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Judge David Patterson has set a July 7, 2015 court date in Cumberland County for Jacob Bennett, 27, the man accused of gunning down a 22 year old woman and three teenage boys as they sat in a car on Renegade Mountain in September 2013, in what authorities have called a marijuana deal gone wrong. Judge Patterson also set a date for December 15th when Bennett’s court appointed-attorneys and the prosecutors can prepare a scheduling order and for any motions to be heard and ruled on prior to trial. Bennett’s lawyers have indicated that they may file motion for a change of venue. The state is seeking the death penalty against Bennett and District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway will prosecute. Bennett, of Crab Orchard, TN is currently jailed in Morgan County and is charged with four counts each of both premeditated and felony murder and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery. His girlfriend, 26 year old Brittany Moser, of Dayton, TN is charged with four counts of felony murder and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery. While the state is not seeking the death penalty in her case, she remains under $1 million bond in the Cumberland County Jail. (Photo Courtesy WVLT).
Airport officials at McGhee-Tyson in Knoxville tfound a loaded .45 caliber handgun in a passenger's carry-on bag at a checkpoint on Tuesday. The gun and bag were confiscated and the passenger has been cited. This makes the eighth gun Transportation Security Administration officers have found at McGhee-Tyson this year. While firearms are permitted in checked baggage, they must be declared to the airline, in a proper carrying case and unloaded. Firearms are not permitted in carry-on bags. (Photo Courtesy WVLT).
Law enforcement with the TBI and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant Wednesday at the CK Spa at 801 Peavine Road in Crossville. Susan Niland, Public Information Officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that one individual is in custody. Niland said the investigation is still underway and officials are not releasing details, names or charges at this time. This is the same location that was raided in September 2013 when it operated under the name of QT Spa. That bust was part of the statewide “Operation Paladin” and QT Spa owner, Chong Kyo Pak, was arrested for promoting prostitution and an arrest warrant from another state.
Crossville Police are investigating a bomb threat made at the CVS Pharmacy. On Monday an employee reported that a female called and told her that she had been in the store the night before and left a bomb near the pharmacy. The female then said that if her demands were not met she was going to detonate the device. The employee told the caller she would not help her, hung up, and then called the police. Everyone was evacuated from the CVS and Crossville Fire and Police searched the building but did not find any explosives. No suspects have been named at this time.
Tennessee State Parks will offer special winter rates for cabins and inns in 18 parks across the statefrom Nov. 15, 2014, through March 15, 2015. With a Tennessee State Parks special winter discount, park visitors can stay at one of Tennessee’s six state park inns for $59.95 a night (excluding tax). The inn discount may be used seven days a week and applies to both individuals and groups. Cabins ranging from premium to rustic are priced at two for one, Sunday through Thursday. There is no coupon necessary for this special rate and patrons simply need to ask for “Special Winter Promotion” when making a reservation. For additional information or to make online reservations, please visit the Tennessee State Parks website at www.tnstateparks.com. (Photo Courtesy TDEC)