Crime and Law Enforcement


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville police have arrested a Tennessee State University student in the shooting death of another student inside a campus dorm.

Police said in a statement on Twitter that 18-year-old George Wells Jr. was charged on Wednesday with reckless homicide in the death of 19-year-old Rickey B. Scott.

Police say both men lived at the dorm where Scott was found unconscious on Sunday. He died later that day at a medical center.

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Oct 7, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Metro Police asking for your help solving an Antioch double homicide that left a third person critically wounded early Monday morning.


Police say they’re looking for 38-year-old Jermaine Agee in connection with the fatal stabbing deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her 13-year-old son. The woman’s 16-year-old daughter was critically wounded.


The attack took place at a home on Sonoma Trace. The victim’s car was found a short distance away on Bell Road.


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  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Nashville will remember the victims of domestic violence Saturday morning as part of October’s National Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities.

Survivors and supporters will gather at 10 a.m. on the pedestrian bridge downtown for the 15th annual Meet Us At the Bridge remembrance ceremony.

Last October dozens of survivors, friends and family gathered for the event. One survivor shared her domestic assault experience.


  MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- The State of Tennessee is reportedly willing to take the deal offered this week by Purdue Pharma to settle opioid epedemic lawsuits against the pharmacuetical giant.


However, the Associated Press reports only about half of the roughly 2,000 state and local governments pursuing the lawsuit favor the deal. Detractors say the agreement on offer doesn't sufficiently punish the company's owners, the Sackler family, for their part in causing the opioid crisis.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Tennessee's new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1, saying Thursday that any benefit of the law won't likely outweigh its potential harm.

The ruling, for now, sets aside a law that goes beyond other states by fining groups that pay workers when too many incomplete registration forms are submitted. The law would also criminalize intentional infractions of a new set of rules, exposing voting advocates to misdemeanor charges.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he was clearly joking when he called in a radio broadcast for the abolishment of higher education in order to cut off the "liberal breeding ground.

However, Sen. Kerry Roberts of Springfield said in a statement Tuesday that he stands behind his critique of liberal arts education in America "one hundred percent."

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors are dropping same-sex rape charges in a case investigated by a homophobic deputy who gave sermons as a Baptist church pastor calling for the execution of gay people.

Assistant District Attorney General Sean McDermott tells the Knoxville News Sentinel that former Knox County sheriff's detective Grayson Fritts' involvement factored in the decision, as they wouldn't have him testify. Other cases involving Fritts also are being reviewed after his hate-filled sermons came to light this summer.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- The Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration says paid attendance at last weekend’s contest was up slightly, but a photo by the local Times-Gazette shows large open sections in the event’s 30,000 seat arena.


The Big Lick, held in Shelbyville every year since 1939, was once one of Tennessee’s largest tourism draws pumping millions of dollars annually into the mid-state economy.


Groups seek to block Tennessee voter signup penalties law

Aug 20, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several voter registration organizations are asking a judge to stop Tennessee's new restrictions for signing up voters from taking effect in October, saying the law has already curtailed their ability to enroll voters in communities of color and other historically disenfranchised groups.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Sentencing has been set for a Tennessee man convicted of aggravated assault for severely beating a gay man and bragging about it online.

The Daily News Journal reports Brandon Wiley, of Lewisburg, is set to be sentenced Thursday. Wiley and the victim testified last week about the 2018 attack at a Murfreesboro bar.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 60-year-old woman is accused of trying to smother her husband with a pillow as he lay in a hospital bed in Tennessee.

Citing arrest records, news outlets report Barbara Jones was arrested Sunday and charged with attempted criminal homicide. She's set to appear in court Wednesday.

Court documents a witness heard a scream from inside a room at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and entered to find Jones removing the pillow from her husband's face.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP) -- Witnesses say Tennessee death row inmate Stephen West quoted scripture when asked for his final words.


West’s execution began at 7:15 p.m. Thursday night. A state spokesperson says he was pronounced dead at 7:27 p.m.


