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A Crossville man has been charged with Rape of a Child. According to a press release from District Attorney Bryant Dunaway, 65-year-old John Raymond Walz, of Ivy Avenue, was arrested after Crossville Police began investigating him on allegations of sexual abuse of a 4-year-old who was in his care.
The case is still under investigation and according to DA Dunaway authorities believe Walz may have abused other victims. Anyone with information about this or any other alleged abuse by Walz is asked to call the District Attorney General’s office at 931-484-8732 or visit the office at 112 Fourth Street in Crossville.
Blount County officials confirmed an earthquake hit north Blount County in Louisville at 10:42 p.m. Monday.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake was a magnitude 2.7.
Officials said they had not received any reports of injuries or damage as a result of the earthquake.
Nearly 480,000 Tennesseans have cast ballots through the first four days of early voting, up from the 388,000 who had gone to the polls through the same period four years ago.
Shelby County had the highest turnout with about 57,000 early votes, followed by 52,000 in Davidson, 40,000 in Knox and 24,000 in Williamson counties.
Hancock County has seen the lowest turnout so far with just 251 ballots cast. Six other counties have seen had fewer than 500 voters: Lake, Perry, Moore, Clay and Bledsoe.
Early voting runs through Thursday, 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. You can cast you ballot early from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also vote early on Saturday October 22nd and Saturday, October 29th from 8 a.m. to Noon.
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. For more information call the Cumberland County Election Commission 931-484-4919.
An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and multiple law enforcement partners in Florida has resulted in the arrest of three men on theft-related charges.
At the initial request of 22nd District Attorney General Brent Cooper, TBI Special Agents began investigating information that Gopalbhai Shivramdas Patel, Riptesh Hasmukhlal Patel and Ashokkumar Prabhakar Raval, all from Florida, were involved in a fraud investigation that had ties in Tennessee. The investigation revealed that the three were involved in receiving and laundering money obtained through a scam, in which victims were contacted by phone and threatened with arrest if they didn’t deposit U.S. currency into a named bank account. Information obtained during the investigation showed that over a three-month period between 2014-2015, the three men received over $900,000 from the scheme, and subsequently funneled money into overseas accounts. As the investigation progressed, information was developed that the fraudulent bank accounts in question were initially opened in Williamson County, at which point 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper also got involved.
On October 19th, TBI Special Agents obtained arrest warrants out of Williamson County for the three Florida men. On Friday, Gopalbhai Patel (below left), 59, and Riptesh Patel (below middle), 35, were arrested in Orlando. Raval (below right), 63, was arrested in Tampa. The three men are each charged with one count of Conspiracy to Commit Theft over $250,000 and one count of Money Laundering, and are being held without bond on the charges from Tennessee.
Multiple law enforcement partner agencies assisted with the investigation and subsequent arrests, including The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Tampa Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, and the Internal Revenue Service.
The City of Crossville will be turning off water for utility construction to include Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin Streets on Tuesday, October 25 beginning at 1pm. The outage is expected to last about 3 hours.