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State offering $7,500 reward in Highway Patrol station shooting

News release from Department of Safety and Homeland Security
MEMPHIS – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is offering up to a $7,500 reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person (s) involved in the shooting of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Memphis District Office at 6348 Summer Avenue Memphis, TN.

At the time of the shooting employees were present in the building. This shooting occurred on June 5, 2016. At least fourteen rounds were fired into the front of the building, causing significant damage.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact one of the following law enforcement agencies or anonymous tip lines:

Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigations Division, District 4: 731-668-9644 Tennessee Highway Patrol Memphis: (901) 543-6256 Bartlett Police Department Crime Stoppers: 901-385-5550 Bartlett Crime Stoppers: (901) 382-MONY (382-6669) Memphis Crime Stoppers: (901) 528-CASH (528-2274)

“This was a serious and blatant attack on law enforcement, and we intend to do everything we can to hold anyone involved accountable. We need the public’s help to insure that justice is done in this case,” said Bill Gibbons, Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security.

“This was a deliberate attack on the fiber of all that is good. We will not stand by and let our employees be attacked and then do nothing. This despicable act of violence is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. We are requesting the public’s assistance, this is your community,” said Tracy Trott, Colonel of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Further, from the Commercial Appeal:

Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. William Futrell told officers that they heard 15 to 20 gunshots.

Authorities said several rounds hit the front of the building. Officers found 14 AK-47 shell casings in the eastbound lanes of the highway in front of the headquarters.

Bartlett Police Chief Gary Rikard said they have received a few tips and reviewed surveillance videos, but need more information.

Wanted Posters, $22,000 in Rewards Used in Seeking Eagle Shooters

Hoping to learn who shot two bald eagles in Southeast Tennessee, state and federal wildlife officials are trying to spark public awareness the old-fashioned way — with wanted posters. So reports the Chattanooga TFP:
Dan Hicks, public information officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, said Tuesday the state, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, produced wanted posters to be distributed in post offices, public libraries, other public buildings and grocery stores throughout Southeast Tennessee.
Hicks hopes the posters will catch the eyes of passers-by and generate more information about the so-called eagle shooter.
Leads have been coming in following a reward offer, but the culprit or culprits are still at large, he said
…One mature eagle was found with a gunshot wound in late March on Chickamauga Lake, near Soddy-Daisy. The second was found in May near Tellico Lake in Monroe County. Each had been shot in a wing and peppered with pellets.
The raptors were taken to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital and are recovering at the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Authorities have offered a $22,000 reward for information — that’s $11,000 per case. The money was donated by the American Eagle Foundation, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

Governor Ups Reward in Sevier Slaying

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that the state is increasing a $10,000 reward to $20,000 for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Dawn Shannon Hercutt.
“I am hopeful that this new reward encourages someone with information about this case to come forward,” Haslam said. “It is past time for the person or people responsible for this terrible crime to be brought to justice.”
On August 3, 2009, Hercutt’s body was found in her car at the bottom of a 150-foot embankment in Sevierville. Her death initially appeared to result from a car accident, but autopsy results later revealed that she was murdered.
Along with the additional $10,000 in reward money, the governor announced that the state will match any new reward offered by a third party in this case up to a maximum of $5,000.
The initial $10,000 reward was approved by Gov. Phil Bredesen in December 2009.
James Dunn, District Attorney General for the 4th Judicial District, requests that anyone with information about this case call the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office tips line at 865-453-0312 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND

Governor Offers $20,000 Reward in Firefighter’s Death

News release from the governor;s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Decatur County Fire Chief Kenny Fox.
“I encourage anyone who knows anything about this case to contact local authorities immediately, and I hope this reward leads to justice for Chief Fox’s family,” Haslam said.
On April 7, Fox was killed and two firefighters, Jeremy and Randy Inman, were injured while battling a blaze at the Oak Hill Bar in Parsons. Investigators later determined that the fire was an act of arson, which makes Fox’s death a Class A felony of first degree murder.
Hansel McCadams, District Attorney General for the 24th Judicial District, and the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Investigation Unit request that anyone with information about the fire call the arson hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

State Reward Offered in Knoxville Slaying

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the shooting death of a man in east Knoxville.
Haslam announced the reward on Friday evening in the slaying of 40-year-old Robert “Ernie” Reno last November, WVLT-TV reported (http://bit.ly/xEthAP ).
Police said Reno was found dead from several bullet wounds outside a home on Selma Avenue just after midnight on Nov. 11.
Anyone with information should contact the Knoxville Police Department’s crime information line at 865-215-7212.

State Reward Offered in Memphis Murder of Basketball Player

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the state will issue a $5,000 reward to the person or persons providing information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of any person who committed, attempted to commit or conspired to commit the homicide of Lorenzen Wright.
Additionally, the governor announced that the state will match up to $5,000 if any other organization offers a reward for a potential total of $10,000.
Haslam offered the reward in response to requests made by Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton.
“It is my hope that this reward leads to information about who committed this crime,” Haslam said. “Lorenzen Wright’s family has been through a lot, and they deserve answers.”
Tennessee Code Section 40-8-101 authorizes the Governor to offer a reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of person involved in certain criminal activity.
Wright’s body was discovered on July 28, 2010 in southeast Shelby County. He played college basketball at the University of Memphis and was a former NBA player who played for the Memphis Grizzlies.

