TBI and Lincoln County Sheriff's Department Serve Charges On Two Individuals Responsible For 2012 Tennessee Nurder Spree
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office have served charges on the two individuals responsible for the Lincoln County murder spree that left six people dead in October 2012 after they were indicted by the Lincoln County grand jury on Tuesday.
Henry Lee Burrell , 36, of Fayetteville, Tenn. and Zakkawanda Zawumba Moss also known as “Face”, 35, of New Market, Ala. were each indicted on six counts of first degree murder. On October 22, 2013, the 17th Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI to investigate the deaths of three people discovered in a home located at 3264 Huntsville Highway at approximately 9:00 a.m. in Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department discovered the bodies of 23-year-old Chabreya Campbell, 16-month-old Rashad Obrian Ragland and 21-year-old Amber McCaulley of Huntsville, Ala. after Campbell’s three-year-old child, Vinnie Crutcher, called a relative from his mother’s cell phone saying his mother and baby brother would not wake up. Campbell was also pregnant at the time of her death. After receiving the child’s call, family members went to the residence, got into the home and contacted authorities.
At approximately 6:08 p.m. that evening, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department responded to a second related crime scene at a residence located at 4 Fox Wood Drive in Fayetteville after a family member reported the victim, Jessica Brown, 22, and her two-month-old baby missing. Brown was found murdered in her residence, however, the infant was unharmed.
The next day on October 23, 2013, 24-year-old Warren Crutcher was discovered dead along a fence row on State Line Road just across the Tennessee Alabama state line. Crutcher resided at both Fayetteville homes where the Tennessee victims were found as he had children with women at both residences. It is believe he was killed at Campbell’s residence.
Through the course of the investigation, it was learned that Burrell had begun assisting Crutcher in his drug dealing business after the two met while incarcerated. Moss was a friend of Burrell’s and also began dealing drugs with Burrell and Crutcher. Burrell and Moss decided Crutcher was not sharing enough of the businesses proceeds and decided to rob him. The murders occurred while they were searching the two homes for drugs and money. The cause of death for each victim is not being released at this time.
Both Burrell and Moss were served with the charges yesterday. Burrell is currently in the Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Ala. where he is serving a sentence for assault and violation of parole. Moss is in the Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Ala. where he is serving a 20 year sentence for robbery and violation of parole. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department has put a hold on Burrell and Moss for extradition on the murder charges.
TBI, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department in Alabama, the Fayetteville Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service all assisted in the investigation.
April 2013 County Unemployment Rates
RATES DECREASE IN SIXTY-TWO TENNESSEE COUNTIES
NASHVILLE – County unemployment rates for April 2013, released today, show the rate decreased in 62 counties, increased in 23, and stayed the same in ten. Specific county information is available on the Internet; enter http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/LaborApril13.pdf.
The Unemployment rate for Marshall County remained at 10.3 % showing no change since March of 2013. However this rate is .05% less than April of 2012.
Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 6.4 percent, up from 6.2 percent in March. Davidson County also increased from 6.2 in March to 6.5 in April. Hamilton County was 7.5 percent, down from 7.6 percent in the previous month. Shelby County was 9.2 percent, down from 9.5 percent in March.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for April was 8.0 percent, which increased two tenths of one percentage point from the March revised rate of 7.8 percent. The national unemployment rate for April 2013 was 7.5 percent, decreasing by one tenth of one percentage point from the previous month.
The state unemployment rate is seasonally adjusted while the county unemployment rates are not. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical technique that eliminates the influences of weather, holidays, the opening and closing of schools, and other recurring seasonal events from economic time series.
New Student Enrollment For Marshall County Schools
Marshall County Schools will have a NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT DAY on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.
Students who have moved into the Marshall County school district may report to the schools on that day to enroll for next year. All students must register with their legal guardian. The schools and grade levels are listed below:
You may call the appropriate school for more information or the Marshall County Board of Education at 359-1581.
