Nashville police wound
Nashville (AP) – A Metro Nashville Police detective has shot and wounded a man who refused to put down a handgun during a confrontation.
A statement by the department said officers were responding to citizen complaints about drug activity at a home in the Antioch neighborhood when the shooting occurred around 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Police used loudspeakers to order people inside the home to open the door, but officers had to force their way inside.
Police said 64-year-old James Lackey, who owns the home, was in the kitchen and refused repeated commands to put down a pistol.
Detective Sean Richmond fired once, striking Lackey in the hand. Lackey was treated at Vanderbilt University Hospital for a minor wound.
Lackey, his daughter Amanda Lackey and David Tucker were arrested, Charges were pending.
$5,000 reward offered to help solve gun shop fire
Nashville (AP) – A $5,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for the Christmas Day arson fire at a gun shop in La Vergne.
The reward was announced Tuesday by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tennessee State Bomb and Arson Section.
Officials said the fire at Specialty Arms II has been determined to be arson based on fire scene examinations and further investigation.
Toddler found dead,
thumbtack in windpipe
Elizabethtown (AP) – Carter County Sheriff’s officers are investigating the death of a toddler who had a thumbtack stuck in his windpipe.
Sheriff Chris Mathes said the Carter County Rescue Squad was called about a child having cardiac arrest and arrived to find Keaton Wayne Oliver Jacobs dead. The child would have turned 2 on March 11.
The deputy was told by first responders the child had been dead for several hours, according to The Johnson City Press.
Ricki Leigh Oliver said she put the boy to bed around 11 p.m. Wednesday. He was found dead when she went to get him to eat at about 1 p.m. Thursday.
Oliver said she found the child lying beside a toy box, face up and not breathing.
Former law school manager charged in theft
Nashville (AP) – A former Vanderbilt University Law School manager has been arrested in the theft of more than $600,000 from the university.
Jason Hunt was arrested on Friday in Sims, Ark., where he is awaiting extradition to Tennessee, according to The Tennessean.
The law school fired the 34-year-old Hunt in November after an internal investigation.
The university said Hunt’s duties included processing financial transactions for the law school. Officials have not said how the theft occurred.
Hunt was being held in the Montgomery County, Ark., Jail in lieu of $1 million bond.
A statement by the law school said Hunt waived extradition and should be brought back to Nashville soon.
Former Memphis firefighter
convicted of murder
Memphis (AP) – A former Memphis firefighter has been convicted of first-degree murder for the 2010 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.
Thirty-six-year-old Frank Graham was found guilty Monday in the death of 35-year-old Taffi Crawford, a nurse, in the parking lot at Delta Medical Center.
According to The Commercial Appeal, Graham was sentenced to life in prison.
The jury rejected his claim that he didn’t mean to shoot her.