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Burglars have been targeting older model vehicles in Crossville. On Sunday, October 23, 2016 police were called to Scarlett’s Auto Sales to a report of a stolen 1994 green Geo Tracker. Authorities say that just after 4 a.m. Sunday two subjects broke into the auto dealership''s warehouse, forced open the garage door and drove the Tracker out of the building. The vehicle exited the car lot and traveled east on Highway 70 East. Police say the suspects, one of whom is a tall, slim white male, caused damage to the warehouse and fence with a claw hammer. The suspects had not been identified at the time of the report.
In another incident, a resident of Beverly Hills Apartments reported that someone gained entry to his 1986 Chrysler LeBaron and attempted to hot wire the vehicle. The ignition was destroyed causing an estimated $400 worth of damage. The police report did not name any suspects.
A Gordon Road man took out his election frustration on more than two dozen campaign signs that were displayed on the Cumberland County Courthouse lawn. Crossville Police were dispatched to Main Street shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday where they say 24-year-old David Estes Mackie told them that he was “tired” of the election and that was why he was destroying the signs. Police report that most of the 27 signs which were damaged belonged to Republican candidates. The signs were valued at $310 and Mackie faces vandalism charges.
Quick thinking from a neighbor helped save 2 dogs from a house fire on Fawn Loop Wednesday. Neighbors noticed smoke coming from the back of the home, and sprung into action, attempting to put out the fire with a garden hose and saving the homeowner’s pets in the process. Crossville Firefighters worked to put out the flames. Firefighters went back into the home several times, trying to locate the homeowner’s cat, who was still missing. Firefighters were met with grateful tears and praise after locating the furry family member, who was hiding behind a washing machine. Cause of the fire is under investigation.
It’s dry in Tennessee and with little or no rain in the state’s weather forecast for the next 10 days, state officials are asking everyone to take extra precaution to prevent outdoor fires from getting out of control.
Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) Director Patrick Sheehan said drought and dry conditions have contributed to 837 wildfires burning 20,000 acres in Tennessee so far this year. TEMA is asking everyone spending any time outdoors this season to be aware of the fire risk and to take extra care with potential sources of fire ignition.
From October 15 through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire in Tennessee within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from the Tennessee Division of Forestry. Local jurisdictions may have other ordinances and permitting systems in place for open-air burning.
The free permit can be obtained online at www.BurnSafeTN.org or by calling a local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These phone numbers, as well fire prevention tips and other wildfire resource information, can be found at www.BurnSafeTN.org.
From candy to costumes, kids across Tennessee are gearing up for Halloween. Meanwhile, the Tennessee Department of Correction is taking additional measures to keep them safe this Halloween season with the launch of Operation Blackout.
Operation Blackout is a yearly, massive statewide sweep to ensure registered sex offenders under TDOC supervision follow strict guidelines for the fall season and Halloween. Hundreds of teams of TDOC probation parole officers work with local law enforcement to saturate communities across the state, conducting random visits and compliance checks on more than 3,000 sex offenders statewide between October 21 and the morning of November 1. These visits are in addition to the daily supervision our officers perform year round.
Seasonal restrictions for sex offenders include:
Will remain in their homes between the hours of 6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m.
Will not have porch lights on as is the custom to participate in trick-or-treating.
Will not open their doors for trick-or-treaters.
Will only open their doors for law enforcement.
Will not be allowed to display fall decorations.
Will not be allowed to wear costumes or dress in disguise.
Will not be allowed to attend fall festivals or parties.
In 2015, TDOC probation parole officers conducted more than 3,000 checks on sex offenders during Operation Blackout.