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Weakley County Sheriff's Department

Former DHS SRO Kristen Childress waived right to preliminary hearing

Story by Shannon Taylor, Senior Investigative Reporter Former Dresden High School Resource Officer and Weakley County Sheriff’s Deputy Kristen Childress’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for Wednesday, April 12 at Weakley County General Sessions court, but was rescheduled to April 13 at 2 pm at the Weakley County Sheriff’s Office. On Feb. 22 the 27th Judicial…

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Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

On Saturday, March 25 at 3:59 pm Deputy Gary Eddings with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department initiated a traffic stop on a black four door Nissan in the Little General parking lot in Sharon due to the front windshield of the car being completely caved in, obstructing the driver’s view. Eddings came into contact with…

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McKenzie woman arrested for drugs and falsification of drug test

On March 25 at 2:49 pm, Deputy Brandyn Brown with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department (WCSD) performed a traffic stop on a silver Nissan Sentra across the road from the WCSD for traveling at 68-mph in a 45-mph zone.   After making contact with the driver, 44-year-old Rachel Austin, he advised her that he detected…

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Mother of man arrested for rape of child charged with coercion of witness

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter On Jan. 9 Investigator Kerry Workman with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department was informed of female child sexual assault allegations made against 34-year-old Andrew Daniel Webster of Palmersville. During the investigation it was disclosed by an 8-year-old female juvenile that Webster raped the child, took explicit photos and…

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Sharon man charged with possession of meth and resisting arrest

On March 6 at approximately 5:20 pm, Deputy Gary Eddings with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, along with Deputy Joseph Crocker, arrived at a residence in Gleason to arrest 43-year-old Michael Bynum for an active warrant out of Weakley County General Sessions Court. Bynum also had an active warrant out of Carroll County.   A…

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Palmersville man charged with two counts of sexual battery

On Feb. 23, 31-year-old Shawn Eaton from Palmersville, without consent of the juvenile victim, touched a 16-year-old inappropriately. After being mirandized, Eaton admitted to touching the juvenile during an interview.   The juvenile disclosed a second occurrence of unknown date when the victim was 15 years old.   Both incidents occurred late at night.  …

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Dresden High School SRO Officer charged with aggravated statutory rape

story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter On Feb. 22 the 27th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office Investigator Drew Vernon was notified of a DCS referral that alleged that the SRO at Dresden High School was having an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile female student. Vernon spoke with Captain Robby Hatler of Martin Police Department…

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34-year-old man arrested for the rape of an 8-year-old child

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter On Jan. 9 Investigator Kerry Workman with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department was informed of female child sexual assault allegations made against 34-year-old Andrew Daniel Webster of Palmersville. During the investigation it was disclosed by an 8-year-old female juvenile that Webster penetrated her vagina using a sex toy,…

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Sharon woman arrested on meth charges

On Feb. 6 at 10:24 p.m. Deputy Gary Eddings with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department was on patrol and drove up on a vehicle in the ditch with the rear wheels off the ground. Eddings came into contact with the driver, 51-year-old Tina Forrester, and asked her what happened. Forrester stated that she went to…

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