Arrests follow TBI investigations here

Friday, February 21, 2014

By Illana T. Tate

Executive Officer, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Kevin D. Vanhooser, 49, of Ostella Road, Cornersville, was arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, a Marshall County grand jury indicted Vanhooser on a charge of aggravated assault.

On Jan. 2, at the request of the District Attorney General Robert Carter, TBI began an investigation on Vanhooser, who represents the 4th District on the County Commission. He owns the Vanhooser's Dairy Farm in Cornersville. On Jan. 1, Vanhooser allegedly shot one of his employees during a dispute with the worker, who was identified as Jesus Montes Tellez.

Vanhooser's attorney, Chris Collins, was in court Wednesday and, at his request, Circuit Court Judge Forest Durard Jr. set bond for Vanhooser at $7,500.

Also arrested Wednesday was former Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Larry G. Hardin, 59, also of Cornersville, who was indicted on felony charges of theft over $500 and official misconduct.

On Jan. 21, and at Carter's request, TBI began to assist the State Comptroller's Office in the investigation. Information indicated that Harding had taken tires from the MCSD and put the tires on his girlfriend's vehicle. The tires had an estimated value over $500. On Jan. 28, TBI agents recovered the tires that were allegedly stolen by Hardin, who has since resigned from the Sheriff's Department.

Hardin was booked into jail Wednesday, and released on a $2,500 bond.