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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Jefferson County guilty pleas
A former dispatcher with Jefferson County 911, pleaded guilty last week to charges of misuse of official information and theft of services under $1,000. A charge of official misconduct in the case of Allison Ann Coffey, 22, Woods Drive, Jefferson City was dismissed in the plea agreement accepted by Judge Duane Slone in Jefferson County Circuit Court. Coffey admitted she obtained information by running criminal histories for her own personal use. The theft charge stems from the defendant's use of central dispatch equipment without authorization, according to Asst. Prosecutor Jeremy Ball. Coffey was arrested in January 2018, following her indictment by a Jefferson County Grand Jury. Under the plea agreement, Coffey was given an 18-month sentence suspended to time served and the balance on supervised probation. She will perform40 hours of public service and she was granted judicial diversion. If the defendant remains offense free for the probationary period, she may ask that the conviction be expunged from her criminal record. Judge Slone also accepted guilty pleas from two men charged with sexual offenses with minors. Daryl Kent Humphrey, 52, Crown Court, Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to sexual activities involving two teenaged females. He was charged with aggravated sexual battery, rape of a child, three counts rape, sexual battery by an authority figure, and six counts statutory rape by an authority figure. But in the negotiated plea, Humphrey pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery, three counts of rape, sexual battery by an authority figure and statutory rape by an authority figure. Judge Slone ordered the defendant to serve a 12-year sentence at 100 percent however he has the option to earn up to 15 percent of the term with good behavior. He will register as a sex offender, be under community supervision for life and have no contact with the two female victims. Gilbert Eugene Pickel, 70, Elmwood Drive, Strawberry Plains, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery and sexual exploitation of a minor(more than 100 images). Pickel had sexual contact with a child under the age of 13, and also had more than 100 pornographic images of a child. Investigators said the photos were found on Pickel's computer, pursuant to the execution of a search warrant. Pickel was given an 18-year prison term by Judge Slone. He will serve 12 years followed by six years on supervised probation. Pickel will register as a sex offender, be under community supervision for life, may have no contact with the victim and must stay at least 1,000 feet from the victim's residence. Pickel also is prohibited from the use of the Internet while free on parole or probation.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

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  • Unfounded Jefferson school threat
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    Thursday, April 25, 2019

  • Martin sentence
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  • Jenkins arrest
  • Hooper portrait unveiling
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    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

  • House approves voucher bill
  • Newport City Council special meeting
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    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  • Six injured in crash
  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Cocke County grand jury
  • Legislative action

    Monday, April 22, 2019

  • Cocke County flooding
  • Tennessee jobs
  • NFL draft coming to Nashville
  • Earth Day
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