Family Wants Answers After Man On Suicide Watch Was Able To Kill Himself In Tennessee Mental Hospital

September 11, 2012

TENNESSEE – Pete Skelton remembers his son as a gifted mechanic, a talented bass player and “one of the sweetest guys you ever knew.”

“He liked to build bicycles,” Skelton, 74, of Nashville, told The Huffington Post. “He would make them for other kids.”

But around Thanksgiving 2011 when the whole family was together, his 43-year-old son’s health suddenly turned. Skelton said he was shocked. “Before I left [their home one evening], Cody and I were just sitting at the edge of the bed — talking like normal.” said Skelton. “When I came back, that’s when I learned from his mother, of him going into that mental condition.”

On Nov. 28, 2011, Cody Skelton’s family members were stunned by their first look at his dark side. That morning, Skelton attempted to gouge his own eye out.

Paramedics brought him to the Southern Hills Medical Center in Nashville, where doctors said he had “acute psychosis” and “dangerous impulses to injure himself,” according to court documents. At about 2 p.m., doctors executed an involuntary transfer and moved Cody to the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute.

That night, Cody killed himself.

“Cody Skelton was found by staff face down in the toilet, a shower curtain wrapped around his neck and around the commode,” a legal complaint against Guardian Health Care Providers says. “A blanket was wrapped around the doorknob of the bathroom. Cody Skelton had hung himself with the shower curtain and drowned himself.”

Pete Skelton filed two lawsuits, one against the state of Tennessee and another against Guardian Health Care Providers, a private organization hired by the state mental health facility which Skelton said failed to properly treat his son.

“Cody Skelton was showing signs of suicide and needed care and constant observation to ensure that he did not harm himself,” the complaint against Guardian says. “Unfortunately, [he] did not get the care, observation and attention he desperately needed.”

Hospital policy is to check a patient in Skelton’s condition every 15 minutes. According to both complaints, medical records show that Skelton was last checked at 9:30 p.m. on the day he was brought in, “approximately four hours before he was found dead.”

Surveillance footage of the room reviewed by the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health shows that the 15-minute policy was not followed, according to the complaints.

Cody’s father was horrified. “I couldn’t understand because he was supposed to be under suicide watch,” he said. “Someone was supposed to be there every 15 minutes, right there with him.”

Michael A. Rabkin, director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, said the state was unable to comment at this time. Calls from The Huffington Post to Guardian Health Care Providers were not returned.

“Cody Skelton was found to have no pulse,” according to the Guardian complaint. “CPR was initiated and Emergency Medical Services called. However, their efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. It was too late to save his life.”

Hospital employees took Cody to Summit Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m.

Following the incident, Guardian fired at least two employees who worked the night of Cory’s suicide, according to documents obtained by Skelton’s attorney.

Today, the 1965 Mustang Cody planned to paint still sits, coated with gray primer, in his father’s driveway. Pete Skelton knows he will never have his son back, nor will they ever play music together like they used to. “It killed me, it was just everybody crying,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it. Everyday I get tears for him.”

Skelton seeks $2,500,000 in damages from Guardian and another $300,000 from the state for his son’s death, according to the complaints.

“I’d like to see them punished,” he said. “And the only way you can punish them is with money.

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Signs With Pictures Of Dead Roane County Tennessee Deputy Bill Jone’s Bullet Riddled Body Warn Next Tresspasser Of What They’ve Got Coming – Brothers Never Convicted In Bogus Prosecution After Protecting Themselves From Cop Coming To Kill Them

September 10, 2012

KINGSTON, TENNESSEE — Roane County brothers who killed a sheriff’s deputy and his friend in a shootout have posted photos of the men’s bullet-riddled bodies on a large homemade sign on their property.

Rocky Joe Houston told The Knoxville News Sentinel that he and his brother Leon want the world to remember what happened the last time unwelcome visitors showed up at the family farm.

The photos are posted next to the road. Authorities called the posting despicable but said it was not a crime.

“It goes without saying that any public display on their own property of these photos in whatever manner by the Houstons is despicable and certainly runs counter to the Houstons’ claims of innocence,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said in a news release.

Roane County Deputy Bill Jones and ride-along Mike Brown died May 11, 2006, after they went to serve an outstanding arrest warrant for Rocky Houston.

The brothers insisted in court the men came to kill them. Prosecutors were unable to prove who shot first and the brothers were never convicted.