Grades K – 1: Oak Grove Elementary School, 1645 Franklin Road, Lewisburg, TN 931-270-0892
Grades 2 – 3: Marshall Elementary School, 401 Tiger Blvd., Lewisburg, TN 931-359-7149
Grades 4 – 6: Westhills Elementary School, 1351 North Ellington Pkwy., Lewisburg, TN 931-359-3909
Grades 7 – 8: Lewisburg Middle School, 500 Tiger Blvd., Lewisburg, TN 931-359-1265
Grades 9 - 12: Marshall County High School, 661 West Ellington Pkwy., Lewisburg, TN 931-359-1549
Grades K – 6: Cornersville Elementary School, 485 North Main Street, Cornersville, TN 931-246-4230
Grades 7 – 12: Cornersville School, 323 South Main Street, Cornersville, TN 931-246-4170
Grades K – 5: Chapel Hill Elementary, 415 South Horton Pkwy., Chapel Hill, TN 931-364-3435
Grades 6 – 12: Forrest High School, 310 North Horton Pkwy., Chapel Hill, TN 931-364-7260
Rajor Trucking will be delivering truckloads of disaster relief supplies to Oklahoma within the next week. There are several organizations participating to help fill the trucks with supplies to help those in need.
We will be accepting donations at the following location:
ICP dispatch center
650 Heil Quaker Ave
Lewisburg TN 37091
Saturday, May 25, 2013.
All help is appreciated.
ITEMS IN HIGH DEMAND:
Non Perishable Food
The Lewisburg Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in the investigation of a burglary and theft of narcotics from two local pharmacies. These burglaries occured in the early morning hours of May 11th at the H&S Pharmacy located on West Commerce Street and May 12th at the H&S Pharmacy located on North Ellington Parkway. Investigators believe at least two suspects are involved and they may be driving a late model, white, 4-door sedan. Investigators have reason to believe these burglaries may be related to other burglaries in the area.
Anyone with information that may be related to these or any other crimes is asked to contact the Lewisburg Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 931-359-3800 or Crime Stoppers at 931-359-4867.
FSA Administrator Urges Producers to Enroll in DCP/ACRE
(Lewisburg, TN) May 16, 2013 — USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today encouraged farmers and ranchers to enroll for the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Payment Program (DCP) or the Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE) before the deadline. Producers who wait until the last minute to sign up could face increased waiting time in FSA county offices.
“We understand that producers have gotten busy, but they can’t forget to visit their county office and sign up for DCP or ACRE,” said Garcia. “Just as farmers and ranchers plan their spring plantings, producers should plan to schedule an appointment to visit their USDA Service Center at the earliest possible time. It’s best to complete the paperwork now rather than to stand in line the day before the deadline,” advised Garcia.
The sign-up for both programs began Feb. 19, 2013. The deadline to sign up for ACRE is June 3, 2013. The DCP sign up period ends Aug. 2, 2013.
The 2013 DCP and ACRE program provisions are unchanged from 2012, except that all eligible participants in 2013 may choose to enroll in either DCP or ACRE for the 2013 crop year. This means that eligible producers who were enrolled in ACRE in 2012 may elect to enroll in DCP in 2013 or may re-enroll in ACRE in 2013 (and vice versa).
For more information about the programs and loans administered by FSA, visit the Marshall/Bedford/Moore FSA county office, located at 1173 Nashville Hwy, Lewisburg, TN 37091 (Phone: 931-359-6268 or Toll-Free 855-736-2490) or www.fsa.usda.gov.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).
Next Available Kindergarten Registration
If you plan to enroll you child into Kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year and missed the previous registration opportunities, it is Very Important that you get yourchild registration on one of the following days.
Dates and Times of Registration
Lewisburg-Oak Grove Elementary-Tuesday, May 21, 2013, or Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Times: 12:00 pm till 4:00 pm.
Cornersville Elementary School, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, or Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Times: 12:00 pm till 4:00 pm.
Chapel Hill Elementary School, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, or Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Times 12:00 pm till 4:00 pm.
Parents who are enrolling children into kindergarten in the Marshall County School System for the 2013-14 school year should bring the following information with them to register:
Official birth certifacte-Not Mother's Copy
Child's social security card
Current physical examination
Proof of residency in Marshall County
Photo identification of parent/guardian
Children must be 5 years of age on or before August 31, 2013, in order tto attend kindergarten during the 2013-14 school year. Exceptions will be those students who attend Pre-K during the 2012-13 school year. Please note-students must be registered by their custodial parent.
Jobs4TN Online Users Top 100,000 During First Year
Database has most Tennessee jobs on the Internet
NASHVILLE – Tuesday marks the first anniversary of Jobs4TN Online, Tennessee’s comprehensive jobs database launched by Governor Haslam in May 2012. Since going live a year ago 108,500 job seekers have registered with the system, and more than one million job searches have been tallied.
