Sunday, January 31, 2010
Franklin Todd Crabtree, a white male, age 32, from Knoxville had been shot multiple times by unknown assailant(s). He was transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center and then flown to Erlanger Trauma Center where he died early this morning around 4 a.m.
According to several witnesses, some type of altercation took place between the victim and the two suspects that ended in the shooting. These suspects had left the scene prior to our arrival.
Both suspects are described as white, male, possible ages between 20 and 25. No further confirmed suspect physical description information is available at this time. We believe these suspects left the scene in an unknown vehicle.
This investigation is active and ongoing; we will provide additional updates as information is available.
In conjunction with this investigation, the Cookeville Police Department is attempting to locate Dallas Carl Allen. Mr. Allen is 49 years old, 5’7”’, 170 lbs., and has dark blond colored hair. It is believed Mr. Allen possesses information that would assist in this investigation.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
That victim, Mark A. Ray, age 43 of Sparta, had suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest. A short time later, police were notified that another man had entered the lobby of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and told personnel there that he had “just shot a man.” That man, identified as William H. Cox, age 51 of Hermitage, was escorted to the Cookeville Police Department for questioning.
After the preliminary on-scene investigation, some witness interviews and after the interview with Mr. Cox, police say they now believe that Mr. Cox drove from Hermitage to Cookeville to confront his wife, Susan Cox and Mr. Ray. That confrontation took place in the hospital parking lot, where Mr. Ray was shot by Mr. Cox. Cox has been charged with Attempted 1st Degree Murder. He is being held at the Putnam County Criminal Justice Center. Ray is expected to recover from his wound.
"They may hear it on the news about soldiers being deployed. Now they get to do something personally to help," says Renie Carroll with Country Inn & Suites Cedar Bluff.
Some of the students are thinking of one soldier in particular.
"I've drawn him and me, and I'm giving him a Valentines card," says a third grader named Eric. "Aaron is serving in the National Guard to keep us safe."
Aaron is the hotel's "Soldier of the month."
"He's twenty, and he's from Cookeville," says Carroll. "And he loves football and reading."
In addition to the cards, the students are also writing Aaron words of encouragement in a journal. They hope it will bring him comfort in the long months ahead.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
man wound up in the Jackson County Jail on violation of probation charges after
he was finally found living in Cookeville apartment. 29-year-old Ben Bowman had reportedly been convicted on charges of felony identity theft in Jackson County Criminal Court and had been placed on probation for a term of four years. But he allegedly failed to report to his probation officer, missed several scheduled appointments and failed to report a permanent address. He had also not paid supervision fees or had a DNA test completed. Authorities reportedly tracked him down through the internet services MySpace and Facebook, where he was allegedly using someone else's identity there as well.
Meanwhile, a criminal court arraignment is scheduled today for two men charged with selling drugs in a school zone. Authorities say 20-year-old Mahad Abdi of Antioch and 28-year-old Ivor Odarkwei Hansen of Cookeville were indicted after evidence was presented to the grand jury. The two are alleged to have sold marijuana to an undercover Cookeville police officer in October of 2009. The sales allegedly took place near the campus of Tennessee Tech, but also occurred within a thousand feet of Prescott Central Middle School. Officials say the penalty for selling drugs in a school zone is more severe than it would be otherwise for a drug conviction.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee says it has distributed more than $10,000 in Arts Build Communities grants and nearly $3,400 in Student Ticket Subsidy grants to Putnam County institutions to nurture artists and help students experience cultural events. The Arts Build Communities grant program aims to strengthen communities by funding projects that nurture artists and arts organizations. Among the Putnam County organizations that were awarded ABC grants are:
- the Bryan Symphony Orchestra Association, which has received a grant to present scenes from Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro.
- Mastersingers, which has received a grant to present a choral presentation of Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass.
- the Upper Cumberland Broadcast Council, which has received a grant to support the production related costs for the Jammin’ at Hippie Jack's television music series.
- and Upperman High School, which has received a grant to showcase the talents of the students in visual arts, choral music, instrumental music and performing arts classes.
Meanwhile, in Putnam County, 1,081 students are participating in arts and cultural events with the help of Student Ticket Subsidy grants.
- Baxter Elementary School, Jere Whitson, Northeast, and Park View have all received Student Ticket Subsidy grants for students to attend Cookeville Children's Theater productions.
- Capshaw Elementary School has received a Student Ticket Subsidy grant for students to attend American Heritage Theater.
- and Sycamore Elementary School has received a Student Ticket Subsidy grant for students to attend Global Education Center.