NASHVILE-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, working with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, has arrested and charged Susan Smithburg in connection to the ongoing case surrounding her son’s disappearance from their Williamson County home.
On Thursday, March 27th, 16-year-old Christopher Smithburg ran away from his home on Rocky Fork Road in Nolensville. The TBI later joined the investigation at the request of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney General Kim Helper.
During the course of the investigation, agents became aware of an incident in the family’s home, just before Christopher’s disappearance, that led agents today to arrest and charge Susan Smithburg, 52, with one count of Aggravated Child Abuse and Aggravated Child Neglect or Endangerment.
At the time of this release, Smithburg was being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
NASHVILLE-Special Agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested the former City Recorder of Collinwood, Melissa Dawn Broome, for theft.
On January 7, 2014, at the request of District Attorney General Mike Bottoms, the TBI began an investigation into possible theft of money from the City of Collinwood. The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury conducted an audit and determined approximately $100,000 in cash payments had been collected by the City of Collinwood, but were never deposited into the city’s bank accounts.
Broome, 38, admitted that from December 2011 to July 2013, she stole the cash payments for her personal use from the Collinwood City Hall during her employment as the City Recorder. Broome ended her employment with the city in July 2013.
Broome has been charged with one count of Theft over $60,000. At the time of this release, she is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
MEMPHIS-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Haywood County woman, following a four-month drug investigation.
In May 2013, at the request of the Brownsville Police Department and District Attorney General Garry Brown, the TBI began investigating Karen Beaird King.
On several occasions, from May to September of 2013, an undercover TBI agent made multiple purchases of Oxycodone from King.
On Monday, March 31st, the Haywood County Grand Jury returned indictments on the 50-year-old, charging her with two counts of Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Oxycodone) and two counts of Sale of Schedule II Controlled Substance (Oxycodone). King was arrested Monday night by the Haywood County Sheriff’s Department.
At the time of this release, King was being held in the Haywood County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
MEMPHIS-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has identified the man responsible for the death of a Chester County woman.
On Saturday, March 29th, deputies with the Chester County Sheriff’s Department discovered the body of 71-year-old Martha J. Crowe inside her residence on Highway 22A South in Jacks Creek. Evidence at the scene revealed her death was a homicide.
At the request of District Attorney General Jerry Woodall, the TBI joined the investigation Saturday. Special agents and deputies from Chester County soon determined Alex Schewe, 26, was a person of interest in the case.
On Sunday, March 30th, around Noon, investigators approached Schewe’s home on Highway 22A in an attempt to speak with him, but were unable to reach him. Shortly thereafter, investigators discovered Schewe took his own life inside his home.
Evidence collected in Crowe’s residence by the TBI’s Violent Crime Response Team has determined Schewe was responsible for Crowe’s murder. However, the investigation remains ongoing, to determine whether any other individuals might have played a part in the crime. The TBI urges anyone with information to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
MEMPHIS-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has charged Zachary Rye Adams with an additional criminal count in its ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Holly Bobo.
Through the course of this investigation in recent weeks, additional information was developed that led special agents to secure an arrest warrant today, charging Adams with a single count of Coercion of Witness. Previously, on March 5th, a special Decatur County Grand Jury returned indictments on the 29-year-old, charging him with Felony First Degree Murder and Especially Aggravated Kidnapping in connection to the disappearance and murder of Holly Bobo.
“We will not tolerate any kind of coercion in criminal cases,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “But in a case like this, which has attracted so much interest and required so many resources, rest assured we will fight hard to protect the integrity of our work, as we seek justice for the family and friends of Holly Bobo.”
On the morning of April 13, 2011, Bobo disappeared from her home on Swan Johnson Road in Decatur County. TBI, along with local and federal authorities, have spent several hundreds of manpower hours on this investigation, which remains active and ongoing. The TBI urges anyone with information about the Bobo case to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Adams was served with the warrant today and is still being held in the Chester County Jail without bond.
JOHNSON CITY-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged a Greeneville man for assaulting an impaired man in his care.
23-year-old Seth Soltau faces one count of Aggravated Assault and one count of Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation of an Impaired Adult. The Greeneville man worked as a support staff caregiver at Sunrise Community Services. The facility has since dismissed him.
On September 3 and 4, 2013, on several occasions, TBI agents believe Soltau slapped a resident, a 26-year-old man, on the back and face area numerous times. The investigation further revealed Soltau put his forearm on the victim’s throat area and choked the victim to the point his air was being restricted.
Employees at the Greeneville facility notified the administration of Sunrise Community Services, who in turn contacted Adult Protective Services. The TBI investigated, along with APS and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
At the time of this release, Soltau was being held in the Greene County Correctional Facility on a $30,000 bond.
JOHNSON CITY-The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested and charged a Limestone woman in connection to a theft investigation.
During 2013, Sara Ruth Hensley was employed by Lighthouse Independent Living in Greeneville as a residential house manager. In that capacity, she was responsible for the residential finances signed out by the company for the paying of bills and other day-to-day expenses for the residents in her care. An audit and subsequent investigation revealed Hensley, 26, had been stealing residential finances from two victims’ accounts for her own personal use throughout 2013.
The TBI began investigating on September 3rd, after the company reported the issue to Adult Protective Services.
Hensley faces two counts of Theft of Property under the Amount of $500 and one count of Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation of an Impaired Adult. At the time of this release, she was being held in the Greene County Correctional Facility on a $15,000 bond. Hensley was subsequently dismissed from Lighthouse Independent Living.
The Tennessee Department of Human Services’ Adult Protective Services Unit and the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities assisted in the investigation.