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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST

TODAY: Mostly sunny. Highs around 80. West winds 10 mph or less. TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50's. Light winds. WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80's. Southwest winds 10 mph or less. WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Lows in the lower to mid 50's. Light winds. *********

MONEY STOLEN FROM TOPS CHINA BUFFET

THE MORRISTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING A THEFT THAT TOOK PLACE AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT. TOPS CHINA BUFFET ON THE WEST ANDREW JOHNSON HIGHWAY......TOLD POLICE THAT EITHER ON SUNDAY OR MONDAY......SOMEONE ENTERED THE BUSINESS THROUGH A BACK DOOR. THE SUSPECT BROKE OFF THE BOTTOM PART OF A CASH REGISTER AND TOOK $600 IN CASH. THE PERPETRATOR TOOK THE WHOLE BOTTOM HALF OF THE CASH REGISTER WITH THEM. THERE ARE NO SUSPECTS AT THIS TIME. THE COMBINED THEFT AND DAMAGE TOTAL AT TOPS IS $1,100. *********

RUSSELLVILLE RESIDENT NABBED ON ASSAULT CHARGES

A RUSSELLVILLE MAN IS BEHIND BARS ON ASSAULT CHARGES. ACCORDING TO POLICE, 50 YEAR OLD STEVEN WAGGONER ASSAULTED A HISPANIC MAN ON SUNDAY BY THROWING TWO BEER CANS AT HIM. THE POLICE REPORT STATES THAT WAGGONER WAS INTOXICATED AND STOPPED AT THE VICTIM'S RESIDENCE. THE SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY STARTED SWEARING AT THE VICTIM.....SAYING THAT HISPANIC RESIDENTS ARE THE REASON THAT HE WAS HOMELESS. SHORTLY THEREAFTER, WAGGONER WAS ARRESTED FOR DUI. YESTERDAY'S CHARGE AGAINST HIM IS FOR ASSAULT. *********

DISTURBANCE CALL LEADS TO ARREST

SHORTLY BEFORE FOUR O'CLOCK MONDAY AFTERNOON, OFFICERS WITH THE MORRISTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE CALLED OUT TO A HOME ON KING AVENUE. IT WAS A DISTURBANCE CALL. WHEN THEY GOT THERE, OFFICERS WERE TOLD THAT THE SUSPECT HAD LEFT THE SCENE. THE MAN WAS SEEN WALKING ON SHERWOOD DRIVE AND WAS STOPPED BY POLICE. THE SUSPECT GAVE POLICE CONSENT TO SEARCH HIM.......AND .......ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT THEY FOUND IN HIS POSSESSION A CRACK PIPE, A SYRINGE, AND SOME HYDROCODONE AND XANAX. 45 YEAR OLD KING AVENUE RESIDENT TONY BROCKWELL WAS ARRESTED. HE'S FACING A CHARGE OF DRUG POSSESSION .....ALONG WITH POSSESSING DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. ********

LOCAL MAN KILLED IN TWO CAR WRECK

A MORRISTOWN MAN WAS KILLED ON SUNDAY EVENING WHEN THE MOTORCYCLE HE WAS DRIVING STRUCK A CAR NEAR THE MAHLE PLANT ON CEDAR CREEK ROAD. THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS THAT THE FATAL ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT SIX O'CLOCK SUNDAY NIGHT. A 2003 YAMAHA MOTORCYCLE....DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR OLD AARON FOX OF SANORIA LANE WAS SOUTHBOUND ON CEDAR CREEK ROAD WHEN HE CRESTED THE HILL AND STRUCK A CAR ON THE PASSENGER SIDE. AARON FOX WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE OTHER DRIVER WAS 48 YEAR OLD MORNINGSIDE DRIVE RESIDENT SCOTT CARMICHAEL. HE WAS INJURED AND TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL. THE SEVERITY OF HIS INJURIES ARE NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME. A PASSENGER IN HIS CAR WAS NOT HURT. THAT WAS 69 YEAR OLD ANNIE DEADERICK OF CALLAWAY DRIVE. NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED. ALCOHOL AND DRUGS HAVE BEEN RULED OUT AS A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT. *********

