morning to board the 6:05 a.m. train in Mt. Juliet, has become such a rail enthusiast that she serves as president of the Middle Tennessee Regional Commuters Association, which formed in 2009.

I absolutely love it. I dread the thought of even having to drive into work. I think maybe Ive driven a total of five times since I began riding all the way in, Varga said.

As for the main advantage, she said, Its the cost. I save about $250 a month. For me, my company subsidizes part of our tickets on a ride/share plan. I pay about $60 a month before taxes.

Most riders pay $10 a day for a round trip from Lebanon to Nashville. A monthly pass offers a 5 percent discount. But its more than saving money.

Its a whole lot less stress, and you get to make a lot of friends, said Varga, who has built a circle of about a dozen friends from the commuter community.

When she first began riding, she estimates there were about 60 train passengers. Today, its more like 1,225 daily. They reside not just in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage and Donelson but also in Gallatin, Hartsville, Watertown, Alexandria and Smithville.

As for the Commuters Association, she described it, noting, We are kind of a passenger liaison with the MTA/RTA, and our main goal is to study and find funding for the train and public transportation in general. Were more geared toward trying to keep the train going, but we do a few social things. We try to do something once a quarter, she said.

Regan McGahen and her son, Matthew, 3, have been riders from Lebanon for 2 years. She works for the State of Tennessee in the Department of Environment and takes her child to a church-run daycare downtown.

We absolutely love it, McGahen said of the daily rail journey. We enjoy the people and not having to sit in traffic and not having to pay for gas. My son makes lots of friends. People take care of him.

Safety is No. 1 in everything. We want to keep the passengers safe, the crew safe and equipment safe. Thats our No. 1 goal, safety, said Terry Bebout, general manager of Transit Solutions Group, the contract operator of the Music City Star.

The ride in is a pleasant one with stops between Lebanon and Nashville that include Martha, Mt. Juliet, Hermitage and Donelson. Much of the trip is made in the shade as trees line the tracks.

At one point the train spooks a flock of a dozen turkeys as they take flight from the tracks.
Between mile points 14.2 and 17 lies Tennessees only quiet zone, thus the engineer lays off the horn. Here there must be extra protection at the grade crossing.

The Star crosses over the Stones River in Donelson as well as Briley Parkway a few miles closer into town, and then passes the old brick Metro Waterworks just a couple of minutes before chugging into Riverfront Park between the Cumberland River and First Avenue near the towering Pinnacle building and half a block from Broadway.

Once the train stops, morning commuters pour from the cars and either walk or take buses and vans to their workplaces.

Gordon Borck, who lives less than a mile past the Wilson County line in Smith County, began taking the train more than four years ago. His drive to his job at Vanderbilt was a 98-mile commute. He chooses to ride for a variety of reasons.

One is I save money. Vanderbilt pays part of my fare, he said. Two, I think it is socially responsible to pull your car off the road, if possible. It cuts down on emissions, and the less fuel we use, the less dependent we are on foreign oil. I think its good for the environment and good for the country.

Just a lot of people win when we ride the train. It takes me a half-hour longer to get to work, but I use the time on the train to work or make phone calls, and I use that time efficiently. If it were just for me, I would drive, but I think its the best thing to do for everybody involved. And since its there, the more people that ride it, it takes the burden off the taxpayers, Borck concluded.

As for the future of the Music City Star, Bebout said, I think we want to continue to see the service grow and add more cars to the existing trains but adding more trains to offer more servicesin our case, the more trains, the more convenient.

Writer Ken Beck may be contacted at kbtag2@gmail.com.

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General News

Citizens fill Lebanon City Hall

Citizens turned out en masse at Lebanon City Councils meeting Tuesday night, expressing both support and opposition for a resolution that would change the city government to a City Manager form during a public hearing held 30 minutes prior to the regular session.

The resolution was proposed, but later withdrawn from the agenda by Ward 2 Councilor Kevin Huddleston.

There was an overwhelming feeling among those who spoke that the council and mayor could not work together and some blamed one party or the other and sometimes both. Several citizens in attendance said the people of Lebanon did not have enough information about the resolution or what was being proposed.

One citizen, Jim Heller, said he was a city employee for 30 years and noted the city has lost the integrity it once had and that he opposed the city manager proposal.

