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A Pikeville man could have been shot after he allegedly stole a BB gun at the Crossville Walmart on Wednesday. Loss Prevention detained 23-year-old Clifton Dale Childs after he was seen taking a BB gun from a shelf and putting it in his pocket. Childs was taken to a secure room in the store where the agent instructed him to empty his pockets. Just as Childs was pulling out the BB gun, a Crossville police officer entered the room and upon seeing Childs with a gun, the officer drew his own weapon. Fortunately for Childs, the officer quickly assessed the nature of the situation and the incident did not escalate. Childs was arrested for Shoplifting and Simple Possession after Oxycodone was found on his person. An alleged accomplice, Amber L. Aspinwall, 20, of Spencer, TN was also arrested for shoplifting. Police report shotgun shells were found on her person.
The election and appointments of BOE Officers, approval of tenured teachers and the search for a new Superintendent of Schools are among agenda items the Cumberland County Board of Education will address during tonight’s Regular Monthly meeting, which will start at 6 p.m. at Central Services on 4th Street. The meeting is open to the public.
Clean-up from February’s ice storm in Cumberland County will cost around $7 million, reports Crossville Chronicle senior staff writer Gary Nelson. County Emergency Management Agency assistant, Jill Ritzman, recently updated the finance committee on the clean-up project, saying it should be completed by the end of the month. Cumberland County must pay the $7 million bill before FEMA will issue a reimbursement. According to the Chronicle, Ritzman will meet with TEMA and FEMA in October and report back to county officials with the final price tag.
A Morgan County grand jury has indicted the cellmate of “Tattoo Eddie” in the Gatlinburg killer’s death. 34-year-old Gregory Smith was charged with first-degree murder in the March 2015 stabbing death of Edward Harris, 58, at the Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg. The fatal attack was reportedly recorded on the institute’s surveillance cameras. Harris had been serving three consecutive life sentences for his role in the brutal 1986 murders of a clerk and a security guard at a Gatlinburg motel. Smith is currently serving a life sentence for a 2004 homicide in Dickson County.
A Van Buren County Grand Jury has indicted a County Corrections Officer on two counts of Reckless Aggravated Assault. The TBI began investigating 73-year-old Vernon Frazier in mid-June after two motorcyclists in Spencer,TN reported that a man pulled his vehicle beside them and allegedly displayed a handgun in a threatening manner. Once it was learned that the suspect was a Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Officer the TBI was called in to investigate. Frazier turned himself into authorities this week was released after posting a $2,500 bond. He has been suspended from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department.