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UPDATE: 2 Dead Bodies Reported in Cumberland County
Friday March 24, 2017


​On March 23, 2017 at approximately 8:15PM Cumberland County E911 received an emergency call. The caller stated that she had came to her home located at 191 Creston Road and discovered her brother-in-law and his girlfriend deceased in a bedroom. The victims were identified as Micki English W/F age: 50 and Oscar Marquez H/M age: 44. Investigators with the Cumberland County Sherriff's Office, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and District Attorney's Office responded to the scene to begin an investigation. There are no signs of foul play, but the deaths are suspected to be a result from a drug overdose. Both victims were sent to the State of Tennessee Medical Examiner's Office for autopsy.

 


2 Dead Bodies Reported in Cumberland County
Friday March 24, 2017

Shortly after 8 pm on Thursday, March 23rd, Cumberland County Sheriffs Department was sent to investigate the deaths of two people in Cumberland County. A 50 year old white female and a 48 year old Hispanic male were found dead of an apparent drug overdose. TBI was involved in the investigation, and foul play is not suspected. Both bodies have been sent for an autopsy. We are awaiting an official press release.

 


Reed Sentenced to 9 Years For Stealing Womans Life Savings
Crossville Chronicle/Peg Broadcasting News Friday March 24, 2017

A Cumberland County woman has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for stealing the life savings of another local woman. The Crossville Chronicle reports that Janet Reed, 56, served as power of attorney for Kaye Johnson of Crossville. Johnson, 63, a retired school teacher who suffers from bi-polar depression, had entrusted Reed with her financial affairs. Johnsons family members first became aware that there was a problem after they were notified that Ms. Johnsons pharmacy bills were unpaid. Further investigation would reveal an empty bank account, numerous unpaid bills, and Johnsons home in great need of repair. According to the Crossville Chronicle, Reeds defense was that Ms. Johnson knew that Reed was suffering financially and that, as her friend, Johnson told Reed, Take what you need. Take it all. Mack (brother Mack Johnson) will give me more. Which Reed apparently did, allegedly embezzling more than $100,000. On Wednesday, Janet Reed told the court that she never thought of it as stealing, inferring that she took the money to survive. Reed faced a maximum sentence of 12 years, however, Cumberland County Criminal Court Judge Gary McKenzie sentenced Reed to serve nine years in prison at 30 percent as a range 1 offender.

 
Tennessee school bus driver pleads not guilty in deaths


Tennessee school bus driver pleads not guilty in deaths
AP Friday March 24, 2017

A Tennessee school bus driver has pleaded not guilty to six counts of vehicular manslaughter in a crash last November that killed six children.

WTVC-TV (http://bit.ly/2nvwjKF) reports that Johnthony Walker was arraigned via video Friday morning in Hamilton County Criminal Court.

Walker is also charged with four counts of reckless aggravated assault, one count of reckless endangerment, one count of reckless driving and one count of use of a portable electronic device by a school bus driver.

Authorities have said Walker was speeding Nov. 21 when the bus swerved into a tree with 37 elementary school students aboard, killing six children and injuring several more.

His next court date was set for April 19.

 


Lawmaker takes heat over bill that would hide his tickets
AP Friday March 24, 2017

A Tennessee lawmaker is taking heat after being accused of sponsoring a bill that would hide his own unpaid speeding tickets from the public.

WTVF reports that Rep. Andy Holt is trying to phase out traffic camera speeding tickets and is pushing legislation that would keep the names of people with unpaid traffic tickets confidential.

The news station confronted the Republican from Dresden about ten unpaid speeding tickets he got from a traffic camera in Carroll County. A reporter wanted to know why Holt never told fellow lawmakers about the tickets when he was pushing his bill earlier in the House Transportation Subcommittee.

Holt looked at the reporter and said "not you" and walked down the hall of Legislative Plaza, refusing to talk about the tickets or his bill.

 

 
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