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Huntingdon Police are Still Searching for Armed Robbery Suspect
Huntingdon, Tenn.- The Huntingdon Police Department is still searching for the armed robbery suspect who robbed a convenience store in Huntingdon on Wednesday.
According to a press release from the Huntingdon Police Department, on Wednesday, September 27th a white male subject robbed the Little General Convenience Store that is located on East Main Street in Huntingdon.
The subject came into the store at approximately 1:57am and asked to use the restroom. The suspect then left the store and came back in a few minutes later and he asked to use the restroom again. As he left the restroom, he pulled what appears to be a sawed off shotgun and ordered both clerks to open their cash registers and remove the cash drawer.
The clerks complied and the man took the cash from both drawers while holding the clerks at gunpoint. According to Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers, during the robbery the suspect pointed the weapon at the clerks from time to time in a menacing and aggressive manner.
The amount of cash taken in the robbery is undetermined. The Huntingdon Police Department has followed up on several leads, none of which have been productive.
This matter remains an ongoing investigation and if anyone has any information on this armed robbery please contact the police at 731-986-5310.
Rebels vs Tigers in Region 7AA Action on Friday
McKenzie, Tenn.- The McKenzie Rebels return to Region 7AA action when they face the Halls Tigers at home on Friday, September 29th at 7:30pm.
The pregame show will begin at 7pm and you can listen to the Rebels play right here on WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am, online at whdmradio.com, or you can listen to the game by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.
McKenzie Man Charged With 2nd Driving on Revoked License Offense
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Brandon Leek charged Jose Becerra, age 31 of Spruce Street of McKenzie, on Thursday for driving on a revoked license second offense.
At 7:49pm on Thurday night, Ptl. Leek observed a vehicle driving with a plate light out and the registration had expired in March 2017. Ptl. Leek then conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and he spoke to the driver identified as Becerra.
Becerra was then charged with the following offense. Becerra was also cited for lack of financial responsibility, expired registration and violation to display registration plates.
Rebels and Lady Rebels Golf Teams Finish 5th and 6th in State Golf Tourney
Manchester, Tenn.- The McKenzie Lady Rebels golf team finished up in 6th place in the TSSAA State Golf Tournament which was held on Tuesday and Wednesday in Manchester at the Willowbrook Golf Club.
The two day event was won by the team from Signal Mountain, while McKenzie Lady Rebels finished in 6th of 8 teams. McKenzie’s Margaret Glass finished the two day tournament in 11th place with a score of 170, Mallory Cole had a score of 200 and Julie French finished with a score of 210.
The McKenzie Rebels Golf team finished up in 5th place in the TSSAA State Golf Tournament held Tuesday and Wednesday in Manchester at the Willowbrook Golf Club.
The two day event was won by the team from Alcoa who’s Gabriel Hunter who shot a 10 under par for the two days. McKenzie’s Anders Rider led the Rebels as he tied for 21st. Ben Austin finished the two day tournament tied for 28th, Johnathan Moore tied for 31st, William Jones came in 50th and Will McBride tied for 57th place.
McKenzie Teen Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a press release from the McKenzie Police Department on Tuesday, September 26th a seventeen year old juvenile from McKenzie was taken into custody and charged with the shooting of Bryan Michael Townes.
Townes, age 31, was shot multiple times in the face and upper body, as he sat in his vehicle on Walnut Circle on July 30th. Townes was flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville,where he remained in critical condition for several days. Townes has since been released from the hospital.
Investigators with the McKenzie Police Department determined that a seventeen year old male juvenile was responsible for the shooting of Townes. The juvenile was charged with "Attempted First Degree Murder'' and ordered by the Juvenile Court to be held, pending a hearing on the charges.
McKenzie Middle vs. Camden Middle is Thursday
McKenzie, Tenn.-In County Wide football the McKenzie Middle School Rebels will play the Camden Middle School Lions at home on Thursday, September 28th at 6:30pm.
The pregame show will start at 6:15pm and you can listen to the Rebels play right here on WHDM 98. fm, 1440 am, online at whdmradio.com, or you can listen to the game by calling 712-432-5742. Just remember that if you listen to the game by phone, standard rates do apply.
County Wide football games are simulcast on WLZK 94.1fm and WHDM 98.9fm, 1440am. All pre-game show times are subject to change.
McKenzie Woman Arrested for Aggravated Criminal Trespassing
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Sgt. Trey Boucher arrested Lauren Parker, age 35 of Allen Trailer Park of Cedar Grove, on Monday for aggravated criminal trespassing.
At 9:18pm on Monday one witness saw Parker trying to gain access to a trailer and another witness saw Parker enter into another trailer that she was not authorized to be at. When Police spoke to Parker she denied entering and trying to enter the two trailers.
Parker was then arrested and placed on $500 bond for the following offense. Parker was also cited for criminal trespass and vandalism.
