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Local attorney Ivy Gardner was selected as the new City Judge, replacing Tom Bean who retired last month. Gardner was sworn in during the regular session of the City Council on Tuesday, after 2 rounds of balloting. Gardner received 4 votes in the final ballot, while former City Attorney Lanny Colvard received 1. Council also approved a motion to instruct the City Manager to begin taking applications for a new City Attorney. Councilmember Jesse Kerley made the motion that was seconded by Pete Sousa. While the current attorney, Kenneth Chadwell, has not announced any plans to leave the post, Councilmember Kerley feels the Council should look at other applicants. The motion passed in a 3-2 vote with Harris and Wyatt voting in the negative.
Thieves stole just about everything they could get their hands on, including a wedding video, in the burglary of a Mimosa Lane home. According to reports from the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department, the victim said she came home to find a door leading to her garage open. A window had been broken to gain entry and the front door of the home was wide open. Numerous jewelry items were taken, 2 flat screen t.v.s, gun clips, hearing protection and shooting glasses, coins, cash, luggage, a space heater, a printer, an iPad, vehicle titles, a passport and kitchen scales. The burglars also took a video camera and the victim's wedding video. Reports indicate this may be just a partial list of items taken in the break-in and the loss could not be estimated at this time. No suspects were named and the case remains under investigation.
Crooks at least left the kitchen sink in the burglary of a home on Leffle Webb Road. After gaining entry to the house through a rear door, the thieves stole a Kenmore side by side refrigerator, a Maytag washing machine, Hickory Hardwood flooring, fireplace rock, a ceiling fan and an air compressor. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department reports loss and damage at $7,600. A possible suspect has been named in the burglary.
Three people were charged after Crossville police responded to a burglary in progress at a home on Woodlawn Road. According to reports, 46 year old Rodney Lee Bammel and 28 year old Chase Edward Trisdale, both of Crossville, had loaded a refrigerator in the bed of a truck that belonged to the residence, which was vacant after a recent fire. Bammel and Trisdale claimed they had permission to take the item, however, they were both charged with Burglary and Theft of Property. 32 year old Jessica Renee Richards of Crossville was reportedly sitting in the truck and was charged with Criminal Conspiracy.
There's yet another phone scam making the rounds in the region. This time it involves jury duty. Local 8 Now reports the caller claims to be an official with the victim's local sheriff's office. The victim is then told that they have missed their jury duty summons and now have a warrant for their arrest. Victims are then instructed to purchase a prepaid card and send it to the caller to clear up the matter. According to WVLT, the scammer behind the call has been tricking people out of their money for at least a year now, but has been able to elude law enforcement while milking thousands of dollars from unsuspecting victims. Authorities say if you receive such a call, hang up immediately and call your local law enforcement office via a phone number other than the one that the person on the other line gives you.