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Details emerge on reported kidnapping

Details emerge on reported kidnapping
Staff Reporter
Details about an alleged kidnapping incident that activated the Amber Alert system are just now being made available from the Obion County Sheriff’s Department.
The alleged kidnapping ended without incident following a few tense moments in downtown Union City Tuesday morning.
Terry Nichols, 51, of Rives is currently being held in the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex without bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Obion County General Sessions Court.
The arrest of Nichols came after a bank employee at First Citizens National Bank in downtown Union City recognized his 2000 white Dodge van from the Amber Alert notice. The van was parked in the bank’s drive-through lane on First Street and there were actually seven children in the vehicle, according to investigator Angie Choate with the Obion County Sheriff’s Department.
The bank employee notified local authorities and members of the sheriff’s department and Union City Police Department converged at the scene.
Nichols was in the van with his three biological children, a 16-year-old and two 13-year-olds, as well as a 15-year-old and her 3-month old baby and the two children originally identified in the Amber Alert: 3-year-old Jilleann Calderon and 4-year-old James Brown.
When authorities attempted to have Nichols exit the van, he reportedly locked the doors and refused to exit the vehicle, according to Mrs. Choate. A window had to be knocked out and Nichols was forcibly removed from the van. All the children inside were safely removed from the vehicle.
Nichols’ three biological children are currently in the custody of the state Department of Children’s Services, while the rest of the children have been reunited with their families, according to Mrs. Choate.
Nichols, who also claims an address in Fulton, is facing two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping in Obion County. The local sheriff’s department has also been notified that Nichols is facing incest charges in Kentucky and that state will extradite him.
The local sheriff’s department is also working with law enforcement officials in Missouri, where Nichols could be facing additional charges, according to Mrs. Choate.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at
Published in The Messenger 8.3.11

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