Crime around the state
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 8:01 pm
Shoplifting suspect shot
and killed in Knoxville
Knoxville (AP) — A shoplifting suspect has been shot and killed by police in Knoxville.
WATE-TV quotes Police Chief David Rausch as saying officers were called Tuesday to a Walmart on Chapman Highway for two non-violent shoplifters.
The station reports that as the suspects were taken into custody, one of them pulled a handgun on the officers who then fired.
The other suspect is in custody. No identities were immediately released.
Mom given remains
of 19-week-old fetus in cooler
Chattanooga. (AP) — A Chattanooga woman who went into labor at 19 weeks and lost her baby is complaining that Erlanger Medical Center sent her home with a foam cooler containing the fetal remains.
Twenty-two-year-old Melvina Brown said doctors tried for days to stop her contractions before she gave birth Sunday.
She said the hospital told her there initially was a heartbeat.
Brown said she asked the hospital to keep the remains while she decided what to do but in the confusion signed papers agreeing to take them.
The hospital told WRCB-TV in a statement that it followed state law for handling remains from a live birth.
Erlanger cited patient privacy in declining to discuss specifics.
Brown said she returned the remains to the hospital Sunday night, at the hospital’s urging.
Man convicted of robbing pizza delivery drivers
Knoxville (AP) — A young Knoxville man has been convicted on federal charges for calling in pizza delivery orders to vacant houses and then robbing the drivers.
Twenty-two-year-old Rodney Mack Jr. was found guilty Monday of the armed robbery and carjacking of three such drivers in 2009. He will be sentenced early next year and faces at least 57 years in prison.
The drivers were robbed of pizzas, cash, cell phones and vehicles.
A federal court jury deliberated one hour in the case.
Pharmacist sentenced for cash hydrocodone business
Nashville (AP) — A Nashville pharmacist has been sentenced for the unlawful distribution of the narcotic hydrocodone and filing false income tax returns.
According to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee, 74-year-old Glenn Brooks purchased almost two million hydrocodone and Lortab pills in 2005 and 2006 for his Brooks Pharmacy.
He then sold many of the pills for cash to people without valid prescriptions. (Lortab is hydrocodone with acetaminophen.)
On Monday, U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell sentenced Brooks to one day incarceration and two years of supervised release, including 18 months home confinement.
A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said the sentence took into account the defendant’s age and degenerating mental capacity.
Brooks also must forfeit $429,000 and pay almost $88,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.
Wanted Memphis man caught in Arkansas
Memphis (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a Memphis man who was wanted for murder and placed on the state’s top 10 most wanted list has been captured in Arkansas.
The agency says 32-year-old Ryan Shewan Nelson was arrested in the Little Rock area on Monday and booked into a jail, where he is awaiting extradition to Tennessee.
Nelson had been wanted by the Memphis Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service on first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges for a shooting this past September.
Authorities say Nelson fatally shot Dennis Gilliam in the head at the same residence where a fight had earlier taken place.
The TBI says its top 10 most wanted program has captured 282 fugitives since 1993.
Suspect charged in
fatal pawn shop
Oak Ridge (AP) — A man has been charged in a fatal shooting at a Clinton pawn shop.
James Allen Green was booked into the Anderson County Jail on Monday upon his release from the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The 64-year-old Green is charged with felony murder, first-degree murder, aggravated assault and theft, according to The Oak Ridger (http://bit.ly/uDDbau ).
Clerk Larry Snellings was killed on Nov. 7 while struggling with Green over a shotgun Green had asked to examine.
Another employee of the store fired, wounding Green, who ran from the pawn shop.
The 59-year-old Snellings died at an Oak Ridge hospital.
It was not clear Tuesday whether Green had an attorney.
Fundraiser fined $720K for misleading donors
Nashville (AP) — Tennessee has fined a Florida-based fundraising company $720,000 for repeatedly failing to tell people that calls soliciting donations to the American Association of State Troopers were coming from a professional fundraiser.
According to a news release, the Tennessee Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming documented 144 cases between July 1 and Aug. 15 in which Xentel, Inc., representatives violated the Tennessee Charitable Solicitations Act. In many of those calls, the workers insinuated that the solicitation was being done by the charity.
Xentel was fined $5,000 for each violation.
Secretary of State Tre Harget said potential donors to a charity have a right to know if a fundraiser is involved and what percentage of their donations the fundraiser will take.
A message left for a Xentel spokesman was not immediately returned.