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Dispute erupts over crossing railroad track

By DAVID MELSON - dmelson@t-g.com
Posted 3/21/23

A CSX Railroad worker admitted to a Bedford County deputy he angrily confronted a man at the Cortner Mill Road crossing around sunrise Friday.

The train was at a complete stop so an area …

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Dispute erupts over crossing railroad track


A CSX Railroad worker admitted to a Bedford County deputy he angrily confronted a man at the Cortner Mill Road crossing around sunrise Friday.

The train was at a complete stop so an area resident walked his children across. The worker, who was not charged, allegedly “got in the face” of the area resident and was yelling.

Deputy Joshua Nave’s report said the worker admitted the confrontation and was upset because he’d told the resident not to get in between railroad cars.

Another CSX worker pulled the two apart and allowed the man and his children to cross.

Wanted chicken

A man wanting to buy a chicken from a Thompson Road man was persistent despite the owner’s refusal to sell Thursday, a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office report said.

The visitor, described as a Latino male in a late model GMC pickup, offered to give the resident jewelry in exchange for a rooster after an initial offer was turned down.

The suspect allegedly tried to “corner” the rooster and leave with it. At that point the owner told him he was armed and calling law enforcement.

He was last seen heading toward Halls Mill Road.


  • A blue 2009 Hyundai Accent was stolen from a Happy Valley Road Sunday morning, a BCSO report said. The vehicle had been left unlocked.
  • Three hundred gold coins with a total value of approximately $20,000 and four revolvers with a total value of approximately $5,000 were stolen from a Warners Bridge Road home in December, Shelbyville police were told Friday.
  • A shoplifter allegedly ran from Bring It Back Games and Collectibles, Lane Parkway, with two hobby boxes and a Shohei Ohtani baseball card.
The store’s owner posted surveillance images on Facebook, where several officers recognized the suspect as a Murfreesboro man they’re familiar with. The suspect had not been charged as of Monday.

Drug charges

Drug charges over the weekend included the following:

  • Valerie Lynn Foster, 38, of Virgil Crowell Road, was stopped Friday due to a faulty brake light on Peacock Lane. Deputy Tylar Prosser said in his report he knew Foster has a drug history called for the Shelbyville Police Department’s drug dog to sniff the vehicle. The dog allergedly alerted on a small bag of marijuana found by K9 Officer Brock Horner.

Foster allegedly asked permission to smoke during the search and BCSO Sgt. Clyde Boyce allegedly found a oxycodone pill in her cigarette pack. She was charged with simple possession of schedule 2 ad 6 drugs and paraphernalia.

  • Jason B. Odom, 40, described as “homeless,” was found passed out in his vehicle shortly after midnight Friday morning at a South Cannon Boulevard car wash. Odom awakened and allegedly handed over a jar containing 9.31 grams of marijuana to Officer Jeremiah Guinn. Officer Dylan Bliss found 1 gram of methampetamine and 0.5 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.’

Odom was charged with two counts of possession of a schedule 2 drug, one count of possession of a schedule 6 drug, and paraphernalia.

Jail intake

The following were charged since Thursday by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Shelbyville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.

  • Stephanie Leigh-Anne Cates, 48, Columbia; driving on revoked license, failure to appear, financial responsibility, seat belt law; held, $1,000 bond
  • Lonnie W. Driver, 52, Fairground Heights; attachment; held, $500 bond
  • Lewis Wayne Faulk, 24, West Blackman Boulevard, Wartrace; failure to appear; held. $500 bond
  • Estefan Medinn Perez, 26, no address listed; failure to appear; held, no bond
  • Walter Clayton Richards, 31, Dover Street; violation of sex offender registry; held, $2,500 bond
  • Jeffrey Wayne Rigney, 52, Edd Joyce Road; public intoxication; held, $2,000 bond
  • Cesar Osvealo Rodriguez, 22, Moreland Avenue; domestic assault; held, $3.500 bond
  • James Avery Stewart Sr., 51. Sunset Drive; conspiracy to commit felony, manufacturing/delivering/selling controlled substance; held, $25,000 bond
  • James David Street II, 39, White Street; violation of probation; released, $5,000 bond
  • Takesta West, 42, Main Street; Bell Buckle; possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession; released, $3,000 bond