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Tullahoma Shooting Suspect Captured In McMinnville

Samuel Lee Pace

Samuel Lee Pace

The Tullahoma Police Department has arrested 20-year-old, Samuel Pace, Jr., who resides in Summitville, TN, for his alleged involvement in a shooting that occurred at 509 Campbell Ave. in Tullahoma, TN during the evening hours of Sunday, December 14, 2014.  Tullahoma Police were dispatched to 509 Campbell Ave. shortly after 9:00 p.m. Sunday in reference to a subject having been shot.

Upon arrival Officers discovered the victim, Elton “Coty” Thomas, a 34-year-old who resides at the Campbell Ave. residence, had suffered a single gunshot wound to the face.  The responding officers found marijuana in the residence. Thomas was transported by ambulance to Harton Regional Medical Center and was later transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.

Investigators were called to the scene and as a result of the information obtained during their investigation, began to attempt to locate Samuel Pace Jr. The investigation continued through the night and throughout the day Monday. Several locations were searched Monday with the assistance of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and as a result it was discovered that Pace had been taken by a friend to a Motel in McMinnville, TN.

Inv. Dale Stone, of the Tullahoma Police Department, obtained a warrant charging Pace with Attempted First Degree Murder. Deputies with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department were then notified of Pace’s location and went to the Motel and made contact with Pace.  Pace however refused Officer’s initial requests to come out.  After negotiations with Pace failed, Warren County Authorities introduced a chemical irritant into the room and as a result Pace was taken into custody without further incident.

Pace is currently being held in the Coffee County Jail under a $150,000.00 bond and is charged with Attempted First Degree Murder and is scheduled to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court on Thursday, December 18, 2014

Severe Crash Injures One

Bryan SUV heavily damaged in Monday's crash... Photos by Barry West

Bryan SUV heavily damaged in Monday’s crash… Photos by Barry West

An accident occurred Monday afternoon around 4pm on the Wattendorf Hwy near AEDC. According a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol a 2002 Nissan Sentra driven by 40 year-old Jesus Fernandez of Tullahoma was traveling on an unnamed road and continued through a stop sign, striking a 2008 Mercury SUV driven by 34 year-old Kristen Bryan of Manchester. Fernandez was the only person that was injured in the crash that caused heavy damage to both vehicles. He was transported by Coffee County EMS to United Regional Hospital for treatment and was given a citation for stop sign violation and no proof of insurance.
A 4-year old female was a passenger in the Bryan SUV and was not injured and was properly restrained.
Along with the THP and Coffee County EMS, AEDC Police and Manchester Fire & Rescue responded to the scene.

Jesus Fernandez of Tullahoma was the only person in the accident that totaled his car.

Jesus Fernandez of Tullahoma was the only person in the accident that totaled his car.

Tullahoma Resident Finds More Than Mail In Mailbox

mailboxAt approximately 9:30am, Tuesday morning, December 16, officers of the Tullahoma Police Department were dispatched to Adair Street in Tullahoma in regards to a suspicious item in a residential mailbox. Upon arrival, the officer determined the item was indeed suspicious and began measures to isolate the area and notify the Tennessee Highway Patrol bomb squad.
The TN Highway Patrol bomb squad and members of the TN State Bomb and Arson unit came to the scene and conducted a preliminary investigation. The Highway Patrol bomb technicians removed the object and transported it to the Arnold Air Force Base to safely destroy. An investigation will be conducted to determine the components of the object and whether it was a potential explosive device and a determination made as to further investigation. Officer Bob Looney was the initial officer on the scene and assisted by Lieutenant Ray Higginbotham.
The residents of Adair Street were permitted back into their houses at 2:30pm. There was minimal interruption of daily activities for the residents.
The Tullahoma Police Department will continue to investigate this incident and requests anyone having information to contact TPD at (931) 455-0530.

Gasoline Prices Come Closer To $2 Per Gallon In Tennessee

gas prices2Motorists are saving an average of $10 for a tank of gas compared to this time last year. Gasoline prices crept closer to $2 a gallon last week and nothing is slowing them down. Domestic oil supply is at a three decade high and forecast to keep growing. Meanwhile, the price of oil fell to its lowest level in five years.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded has fallen 35 cents in the past month, settling at $2.56 on Sunday. According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, prices are as low as $2.09 in Brighton, Tennessee.
“Tennessee motorists should begin seeing gasoline as low as $2 a gallon at various gas stations in the next couple days.
Last week, the price of oil fell below $60 a barrel for the first time since July 2009. West Texas Intermediate settled at $57.81 a barrel Friday, $8.03 less than the week before and the lowest closing since May 2009.
The average price is $2.36 per gallon in Tennessee. The low price in Manchester is $2.25 and in Tullahoma it’s $2.22 per gallon.

