COOKEVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a former Meigs County interim Finance Director on theft charges.
At the request of 9th District Attorney General Russell Johnson, TBI Special Agents began investigating Connie Allen on November 24, 2014. TBI Agents worked in conjunction with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury after an audit of the Meigs County Finance Department uncovered an irregularity. During the course of the investigation, Agents discovered that between February 2009 and November 2013, Allen received unauthorized compensation totaling more than $24,500. During that time period, Allen was employed as a bookkeeper and then interim Finance Director for Meigs County. She left that position in November 2013.
On Monday, the Meigs County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Allen, 66, with one count of Theft over $10,000 and one count of Official Misconduct. Allen was arrested and booked at the Meigs County Jail today after turning herself in to a TBI Agent. She was released on her own recognizance.
NASHVILLE – Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments charging a Nashville man with fabricating evidence and criminal simulation.
At the request of 20th District Attorney General Glenn Funk, Special Agents began investigating Stephen Hill on December 17, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents learned that on February 14, 2014, Hill went to a Davidson County business and tried to submit his fingerprints as those of someone else, so that other individual could obtain a real estate license.
On March 9th, a Davidson County Grand Jury returned indictments against Hill, 37, charging him with one count of Fabricating Evidence, one count of Attempting to Fabricate Evidence, and one count of Criminal Simulation. Hill was arrested today by TBI Agents. He was taken to the Davidson County Jail, where he was booked on a $10,000 bond.
NASHVILLE – A fugitive placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top Ten Most Wanted list earlier this month, Kellum Jordan Williams, was arrested today in Virginia.
Williams was wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for First Degree Murder and Abuse of a Corpse and was placed on TBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list on March 10th. Williams was charged in connection to the murder of Amy LeeAnn Murphy, whose remains were found on February 1st in a field in Robertson County. He was also wanted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department for Violation of Community Corrections.
TBI Special Agents, working in conjunction with U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Forces from Middle Tennessee and Eastern Virginia, developed information that Kellum Williams was in Virginia. At approximately 1:30 p.m. CST, Williams was located and apprehended without incident by the U.S. Marshals-Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Greensville County Sheriff’s Department at an apartment complex in Emporia, Virginia.
Williams was transported to the Southside Regional Jail in Emporia, Virginia, where he is in the process of being booked. He will have a hold placed on him for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and TBI.
NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released to the public its 2014 ‘Crime on Campus’ report. The annual study compiles information submitted to TBI by the state’s colleges and universities through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).
Among the report’s findings:
- Overall, crime reported by Tennessee colleges and universities decreased by 6.3% from 2013 to 2014.
- Reported incidents of Burglary decreased by 34.1% from 2013 to 2014
- Reported Fraud Offenses increased 19% over 2013’s study.
- The reported incidents of Rape increased from 26 in 2013 to 46 in 2014.
- DUI offenses reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities decreased by 34.9% between 2013 and 2014.
As always, the TBI strongly discourages the comparison of one institution’s statistics to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and rudimentary comparisons will most likely result in inaccurate and generalized conclusions of the relative safety of one campus over another.
The full 2014 ‘Crime on Campus’ report, along with similar studies dating back to 2001, is available online for review at http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.shtml.
NASHVILLE – A Nashville man who was added to the TBI Top Ten Most Wanted list last month, James Inman Taylor III, was arrested today in Norcross, Georgia.
Taylor, 29, was captured by FBI agents after a brief chase, as he was leaving a motel near Atlanta. He was placed on the Most Wanted list on February 6th.
Taylor was wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Marshals Service for Escape and Robbery. On Thursday, February 5th, Taylor escaped from authorities in Nashville during an interview. He also had warrants charging him with federal armed robbery and firearms counts related to his January 9th arrest for robbing two grocery stores in Nashville.
Taylor will be held in federal custody in Atlanta until his return to Nashville. A current booking photo of Taylor is not available at this time.
COOKEVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Van Buren County man in connection with drug investigation.
TBI Agents began investigating William Reed Moody, Jr. in September 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Moody, a convicted felon, was in possession of a firearm and was also involved in drugs.
On Monday, the Van Buren County Grand Jury returned indictments for Moody, charging the 40-year-old Spencer man with one count of Felon in Possession of a Weapon and one count of Manufacturing, Delivering, Selling, or Possessing Schedule VI Drugs. Today, deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department arrested Moody without incident and booked him into the Van Buren County Jail. At the time of this release, he was being held on $10,000 bond.
JACKSON – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are seeking information in a Chester County cold case death investigation.
On June 7, 1990, the Chester County Sheriff’s Department responded to a home at 655 North Pisgah Road in Henderson, where investigators found Jerry Lee Connor unresponsive. He later died at a Jackson hospital.
During the course of the investigation, authorities determined Connor’s death was the result of a single pellet from a shotgun blast, which struck Connor in the head during the early morning hours of June 7, 1990, while Connor was outside the residence.
Over the years that followed, TBI Agents, along with investigators from the Chester County Sheriff’s Department conducted an extensive joint investigation. However, the case went cold. The TBI still has an active and ongoing investigation into the death of the 40-year-old, and encourages anyone with information about the incident to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.