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Inmates vandalize Hamblen County jail at taxpayers' expense

Inmates vandalize Hamblen County jail at taxpayers' expense

Inmates in the Hamblen County jail have vandalized their cell doors to the point they are no longer working and will cost taxpayer money to repair.

On Wednesday, inmates were roaming behind the locked doors of the main cell block. The 35-year-old facility combined with inmate ingenuity shut down their motorized cell doors.

"It makes it very dangerous for our officers that have to go in there," said Asst. Jail Administrator Lt. Gerry Hambrick.

Authorities search for Cocke Co. arson suspect

Authorities search for Cocke Co. arson suspect

Cocke County authorities are looking for an arson suspect they say started two fires. It happened on Friday in Del Rio on Bucks Way.

The sheriff's department says they responded to the scene and found the fire department putting out a truck fire.

While they were there, they saw smoke coming from a nearby mobile home. The fire department says they found a fire had been started in the kitchen area. No one lived in the mobile home.

A nearby neighbor says he saw someone leave the area just before the fire started.

Investigators say mother & son died of gunshot wounds

Investigators say mother & son died of gunshot wounds

It appears that a mother and son who were found dead in a Cocke County home earlier this month died of gunshot wounds.

Sheriff Armando Fontes said Monday that Nancy McGill, 55 and her son, Donald McGill, 38, were alone in the house when they died.  Each of them had a single gunshot wound to the chest.  One weapon was found in the home, along with two spent shells.

Fontes said the evidence shows that one of the wounds was self-inflicted, but will not elaborate further "out of respect for the family."

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N. Carolina woman indicted on sex trafficking charges in Greeneville

N. Carolina woman indicted on sex trafficking charges in Greeneville

A federal grand jury in Greeneville has indicted a North Carolina woman on sex trafficking charges.

20-year-old Alexandra Nicole Berte is accused of bring women across state lines for prostitution.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol first arrested Berte last month after officers stopped her for speeding in Cocke County. Three other women were inside the car she was driving. After talking to them, deputies found they were involved in a human trafficking scheme.

Deputies released the other women and arrested Berte. If convicted, Berte faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Men arrested for stealing iPods, iPads from Morristown Walmart

Men arrested for stealing iPods, iPads from Morristown Walmart

Morristown police say four men found a way to steal Apple products from Walmart.

Morristown Walmart workers say the men were acting strangely in the electronics department near a case of iPads and iPods. They told officers two of the men distracted workers so the other two could steal from the cabinet.

Walmart gave police a description of the suspect's car, and police arrested them shortly after.

All four suspects are from North Carolina.

Former Greene Co. jail inmate claims he was beaten severely

Former Greene Co. jail inmate claims he was beaten severely

A former inmate of the Greene County jail is suing, claiming that he was beaten severely while behind bars.

The alleged assault took place in September 2011.

Court documents claim that Dustin Lee Riedel was housed in a pod designed to hold 32 inmates, but there were about 80 inside when he was attacked.

He says two men beat him and kicked him in the head repeatedly, caving in the left side of his face and crushing his eye socket.

Riedel alleges that the jail is too overcrowded and the officers don't maintain order properly.

Former Greene Co. deputy faces 2nd lawsuit for sexual assault

Former Greene Co. deputy faces 2nd lawsuit for sexual assault

A former Greene County deputy is facing another lawsuit that alleges sexual assault.

A woman is suing Robbie Morgan for $2 million dollars, claiming he used excessive force and touched her inappropriately in February.

According to a court complaint, Morgan was sent to the woman's home to investigate a car accident that had happened earlier in the day.