Woman gets probation for embezzling from veterinary clinic

A Dickson County woman was placed on probation for eight years and ordered to repay $67,000 she embezzled while working at a Burns veterinary clinic. 39-year-old Trina L. Wynn of Billy Wynn Road pleaded guilty in Dickson County Circuit Court Friday to a charge of theft in excess of $60,000. Wynn was indicted in June for stealing $93,000 between Jan. 1, 2014, and April 30, 2016, while working at Animal Medical Hospital at 1200 Highway 96. She was scheduled to stand trial today. During Friday’s appearance, District Attorney Ray Crouch Jr. said a special prosecutor was appointed for the case but was unable to make it to court to enter the plea agreement. A special prosecutor was appointed because Animal Medical Hospital is owned and operated by Dr. Jerimiah Wojnarowski, husband of Assistant District Attorney Sarah Wojnarowski, who purchased the practice from Dr. Jim Carroll after his retirement. Defense attorney Hilary Duke said Wynn is pleading guilty to the theft charge and being sentenced to eight years in prison suspended to probation and will undergo a rehabilitation program. She also will make restitution of $67,000 on a payment schedule of $400 a month. Theft over $60,000 is a class B felony, punishable by 8-30 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000.

Loss puts Red Hawks in elimination game 8 pm tonight

Creek Wood’s Red Hawks find themselves in an elimination game Tuesday night after suffering a 63-32 loss to Bob Jones High School, host of the N2Hoops Invitational in Huntsville. The Red Hawks will face the loser of Monday night’s contest between Gadsden City and Hazel Green at 8 pm in the consolation bracket. The winner survives to play in the consolation semifinals at 10:30 am Wednesday while the loser goes home. Creek Wood had trouble competing with the Patriots’ physical style of play and rebounding domination. The only offensive spark for the Red Hawks came from Coulter Dotson, who scored more than half of his team’s points with 19. Trailing by five after the first period, Creek Wood cut the margin to a single basket more than once before a Bob Jones run led to a 33-18 lead at intermission. The lead grew to 29 points by the end of the third and the mercy rule kept the clock running in the fourth as Creek Wood fell by 31. While the Red Hawks wrap up tourney action in Alabama Wednesday, the Lady Red Hawks and Dickson County Lady Cougars will be in action in Chapel Hill. The Thanksgiving Classic opens Wednesday at Forrest High School with games continuing Friday and Saturday. Creek Wood’s Lady Red Hawks will play Marshall County at noon and Cascade at 3 pm Wednesday. The Lady Cougars will play host Forrest at 6 pm Wednesday, Giles County at 1:30 pm Friday and Lincoln County at 4 pm Saturday. All of the tournament games will be broadcast on WDKN and 101.5 The One FM and their streams and apps. If the Red Hawks win tonight, WDKN and The One FM will broadcast four games Wednesday at 10:30 am, noon, 3 pm and 6 pm.

Jurgen Whitfield gets 15 years for killing mother in 2011

Jurgen Horst Whitfield
Jurgen Horst Whitfield

Just days after being declared competent to stand trial, Jurgen Horst Whitfield pleaded no contest to killing his mother in 2011 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. On Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Carey Thompson informed the court that after almost five years of delays due to mental evaluations, 57-year-old Whitfield had been deemed competent to face a charge of second-degree murder for the Dec. 25, 2011, death of 78-year-old Ingrid Maria Whitfield. During a hearing in Dickson County Circuit Court Friday, Whitfield pleaded no contest to the charge and received the minimum sentence of 15 years in a plea agreement. Second-degree murder is a class A felony with a potential sentence of 15-60 years in prison. During the hearing, Thompson said Whitfield placed a 911 call Dec. 24, 2011, reporting his mother was unresponsive after a fall down the stairs in the Old Eastside Road home they shared in Burns. Mrs. Whitfield died the following day at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and an autopsy revealed she had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and numerous other injuries. “Mr. Whitfield admitted he was the source of those injuries,” Thompson said Friday. Investigators said Whitfield admitted striking his mother with his hands. Public Defender Jake Lockert recommended Whitfield be incarcerated in a special needs facility because of his 25-year history of treatment for schizophrenia and paranoia and a recent diagnosis for Parkinson’s Disease. With his hands visibly shaking, Whitfield said he just wants to “proceed with this” when asked by Judge Larry Wallace if he understands he has a right to a trial. Whitfield will be required to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for release, which is 12 years and nine months. With credit for the almost five years he has been in custody, Whitfield could be eligible for parole in seven years and 10 months. In previous court appearances, Lockert reported Whitfield was delusional and blamed his mother’s death on Nazis. After Mrs. Whitfield’s death, neighbors reported strange behavior by Jurgen Whitfield, including chasing his mother in their yard while wearing a German-style military uniform. Following Whitfield’s preliminary hearing, Lockert said his mental illness would make it “difficult” for Whitfield to ever stand trial. As of Monday, Whitfield remained in the Dickson County Jail.

