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Crossville firefighters were called to Crossville City Hall this morning after reports of smoking filling the second floor. Upon arrival, firemen found the council chambers and other areas of the 2nd floor were filled with smoke. Further investigation revealed that an oil filled blower motor on the council chamber heating and air unit had leaked and was overheating, blowing smoke through the duct system. No injuries were reported.
Oak Ridge Police said the man accused of holding a child hostage was taken into custody Thursday night, reports Local 8 Now. Investigators said the 9-year-old girl was unharmed in the process. Authorities began negotiating with 36-year-old Robert Foreman, of Oak Ridge, after a family disturbance call came from the residence at 6:20 p.m. Foreman, who reportedly had a rifle and barricaded himself in the home with the child, peacefully surrendered around 8 p.m. According to Local 8 Now, a woman who called police was able to get out of the home. Police said she is considered a victim in the case. Authorities are still investigating the incident involving Foreman, who was transported to the Anderson County Detention Facility following his arrest for aggravated assault. No injuries were reported during the incident.
The man suspected of breaking into an elderly Cookeville woman’s home, stealing her car and kidnapping her has been arrested. Police nabbed 34-year-old Russell Lee Vaughn, of Cookeville, Thursday morning at a South Willow Avenue business. This was after an exhaustive manhunt that began around 7 p.m. Wednesday night when an observant citizen saw the elderly victim in the vehicle with Vaughn. The 74-year-old victim mouthed the words “help me” and the citizen notified Cookeville police. Almost 12 hours later, authorities say that Vaughn let the elderly woman out of the car near a motel on South Willow in Cookeville. Authorities say she had some scratches but was “relatively unharmed”. Initial reports indicate that the victim did not know Vaughn, who may have had a gun when he allegedly broke into the woman’s home and forced her into the vehicle. Police caught up with the suspect vehicle and pursued the car for a short distance before Vaughn ditched the car and fled on foot. Police brought out the K-9 dogs and went door-to-door to notify nearby residents to lock their doors and remain inside during the search and Park View Elementary was placed on lockdown. Throughout the search, Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton posted updates and safety advisories on his Facebook page and around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Mayor Shelton posted on Facebook that Vaughn had been arrested
(Photo courtesy Cookevlle Mayor Ricky Shelton)
Friday, Jan. 13 the Jets and Lady Jets travel to Rhea County to take on the Eagles. The girls game will tip at 5:00 and you can hear the broadcast beginning at 4:55 on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY.
Friday, Jan. 13 the Panthers and Lady Panthers travel to Sparta to take on the teams from White County; live coverage will begin at 5:55 on Mix 99.3 with the Lady Panthers game with the Warriorettes scheduled to tip at 6:00.
The Crossville Police Department is searching for a shaggy Superman who allegedly stole lottery tickets from a local convenience store . Authorities say that on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 a male subject entered the Elite Exxon on Peavine Rd. The subject had shaggy, dirty-blonde hair and a reddish beard. He was wearing a dark "Superman" logo hoodie and had an orange key lanyard around his neck. The subject waited for the cashier to finish with other customers and told her the bathroom needed attention. When the cashier was close to the bathroom the suspect ran behind the counter and stole an undetermined amount of scratch off tickets. The cashier looked back just as the man was pulling out tickets and ran back to the counter. The man exited the store with the tickets and got into the passenger seat of a newer silver Toyota Celica. Investigation revealed that one of the tickets was redeemed in the Cookeville area. If you know who this subject is or have any information on this crime please call Crossville Cumberland County Crime Stoppers Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173 or contact Det. Donnie Hammons with the Crossville Police Department at 931-484-7231. (Photo courtesy Crimestoppers)