On Offering State Reward Money: ‘Are Some Worth More Than Others?’

Gov. Bill Haslam offered rewards Tuesday in three separate criminal cases involving Tennessee women, including a $10,000 reward in the case of Shelbyville teacher Shelley Mook. But the announcement was bittersweet for the families of two other missing persons from Shelbyville, according to the Times-Gazette.
Bobby Smelcer, 52, went missing last November. Antonio Taylor, 21, hasn’t been seen since September 1999.
The Smelcer family has petitioned District Attorney Charles Crawford for assistance and has made dozens of calls to Haslam’s office.
“I called him the first day he was in office,” said Kristy Ray of her calls to the governor’s office. “They told me they were giving my request a ‘high priority.'” Ray is a sister of Smelcer.
“How do they determine how much a person’s life is worth?” said Karen Harris, another sister in Smelcer’s large family.
“The governor’s office called us this (Thursday) morning and said they were not going to grant a $10,000 reward for Bobby Smelcer,” Sgt. Brian Crews, a Shelbyville police detective, said. “We had put in requests for Bobby Smelcer and Antonio Taylor earlier this year. I don’t know how they choose who gets rewards and who doesn’t.”
Within days of the April 13 disappearance of nursing student Holly Bobo in Parsons this year, Haslam’s office announced a $50,000 reward.
“I am happy for the families who have received this money, but it is a hard pill to swallow for families of missing loved ones, who get less or nothing,” said Harris. “How do they determine the price of someone’s life? Are some worth more than others?
“I am appalled to think that our governor is placing different dollar amounts for different missing persons or cases. Our brother Bobby is priceless to us, regardless of the assumption of our governor that he is worthless.”
“It is good thing that [the governor] is doing that, but I feel it is unfair to my family,” said Lucille Buchanan, the grandmother of Antonio Taylor. “I feel like it’s unfair because Antonio and Bobby, they were human beings too. Just because they were not a woman, or a child, it shouldn’t matter.”
….Typically a local district attorney makes a written request of the governor’s office for reward funding.
“Whether the governor’s office receives a written request for a reward or not, these are all tough cases for communities to experience,” said press secretary David Smith. “A local district attorney would submit a letter requesting a reward, and each request is carefully reviewed by the governor and his legal counsel.”
…”He has hurt a lot of people,” says Ray of Haslam. “I did not sleep last night. I was disappointed by the man who is supposed to be taking care of us. No one person is worth more than another.”

State Rewards Offered in 3 Cases: Missing Woman, Missing Child and a Murder

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is offering three rewards in three separate cases for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are criminally responsible in each case.
Haslam is offering a $10,000 reward in the case of Shelley Mook who was last seen on February 28 at the home of her ex-husband in Bedford County where she had taken her child. Several hours later, her car was discovered burning in Rutherford County. Authorities believe Mook is the victim of an aggravated kidnapping and/or intentional homicide. The governor is making the reward available at the request of District Attorney General for the 17th District Charles Crawford and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
The second reward is for $10,000 in the case of Lydia Naomi Gutierrez who was stabbed and strangled in her apartment in Gallatin on August 12, 2010 while her two sons, ages 1 and 2, were there. Her third son, who was 8, found his mother’s body when he got home from school. Haslam is making the reward available at the request of District Attorney General for the 18th District Ray Whitley.
The third reward is for $5,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Zaylee Grace Fryer, who was 4 months old at the time of her disappearance. The baby and her mother, Shauna Fryar, were reported missing from their home in Millersville on May 5. On May 7, the mother’s body was recovered from the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville around the area of the Shelby Street Bridge. Zaylee has not been seen since May 1, 2011. An Amber Alert was issued for her on May 10. The governor is making the reward available at the request of District Attorney General for the 18th District Ray Whitley.
“These are terrible crimes against women and children, and I hope these rewards will encourage anyone with information about any of these cases to contact the appropriate authorities immediately,” Haslam said.
Anyone with information on any of these cases is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Governor Offers $50,000 Reward In Parsons Kidnapping

From the TBI and governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons who are criminally responsible for the aggravated kidnapping of 20-year old Holly Bobo.
TBI, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are actively looking for the Parsons, Tennessee woman believed to be a victim of a kidnapping on April 13, 2011.
“Holly Bobo’s family needs answers,” Haslam said. “It is my hope that this reward money would spur some leads that will bring Holly home safely.”
Bobo was last seen by a family member being led against her will behind her home on Swan Johnson Road toward a wooded area by a man wearing camouflage clothing. She is described as 5’3″, weighs 110 pounds and was wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans. She was last seen at approximately 7:40 a.m on Wednesday.
“Officers and agents have followed up on more than 250 leads, but more community information is needed to help find Holly,” Haslam said. “I also want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who continue to donate their time and energy to help find Ms. Bobo.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Holly Bobo is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.