CHILD FOUND WANDERING IN PARK, MOM INVESTIGATED

A TALBOTT MOTHER IS BEING INVESTIGATED ON CHILD NEGLECT CHARGES......AFTER HER THREE YEAR OLD SON WAS FOUND UNATTENDED TO AT A LOCAL PARK OVER THE WEEKEND. SATURDAY MORNING, MORRISTOWN POLICE WERE DISPATCHED TO FRANK LORINO PARK AFTER RECEIVING COMPLAINTS FROM A COUPLE THAT THEY FOUND A THREE YEAR OLD BOY WANDERING IN FRANK LORINO PARK. THE CHILD WAS ALONE AND VISIBLY UPSET. POLICE OFFICERS CARRIED HIM TO EACH BALLFIELD IN AN ATTEMPT TO LOCATE HIS PARENTS AND COVERED MUCH OF THE PARK WITHOUT SUCCESS. AN HOUR LATER, THEY WENT BACK TO THEIR PATROL CARS WHEN A WOMAN APPROACHED WHO SAID SHE WAS THE BOY'S MOTHER. SHE ALSO HAD A INFANT AND A YOUNG JUVENILE SON WITH HER AND ADMITTED SHE LOST SIGHT OF THE BOY WHILE AT A SOCCER GAME. POLICE HAVE OBTAINED THE WOMAN'S PERSONAL INFORMATION AND IS INVESTIGATING THE REPORT ON POSSIBLE CHILD NEGLECT CHARGES. *********

DRUG, DUI CHARGES FOR MORRISTOWN MAN

A LOCAL MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER BEING PULLED OVER EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. 19 YEAR OLD ARTHUR CHASE GULLEY OF SPENCER HALE ROAD WAS ARRESTED FOLLOWING A TRAFFIC STOP AT TWO O'CLOCK SUNDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT, GULLEY REGISTERED A .16 BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL AND WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE. HE WAS ALSO ARRESTED FOR TWO COUNTS OF RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. THE LATTER CHARGES STEM FROM HAVING TWO JUVENILES IN THE CAR WITH HIM AT THE TIME OF THE DUI ARREST. GULLEY ALSO WAS CHARGED BY THE MPD WITH POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. *********

HOME DEPOT CROOKS SOUGHT

LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SOME SUSPECTS IN A RASH OF HOME DEPOT THEFTS ACROSS THE STATE. HOME DEPOT STORES ACROSS TENNESSEE HAVE BEEN VICTIM TO A RASH OF EVENTS.....WHERE A GROUP HAS PULLED UP TO THE FRONT OF THE STORE. THEY BREAK OUT THE FRONT GLASS WINDOW OR DOOR AND ENTER THE BUILDING. THEY THEN LOAD UP ALL THE TOOLS THEY CAN INTO A RUBBER TUB AND PULL AWAY WITH THE STOLEN GOODS. THE THEFTS USUALLY TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHTS WHEN NO STORE EMPLOYEES ARE WORKING. RECENTLY, THEY ROBBED AN EAST KNOXVILLE STORE AND ALL LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED IN THIS AREA. THE SUSPECTS MAY BE DRIVING A DARK FORD SUV. *********

THREE BUSINESSES BROKEN INTO

MORRISTOWN POLICE WERE CALLED OUT TO THE WEST MORRIS BLVD. CASH 4 CHECKS BUSINESS ON SATURDAY.....AFTER IT APPEARED THAT SOMEONE BROKE INTO THE BUSINESS EITHER LATE FRIDAY OR EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. THE CASH 4 CHECKS IS LOCATED AT 1710 WEST MORRIS BLVD. THE DAMAGE DONE BY THE PERPETRATORS WAS TO THE REAR OF THE BUILDING. ABOUT $250 DAMAGE WAS DONE. THEY'RE DOING AN INVENTORY ON THE BUSINESS TO SEE WHAT - IF ANYTHING- WAS TAKEN. WHILE INVESTIGATING THAT BREAK-IN.......TWO MORE BUSINESS BREAK-INS WERE DISCOVERED. THE EMPIRE CAR RENTAL AT 1709 WEST MORRIS WAS FOUND TO HAVE BEEN ENTERED BY SUSPECTS AS WELL. TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CASH WAS TAKEN. THE BUSINESS WAS SECURE AT A QUARTER TO ELEVEN FRIDAY NIGHT. IT APPEARS THAT -AGAIN- THE PERPETRATORS MADE ENTRY BY PRYING OPEN A REAR DOOR. AND, ANOTHER TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS WAS STOLEN FROM THE CITI FINANCE BUILDING LOCATED AT 1751 WEST MORRIS BLVD. THEY'RE DOING MORE INVENTORY THERE AS WELL TO FIND OTHER THINGS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN TAKEN. ACCORDING TO THE ALARM SYSTEMS COMPUTER, THE PHONE LINES WERE CUT AT THE BUSINESS AT AROUND THREE-FIFTEEN SATURDAY MORNING. ANYBODY WHO SAW ANYTHING IS URGED TO CALL THE MORRISTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT. *********

