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Stolen Firearm Found in Owner’s Driveway
Peg Broadcasting News/CPD Tuesday April 19, 2016

A firearm reported stolen from a vehicle parked at Ficosa last Wednesday was discovered Thursday in the owner’s driveway on Summerwind Drive. The victim says he does not know who could have taken or returned the Astra 357.

 


Record Lottery Money For Tennessee
AP Tuesday April 19, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Lottery says it returned a record $119 million for education funding during the first quarter of the year, a 27 percent increase over the previous quarterly record.

Lottery-funded programs include 12 different scholarships and grants, multiple after-school programs, an energy-efficient schools program and Tennessee Promise, which offers eligible high school seniors the chance to go to community or technical college without paying tuition.

Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove said the record adds to what was already becoming an all-time high fiscal year. The previous record of $93.6 million was set during the third quarter of 2015.

The quarter also broke records for instant ticket sales with $355 million, draw-style sales at $125 million and the three top selling months for total sales since inception.

 


TBI Releases Annual Comprehensive Crime Study
TBI Tuesday April 19, 2016

NASHVILLE – Monday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2015 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report, revealing an overall decrease in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year.
The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). The TBI’s sophisticated crime reporting system, in place since 1997, provides an updated and comprehensive picture of the successes and challenges facing communities across Tennessee.
Among the findings in the 2015 report:
• The total number of reported Group A incidents decreased by 2.1% year-to-year.
• Reported homicides increased by 9.4%.
• The number of Forcible Rape cases reported by law enforcement agencies increased by 2.4%.
• The number of Drug/Narcotic, Prostitution, and Burglary offenses all decreased in 2015’s study.
• Reported methamphetamine offenses increased from 4,362 in 2014 to 6,276 in 2015.
• Simple Assault accounted for 67.3% of all reported Domestic Violence offenses.
“We’re extremely thankful for our dedicated law enforcement partners,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “Together, they helped us compile a thorough snapshot of crime in Tennessee. We now hope every department takes this information and works to further address the key crime issues facing their communities and our state.”

 


NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK
Submitted: Shelley Brown, Cumb. Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Tuesday April 19, 2016

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office will be participating with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the “Tenth National Prescription Drug Take-Back event”. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is helping citizens to properly dispose of unused and expired medication. This keeps medicine out of the hands of someone who might abuse them while protecting the environment. This also helps decrease crime in our community and it is our belief that this event will help to save lives. The Take Back will be held at the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, located at 90 Justice Center Drive, Crossville, TN 38555 (across from Cumberland Medical Center) on April 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM.

 


Victim May Have Been Hit By A Shovel/TBI taking over homicide investigation in Morgan Co.
WVLT Tuesday April 19, 2016

COALFIELD, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Morgan County Sheriff's Department says the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is taking over a homicide investigation after a body was discovered early Monday morning.

County dispatch said a call came in around 6:25 a.m. for one man dead at Allied Metal Recovery and Refining on Gouge Hollow Road in Coalfield. Morgan County officers confirmed to Local 8 News that the death is being investigated as a homicide.

TBI said they received a call for assistance in the investigation from 9th District Attorney General Russell Johnson.

Family members tell Local 8 News the victim is Pete McCarroll. His wife says he left for work at Allied Metals on Monday morning at 5:30, and she got the call about his death just an hour later. McCarroll's relatives say they were told he may have been hit by a shovel.

 

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