Crime across the state
Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 8:03 pm
Memphis police officer charged with child sex
Memphis (AP) — Police in Memphis have charged a city police officer with having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
Ericck Cain is charged with aggravated statutory rape and exploitation of a minor by electronic means. Investigators said the latter charge involves Cain sending the girl nude photos of himself by email.
The 25-year-old Cain was arrested after authorities were told Monday night that he was sexually involved with a minor. Cain was relieved of duty, pending the outcome of the charges. He had been assigned to uniformed patrol out of the Mt. Moriah Station.
Police Chief Toney Armstrong issued a statement, saying it was disheartening to know an officer had “taken the innocence of a child.”
Stolen Nashville school bus found in Ark.
Nashville (AP) — Someone stole a Metro Nashville school bus and took it for a ride, parking it at an abandoned business just outside of West Memphis, Ark.
Schools Transportation Director Keith Phillips told WKRN-TV that the bus driver reported the vehicle missing Tuesday morning. Through an onboard GPS, the district tracked the bus to a parking lot just off Interstate 40 in Crittenden County. Metro school officials planned to drive to Arkansas to pick up the bus. Phillips said another bus was dispatched to the driver in Nashville and she was able to pick up her students as scheduled. Mike Callender, at the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office, said the bus was not damaged other than some paint sprayed on the lens of a security camera.
Wrought iron fence stolen
Erin (AP) — A 10-foot section of hand-made wrought iron fence is missing from an old cemetery on a Houston County farm and the owners of the property fear metal thieves took it.
The Dickson Cemetery is near the Houston-Dickson county line.
A fence that surrounds it was made by the Birmingham Iron Works between 1915 and 1920.
At least eight people are in jail in Houston County, charged with metal-related thefts, according to The Tennessean Farm co-owner Allen McCampbell took photos of the remaining fence and took it around to scrap metal buyers. None said they bought it.
Graves in the cemetery date to 1803 and include one of a Revolutionary War soldier. McCampbell said his main aim is to get the fence back, not to charge whoever took it.
Executive of Powell-Clinch Valley
Clinton (AP) — An Anderson County grand jury has indicted the former interim president of a utility district on a felony theft charge.
A charge of theft over $1,000 was returned Dec. 6 against 60-year-old Richard McIntosh. He posted a $25,000 bond and was released from the Anderson County Jail, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.
McIntosh headed the Powell-Clinch Valley Utility District between May 2010 and February 2011.
A state audit alleged McIntosh used more than $95,000 in utility funds to pay for such personal expenses as an oral surgeon’s bill.
The utility district said its own investigation in November found no wrongdoing. McIntosh remains a vice president of the utility, which is a gas distributor.
Prosecutor Dave Clark said there’s an ongoing investigation into district operations.
Trial in Chattanooga officer slaying
Chattanooga (AP) — A judge has set a January 2013 trial date for a man charged in the fatal shooting of a Chattanooga police officer.
Attorneys for 26-year-old Jesse Mathews are asking for a jury from outside Hamilton County due to publicity about the case, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Mathews is charged with shooting police Sgt. Tim Chapin as the officer attempted to stop him from fleeing an April 2 pawn shop robbery.
Court records show Mathews had fled a Colorado halfway house after being accused of committing robberies. He traveled to Chattanooga with the help of his sister, Rachel Mathews; his mother, Kathleen Mathews; and father, Ray Vance Mathews. They have pleaded guilty and sentencing hearings are set Feb. 13 in federal court.
Deputy back on job
Sevierville (AP) — A veteran deputy with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office is back on the job — with a firearms refresher course completed — after he accidentally fired a shot inside a convenience store.
Cpl. Chris Huskey was demonstrating a Glock pistol to Deputy Adam Bohanan at Dunn’s Market on Nov. 23 when the weapon discharged, firing a bullet through a computer monitor and the wall of a walk-in freezer, where it lodged in a pack of frozen bologna. No one else was in the store at the time and neither officer was hurt, according to The Mountain Press.