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Burglary Suspects Arrested
Jay Walker Friday February 17, 2017
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a break-in at Cash-4-U Pawn Shop on Smithville Highway.
Early Wednesday morning police responded to a burglar alarm at the business and discovered the front glass had been shattered and entry had been made. Numerous items of jewelry and a handgun had been taken.
While officers were investigating the scene, police responded to another call of an altercation on Hannah Street, where a man was said to be in possession of the handgun that had been taken in the break-in.
Police arrested 32 year old Garrett Randell Duggin with aggravated burglary and aggravated assault. He was jailed under a $50,000 bond.
48 year old Deanna Moxley was also charged with aggravated burglary. She was jailed under a $25,000 bond.
Police say the handgun and the jewelry taken in the break-in were recovered.
ID Thieves Busted
Thursday February 16, 2017
A routine traffic stop in I-24 in Coffee County resulted in the discovery of an identity theft ring and the arrest of three suspects.
Trooper Donnie Clark stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and performed a probable cause search when he detected the smell of marijuana. The search turned up marijuana debris as well as 18 counterfeit credit cards along with several fake IDs.
A check with the National Crime Information Center indicated the vehicle was a stolen rental, which was rented by using a stolen credit card. During the booking process, one of the suspects revealed 32 additional credit cards, bring the total number of fraudulent credit cards to 50. The amount of stolen credit was $800,000.
Arrested were 22 year old Demetrius Lamons, 18 year old Rani Andrews, and 19 year old Catina Galbreath, all of Georgia.
All face numerous charges.
Suicide Prevention Network
WKRN Thursday February 16, 2017
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is working to reach more people who might be in the middle of a crisis and thinking of hurting themselves.
They’re partnering with the crisis text line to offer a free text-messaging support line, which would be available 24 hours a day.
Anyone who needs help can text TN to 741-741 and they will be connected to a counselor.
Not everyone is comfortable voicing their problems, so everyone with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is hoping this will help them reach more people.
An estimated 950 Tennesseans die from suicide every year.
Free Legal Clinics
AP Thursday February 16, 2017
The Tennessee Supreme Court has announced that free legal clinics will be held around the state to help citizens who find themselves in need of a lawyer's advice on matters outside criminal law. It's all part of the court's initiative known as Access to Justice, a program aimed at helping a growing number of people find assistance when they can't afford an attorney.
Tennesseans can log on to www.help4tn.org to learn more about the clinics. The program will kick off in mid-March with press conferences in Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Jackson and Chattanooga and run into April.
Court officials say more than 1.2 million in the state are indigent and struggle to get legal assistance. The top legal issues facing Tennesseans include health care, family law, landlord-tenant disputes and debt.
University Appointments Approved
AP Thursday February 16, 2017
The House and Senate have approved Gov. Bill Haslam's nominations for new boards for six public universities.
The new boards are part of the Republican governor's initiative to spin six four-year public universities out of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Each board will control budgets, tuition and the selection of university presidents.
The schools involved are Austin Peay in Clarksville; East Tennessee State in Johnson City; Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro; Tennessee Tech in Cookeville; Tennessee State in Nashville; and the University of Memphis.
Haslam's appointments include former Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey; NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore; retired Army Gen. Gary Luck; former University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin; and Democratic fundraiser Bill Freeman.