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An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in a Knoxville woman being charged with the attempted murder of a Ripley, TN Police officer. On Tuesday. officers with the Ripley Police Department had developed information about the possible whereabouts of male suspect Sequna Copeland, who was a fugitive on the TBIís Top Ten Most Wanted list, and executed a traffic stop of a vehicle. During the course of the investigation, Agents learned that the female driver, Stashia Piphus, drove off from the officer who was making the stop. The officer gave chase on foot. Piphus began driving in reverse toward the officer, who fired several shots at the occupants of the vehicle before being struck by the suspectís car. The investigation showed that when two other Ripley Police officers arrived at the scene, Piphus began to drive forward toward them. Those two officers fired shots at the vehicle occupants, striking them both. Piphus and the male occupant of the car, Sequna Copeland, were both transported to hospitals. Copeland has since been released from the hospital and is in federal custody. Sequna Copeland was wanted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the United States Marshals Service, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. On August 27th, Copeland was indicted for a Hobbs Act Robbery, Accessory After the Fact, and False Declaration Before the Grand Jury. Copelandís charges stem from his involvement in an armed robbery that occurred in Ripley on December 10, 2014.
The officer who was struck by the vehicle was flown to Memphis for medical treatment, where he remains hospitalized.
On Wednesday morning, Stashia Piphus, 26, was released from the hospital and booked into the Lauderdale County Jail on one count of Attempted First Degree Murder. Piphus is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, at which time her bond will be set.
NASHVILLE Ė The rush to find the perfect gift ahead of Valentineís Day (Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016) is in full swing, and gift certificates are a quick and easy way to make your loved oneís day. The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insuranceís Division of Consumer Affairs offers a few helpful tips for consumers who are considering purchasing gift certificates or discounted services for Valentineís Day.
When you are sold a gift certificate in the State of Tennessee, remember:
- In general, the expiration date must be at least two years after the date it was issued to you.
- You should not be charged a fee for the gift certificate to be issued to you.
- Within two years of purchasing the gift certificate, you should not be charged service fees (including dormancy fees, latency fees, or administrative fees) that reduce the total value of the gift certificate.
- A gift certificate does not include prepaid cards.
- As always with shopping, be aware of return policies which are typically displayed in the store, on the receipts or on the businesses website.
- Be sure to ask about the locations where the gift certificate(s) can be redeemed.
- Inquire about the terms and conditions associated with purchasing and redeeming the gift certificate(s).
For more consumer tips, or to file a complaint, visit www.tn.gov/consumer.
The Crossville City Council will hold its Regular Monthly Meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2016 beginning at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Prior to the City Council meeting, the Audit Committee will meet at 5:15 p.m. , and the Beer Board will meet at 5:45 p.m.
A Public Hearing will be held at 5:50 p.m. on the Plan of Services Progress Report regarding the annexation of 3.63 acres on Old Lantana Road (Dishman). Property owners in the affected areas, as well as interested citizens are invited to attend and make comments regarding this report.
Among the City Councilís Agenda items is an Ordinance amending the Crossville Municipal Code pertaining to the advertising of intoxicating liquors. The amendment would ban liquor stores from having more than 1(one) permanent outdoor sign, advertisement or display which makes references that the establishment sells alcoholic beverages. Temporary advertising messages using brand names, pictures, numbers, prices, or diagrams relating to alcoholic beverages shall be allowed when advertised on simple or electronic reader boards which are connected to or part of the original one (1) allotted sign, advertisement or display.
The City Council meeting is Thursday, February 11 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. All meetings are open to the public.
Early voting for the March 1 presidential preference primary, or "SEC Primary," begins today. This election cycle voting early may be an important option because of unpredictable winter weather. The number of presidential candidates as well as the number of delegates could also create incredibly long ballots for some voters.
Six Southern states will join Tennessee to help decide who could be the next president of the United States. The Volunteer State's clout could mean more primary interest than in years past.
Early voting in Cumberland County takes place at the Election Commission Office, 2 South Main Street, Suite 105 in downtown Crossville. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; and 8 a.m to Noon on Saturdays through Tuesday, February 23. The Election Commission will be closed on Presidentís Day, Monday, February 15, 2016.
The last day to request an Absentee Ballot is February 23.
Tennesseans voting early or on Election Day should remember to bring valid state or federal photo identification with them to the polls. For information call the Cumberland County Election Commission 931-484-4919.
The former president of Pilot Flying J, Mark Hazelwood, was indicted Tuesday on felony charges in connection to a rebate scam. In addition to Hazelwood, seven other people were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. All 8 pleaded not guilty. The FBI began investigating Pilot in 2011 after an informant reported the company was cheating truck companies out of rebates and discounts. To date, 10 Pilot employees pleaded guilty to charges of fraud in the fuel rebate scheme.