HOSPITAL DISTURBANCE LEADS TO ARREST

AT NINE O'CLOCK LAST NIGHT, OFFICERS WITH THE MORRISTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE DISPATCHED TO MORRISTOWN HAMBLEN HOSPITAL.....ON THE REPORT OF A DISTURBANCE. POLICE TALKED TO A MAN WHO TOLD THEM HE WAS TRYING TO BE TREATED AT THE HOSPITAL. ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, THE HOSPITAL STAFF TOLD POLICE THAT THE MAN WAS BEING DISORDERLY AND HAD PUNCHED A HOLE IN THE WALL. THE AUTHORITIES NOTICED THAT THE MAN HAD THE ODOR OF ALCOHOL ON HIM, HAD SLURRED SPEECH AND WAS UNSTEADY ON HIS FEET. 22 YEAR OLD BRYAN MCCOBIN OF RUTLEDGE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. HE'S BEEN CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT. *********

TDOT commissioner says state should consider toll roads

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Highway Commissioner Gerald Nicely wants the state to consider building toll roads. But he first has to persuade Governor Bredesen that motorists should pay tolls on top of state and federal gasoline taxes that total about 40 cents per gallon. Nicely said the toll roads could be operated by private corporations for profit. Nicely said it is time to start talking about road user fees because gas tax revenues may not keep pace with construction and maintenance needs in years to come. Bredesen spokeswoman Lydia Lenker says the governor "is not warm to the idea of toll roads for Tennessee." She said Bredesen will consider toll roads if they are included in the state's Long Range Transportation Plan. That plan helps steer the state's transportation growth and is to be completed in the next few months. Tennessee's gas tax is 21-point-four cents per gallon and the federal tax is 18-point-four cents per gallon. *********

Three more Cocke County lawmen arrested

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) - Two Newport police sergeants and a Cocke County sheriff's deputy were arrested today by federal authorities. Sergeants James W. "Jimmy" Roach Junior and Patrick Sheldon and deputy Christopher Smith were indicted on charges of federal civil rights violations stemming from two incidents. Smith was charged with two counts of conspiracy to violate civil rights and deprivation of civil rights after allegedly taking property from an individual in October 2003. The Newport officers were charged on the same counts but in a separate incident in March 2005 for allegedly taking property from two individuals. Authorities have been conducting a four-year investigation into corruption in Cocke County that has turned up organized gambling, chop shop operations, racketeering and cockfighting. Three other Cocke County lawmen have been arrested in connection with the probe, and 143 people were arrested in June when a cockfighting pit was raided. *********

FORMER GRAINGER COUNTY SHERIFF ARRESTED

A former Grainger Co. sheriff was arrested in Campbell County.....in a drug suspect roundup. Former Grainger Co. Sheriff William Livingston was among 32 people indicted on drug-related charges on Thursday in Campbell County. Livingston is charged with three felony counts of selling methadone to undercover officers. He was found hiding in the attic of a home that place had come to ........to find him. Livingston will be arraigned today. He's being held on $100,000 bond. The narcotics strike force there has been working on the investigation for six months. *********

