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Preliminary hearings set for six in Unicoi Co. burglary, home invasion cases

January 3rd, 2014 9:31 am by Brad Hicks

Preliminary hearings set for six in Unicoi Co. burglary, home invasion cases


ERWIN — A preliminary hearing for the four men accused of taking part in the December home invasion in Unicoi, as well as the men who allegedly participated in the prior burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant, has been set for Thursday in Unicoi County Sessions Court. 


Corey Livesay, of Unicoi, and Anthony James Davis, the two men authorities have identified as the perpetrators of a Dec. 9 home invasion that occurred at a residence on Pleasant Hill Drive, are each charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, assault and theft under $500. Both men were arrested by officials with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department on Dec. 18.


At around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9, a woman reported that when she returned to her Pleasant Hill Drive home, two men wearing ski masks approached her and forced her into her home, where they used duct tape to restrain her to a chair, sheriff’s department officials said. 


Officials said the victim reported the men demanded the combination to a safe in the home, threatening to kill her husband upon his return to the residence if she did not provide it. After the victim told the men she did not have the combination and could not open the safe, the two men fled the home, but not before taking two cordless phones, officials said. 


On Dec. 20, four more men were arrested. Both Calvin Sams and Kevin Craig were charged with burglary and theft over $1,000. Jameson Foster was charged with burglary and theft over $1,000 for his alleged role in the Oct. 17 burglary of the Maple Grove Restaurant, as well as charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, assault and theft less than $500 for his alleged role in the home invasion. Tyler Salyers was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, assault and theft less than $500. 


Davis also faces charges of burglary and theft over $1,000 for his alleged role in the restaurant burglary. That business is owned by the victim of the home invasion, sheriff’s department officials said. 


Officials said that on Oct. 17, Davis and Sams gained entry into the Maple Grove Restaurant, where they took $650 in cash and a laptop computer. They money was split between the two, the computer given to Foster and $40 was given to Craig, officials said. 


Foster and Salyers were charged for their alleged roles in the home invasion. Police said the two men served as lookouts while Livesay and Davis carried out the home invasion. 


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