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A Morristown man reports the theft of his 1994 red Nissan Pickup truck from the parking lot of the Red Roof Inn. Crossville Police report the victim also says almost $1,600 worth of construction and mechanic tools were taken with the truck. The vehicle was valued at $2,500. Police report no suspects at this time.
The Tennessee Supreme Court has overturned the forfeiture of a Cumberland County manís house. Charles Sprunger, of Peavine Road, was convicted of possessing child pornography on his home computer. The state issued a forfeiture warrant for his house following his 2008 arrest. The court opinion overturned that forfeiture, saying the state did not follow the law. It has ruled that the government must show that it complied with state forfeiture laws -- both procedurally and substantively -- if it is going to seize someone's property. The court said the Tennessee Constitution disfavors forfeiture, so the laws must be strictly interpreted.
The Tennessee Senate has passed legislation that would require all of Tennessee's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling. Lawmakers in 2005 ordered a comptroller's study on the role of ethnicity in traffic stops by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. That study released two years later found that troopers were more likely to stop, search and arrest Hispanic drivers than whites or blacks. A House version of the proposal is awaiting subcommittee consideration.
The number of new state-issued handgun carry permits dropped sharply in Tennessee last year. According to an annual report on carry permits by the state Department of Safety, about 46,000 new applications were granted last year. That's down 45 percent from the more than 83,000 new permits granted in 2013. Renewals were down from 100,000 in 2013 to 76,000 last year. Meanwhile, about 1,500 permits were revoked or suspended in 2014, down from nearly 1,900 a year earlier. About 498,000 Tennesseans have permits to carry handguns in public. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, complete a firearms safety course and pass a background check. Legislation aimed at eliminating permit requirements to carry handguns openly failed last year, but a similar proposal has been introduced this session.
The Crossville Police Department graduated 28 people from the Crossville Police Department Senior Citizenís Academy last Wednesday. The group began their adventure on Wed., Jan. 14 and met each Wednesday following, until graduation. Crossville Police Chief Rod Shoap said, ďIt is wonderful to have so many active citizens playing a role in making our city a safer place by working in partnership with our police. And, there is no age requirement. Any adult may participate.Ē The next Crossville Police Department citizenís academy class is scheduled to meet in July. If interested, please contact: Sara Cole, Executive Assistant at the Crossville Police Department (931) 484-7231; or the Fair Park Senior Center at (931) 456-6541.