NASHVILLE – Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Rutherford County man accused of pointing a weapon at two Sheriff’s deputies.
At the request of then-16th District Attorney General Bill Whitesell, TBI Special Agents began investigating the May 6th officer-involved shooting of Jeffery T. Newton. Earlier that day, Newton’s wife placed a 911 call, stating her husband had a gun and threatened to take his life in the woods behind their Murfreesboro home. While two responding Rutherford County deputies were looking for Newton, he emerged from the woods carrying a shotgun. Deputies ordered Newton to put down the weapon, but he did not comply, and instead pointed the weapon at deputies. One of the deputies fired his service weapon, hitting Newton in the abdomen. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.
On August 6th, the Rutherford County Grand Jury returned indictments for the 39-year-old, charging him with two counts of Aggravated Assault. Last night, following his release from the hospital, Newton was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where at the time of this release, he was being held on $50,000 bond.
COOKEVILLE – Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a Crossville man accused in connection to his wife’s murder.
At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Special Agents began investigating the discovery of skeletal remains on Pugh Cemetery Road in Cumberland County on September 27th. Forensic analysis later positively identified the remains as those of Nina Karen Owens, a 47-year-old Crossville woman reported missing by her sister a month earlier. During the course of the investigation, Agents, working alongside investigators from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, developed information which led to her husband, Matthew Owens.
This morning, a special Cumberland County Grand Jury returned an indictment for the Crossville man, charging the 39-year-old with one count of First Degree Murder. TBI Agents and deputies subsequently arrested him at a home in Crossville and booked him into the Cumberland County Jail, where, at the time of this release, he was being held on $500,000 bond.
KNOXVILLE – Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for an Anderson County man accused of performing building inspections he wasn’t certified to do.
At the request of 7th District Attorney General Dave Clark, TBI Special Agents began investigating David Lynn Crowley on April 16, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Crowley, the Public Works Director and Building Commissioner for Anderson County performed five inspections without the proper certification. State law affords a Building Commissioner 12 months to obtain the proper certification. Agents determined Crowley performed five inspections outside the grace period afforded in Tennessee law.
On Tuesday, the Anderson County Grand Jury returned indictments for the 62-year-old Clinton man, charging him with five misdemeanor counts of violating the state’s building official certification law. Today, he was booked into the Anderson County Detention Facility and subsequently released after posting $1,000 bond.
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, De’Mario Fisher of Nashville, TN.
Fisher is wanted by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on an escape charge. On September 2, 2014, 32 juveniles escaped from the Woodland Hills Development Center in Nashville. Two guards were injured in the process of the escape. Fisher, 17, is the lone escapee remaining at large.
Fisher is an African-American male with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5 foot 1 inch tall and weighs about 163 pounds. Fisher is believed to be armed.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of De’Mario Fisher is urged to call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463). There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
JACKSON – Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for two West Tennessee men accused in connection to a 2011 double homicide.
At the request of 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, TBI Special Agents began investigating the deaths of Eric Lee Washington, 26, and Jonathan Lavell Jones, 25, on September 4, 2011. Earlier that day, deputies from the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office discovered the bodies of the two men, who had been shot, in a vehicle in the middle of Tate Road in Henning. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information connecting Darius Markee Alston and Darius Deshun Mitchell to the crimes.
On Monday, the Lauderdale County Grand Jury returned indictments for Alston and Mitchell, charging both Henning men with two counts of Premeditated First Degree Murder, two counts of Felony First Degree Murder, two counts of Especially Aggravated Robbery, and one count of Felony Possession of a Weapon. At the time of this release, Alston, 27, was being held on unrelated federal charges at a prison in Tipton County. Mitchell, 26, was being held in the Lauderdale County Jail on an unrelated homicide charge.
NASHVILLE – A fugitive on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, John O’Keefe Varner, was captured this afternoon in Nevada.
Since being placed on the Most Wanted list in February 2013, agents developed leads that Varner was in the Las Vegas area. Varner crashed the vehicle he was driving when he attempted to evade Marshals today and was arrested following a foot chase. He was apprehended by deputies of the Las Vegas U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and officers with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. The U.S. Marshals Service in Chattanooga was also instrumental in working with TBI agents in determining Varner’s whereabouts.
John Varner, aka “Jake” and “Kitchen”, was wanted by the Manchester Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for Attempted First Degree Murder. Varner had an outstanding warrant after a February 9, 2013 incident in which he shot another man following a verbal altercation and continued shooting at the victim as he was running away.
Varner is being held in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on a $500,000 bond for the Attempted First Degree Murder charge. He has also been charged with misdemeanor traffic violations related to the crash.
CHATTANOOGA – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public’s help in identifying an elderly woman found deceased seven years ago at the entrance to Foster Falls State Park in Marion County.
Efforts to determine who she was since her body was found in February 2007 have not yet led to her identity, so agents hope someone seeing her description may recognize her.
The woman is a white female, approximately 5’2” to 5’5”, weighing between 110 and 120 pounds. She has reddish-brown shoulder-length hair and hazel eyes and appears to have been in her mid to late 60’s. Medical examiners say she had a golf ball-sized tumor on the right side of her neck, and a hernia that protruded from her stomach.
When she was found the victim was wearing a light pink turtleneck, a pink sweater, a purple skirt, beige panty hose and a blue fur-lined coat.
Anyone with information about this woman’s identity is encouraged to call the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.