Robber Shoots Man In The Face

shooting investigationA Tullahoma man was transported to Harton Regional Medical Center Sunday night after being shot in the face by a would be robber.
According to a report by Tullahoma Officer Justin Smith, Elton Coty Thomas of Campbell Avenue said that a man entered his residence and demanded money and when Thomas refused he was shot in the face.
The officer stated in his report that he found a .22 caliber casing in the floor of the kitchen of the residence.
Detective Sgt. Dale Stone is investigating the incident.
At last report the suspect had not been arrested.

No Injuries After Gas Line Is Struck In Manchester

erpudA contractor working at the new Hampton Inn that is being built on the Woodbury Hwy in Manchester struck a two-inch natural gas line late Monday morning. The contractor was doing excavating when the accident occurred. Elk River Public Utility District personnel were called to the scene along with Manchester Fire and Rescue. The gas company responded to shut off the gas.
Emma’s Restaurant and workers at the building site were evacuated from the area for about 15 minutes. Manchester Fire and Rescue Chief George DeShields said all ended well with no one injured.

Shelbyville Teenager Killed In SUV Crash

fatal accident 3A Shelbyville youth lost his life in a single-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Fairfield Pike.
According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, William Tristan Richmond, 15, a Cascade High School student was dead at the scene according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Richmond was in the left rear seat of a 1999 Ford Explorer driven by Kyle A. Becerra, 17, of Shelbyville.
Becerra was westbound toward Shelbyville on a sharp turn near Cascade Veterinary Clinic, the THP report said.
The SUV left the roadway on the westbound side, overcorrected, crossed the roadway leaving it on the eastbound side, struck a utility pole and overturned, coming to rest on its side.
The impact with the pole was on the driver’s side, near the position where Richmond had been seated.
Becerra and three other passengers — Shanna N. Fanning, Zachary Becerra and Sydney Becerra, all of Shelbyville — were injured in the accident. According to information we received four injured teenagers also attended Cascade High School.

Former Husband of Missing Teacher Charged With Attempted Murder In Separate Case

Tyler Mook. Picture from

Tyler Mook. Picture from

We have an update on a story we reported to you a few weeks ago. Tyler Mook is the ex-husband of a missing Bedford County woman and teacher Shelley Mook. He got into trouble in October down in Florida and now charges have been filed.
As we reported in October, police said Tyler Mook got into an argument with his girlfriend, threw her off a boat into the water and attempted to hold her under. Mook has been charged with attempted first degree murder.
Police said Tyler Mook’s brother, Andrew Mook, was able to put him in a chokehold long enough for the woman to escape. Another witness on the boat claimed to have heard Tyler Mook say, “No one disrespects me in front of my family. I will kill her.”
Police upgraded the original domestic battery charges on Tyler Mook to attempted first-degree murder.
While he does not represent Tyler Mook in Florida, Tyler Mook’s Tennessee attorney David Raybin said, “I am not aware of any reason an alleged domestic dispute should have been elevated to a felony. Mr. Mook has asserted his innocence of this, and I stand behind him.”
Tyler Mook is now in the Martin County jail in Florida on a $100,000 bond.
Shelley Mook went missing in 2011. Her burned car was later found in Murfreesboro. Tyler Mook made several appearances in court trying to get custody of the couple’s daughter. The child is in the custody of Shelly’s Mother. Mook has not been charged in this case.

New Health Care Plan For Tennesseans

Gov. Bill Haslam

Gov. Bill Haslam

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday unveiled a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options.
Called Insure Tennessee, the program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentives choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms.
The governor announced that he plans to call a special session to focus on the proposal after the 109th General Assembly convenes in January.
“We made the decision in Tennessee nearly two years ago not to expand traditional Medicaid,” Haslam said. “This is an alternative approach that forges a different path and is a unique Tennessee solution. “
Haslam said the plan leverages federal dollars to “provide health care coverage to more Tennesseans, to give people a choice in their coverage, and to address the cost of health care, better health outcomes and personal responsibility.”
Health care advocates heavily criticized Haslam for refusing last year to agree to $1.4 billion in federal funds to cover about 180,000 uninsured Tennesseans under the terms the money was offered.
Nine other Republican governors have agreed to expanded Medicaid, and at least three more are in discussions with federal officials.
A Vanderbilt poll released this month said 56 percent supported expanding Medicaid for low-income residents.

High-Speed Chase Sends Female To Jail

Police car2The passenger in a vehicle involved in a Nov. 7th high-speed chase has been sentenced in Warren County General Sessions Court.
29 year old Tammy Crusinberry pled guilty to charges of evading arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was ordered to serve 12 days of an 11 month 29 day sentence.
Crusinberry was the passenger in vehicle that led officers on a high-speed chase to the Viola area before coming to rest in a field. The car, driven by 24 year old Steffen Brady, ran a deputy’s car off the road, slightly injuring the officer. Crusinberry and Brady were both wanted by police. Brady for violation of parole and Cruisinberry for violation of probation. The pursuit began in McMinnville and included officers from Grundy and Coffee Counties. Brady and Cruisinberry fled on foot. Brady was caught quickly by deputies and Cruisinberry was captured by a TWRA officer.
Brady still faces numerous charges.

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