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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Missouri man dies in crash
A crash on I-40 near the 435 milemarker at 11:15 am on Wednesday, claimed the life of a St. Louis, Missouri man. Trooper Ronnie Hall said the victim, 50 year-old Christopher Blake, was operating a 2005 Ford Taurus westbound when he drove into the emergency lane and ran under a tractor trailer rig. Albeiro Restrepo, 58, Coral Gables, Florida, said he heard a noise on his rig so he pulled onto the emergency lane. He walked around and inspected the rig,and was preparing to pull away when his trailer loaded with 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes,was struck. Although the trailer was equipped with a rear protection bar, the car ran under the rear of the rig and was stopped by the rear trailer axle. Most of the car's roof was peeled off. Trooper Hall said there was no evidence that the driver hit his brakes before the crash, leading him to surmise that Blake may have fallen asleep or suffered a medical issue. There was no evidence that either driver was impaired however a routine blood test was requested. A Critical Event Response Team (CERT)is assisting in the effort to determine the speed of the car on impact. There were no flares or emergency cones behind the rig in the emergency lane.

Gentry arrest
A Newport woman faces two counts of drug fraud in connection with fraudulent prescriptions called into Walgreens. Lori Michelle Gentry, 40, Banjo Way, Newport, was employed by Express Health Clinic on Highway 25E when she allegedly called in two prescriptions for Ambien. Newport patrolman Mike Robey said Gentry allegedly used the DEA numbers of two nurse practitioners who work at the clinic, when she called in the prescriptions. She then picked up the prescriptions. Newport Detective Jason Ramsey obtained the warrants for the subject.

Sexton arrested again
A man just released from jail after serving a sentence for domestic assault, is back behind bars. Ronnie Sexton, 25, Woodlawn Avenue, Newport, was arrested Thursday evening by Newport Patrolman Josh Holt after he allegedly went to the home of his wife, Tina Reece. The officer was told that Sexton forced his way into the woman's home, punched Ms. Reese on the face and then strangled her. Officers say the interior of the home also was in disarray when they arrived on the scene. Sexton was found at a residence on Runnion Street and jailed on a charge of aggravated assault. His bond is set at $10,000.

Ramsey denied new trial
A Cocke County man convicted of the shotgun slaying of his girlfriend, Wednesday was denied a new trial by the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Randy Ray Ramsey, 35, South Highway 32, Cosby, was convicted of second degree murder in the June 17, 2010 shooting death of his girlfriend, 33 year-old Molly Howard in his basement apartment in the former Park Entrance Grocery in Cosby. Last year he was given a 25 year prison term which was ordered served at 100 percent. Currently Ramsey is serving a 66 month federal prison term after he pleaded guilty in May, 2011 to participating in a conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone. Cocke County Circuit Court Judge Ben Hooper had earlier denied the request for a new trial saying the evidence was overwhelming "because of the inconsistency of the statements made by the defendant." The defendant then appealed, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence for the conviction. He argued that the State did not prove that he “knowingly” killed the victim, and also failed to prove the death was anything but accidental. But the appeals panel said, viewing the evidence in a light most favorable to the State, "the proof showed that the defendant shot the victim in the chest with a twelve-gauge shotgun killing her. Although the defendant claimed that the shooting was accidental, the proof at trial showed otherwise." The defendant had claimed that the gun accidentally discharged when he picked it up. The panel says based on it's review of the case,"we conclude that the evidence was sufficient to support the defendant’s conviction for second degree murder." Ramsey also argued that the trial court erred in giving substantial weight to one enhancement factor and no weight to two mitigating factors. But the appeals panel concluded that the sentencing decision was within the appropriate range and so the defendant is not entitled to relief.

Arrests made on sealed presentments
Several persons were arrested Wednesday on sealed presentments returned this week by a Cocke County Grand Jury. Betsy Fine, 30, Covered Bridge Way, Newprt is charged with the sale and delivery of cocaine. Mashea Ann Black, 30, Haire Road, Hartford, is charged with two counts of the sale and delivery of oxycodone as well as failure to appear for a court hearing. Edward Maurice Moore, 29, Travis Way, Newport, faces a charge of the sale and delivery of a controlled substance.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

  • Missouri man dies in crash
  • Gentry arrest
  • Sexton arrested again
  • Ramsey denied new trial
  • Arrests made on sealed presentments

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Negotiations continue between NU and Parker
  • Mobile home fires
  • Kathy Holt indicted on additional charge

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Domestic assault charges are lodged
  • Campbell declines to prosecute McNabb
  • Sangston charged with assault of a minor
  • Ottinger faces DUI charges
  • Sheriff Fontes asks for state and community assistance in recent arson fires
  • Cocke Grand Jury hears cases

    Monday, October 27, 2014

  • Alexander no show
  • Breast cancer awareness
  • Smokies horseman injured
  • More Cocke County arson fires

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Work to begin on East Broadway
  • Parrottsville home damaged in arson incident
  • Rusty Wallace Ford dealership damaged by fire and water
  • Friday night football scores

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