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Donations asked for fire victims

From Post staff reports

Donations for a family who lost their home and belongings in an early morning house fire in Old Hickory are being accepted at Benson Orthodontics and the Lebanon and Mt. Juliet offices.

The fire broke out around 2 a.m., Monday, at the home in the 5600 block of Scenic Ridge Drive. Jeff and Tina Crosslin, the parents, escaped, and their son, Cade, 17, jumped from a second story window. Another teen, identified as Mason Dimitroff, 17, also escaped the blaze.

According to reports, the family was awakened by a loud explosion, possibly from a gas line to a grill. There was concern about some ammunition inside the home being detonated by the fire, also.

Friends of the family said the two teens, who were transported to the Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt, were in critical condition and expected to be in the hospital for about a week being treated for smoke inhalation.

Officials at Benson Orthodontics, where Mrs. Crosslin works, said they will accept checks/prepaid card donations for the family.

The offices locations are at 11462 Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet, phone number 541-1444; or at 723 West Main Street, Lebanon, phone number

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Locals among those indicted on federal drug charges

A single-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Nashville this past week was unsealed Monday, charging 24 defendants with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and distributing diverted prescription pills,announced David Rivera, acting U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

The diverted pills contained the controlled substances Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, Oxymorphone and Buprenorphine.The respective brand names for the pills containing those controlled substances are Roxicodone, Dilaudid, Opana, Oxymorphone and Subutex.

Prescription drug abuse and diversion is an epidemic facing our nation, Rivera said.The vast number of people addicted to painkillers and the increasing number of overdose deaths attributable to these illegally obtained drugs is unacceptable.We must continue to combine the resources of our law enforcement agencies and engage our communities to reduce the number of illicit pills available to the public.

The diversion and abuse of prescription drugs in Tennessee is presently the number one drug threat in the state, said Michael Stanfill, assistant special agent-in-charge of DEA in Tennessee.This investigation is an excellent example of federal, state, and local agencies combining resources to attack this issue.

Local, state and federal law enforcement officers, Monday morning, began arresting those named in the indictment and were executing nine federal search warrants in connection with the investigation.

Those charged in the indictment are:

1.Kenneth Edward Stafford, 26, of Lebanon

2.Kacee Anne Breeden, 28, of Lebanon

3.Rashad Woodside a/k/a Goma, 37, of North Miami, Fla.

4.Nicholas Adam Young a/k/a Nick, 26, of Lebanon

5.Michael Jordan a/k/a Billy Bob, 26, of Watertown

6.Ronnie Dustin E. McCulloch a/k/a Dustin, 24, of Watertown

7.Dereck Scott Weatherspoon, 27, of Mt. Juliet

8.William Chad Nixon a/k/a Chad, 26, of Lebanon

9.Michael Chad Corley a/k/a Chad, 31, of Lebanon

10.Phillip Wayne Allen, 36, of Lebanon

11.Fletcher Denning, 22, of Mt. Juliet

12.Amanda Meyers, 28, of Lebanon

13.Tammy Bristow, 33, of Castalian Springs

14.Anthony Lee Collins, Jr. a/k/a TJ 27, of Lebanon

15.Marcy Jo Pickler, 32, of Lebanon

16.Kyle Oakley, 27, of Mt. Juliet

17.Amy Nichole Murphy, 34, of Lebanon

18.Caitlin Michelle Gibson a/k/a Katie Bug, 21, of Lebanon

19.James Lester Massey, 43, of Castalian Springs

20.Thomas Roberts, 41, of Lebanon

21.Robert Anthony Taylor a/k/a Tony, 27, of Lebanon

22.Sammie Lanette Crutcher, 28, of Lebanon

23.Peter Lewis, 31, of Lebanon

24.Ryan Moore a/k/a Rhino, 23, of Lebanon

The charged offense carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Lebanon Police Department, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Mt. Juliet Police Department, the Wilson County Sheriffs Department, the Franklin Police Department, and the Clarksville Police Department, the Crossville Police Department, with assistance by the U.S. Marshals Service.The United States is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent A. Hannafan.

An indictment is merely an accusation and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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