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The TBI has released a statement that until further notice, and at the request of District Attorney General Matthew Stowe, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has discontinued its investigation into the Holly Bobo case and severed ties with the 24th Judicial District. “We certainly regret these unprecedented circumstances playing out in the media,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. According to Director Gwyn, “in a meeting last week, Stowe made allegations of misconduct by TBI and other law enforcement agencies, both local and federal. He also repeatedly stated he wanted (the TBI) to suspend all activities in his district, after which 30th District Attorney General Amy Weirich removed her office’s resources from the Holly Bobo case.” In the TBI press release, Director Gwyn reportedly said, “Stowe may characterize this as a misunderstanding, but his requests were clear and I wasn’t the only one who heard it.” Since Holly Bobo’s disappearance in 2011, TBI Special Agents have devoted thousands of hours of casework and forensic analysis. The investigative records and the results from a vast majority of the evidence submitted in the Bobo case have already been turned over to the District Attorney General’s office for his further investigation, review, and prosecution. The results of pending forensic analysis in the case will be provided in a timely manner. Until further notice, TBI personnel will no longer offer comment or information about the Bobo case or any other case originating in the 24th Judicial District.
Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Tipton County man and juvenile and charged each with the attempted murder of an officer. According to a TBI press release, on December 13th Tipton County Deputy Demario Avery was in an unmarked car at an intersection in Munford, TN when he observed a man fire shots into a vehicle stopped in front of him. A 17 year old male, an occupant of the car, returned fire with the gunman. When the deputy announced himself as a police officer, the teenager reportedly turned his weapon toward the officer and Deputy Avery shot the juvenile, striking him in the leg. Montavo Terry, the other occupant of the car, then allegedly aimed his weapon at the officer. Deputy Avery fired at Terry but did not strike him. The 17 year old and Terry fled the scene on foot but were later apprehended. Montavo Terry, 19, was arrested Sunday and booked in the Tipton County Jail on a $250,000 bond. The juvenile was booked Wednesday and is being held in juvenile detention in Shelby County. They are each charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Dangerous Felony and Reckless Endangerment.
The City of Crossville Open House, hosted by Mayor James Mayberry and the City Council, will be Thursday, December 18th from 4 to 6 p.m. at City Hall and everyone is encouraged to attend.
The Knox County Grand Jury has recessed without hearing the rape case involving two UT football players. A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams are accused of sexually assaulting two women during a party at the Woodlands Apartments on November 16. Local 8 now reports that the Grand Jury is expected to meet back the first or second week of January. Both Johnson and Williams have been suspended from the football team. (Photo Courtesly WVLT/local8now)
A Jamestown woman died Tuesday following a traffic accident on Memory Garden Road in Fentress County. The THP reports that 61 year Norma H. Dodson was killed after her 2014 Ford Focus was stuck head-on by a 1999 Dodge Durango driven by 44 year old Johnnie M. Robbins of Jamestown. According to the authorities, Robbins lost control in a curve. Neither driver was wearing a seat belt and in the reporting officer’s opinion safety restraints would have made a difference. Citations are pending. The THP reports that so far this year there have been 4 traffic related fatalities in Fentress County, 9 in Cumberland County and 65 people have died on roadways in the Cookeville THP district.