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Bond has been set at more than a half million dollars on a Crossville man after it was discovered he was also wanted in South Carolina. Deputies served active warrants Saturday on 34 year old Joseph Earl Ellenburg, who was taken into custody without incident at a location on Natchez Trace in Lake Tansi. Ellenburg was wanted locally for Criminal Impersonation and Identity Theft after he reportedly gave a false name while being treated at Cumberland Medical Center following an altercation with another male subject. Ellenburg is also wanted for Violation Of Probation and Violation Of Parole in Greenville County, South Carolina. His bond was set at $514,000.
If you do your holiday shopping online, you may want to have your packages delivered to a residence where someone will be home to accept the delivery. Thatís something a Burnett Street Apartment man found out the hard way last week. The victim told Crossville Police that was expecting a package from his girlfriend. He later found the empty package in the trash in the laundry room at the apartment complex. The Biker Rags gray long sleeve T-shirt his girlfriend had mailed to him was missing. Loss was estimated at $80. Thieves are targeting holiday deliveries not only in Crossville but across the nation. So this year you may wish to mail your package to the recipientís place of work to make sure they get your gift.
Telephone scams are alive and well in Crossville. With dozens of complaints coming in daily, the Crossville Police Department wants to remind everyone that calls about money, that you didn't know existed, probably doesn't exist. We have had reports of Lottery winnings, IRS fines, "Business opportunities", inheritance money and any other scam you could imagine. If you receive a call from an unknown number, it is likely from an overseas scammer. They will usually request that you send money to "process" your windfall of cash. Some will ask for personal information, bank account information or even for you to send a money order or wire funds. Do not fall for these tricks. They sound legitimate but are far from above board.
There are plenty of businesses that specialize in matching employees with companies. A legitimate business will not generally cold-call numbers to find someone to go into business with. If you get a call wanting you to accept packages or goods shipped to you, with the intent of reshipping to another address, it is illegal. Probably stolen goods that can be tracked to your door and lost after you reship them.
If you or someone you know receives one of these calls, HANG UP! Do not feel obligated to listen to their pitch. The longer they keep you on the line, the more information they can glean from the conversation. If they think that you are an easy "mark", your number will spread like wildfire to other scammers and the calls will not stop. Protect yourself and simply hang up.Stay smart and stay safe!
A wanted suspect was taken into custody after nearly running down a Putnam County Deputy and leading police on a brief chase, News Channel 5 reports. Deputies were attempting to serve a warrant to 27-year-old Gregory Johnson, of Algood, TN on Thursday while he was sitting in a running car. As a deputy was opening the car door, Johnson allegedly sped away down the street, dragging him nearly 70 feet before the deputy was able to break free. After a long manhunt, Johnson was taken into custody. He was booked into the Putnam County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and evading arrest, in addition to failing to appear on an original charge of conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine. Johnson was held in lieu of $60,000. News Channel 5 reports the investigation remains ongoing.
Volunteer Energy Cooperative (VEC) will close all nine of its customer service centers and Corporate Office on Thursday, November 27 and on Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Crews will be on hand to answer phone calls and to respond to emergencies as needed.