Jury selection slated for 2nd time in Jarman’s trial

Steve Marty Jarman
Steve Marty Jarman

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday morning in the second attempt to start the trial of a Charlotte man for the shooting death of his girlfriend. 52-year-old Steve Marty Jarman of Maple Valley Road is charged with first-degree murder for the April 18, 2015, death of 49-year-old Shelley Denise Heath. Jarman’s trial originally was scheduled to start last Wednesday but Judge Larry Wallace postponed it in order to conduct a hearing on the admissibility of some of the prosecution witnesses’ testimony. He reset the trial for today, which had been scheduled for the start of the vehicular homicide trial of 36-year-old Johnny Morgan Dye for the 2014 wreck that killed Jacob T. Akers. But Dye’s trial was postponed to April 17 because of schedule conflicts with several “essential” prosecution witnesses. Deputies responding to Jarman’s home on April 18, 2015, found Heath suffering from a gunshot wound to her torso. It was at first reported to be self-inflicted. Heath died from her injuries in a Nashville hospital. In December, Jarman was indicted for voluntary manslaughter and was scheduled to stand trial in May. But that trial was postponed at the request of defense attorney Olin Baker. In June, a superseding indictment increased the charge against Jarman to first-degree murder after the grand jury heard additional evidence from the medical examiner’s report. During a hearing last week, Wallace heard some of the anticipated testimony from Heath’s brother and two sisters about a 2013 incident in which Jarman allegedly assaulted Heath, about threats he allegedly made against Heath and one of her sisters and that Heath planned to leave Jarman when she received a check for an insurance claim. Heath’s brother testified at the hearing that he saw Jarman choke, punch and “boot stomp” his sister in the 2013 incident. Jarman was charged with aggravated assault but at his trial Heath testified Jarman did not attack her and the jury found him not guilty. The prosecution says there will be testimony that Jarman attempted to cash Heath’s insurance check three days after her death. Jury selection is scheduled to begin this morning with opening statements and testimony to begin after a jury is seated. The trial is expected to last 2-3 days and the jury is not being sequestered.

Funeral Tuesday for former Register Glenn Johnson

A funeral service will be held Tuesday for former Dickson County Register of Deeds Glenn Johnson. Mr. Johnson died at his home Saturday at the age of 84. He served 32 years as general agent at Farm Bureau of Dickson County and owned and operated Johnson’s Orchard. When Clyde Buckner retired as Dickson County’s register of deeds, Mr. Johnson topped a five-candidate field by 165 votes in 1990. He was re-elected without opposition in 1994. Following his decision to retire, Deputy Register Jackie Wall Farthing won a five-candidate race to replace Mr. Johnson and served until retiring in 2014, when Deputy Register Shelly Yates was elected. Mr. Johnson was active in the Dickson Civitan Club and served on the board of directors for the Dickson County Soil Conservation District. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Dickson. Visitation with the family of Glenn Johnson will be 2-8 pm Monday at the Spann Funeral Home and 11 am-1 pm Tuesday at First United Methodist Church. The funeral service for Mr. Johnson will be at 1 pm Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Dickson with Rev. Steven Lee officiating. Burial will be in Dickson County Memorial Gardens. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret Barnett Johnson; a son, Bill Johnson; a daughter, Lori Johnson Mangrum; four grandchildren, Bethany Lee, Will Johnson Jr., J.R. Johnson and Zachary Hood; and three great-grandchildren, Aiyana Kolb, Jacob Kolb and Rose Marie Johnson. Services for Glenn Johnson are under the direction of Spann Funeral Home.