West was convicted in 1987 of the stabbing death of East Tennessee residents Wanda Romines and her teenaged daughter Sheila.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Data provided by the state Department of Health suggests Middle Tennessee isn't immune to the state's ongoing epedemic of drug overdose deaths.

Davidson, Cheatham, and Robertson counties all report per capita drug overdose death rates well above the state average of 2.6 deaths per 10,000 residents.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee won't stop Thursday's execution of an inmate who says his accomplice was the one who fatally stabbed a mother and daughter in 1986.

Lee said in a statement Tuesday he won't intervene after reviewing 56-year-old Stephen West's case.

West was convicted of the kidnapping and stabbing deaths of 51-year-old Wanda Romines and her 15-year-old daughter, Sheila Romines, and of raping the teen.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- West Tennessee Prison escapee Curtis Ray Watson will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon at the Lauderdale County Justice Center.

Watson is facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated burglary and escape.


RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee official says an inmate who is a person of interest in the death of a corrections employee escaped the area on a tractor.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch said at a news conference Wednesday evening that the tractor used by 44-year-old Curtis Ray Watson was found about a mile (1.6 kilometers) away from the West Tennessee State Penitentiary. The facility is about 60 miles (97 kilometers) from Memphis.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cyntoia Brown is free for the first time in her adult life. She walked out of the Tennessee Prison for Women before sunrise Wednesday morning.

Brown said she was a sex trafficking victim at the time she killed a man in 2004, when she was just 16.

Kim Kardashian West and other celebrities lobbied for her release, and then-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted her clemency in January. The now-31-year-old Brown will remain on parole for 10 years.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Tennessee’s top law enforcement officer says expect the number of drug overdose deaths in the state to continue to rise.


Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch calls the scale of the state’s opioid epidemic “devastating.” He notes that more than 1700 Tennesseans died of drug overdoses in 2017 and he expects the final 2018 count to climb even higher.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said his administration is looking at several policy options to increase safety following two mass shootings over the weekend.

However, the Republican declined on Monday to say specifically which policy proposal he would advocate against the GOP-controlled Statehouse, which has been resistant to adopt gun control measures over the years.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A white police officer shown on video grabbing a black woman and throwing her against a vehicle during a traffic stop in Tennessee has resigned.

Nashville police said in a statement Tuesday that Officer Barrett Teague's resignation will be effective after he serves a 30-day suspension without pay for conduct unbecoming a member of the police department.

It says the confrontation happened July 3, and the department decommissioned him the following day after becoming aware of the video.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Beware porch pirate if you made purchases during Amazon’s annual Prime Day Sale this week.


FedEx, UPS and other shippers now offer a wide range of safe delivery options. Some allow your packages to be delivered to local stores later pickup. Others have centrally located delivery lockers.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A hearing has been set for a Tennessee teen charged in the death of a Nashville police officer.

The Tennessean reports 17-year-old Jayona Brown is set to appear in juvenile court next month. Brown is charged with offenses including vehicular homicide in the Independence Day death of Officer John Anderson.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Expect to see more Metro Officers patrolling the streets of the Entertainment District downtown on weekends.


The change comes in response to a reported jump in crime, including what the city describes as a 50 percent increase in thefts. 

In a press statement out Tuesday, Metro says seventeen additional officers will be patrolling the honky-tonk district Friday and Saturday nights. That includes a number of undercover officers working the bars.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Osborne)  -- Remember a few common sense tips and regulations to keep your family Fourth from going up in smoke.

Tennessee officials note that between 2014 and 2018 fireworks caused 419 unintended fires statewide, resulting in more than a million dollars in damages.

Bailey Scott with the State Fire Marshal’s Office strongly recommends you leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. But she says if you do buy and use fireworks, keep a few safety tips in mind.

NASHVILLE, Tenn (OSBORNE) -- The Nashville based Southern Baptist Convention has voted to change the way it handle cases of sexual abuse and racism among member churches.


The Baptist Press says that on Tuesday delegates to the SBC annual national meeting in Birmingham voted overwhelmingly to expel churches that fail to handle such incidents appropriately.


They also voted to repurpose a church credentialing committee to investigate churches that fail to abide by the new guidelines.