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CARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The 4-year-old child who was the focus of an AMBER Alert out of Florida was found in Memphis near Walnut Grove and I-240, WREG reports.
The TBI confirmed that Rebecca Lewis is safe. Officials reported that West Hogs is in police custody. The 31-year-old man is not related to the child.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said early Monday morning it was utilizing its established AMBER Alert system in East Tennessee to expand the reach of an AMBER Alert out of Florida, after a credible, possible sighting of a missing child and her accused abductor in Campbell County.
The TBI said they received a report of a sighting of 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis and Wild West Hogs, 31, in Cove Lake State Park in Caryville. Anyone who spots these individuals or the vehicle in which they may be traveling should call 911.
Rebecca Lewis is a white female, three feet tall, 30 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink dress. West Wild Hogs is a white male, 31 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 220 pounds, red hair, blue-green eyes. West Hogs has a scar shaped like the letter “L” on the left side of his head and a tattoo of a blue cross and another tattoo of a Chinese symbol. He was last seen wearing a light colored shirt and blue jeans.
They may be traveling in a 2012, silver Nissan Versa, Alabama handicap tag number 4JL26. The vehicle has a magnetic animal rescue paw on the driver side portion of the trunk. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this child, please contact the Polk County (FL) Sheriff's Office at (863) 298-6200 or 911.
If you haven't registered to vote in the November 8th election, you have only until Tuesday, Oct. 11th, to get registered in Tennessee. For more information on voter registration call the Cumberland County Election Commission 931-484-4919,
Early voting will take place October 19th through November 3rd at the Cumberland County Election Commission located at 2 South Main Street, Suite 105 in Crossville, just across from the Cumberland County Courthouse.
Voters in Cumberland County will vote for President of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives 6th Congressional District and Tennessee House of Representatives 25th Representative District.
In Crossville, two seats are up for bid on the City Council.
The Town of Pleasant Hill will also vote on two council seats.
The City of Crab Orchard will elect a Mayor.
Election Day is November 8th.
Cumberland County students are out of school all this week for Fall Break, October 10 – 14, 2016. Thanksgiving Break will be November 23-25. The end of the first semester will be on December 16th when school dismisses at 10 a.m. Winter Break will run from December 19th through January 3, 2017.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list, Christopher Christian Padgett.
Padgett (DOB 3-9-94) is wanted by the TBI and the Chattanooga Police Department. On Wednesday, Padgett cut off his GPS monitoring device in order to avoid standing trial in Hamilton County. Despite not being at the hearing, a jury convicted Padgett of First Degree Murder and Especially Aggravated Robbery and faces a mandatory life sentence.
Padgett, who goes by the nickname Bubba, is a 22-year-old African-American man who stands 5’11” and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, along with tattoos on both of his arms and his torso. Anyone with information about Padgett’s whereabouts should contact Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. (Photo courtesy TBI)
The Tennessee Highway Patrol cautions motorists to watch out for deer on or near the roadways this fall season. An increase in deer-related crashes is likely during the months of October through December due to deer mating and hunting season. November is typically the worst month for deer-related crashes.
In Tennessee, between 2011 and 2015, 22 percent of deer-related crashes occurred on interstate highways. In 2015, there were 6,953 deer-related crashes, including 351 that involved injuries and 0 that were fatal. That was up by 8.15 percent from 6,429 the previous year. However, since 2011, deer-related crashes in Tennessee have increased 22.04 percent.
The Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency suggest the following tips to help prevent deer-related crashes during peak mating and hunting seasons:
Remember that mating season puts deer on the move and deer tend to move at dawn and dusk.
Whenever you see deer cross the road, expect more to follow. Many times, the second or third deer crossing becomes the one that motorists hit.
Be attentive; drive defensively, constantly scanning the roadside, especially at daybreak and dusk.
Do not swerve to avoid contact with deer. This could cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic, causing a more serious crash. Swerving also can confuse the deer as to where to run.
When you spot a deer, slow down immediately. Proceed slowly until you pass that point.
If you do collide with a deer, never approach the injured animal. They are powerful and can cause bodily harm to a human. Report any deer collision, even if the damage is minor.
In the event of a deer crash, move the vehicle as far off the road as possible, and dial *THP (*847) from an available cell phone for assistance. The call will be connected to the nearest THP Communications Center and a State Trooper will be dispatched to the location.
Tennessee law allows deer killed in a collision to be taken and used as food, as long as you contact the nearest TWRA regional office and report the accident within 48 hours. For TWRA regional offices, visit the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org.