Crime across the state – 1.05.12
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 1:46 pm
Drive by shooting puts man on TBI’s most wanted list
Memphis (AP) — The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday added a 22-year-old man suspected of being involved in a fatal drive-by shooting in Mississippi to the state’s most wanted list.
Rico Reynaldo Fleming is wanted by authorities in Marshall County, Miss., on one count of homicide in the Christmas morning shooting that killed 16-year-old Derica Patterson of Memphis, the TBI said in a statement. Fleming, of Moscow, Tenn., also is charged with five counts of drive-by shooting
Authorities in Fayette County, Tenn., also are searching for Fleming for allegedly violating probation on charges including attempted second degree murder, the TBI said. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Corey Albright, 31, of Rossville, Tenn., and a 16-year-old juvenile have been arrested in the shooting, Marshall County authorities have said. The juvenile’s name has not been released.
The shooting took place shortly before 3 a.m. Christmas Day along U.S. Highway 72 just west of Slayden in Marshall County. Evidence indicates the suspects fired high-powered rifles into a Mercury Grand Marquis in which six people were riding, authorities said.
Patterson died on the scene. Four others were wounded and one was unhurt. Only one of the four wounded people agreed to be hospitalized.
Patterson’s family said the six had left a party in Jackson, Miss., where they reportedly got into an argument with the suspects.
Fleming was last seen in a black 2000 Buick Park Avenue with a Tennessee license plate, the TBI said. A $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Woman faces second indictment in bath salts
Benton, Ky. (AP) — A grand jury in western Kentucky has re-indicted a Tennessee woman so her 5-year-old son will not have to testify against her.
A Marshall County grand jury returned a superseding indictment on Tuesday, charging 29-year-old Cynthia Palmer of Clarksville, with first-degree assault, public intoxication, wanton endangerment, DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to The Paducah Sun.
The charges stem from a Feb. 28, 2011, incident in which Palmer is accused of dropping her toddler in the middle of Interstate 24 after inhaling bath salts. The wanton assault charge replaces an earlier charge that would have required Palmer’s son to testify about what happened to his little brother. The penalties are the same.
Both boys are living with their biological father.
Palmer’s trial is scheduled to begin March 13.
Child injured by toy
Bean Station (AP) — A man accused of setting a teddy bear on fire and throwing it at a 9-year-old boy is scheduled for arraignment today (Thursday) on an aggravated child abuse charge.
Ronald Dalton was charged over the weekend after the child’s mother called police, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.
The boy’s mother told Bean Station Police the 53-year-old Dalton set the toy on fire from a stove and threw it at her son, briefly setting his shirt afire. The boy did not require medical attention.
The mother was at work and Dalton was caring for the boy at his home when the incident occurred Dec. 30.
Dalton is free on $3,000 bond from the Grainger County Jail, where records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney.
Hate crimes land two people in jail
Spring Hill (AP) — Two men have been charged in Maury County, with civil rights intimidation and multiple counts of vandalism for defacing homes.
According to The Daily Herald, investigators said the two defaced four homes New Year’s Eve with racial slurs and other symbols of hate.
The Maury County Sheriff’s Department said 19-year-old Dakota James Calderhead and 18-year-old Kristian Mathis, both of Spring Hill, spray painted the homes in a subdivision in Spring Hill with racial epithets and swastikas and hung a noose in the yard of at least one of the homes.
The two were being held at Maury County Jail without bond.
Swim coach arrested for misconduct
Knoxville (AP) — Longtime Tennessee men’s swimming and diving coach John Trembley has been fired for “gross misconduct.”
Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart announced Jan. 3 (Tuesday) that he had relieved the 23-year Volunteers coach of his duties but did not specify what kind of misconduct led to the termination.
The 59-year-old Trembley was named the Southeastern Conference swimming coach of the year in 2011, the sixth time he’s received the honor. He received $100,000 as an annual base salary and additional pay for broadcast appearances and endorsements.
Assistant coach Lars Jorgensen will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.
Man fatally injured by gun shrapnel
Athens (AP) — An exploding gun at a New Year’s celebration killed a McMinn County man who was hit by a piece of flying shrapnel.
Police say 48-year-old Jeffrey Watson of Calhoun was celebrating the New Year around midnight at his home with friends. McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy told WBIR-TV in Knoxville that another man was firing a 12-guage shotgun into the woods Saturday night when the gun exploded. Guy says Watson was apparently standing nearby and was hit in the neck by a piece of metal.
Watson was taken to Athens Regional Medical Center, where he later died.
Police don’t know why the gun malfunctioned. No one has been charged in the incident.
Infant remains found
Rogersville (AP) — Police are investigating after what appear to be the remains of an infant were found near Rogersville.
Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said in a statement that deputies responding to a complaint of a deceased body found “what appeared to be the remains of an infant child,” the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. The statement did not specify the address where deputies were called.
Lawson says an autopsy will be performed on the remains to determine the child’s sex, age and cause of death.
Two escapees found in Tennessee
Stanton, Ky. (AP) — Police say two men who escaped from a jail in eastern Kentucky last month have been found in Tennessee.
Officials told WLEX-TV that officers arrested 24-year-old Josh Abner of McKee and 26-year-old Phillip Wells of Richmond on Monday night in Dickson, Tenn.
They were almost 300 miles southwest of Stanton, where police say they had escaped from the Powell County jail on Dec. 15.