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15 year old Elizabeth Thomas of Maury County and her former teacher 50 year old Tad Cummins still have not been found. An Amber Alert was issued for Elizabeth two weeks ago when her parents reported her missing. She is suspected to be with Cummins. In the weeks that Elizabeth has been missing, investigators have discovered messages between her and Cummins that show there may have been a romantic interest between the two. It was found that Cummins and Thomas were communicating through Cummins’s school email account. One would log on to the account and type out an email and save it as a draft. Later, the other party would log on to read the email and reply in similar fashion. It was also found that Cummins had been researching other ways for the two to communicate securely. Additionally, Cummins was also doing research into teen marriage just a week before he and Thomas disappeared. Cummins was already under investigation by Maury County Schools after another student witnessed him kiss Thomas at school. He has since been terminated from his position at Culleoka Unit School, and is facing charges of sexual contact with a minor and kidnapping.
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.
Shortly after 8 pm on Thursday, March 23rd, Cumberland County Sheriff’s 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.
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. Johnson’s family members first became aware that there was a problem after they were notified that Ms. Johnson’s pharmacy bills were unpaid. Further investigation would reveal an empty bank account, numerous unpaid bills, and Johnson’s home in great need of repair. According to the Crossville Chronicle, Reed’s 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.
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.