The brothers obtained the crime scene photos during their trials. The large sign where the photos are posted is one of at least a half dozen signs on their property that contain various court documents and claims of government corruption and conspiracy.

The crime scene photos were posted briefly on a Kingston woman’s Facebook page, apparently after she took a picture of the signs.

Johnson said he asked Facebook to remove the photos and was initially refused, but by late Thursday they had been taken down.

Johnson said he contacted the Jones and Brown families so that they would know about the situation. The newspaper could not reach the families.

Rocky Houston said the signs won’t come down.

“We are trying to report federal crimes, and we feel like our plea has fallen on deaf ears,” he said.

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Tennessee Shreds US Constitution, Goes Their Own Way With “No Refusal” Nazi-Like Checkpoints – State Legalized Assault And Battery Upon Motorists By Police Officers

September 1, 2012

TENNESSEE – Tennessee state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and police in Shelby and Tipton counties will use a new weapon provided by state lawmakers to combat driving under the influence this Labor Day weekend, officials announced Friday.

A new “no refusal” law allows law enforcement officers to obtain search warrants and have blood samples drawn if drivers suspected of being under the influence refuse blood alcohol tests.

“This was the only area of Tennessee law where we let the criminals control the evidence,” said Dist. Atty. Mike Dunavant, whose 25th Judicial District includes Tipton County.

State Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers during the July Fourth weekend targeted five counties, including Davidson in Middle Tennessee, during a similar enforcement campaign.

“We did not have a single traffic fatality in those counties,” Gibbons said.

In Shelby County, state troopers, Memphis police and Shelby County sheriff’s deputies will be using the new law, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Amy Weirich.

Judicial commissioners will be tapped to approve warrants around the clock and medical technicians will be available to draw blood samples in a process that could take a couple of hours while DUI suspects are held.

Dunavant said two judges will be on call to approve warrants in Tipton County. There, state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and police in Atoka, Covington, Mason and Munford will be enforcing the “no refusal” law.

Shelby and Tipton are two of 16 counties targeted by the Labor Day weekend enforcement campaign that will begin at 6 p.m. Friday through the holiday on Monday.

Kendell Poole, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety office, said 30 percent of traffic fatalities are alcohol related. Tennessee had 939 fatalities in 2011, a record low, but still too many.

Gibbons said DUI-related crashes are up in Tennessee almost 9 percent. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is focusing on reducing fatalities and driving under the influence, with a 40 percent increase in DUI arrests in 2011 and a 29 percent jump so far this year.

Alcohol-related crashes in Shelby County have jumped about 15 percent this year, to 516 from 448 for the same period last year, according to the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

In Tipton County, alcohol-related crashes this year have soared to 26 from 16 for the same period last year.

Traffic safety research has found that educating the public is an important element in reducing fatal crashes and that publicizing enforcement campaigns helps.

To announce the Labor Day weekend “no refusal” campaign, Gibbons, Dunavant, Weirich, Poole, Tipton County Sheriff J.T “Pancho” Chumley and other officials gathered on an auditorium stage in the Criminal Justice Center in Downtown Memphis.

Weirich said the “no refusal” law allows prosecutors to get the best evidence for prosecuting and convicting drunken drivers. Facing television cameras set up behind rows of empty seats in the auditorium, she offered a message to the public: “If your plans over the weekend involve drinking and driving, you better think twice about it.”

The other 14 counties are Chester, Weakley, Roane, Campbell, McMinn, Meigs, Robertson, Rutherford Jefferson, Sullivan, Cumberland, Warren, Bedford and Lincoln

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Shelby County Tennessee Deputy Sheriff Jail Officer Carlos Atkins Arrested After Pulling Gun And Choking His Wife, Who Found Him In His Daughter’s Bed With Another Woman

August 31, 2012

CORDOVA, TENNESSEE – An argument turned physical inside a Cordova home on Swansea Cove Tuesday.

According to a police affidavit, it all started when Carlos Atkins’ wife found him and another woman in their daughter’s bed.

The affidavit says husband and wife fighting and Atkins pulled a gun on her.

It also says she tried, and failed, to take it away.

Testimony in the document says Atkins then put his hands around her neck and began to choke her until she passed out.

When she woke, the deputy jailer was gone.

The wife called the police and filed a report.

Investigators say the bruises on her neck lead them to believe she was strangled.