During the past year Jobs4TN Online counted 147,000 applications to jobs posted by Tennessee employers and more than 457,000 applications to jobs from other sites. When Jobs4TN Online was developed, Governor Haslam added the “spidering” software that surveys jobs posted on external Web sites and includes those in the database; examples of external sites are major job search engines, corporate Internet sites, newspapers, government sites, private job boards, and institutions of higher learning.
Jobs4TN Online allows job seekers to create and post résumés and create cover letters for résumés. Applicants can also explore local training providers and demand occupations, with education requirements and salaries for those positions. Also, claimants’ using Jobs4TN Online fulfills their requirement to make at least three documented work searches each week while drawing unemployment benefits.
Employers can choose criteria for applicants they want to see, and the system displays candidates that match. If the employer wants to save the résumé search, the system triggers the virtual recruiter feature that will send résumés that match the employer’s job search at intervals specified.
Jobs4TN Online contains a wealth of labor market information, such as trends and jobs in demand and schools that provide specific occupational training along with how many students have completed the training in a certain area. Of the registered users of Jobs4TN Online, 37% have a high school diploma or equivalency, 38% have college or vocational school credentials, and 20% have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Many graduates and program completers of Tennessee Technology Centers and community colleges are registered with Jobs4Tn Online and can be readily matched with employer needs.
Jobs4TN Online can be accessed with a computer anytime from anywhere that has Internet access. Employers and job seekers may visit https://www.jobs4TN.gov to register, post jobs and apply for jobs.
Ag Enhancement Program Application Period Almost Here
- Farmers Can Now Apply for TAEP Funding Online -
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has set June 1 – 7 as the application period for the 2013 Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program.
This is the first year farmers have the opportunity to apply online. “We are very excited about TAEP Online and encourage all producers to take advantage of this new system; however, online participation is not mandatory,” said TAEP administrator Justin Bryant. “Producers can still submit paper applications during the application period, and applications must be postmarked between June 1 and June 7.”
Instructions for accessing TAEP Online accounts and applying for 2013 funds are listed at www.tn.gov/taep as well as outlined in the printed applications. Producers have the opportunity to submit Application A for Livestock Equipment, Genetics, Hay, Grain and Feed Storage online. Application B for Producer Diversification is not available online and must be submitted by mail or hand delivered. Producers new to TAEP will not have an account prior to June 1, but will be able to apply online during the application period.
Through TAEP, farmers can qualify for 35 or 50 percent cost share, ranging from a maximum of $1,200 to $15,000 depending on the project.
Funding in 2013 will continue to be approved based on applicant determined priorities.
New items have been added for 2013 under the Livestock Equipment program:
- Pasture Sprayers (must meet all of the following specifications to be eligible)
ü Minimum tank capacity: 100 gal.
ü Minimum pump output: 20 gal. per minute
ü PTO or hydraulically driven roller or centrifugal pump
- Covered Mineral Feeders (stand alone and ground only)
ü Insecticide and/or oil applicator combinations are Not Eligible
Also, new Dairy Only Items have been added under Livestock Feed Storage program including:
- Manure/lagoon pumps
- Manure/lagoon agitators
- Manure spreaders – liquid/dry
Quotes will NOT be required for the Hay, Grain and Feed Storage Programs, and applicants who received a Hay Storage approval in 2012 are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply for Hay Storage in 2013.
Dairy and cattle producers will need a current BQA number at the date of application. Producers with livestock on their farm will need to register their premises with TDA at http://www.tennessee.gov/agriculture/forms/tpissignup.pdf or by calling 615-837-5120.
Applications are available at most farm agencies including USDA Farm Service Agency, UT Extension and Farm Bureau offices, as well as most farm supply stores. To ensure accuracy, producers are encouraged to work with their local extension agent or local TDA representative when completing the application.
Producers can get important messages and updates on the program by calling 1-800-342-8206. For more information or to download an application, visit www.TN.gov/taep.
Pay It Forward This Spring
Donate Blood with the American Red Cross
(NASHVILLE, Tenn. April 23, 2013) You never know when disaster will strike. Will it affect you, your family, your neighbors or your community? During times of distress, there’s one thing that remains constant – the need for help.
