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West TN man pleads guilty to 4 rapes from 16 years ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to raping four women more than 16 years ago. The Shelby County district attorney’s office said Wednesday that Tony Sea was sentenced to 40 years in prison without the possibility for parole. He pleaded guilty to four aggravated rape charges under a settlement with prosecutors. Prosecutors say DNA evidence matched Sea…

Kentucky man arrested after 17-hour standoff in Clarksville

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been arrested after a 17-hour standoff with police in Clarksville. The Leaf-Chronicle reports that Clarksville police arrested 50-year-old Darren Vance of Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday morning with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his abdomen. Police say Vance had barricaded himself inside the home with an AK-47-style rifle. Negotiators spoke with Vance by…

Former Middle TN police officer pleads guilty in unwanted sexual contact

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Middle Tennessee police officer has pleaded guilty to charges related to unwanted sexual contact with a female driver he had pulled over. U.S. Attorney Donald Cochran says 27-year-old ex-Spring Hill Officer Christopher Patrick Odom pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law. The indictment and…

Newspaper executive dies in fall at Chicago hotel

CHICAGO (AP) — In a story Oct. 17 about the death of a newspaper executive, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sandusky Newspaper Group is based in Tennessee. It is based in Ohio. A corrected version of the story is below: An executive of an Ohio-based newspaper group died after falling from the 20th floor of Chicago hotel. Eric Paul…

Pilot Flying J agreed to pay legal costs of former staffers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck stop chain controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has publicly distanced itself from former employees charged with defrauding customers. But court records show the board of Pilot Flying J has agreed to pay the ex-staffers’ legal bills. Pilot Flying J has been under scrutiny in…

Judge declares mistrial in Mississippi burning death

BATESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has declared a mistrial after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the trial of a man charged with burning a woman to death. Quinton Tellis Jurors had deliberated between nine and 10 hours in the trial of 29-year-old Quinton Tellis. The deliberations started Sunday and ended Monday, when the jury…

Thousands of state assessment tests scored incorrectly

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials believe nearly 10,000 assessment tests across the state were scored incorrectly. The Commercial Appeal reports that about 9,400 of the approximately 600,000 TNReady tests that were taken in the last school year were incorrectly scored. Once the errors were corrected, officials say about 1,700 of those 9,400 incorrectly tallied tests actually ended up…

Memphis student says she was raped twice in 20 days

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Students at the University of Memphis are planning to protest for a third consecutive day after a student said she was raped twice off-campus within a 20-day span earlier this year. The Commercial Appeal reports that a small group of students held protests in front of the school’s University Center on Wednesday and Thursday. They are…

State help given to probe of officer’s death

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he has mobilized state law enforcement resources to help Lubbock and Texas Tech University police investigate the fatal shooting of a campus police officer. University officials say a 19-year-old Tech student in custody is suspected of killing the officer Monday night at the campus police headquarters. In a statement, Abbott also…