A warrant was issued for Atkins arrest.

However, conveniently enough, Atkins was already at the jail working as a Shelby County Sheriff Deputy Jailer.

He was arrested there and charged with Aggravated Assault.

The sheriff’s office says Atkins is currently relieved of duty while they investigate the allegations.

No one answered the door at Atkins listed address. He is currently out jail on a $5,000 bond.

He is due in court again on September 19th.

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Nashville Tennessee Police Officer Albert Ridgeway Arrested, Decommissioned, Charged With Domestic Assault – Second Officer Arrested And Decommissioned Over Weekend

August 31, 2012

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – A second Metro Police officer was decommissioned after being arrested on domestic assault charges over the weekend.

Officials said Patrol Officer Albert Ridgeway was decommissioned following an investigation into a domestic assault that took place on Sunday. According to documents, Ridgeway pushed his girlfriend down several times during an argument at their home in Mt. Juliet. She called police and filed charges against Ridgeway.

Ridgeway was a six-year veteran officer. He had been assigned to the Central Precinct.

Police said that Ridgeway was actually the second Metro Officer to be arrested on Sunday. An off-duty probationary officer, Robert Shouse, was charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and public intoxication.

“The alleged actions and continued employment of these two individuals are being closely reviewed by this police department,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “The reported actions giving rise to their arrests are not at all representative of our more than 1,800 very dedicated and committed employees.”

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Memphis Tennessee Police Officer Lakendus Cole Arrested, Jailed, Suspended, And Charged With Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest, And Vandalism

August 30, 2012

MEMPHIS, TENNESSSEE – A Memphis police officer has been charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and vandalism after being arrested during a scuffle on Beale Street.

Memphis police said in a statement that 30-year-old Lakendus Cole, a seven-year veteran officer currently assigned to the Organized Crime Unit, has been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of an investigation. Also charged with disorderly conduct was 25-year-old Darnell Tennial.

Officers said the incident arose when Cole and Tennial became uncooperative as officers attempted to clear the street at 4 a.m. CDT Sunday.

Police said the two men became combative and resisted, causing a brief struggle during which a squad car was damaged.

Both men remained in the Shelby County Jail on Sunday. Jail records did not list an attorney for either.

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$500 Million Security System Is No Match For 82 Year Old Nun And Two Other Senior Citizens With Bolt Cutters – US Government’s “Most Stringent Security In The World” Penetrated At Nuclear Weapons Lab Called “Fort Knox Of Uranium”

August 25, 2012

OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE – In an inconceivable breach, an 82-year-old nun along with two other seniors somehow managed to evade what the U.S. government calls the “most stringent security in the world” to break into a nuclear weapons laboratory often referred to as the “Fort Knox of Uranium.”

So much for the feds protecting nuclear labs from a terrorist attack with topnotch—and costly—security systems; this staggering story comes from the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It’s operated by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which is responsible for the management and security of the country’s nuclear weapons, nuclear nonproliferation and naval reactor programs.

This is serious stuff, which is why Uncle Sam allocates hundreds of millions of dollars to secure facilities like the Y-12 National Security Complex. It has a sophisticated $500 million system that includes high-tech cameras and sensors, according to a news wire dedicated to covering homeland security issues. There is also a substantial staff of guards and the property is surrounded by huge security towers and special fences.

After all, the Y-12 National Security Complex is the country’s main storage facility for bomb-grade uranium and it makes uranium parts for every warhead in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Old weapons are also dismantled at the compound, which claims to “maintain the safety, security and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.” On its website the Y-12 also assures that it reduces the “global threat posed by nuclear proliferation and terrorism” and that it provides “safe and effective nuclear propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy.”

So how did an 82-year-old Catholic nun, a renowned antinuclear activist long on the government’s radar, and her two buddies—one 63 and the other 57—penetrate the facility and go undetected by security for two hours? With flashlights and bolt cutters, according to various news reports. The trio of protesters also splashed blood around the nuclear complex and hung banners outside its walls.

The story was so unbelievable that one the nation’s largest newspapers wrote a profile on the Roman Catholic nun, Sister Megan Rice who has been charged with federal trespassing and destruction of property. She’s been arrested before for acts of civil disobedience, the story says, but this was the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex. This is a huge embarrassment for President Obama, the article points out, reminding that he led a campaign to eliminate or lock down nuclear materials as a way to fight atomic terrorism.

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