You can help Pay It Forward by donating blood. The Tennessee Valley Blood Services Regions needs to collect approximately 600 pints of blood each weekday to meet the needs of patients in the 60 local hospitals we serve.
Just as the need for help remains constant, so does the need for blood. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. More than 44,000 units of blood are needed each day to treat patients at U.S. hospitals.
Thank you for your willingness to Pay It Forward through blood donation.
Locally, you may give blood on the following dates:
5/28/13 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Lewisburg Wal-Mart
How to Donate Blood:
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org for more information or to make an appointment. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
TBI's "Crime In TN 2012" Report Shows Crime Decreasing
Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released its annual “Crime in Tennessee 2012” report which showed a 2.8% decrease in overall crimes reported in Tennessee in 2012 compared with 2011. This is third year in a row that reported offenses decreased when compared with the previous year.
For the 2012 calendar year, 566,601 Group A offenses were reported compared with 583,022 in 2011. The largest majority of crimes reported were committed against property at more than 57% which is a decrease of 5.8% from the previous year. Crimes against persons also decreased nearly 1% however, crimes against society increased 6.3%. With an estimated population of more than 6.4 million people, Tennessee has seen crime drop a total of approximately 3.5% since 2010.
“Crime in Tennessee 2012” Fact List
- The reported number of murders increased by approximately 1.5%. This is the second year in a row Tennessee has seen an increase in its number of homicides.
- A total of 29,093 people were arrested for DUI in 2012 which is an increase from 2011. There were 162 juveniles arrested for DUI in 2012.
- Domestic violence offenses made up more than 51% of all crimes against persons.
- Reported number of aggravated assault offenses increased by almost 8%.
- Of the 168,929 arrests made for Group A offenses across the state about 70% of the arrestees were male compared with 30% female.
- Juveniles comprised 8.2% of total arrests -- a decrease of more than 15% in Group A offenses since 2010.
- 18-24 year olds accounted for nearly 35% of drug/narcotic violations.
TBI strongly discourages the use of crime data to compile rankings of individual jurisdictions due to the many underlying factors that cause crimes to occur such as population density, climate, cultural conditions and strength of law enforcement. It is also important to note that attitudes of citizens toward crime can affect the reporting practices of residents, and therefore, affect crimes coming to the attention of law enforcement.
To view “Crime in Tennessee 2012” in its entirety, click here to go to the TBI’s Statistical Analysis Center webpage. Up-to-date 2012 statistics can also be accessed at www.tncrimeonline.com.
Marshall Medical Center Offers Youth Sports Safety Tips
LEWISBURG, Tenn. — The arrival of warmer weather signals the start of many outdoor activities, including youth league sports. April is National Youth Sports Safety Month and Marshall Medical Center (MMC) offers some guidelines on helping youngsters stay safe and healthy while participating in their favorite pastimes.
The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation estimates that five million children require treatment in emergency rooms each year because of sports injuries. Sports injuries are the second most frequent cause of injury for both boys and girls.
Gregg Cloutier is the head certified athletic trainer with MMC’s Physical Medicine Department. According to Cloutier, who works with athletes at Marshall County High School, many sports injuries can be prevented.
“Playing sports is a great way for young people to learn the importance of teamwork while getting the benefits of physical fitness,” said Cloutier. “As parents and coaches, we can help reduce the risk that a child will be injured while playing sports.”
To help make sure that children stay healthy while playing sports, parents are encouraged to consider these suggestions:
- Schedule a pre-season physical examination with the child’s physician.
- Make certain that necessary protective equipment is being used and that it fits the child well.
- Be sure the child warms up with stretching prior to practice and game time.
- Never allow a child to play sports while injured or fatigued.
- Ensure that the player maintains a well-balanced diet and remains hydrated.
- Keep the focus on having fun instead of placing pressure on a child to excel or win.
- Know the signs and symptoms of a concussion. Seek immediate medical treatment for a child who appears dazed or confused, has trouble with vision or balance, experiences nausea or headaches, or loses consciousness.
“Participating in team sports as a youngster can help to instill the importance of exercise and working with others even into adulthood,” said Cloutier. “By making certain that your child is physically ready before each practice and game, you are helping to prevent injury and ensure that the experience will be a good one.”