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CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP/Peg Broadcasting News) — Teen clothing retailer rue21 is closing about one-third of its stores nationwide as it focuses more on its online business. That includes the Crossville location in The Crossings Shopping Center. The privately held company is shuttering nearly 400 stores, leaving it more than 700 stores in 48 states. The company is based in Cranberry, Pennsylvania , north of Pittsburgh. In a Facebook post , it called the decision to close the stores "difficult but necessary." Like many brick-and-mortar retailers, it has been battling declining mall traffic amid strong competition online. The company didn't say how soon the stores will close, though its website is promoting store-closing sales.
A 5-year-old Colorado boy died in a horrific crash in Putnam County as his family was traveling through on Easter weekend. Lindsay McReynold reports in the Herald-Citizen that the boy was traveling with his family on I-40 to Denver when the crash occurred just after midnight Saturday morning at mile marker 285 near the Willow Avenue exit in Cookeville. According to reports, the boy’s grandmother, Lorena Nathan, was driving a 2008 Honda CRV that was struck in the rear by a 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by Richard Collins of Hobbs, New Mexico. The grandmother lost control, causing the vehicle to roll. Despite wearing a seatbelt, the boy was still ejected from the vehicle and was killed. The Herald-Citizen reports that the grandmother was also injured and was taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center before being airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Collins, the driver of the other vehicle in the crash, was reportedly uninjured. District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway’s office will determine whether or not to file charges upon completion of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s investigation.
A Cumberland County man sustained serious injuries after he wrecked his vehicle on Highway 70 East in Putnam County. Lindsay McReynolds reports in the Herald-Citizen that 41-year-old David Carroll of Crossville was driving west on Highway 70 East near Hunter Cove Road on Friday morning when his vehicle left the road and struck an embankment. There were reportedly no skid marks and the THP says they don’t know if Carroll fell asleep just prior to wrecking.
The U.S. District Attorney's Office in Middle Tennessee confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are at the Fentress County Sheriff's Office assisting in a federal investigation. The TBI said agents are assisting the FBI at the Fentress County Sheriff's Office, but could not release additional details. On Friday, James Cooper, Fentress County Commissioner of the fifth district, confirmed that the Fentress County Sheriff Chucky Cravens resigned from his post, effective April 28. As of Friday, the TBI and FBI were unavailable for comment on the situation.
At the request of District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances that led to an officer-involved shooting that occurred Thursday night in White County.
Preliminary reports indicate the incident began around 4:30 pm Thursday, April 13, 2017 with an attempted traffic stop by Smithville Police Department officers in DeKalb County. Officers attempted to stop a pickup truck hauling a trailer. The driver of the vehicle, 33-year-old Michael Zennie Dial II, of Clarksville, TN. refused to stop, and the pursuit continued on into White County. Deputies with the White County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Sparta Police Department continued north on Highway 111, following the vehicle. Dial’s truck crashed into several of the law enforcement vehicles, hitting them on the side, and from behind.
At some point, the tires of the trailer appeared to have flattened, dumping some of the items from the trailer into the median.
As Dial continued down the road, two officers, one with the White County Sheriff’s Office , and one with the Sparta Police Department, fired shots toward the truck.
The truck, still hauling the trailer, veered off the highway, went down an embankment, and lodged in the tree line. Authorities say Dial died, however, officials have not clearly stated the exact cause of his death.
Three officers, one from Sparta PD and two from the White County Sheriff’s Office, sustained injuries from the crash and were taken to the hospital. All have since been released.
At the conclusion of this investigation, investigative case file will be turned over to the District Attorney General for his office’s review.