GAS DRIVE OFF LEADS TO ARREST

A GAS DRIVE OFF AT A LOCAL GAS STATION LED TO THE ARREST OF A MORRISTOWN MAN ON THURSDAY. YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AT A QUARTER TO ONE, POLICE WERE DISPATCHED OUT TO THE SUNOCO ON THE EAST ANDREW JOHNSON HIGHWAY - AFTER GETTING WORD THAT A CAR DROVE OFF WITHOUT PAYING. OFFICER SOON FOUND THE CAR ON SUNSET HILLS. IT WAS PULLED OVER WITH ENGINE PROBLEMS. POLICE SAY THEY COULD SMELL THE ODOR OF ALCOHOL ON THE SUSPECT. A CHECK ON THE CAR ALSO FOUND THAT THE MAN WAS IN POSSESSION OF STOLEN CAR TAGS. 49 YEAR OLD CLAUDE LAFOLLETTE OF BLUE RIDGE DRIVE WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH PUBLIC INTOXICATION, THEFT UNDER FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS AND VIOLATION OF THE REGISTRATION LAW. **********

Police say death stemmed from drag racing "event"

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) - Police in Johnson City have left open the possibility of other arrests in a drag racing crash that killed a high school homecoming queen last month. At a news conference today, city police and District Attorney General Joe Crumley said 38-year-old David Phillips -- who they arrested yesterday -- is suspected of organizing what police are calling a drag racing "event." Phillips is charged with felony reckless endangerment. Authorities had already charged 18-year-old Bradley Mullins, charging him with second-degree murder. It was Mullins' car that struck a compact S-U-V carrying two 17-year-old David Crockett High School students on September 24th. Cortney Hensley of Telford died in the fiery collision. Courtney Beard of Erwin remains in critical condition at a Nashville hospital. The girls were taking their photos of Hensley's homecoming coronation to be processed. Major Trent Harris said today an initial report from the accident reconstruction team pegs the speed of Mullins' car at over 100 miles per hour at impact. *********

Lottery transfers another 55 million dollars to education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - This is the day the Tennessee Lottery makes a quarterly transfer to the education fund. This time, it's more than 55 million dollars. The Tennessee Lottery began selling tickets in January of last year and has -- with today's transfer -- raised 415 million dollars for education -- most of it for college scholarships. In the less than two years since the lottery began, players have bought nearly one and a half billion dollars in tickets and has won nearly 844 million dollars in prizes. The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation says nearly 57-thousand students have benefited from the scholarships. **********

No Jackpot Winner

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Wednesday night matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 4-9-18-51-54 Powerball 10 Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the $247 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $290 million for Saturday. *********

Giant Powerball jackpot fuels ticket sales

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The brisk sales of Powerball tickets Wednesday in Tennessee is good news for students hoping for a college scholarship from the revenue. The higher sales mean more money for education. The 240 (M) million dollar Powerball jackpot was the biggest since Tennessee joined the game in April 2004. Tennessee residents have twice had the opportunity to play for 215 (M) million dollar jackpots. The state's highest Powerball sales to date were for the week ending May eighth, 2004, when nearly 7-point-5 (M) million dollars in tickets were bought for a 212 (M) million dollar jackpot. The game is played in 27 states, the District of Columbia and the U-S Virgin Islands. *********

Goody's shareholders question chain's buyout agreement

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Shareholders of Goody's Family Clothing have filed lawsuits challenging the department store chain's buyout agreement. Meanwhile two investment firms with shares repeated their higher offer to acquire Goody's, which is based in Knoxville. Goody's announced on Monday it had reached a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of private-investment firm Sun Capital Partners in a deal worth nearly 273 (M) million dollars. Sun Capital proposed paying eight-dollars a share. G-M-M Capital and Prentice Capital Management expressed interest in acquiring Goody's for 50 cents more per share. *********

Indiana woman faces murder charge for abandoned newborn

JELLICO, Tenn. (AP) - A Campbell County grand jury has indicted an Indianapolis woman on a murder charge after her newborn was found abandoned at a the Jellico welcome center. Twenty-one-year-old Carissa Marie Roraus was charged yesterday with premeditated murder and aggravated child abuse. She'll be arraigned tomorrow. The infant girl was found in July by an employee of the Interstate 75 welcome center at the Tennessee-Kentucky border. The child was wrapped in plastic and couldn't be revived by paramedics. Witnesses described a vehicle spotted near the scene to police. Officers pulled it over in Caryville, about 20 miles south of Jellico, and arrested Roraus. Others in the car aren't expected to be charged. ********* ********** ******** ******** ******* ************************* ***************************


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