Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 15, 2012

Domestic assault charge leads to probation being revoked

CROSSVILLE — A Cumberland County man on probation for two years after being convicted of theft of more than $1,000 had his probation revoked following a hearing in Criminal Court and was ordered to serve the balance of his sentence.

Timothy Richard Forster, 37, whose last known address was listed on Big Horn Dr., pleaded guilty last September to theft of more than $1,000 relating to the theft of two boat motors, a tiller, wood chipper, battery and tool box belonging to a Nocatee Trace man.

He was placed on two-year's probation and was ordered to pay $2,640 restitution to the victim.

During a probation revocation hearing, however, state Probation Officer Danny Williams testified that Forster had made no payments toward court costs or restitution in five months, and had picked up a new charge of domestic assault.

Last month Lake Tansi Security Officer Marty McCoy testified that on Feb. 18, he was dispatched to Forster's Big Horn Dr. address on a report of a domestic situation that may have turned violent.

When he arrived on the scene, he observed Forster holding a box cutter. He ordered Forster to drop the utility knife, but instead, Forster placed it to his throat. When Forster's wife lunged at the hand holding the knife, she was cut on the hand.

Forster was disarmed when he was maced and tackled and placed under arrest and has been held in custody since that day.

Forster testified that the call to police concerning the domestic dispute was his neighbor's fault, calling her a "busy body" who stuck her nose in his business. He said he was threatening suicide with the box cutter because he was on federal probation because of 2009 drug conspiracy case.

Defense attorney Matthew Edwards argued that 90 days in jail should be sufficient for a first violation of probation.

Judge Leon Burns disagreed, calling the domestic assault charge "pretty serious." He then ordered Forster's probation revoked and ordered him to serve the balance of his sentence.

In other cases on the docket, the following took place:

Probation violations

•Evelyn Jeanette Brock, probation revocation hearing continued to June 22.

•James Daniel Cumby, on probation because of a criminal simulation charge, had probation extended two years or until all is paid.

•Christopher A. Ellis, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ordered held for bond hearing.

•Scott Anthony Gunter, probation revocation hearing continued to June 22.

•Ryan M. Halmontaller, on probation because of a statutory rape charge, had probation revoked because of violations and was ordered to serve 90 days in jail and then released under house arrest of community corrections.

•Jennifer L. Horine, on probation because of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia, had probation revoked and was then ordered under supervision of Drug Court.

•John Robert Kelly, on probation because of two aggravated burglary and theft of more than $1,000 charges, had probation revoked and was ordered to serve the balance of a three-year sentence.

•George Lee Skinner, on probation because of theft of more than $1,000, had probation revoked and was ordered to serve the balance of his sentence or to complete the Teen Challenge program.

•Destiny Johnie Phipps, on probation because of multiple counts of burglary, theft and vandalism charges, had probation revoked and was sentenced to serve the balance of her sentence or complete terms and conditions of supervision of Drug Court.

•Padgett Irizarry Barron, had probation extended two years for payment of fines and court costs.

•Tyrel Shane Helton, Matthew Edwards appointed to represent the defendant; revocation hearing continued to June 22.

Community corrections

•Jesse Colin Everetts, on probation because of a burglary charge, had probation revoked and was ordered to serve balance of a three-year sentence.

•Trevor L. Hall, on probation because of two aggravated burglary, theft of more than $1,000 and vandalism charges, had probation revoked and was ordered to serve the balance of his sentence or successfully complete terms and conditions of Drug Court.

•Ashley Nicole Vanlandingham, probation revocation hearing continued to June 22.

•Lawrence Elwood Jordan, on probation because of burglary, theft of more than $1,000 and conspiracy charges, had probation revoked and was ordered to serve balance of his sentence.

•Robert Anthony Cressel, bond set at $5,000; Matthew Edwards appointed to represent the defendant and revocation hearing continued to June 22.

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