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Monday, March 25, 2019

Fatal crash investigation continuing
Cocke County, Newport and federal investigators are involved in the investigation of two separate weekend incidents involving counterfeit money. Cocke County Narcotics Captain Chuck Evans says he was contacted by the US Marshals Service after agents went to the residence of Mark Evans, 38, Caney Creek Raod, Cosby to arrest him on a federal supervised release violation. At the home, officers found a large number of counterfeit bills, as well as packaged methamphetamine and a package of unidentified white powder in the possession of Evans. The powder later was identified as heroin. Inside the home, Officer Evans located another bag of suspected methamphetamine. He also found eight $20 bills, bearing the same serial number, along with nine $10 bills bearing the same serial number, and believed to be counterfeit. The officer later found more $10 and $20 bills bearing the same serial numbers. Now Evans faces state charges of possession of heroin and methamphetamine, as well as possession of counterfeit currency. He was previously convicted of a federal counterfeiting charge. On Saturday, Newport authorities were called to Walmart to investigate an incident involving the sale of Girl Scout cookies outside of the store. Newport Captain Brad Ball was told two males had purchased five boxes of cookies with $20 bills. The males had approached the Girl Scout table on separate occasions and had purchased one box of cookies each time, receiving $16 in change for each purchase. The incident raised the suspicion of the Girl Scouts and their chaperones, and police were contacted. It is at that point that the bills used in the purchases were identified as counterfeit. Captain Ball said the investigation into the counterfeit currency and theft is continuing.

Counterfeit currency, meth and heroin seized
Cocke County, Newport and federal investigators are involved in the investigation of two separate weekend incidents involving counterfeit money. Cocke County Narcotics Captain Chuck Evans says he was contacted by the US Marshals Service after agents went to the residence of Mark Evans, 38, Caney Creek Raod, Cosby to arrest him on a federal supervised release violation. At the home, officers found a large number of counterfeit bills, as well as packaged methamphetamine and a package of unidentified white powder in the possession of Evans. The powder later was identified as heroin. Inside the home, Officer Evans located another bag of suspected methamphetamine. He also found eight $20 bills, bearing the same serial number, along with nine $10 bills bearing the same serial number, and believed to be counterfeit. The officer later found more $10 and $20 bills bearing the same serial numbers. Now Evans faces state charges of possession of heroin and methamphetamine, as well as possession of counterfeit currency. He was previously convicted of a federal counterfeiting charge. On Saturday, Newport authorities were called to Walmart to investigate an incident involving the sale of Girl Scout cookies outside of the store. Newport Captain Brad Ball was told two males had purchased five boxes of cookies with $20 bills. The males had approached the Girl Scout table on separate occasions and had purchased one box of cookies each time, receiving $16 in change for each purchase. The incident raised the suspicion of the Girl Scouts and their chaperones, and police were contacted. It is at that point that the bills used in the purchases were identified as counterfeit. Captain Ball said the investigation into the counterfeit currency and theft is continuing.

Flooding assistance requested
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee sent a formal request Friday to President Donald Trump for a Major Disaster Declaration to make federal recovery assistance available to jurisdictions impacted in February’s significant flooding and severe storms. “The severe flooding has left many Tennessee jurisdictions unsure about how to fund the unexpected need to repair infrastructure and pay for their emergency measures,” and Gov. Lee said. “I believe we have demonstrated the need for federal assistance is necessary and if granted, will lessen some of the financial burden on local resources for flood response and recovery.” Since the heavy rain, major flooding, and severe storms began on Feb. 6, 83 of Tennessee’s 95 counties have reported some level of flood damage and severe weather impact. Gov. Lee’s request specifically asks the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make the Public Assistance (PA) program available to 58 Tennessee counties impacted by the flooding and severe storms. The request includes the counties of: Cocke, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson and Sevier Counties. On March 8, 2019, Director Patrick Sheehan of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency requested FEMA send federal teams to Tennessee to begin joint Preliminary Damage Assessments to quantify the magnitude of the flooding damage at the county level. The total losses for county, municipal, state agency, and utility infrastructure impacts and emergency expenditures totaled $68.3 million due to the flooding and severe storms. FEMA reimburses local and state governments, utilities, and certain private, non-profit organizations for emergency protective measures and debris removal, and for repairs to roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings, and equipment as the result of a federally-declared disaster.

DCS reviewing its pass policy
The Department of Children’s Services is re-evaluating its policies after police say a 16-year-old with a violent history was released from custody on a weekend home pass, never returned and then shot a man at a gas station. Home passes are designed to give juvenile offenders in custody time to ease into outside life, with therapy and support from experts. But the shooting earlier this month highlights potential risks in the system. Police said 16-year-old David Earl Mays was trying to carjack a driver filling his tank at a gas station when he opened fire, hitting the victim in the torso. The victim required multiple surgeries. Mays was released on a weekend pass despite the fact that he had a history of arrests linked with gun crimes and showed violent behavior in the weeks before he was released from DCS custody. Police said Mays was well known to the department, pointing out that he was arrested in July and charged with robbing two men at gunpoint and stealing their cars and belongings. After Mays was charged in the shooting, Nashville prosecutors said they want to try him as an adult.

Search for identity of body continues
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to request the public’s assistance in identifying a body discovered on Douglas Lake in Dandridge on March 10. A nearby resident found the remains in a bag on the shore of the lake. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey said the victim appeared to be that of an adult male, and the death is being treated as a homicide with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The victim was wearing a Walking Dead tee shirt and blue jeans at the time of the recovery. "We did recover the name “Gerald” from the clothing and there were no visible tatoos,” added the sheriff. He is asking if anyone has any information to please call the Sheriff’s Office 865-397-9411 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI FIND The sheriff has released several photos of identifying aspects of the victim, including the shirt, belt with a flying eagle and belt buckle with a horse head.

Search for identity of body continues
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to request the public’s assistance in identifying a body discovered on Douglas Lake in Dandridge on March 10. A nearby resident found the remains in a bag on the shore of the lake. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Coffey said the victim appeared to be that of an adult male, and the death is being treated as a homicide with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The victim was wearing a Walking Dead tee shirt and blue jeans at the time of the recovery. "We did recover the name “Gerald” from the clothing and there were no visible tatoos,” added the sheriff. He is asking if anyone has any information to please call the Sheriff’s Office 865-397-9411 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI FIND The sheriff has released several photos of identifying aspects of the victim, including the shirt, belt with a flying eagle and belt buckle with a horse head.

Monday, March 25, 2019

  • Fatal crash investigation continuing
  • Counterfeit currency, meth and heroin seized
  • Flooding assistance requested
  • DCS reviewing its pass policy
  • Search for identity of body continues
  • Search for identity of body continues

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

  • Herr Arrest
  • Jefferson County guilty pleas
  • Flooding leaves major damage
  • Governor Lee asks for disaster assistance
  • New request for information related to body

    Friday, March 22, 2019

  • Greene crash
  • Jobless rate sets record
  • Rain means lower electric bills
  • Ingle arrest
  • Bankruptcy may impact opioid lawsuits
  • Animal cruelty
  • National Nutrition Month
  • Douglas Lake body update

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

  • Ellison vindicated
  • Grassy Fork Elementary School is honored
  • Gardner sentenced to 12 years
  • TennCare blockgrants
  • TennCare blockgrants

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • Cocke schools absenteeism
  • New Cave Church Road collision
  • Animals at large
  • Litter charge
  • Douglas arrest
  • Fish advisory
  • Fish advisory
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