We dont need another yes man for the city council, Heller said.

Jim Redcke said the resolution to change the government was a selfish action by select members of the city council and the effort was to usurp the power of the people of Lebanon.

This is an issue to be decided by the people of Lebanon, Redcke said, adding it should not be up to only a vote of the city council.

Gordon Poole spoke in support of the resolution and said he lost trust in Mayor Philip Craighead because he sat in that chair and admitted to committing a crime. Poole said the mayor is the main cause of the citys problems and has circumvented the council and has been using his position to benefit himself and his friends.

Poole said he voted for Craighead, but no longer trusts the mayor and said the only council members who have tried to go against the mayors wishes are those who support the City Manager resolution.

Robert Knowles drew a comparison between a city manager and the appointed superintendent of the Wilson County Schools System. He said the director of schools is appointed and only has to have a majority of votes on the school board to have policies enacted.

Knowles said the same thing would happen with the city manager, who would be appointed by the council, and also would only be held accountable by the council.

If that is a good example of a city manager, then I am against it, he said. Knowles asked that the council and mayor work together and move forward but added they should be held accountable to the people of Lebanon.

Another citizen supported the resolution and commended Huddleston for proposing the measure. Bob Bright said the change should be studied in light of everyones opinions. He said the city elections are at times a popularity contest and that people can be elected who have no qualifications to run a city government.

We dont need a full-time mayor, theres no way to justify it, Bright said.

Also, Jim Dunn said the city manager is a very qualified person who has experience and education to operate and run a city government. He said there is no harm in discussing this measure, and dialogue between the council and the people about this subject is a good thing.

One of the great things about democracy is that we can all have our opinions and we can come here and speak our opinions, Dunn said. Whats wrong with discussing something?

Dunn and many others said the reason so many citizens showed up for the public hearing Tuesday night is because they do not know enough about a City Manager form of government nor how the resolution was drawn up or proposed.

Larry Hubbard said the resolution basically called for the city council to completely control all affairs of the city. He said everything in the city manager resolution ends with the phrase, must be approved by the city council.

He pointed out the council has not set a budget for the next fiscal year and said that needs to be done before a change in government is considered. Hubbard also claimed the council has been slowly trying to chip away at the powers of the mayor.

They showed their hand, they went all in here guys, the chips and cards are still on the tablethose chips are our future, Hubbard said.

Many of those who spoke said the conduct and discussions of the council and mayor have been detrimental to the city and some even said their conduct was embarrassing.

At the end of the public hearing, the mayor thanked everyone who gave their opinions and said it was the duty of the council and mayors position to work to bring jobs to the city and provide the best services for its people.

When Craighead announced the resolution would be withdrawn from the agenda, many audience members applauded the removal of the measure.

We will make a solid effort to make a change for this community because we all do love it, Craighead said.

During the councils time for comment, Ward 1 Councilor Alex Buhler said he never said he would or would not vote for the resolution. He also noted he has been asking for a budget since January, and said that has always been a priority for him.

I want this town to be run fairly, openly and honestly, thats all I ask, Buhler said.

Huddleston said if the resolution comes up again, everyone would have another opportunity for the citizens to voice their opinions. He also said he wanted every budget work session to be broadcast live on television.

I think a lot of this stuff has been twisted certain ways, he said. I want (the meetings) to be live, so everyone can know whats going on.

Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino said the large turnout should also occur for every council meeting and work session. He also said he would not support the city manager or any other measure unless he knows how much it would cost.

Ward 4 Councilor Joe Hayes said all the phone calls he has received have been from citizens opposing the city manager. He did say the city manager could be a good thing, but he does not know enough about it. Hayes called the way the resolution was proposed and brought to the agenda was dirty politics.

Until I know more about it, theres no way in the world that I can vote for it, Hayes said.

Ward 5 Councilor Haywood Barry said he would like for the citizens to learn more about this and pointed out they had a work session about the city manager and no citizens came Id much rather it go to the people, if it goes anywhere, and see them vote on it, Barry said.

Barry said he supports a move to the city manager and noted it was nothing personal toward Craighead, but feels the city manager would be better equipped to handle the day-to-day management of the city. He said if the vote ever comes up, he would vote for a city manager.

He also noted he had been working on a separate resolution to move to a city manager government and pointed out that City Attorney Andy Wright was also working on one, which Wright indicated was correct.

Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath said the day-to-day operation of the city is all about management and that its not much different than private businesses of all sizes.

Warmath said before the resolution even came up Tuesday night, there was so much negativity in the community and that it was portrayed as negatively as possible.

The negativity was already out there, no matter what happened with the ordinance, she said.

She said she has no problems with discussing a city manager, but said it is proper to discuss the particulars such as cost and other issues. She said a city manager was not a bad concept, if done well.

The council scheduled a special called meeting for tonight at 5:30 for several measures that were set to be on Tuesday nights agenda.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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LFD takes delivery of new truck

A new 75-foot mid-mount aerial ladder fire truck will help Lebanon firefighters battle fires in spots that would have been difficult previously.

Lebanon Fire Department took delivery of the new Sutphen SL75 Mid-mount Aerial Ladder on Monday.

Fire Chief Chris Dowell said the new truck is not like what the city presently owns, but rather has a 75-foot ladder platform and an elevated water stream.

Its totally new to Lebanon, he said. This will help us in fighting fires with the different tactics have to use, Dowell said. As an example, the chief said fighting fires in areas where there are sometimes low-hanging tree limbs presents a challenge for a ladder truck but the new truck will make it much easier to attack the blaze. In other words, the new truck is much easier to maneuver in smaller areas.

Also new to Lebanon is the color of the new fire truck. Dowell said he chose to go with red and black instead of red and white to differentiate it from other departments fire trucks. The City of Mt. Juliet may soon have its own fire department, he said, and he wanted local citizens to be able to tell the difference between them.

The new colors, he added, will start a new tradition in Lebanon.

Cost of the new fire truck and related firefighting equipment totaled $735,000, Dowell said.

Ohio-based Sutphen Corporation, manufacturer of the new fire truck, is a family owned business that has been around since 1890.

Information from its website, www.sutphen.com, regarding the SL75 Mid-mount Aerial Ladder said the companys 75-foot Aerial Ladder is built on Sutphens own designed and built single axle chassis, and features our signature mid-mount technology that provides better maneuverability and ease of handling due to a low center of gravity.

It also features Cummins engines, and can flow up to 1,500 gallons per minute of water.

By JENNIFER HORTON, The Wilson Post
Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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WCSD ends standoff on Central Pike

Deputies with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department forcibly entered a home on Central Pike Tuesday, after several hours of negotiation, to apprehend a 17-year-old runaway who had barricaded himself inside the residence after allegedly assaulting a 17-year-old female.

We had a suspect barricade himself inside the home for several hours, said Sheriff Terry Ashe.

The 17-year-old suspect was reportedly living at the home of his girlfriend, the 26-year-old granddaughter of the homeowner. Ashe said the home is owned by an 82-year-old woman, whose granddaughter appeared in a Wilson County courtroom Tuesday morning on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Ashe said the situation began around 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, when deputies went to 7711 Central Pike on suspicion the 17-year-old runaway was there.

The sheriff said the granddaughter was harboring her boyfriend and also a 17-year-old female who was reported as a runaway at 9 p.m., Monday, in Mt. Juliet.

Upon arrival at the home, Ashe indicated deputies found the granddaughter, boyfriend and another 20-year-old male at the residence. He also said the 17-year-old female runaway was found on the floor bound with Duct tape and with bruises and cuts on her neck.

Apparently this 17-year-old girl had been bound and beaten in the last 24 hours, Ashe said.

After safely taking the injured girl, homeowner, granddaughter and 20-year-old male from the home, Ashe said the boyfriend barricaded himself inside the residence and was reportedly armed.

After lengthy negotiations, lasting around three hours, Ashe said deputies forcibly entered the home and apprehended the suspect.

The elderly woman has been living, locked basically on one side of the home for fear of her granddaughter and her friends, Ashe noted, adding, she was, in my opinion, a prisoner in her own home.

The 17-year-old female was immediately taken to a hospital for treatment of her injuries. The sheriff added that deputies discovered a rifle and Bowie knife inside the residence.

Charges are pending against multiple suspects, and Ashe said the granddaughter, boyfriend and 20-year-old males were in custody. All names were withheld as charges are pending. The identities of the two 17-year-olds are being withheld because they are minors.

By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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