McKenzie Man Arrested for 4th Driving on a Revoked License Offense
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to reports from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Austin Jones arrested Michael Hyer, age 43 of Hilltop Drive of McKenzie, on Thursday for his fourth driving on a revoked license offense. Hyer was placed on $750 bond. Hyer was also cited for speeding and lack of financial responsibility.
Enjoy Coffee, Music and Blessing of the Animals on Wednesday at Bethel's Homecoming Celebration
McKenzie, Tenn.- Bethel University will be celebrating their Homecoming 2017 beginning next week from Monday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 8th with many of the activities being open to the community.
Beginning on Wednesday, October 4th the Blessing of the Animals will begin at 5:30pm at the Bethel University Alumni Garden. This special worship service has become a Homecoming tradition.
At 9pm on Wednesday, there will be a Coffee House on the lawn of the Marrs-Stockton Music Building, where you can come and hear individuals sing or present poetry or take part yourself. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a performance spot.
McKenzie Woman Arrested for 2nd Driving on Revoked License Offense
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Officer Cody Coleman arrested Taneisha Gilbert, age 26 of Walnut Circle of McKenzie, on Saturday for driving on a revoked license second offense.
Gilbert was placed on $500 bond. Gilbert was also cited for a loud speaker offense and lack of a child restraint device.
Juvenile Arrested in Connection With Huntingdon Robbery on Sunday
Huntingdon, Tenn.- A 16-year-old juvenile has been arrested in connection with a robbery at the Cash Savers in Huntingdon Sunday night.
On Sunday, September 24th at approximately 7:46pm the Huntingdon Police received a call from Cash Savers on East Main Street advising that they had just been robbed.
The suspect was described as a tall black male wearing dark clothes. Video from the store showed him running into the cashier in the store sending her sliding across the floor at which time he grabbed money from the register and ran out the door.
Huntingdon Police Officers were assisted by Carroll County Deputies who searched the nearby area going door to door in a nearby housing project. The suspect was eventually identified after people recognized his photo on social media and on a local television station.
Officers found the suspect walking on Hwy 70A at about 11pm at which time they took him into custody. Police found $595 in the juvenile’s sock which was the same amount reported as being stolen from Cash Savers.
Huntingdon Director of Public Safety Walter Smothers said that the juvenile is currently being confined in Juvenile Detention at this time.
Smothers also wanted to thank the Deputies at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this case. Smothers said, “We are very pleased that we were able to make this arrest and recover their stolen money.”
McKenzie's 2nd Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting Set for October 2nd
McKenzie, Tenn.- McKenzie’s second Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting will be held on Monday, October 2nd at 5:30pm at the Park Theater located at 2312 Cedar Street in McKenzie.
It is a known fact that an active neighborhood crime watch program is one of the very best ways to keep our neighborhoods safe from drugs, gangs and at the same reduce the crime rate.
So on Monday night stop by for the second of four Neighborhood Crime Watch Meetings to learn about keeping our neighborhood safe. If you can’t make Monday’s meeting there will be two other meetings that you can attend and all of the meetings will have the same information so you can choose where and what meeting you want to attend.
The third meeting will be held on Monday, November 6th at 5:30pm at the Calvary Tabernacle Church located at 865 Stonewall Street and the final Neighborhood Crime Watch Meeting will be held on Monday, November 27th at 5:30pm at the Grace Baptist Church located at 747 West Magnolia Avenue.
Puryear Man Arrested for Theft
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Billy King charged Christophe Bell, age 27 of North Adams Street of Puryear, on Tuesday for theft under $1,000.
Ptl. King took a report of a stolen Mongoose bike that was stolen from a residence on Georgia Street. The victim left his house and located the bike a short time later at which time he notified police that he had located his bike.
Ptl. King arrived at the scene and he found Bell pushing the bike. After a check warrants check, Ptl. King found that Bell had a warrant for failure to appear in Henry County. Bell was then arrested and transported to the Carroll County Jail.
McKenzie Woman Arrested for DUI
McKenzie, Tenn.- According to a report from the McKenzie Police Department, Ptl. Steven Scott arrested Althea Ruth, age 46 of Traywick Road of McKenzie, on Saturday for driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law.
At approximately 7:45pm, Ptl. Scott was dispatched to Highland Drive in reference to a reckless driver. Ptl. Scott observed the vehicle and he saw the vehicle drift back and forth into the other lanes a total of five times, before he conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle.
Ptl. Scott then spoke to the driver identified as Ruth and as he was talking to her he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath. Ptl. Scott asked Ruth if she had been drinking and Ruth told police that she had drunk half a pint earlier.
Ptl. Scott then asked Ruth to perform field sobriety tests which she failed. Ruth was then arrested for her first driving under the influence offense. Ruth also refused to give a blood or breath sample, so she was then charged with violation of the implied consent law.
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