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.
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The state Department of Children’s Services has been found liable in the deaths of a teenager and her foster father and the injuries to her foster mother after the biological father went on a shooting rampage.
Dyersburg resident Susan Randolph told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/14n0BzY) that she and her husband, Todd Randolph, agreed to temporarily take in the 15-year-old daughter of neighbor Chris Milburn at his request on July 30, 2009.
Susan Randolph said Chris Milburn told her husband there was an accusation of inappropriate touching. Randolph said she thought that perhaps there had been some misunderstanding between Chris Milburn and his daughter, and she was never told the extent of the allegations.
It came out in court that Stevie Milburn had reported that her father had given her a black eye that kept her out of school for a week, a burst lip, a smack in the face, a punch in the face with a closed fist and a whipping with a belt. She also said he sexually assaulted her.
DCS also learned of an earlier domestic violence charge against Chris Milburn and a prior DCS report that included the notation that Milburn “acts like a pedophile and dominates his child.”
News release from TBI:
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a Meigs County Sheriff’s deputy after he was indicted by the Rhea County grand jury earlier this week on charges stemming from a shooting incident in Rhea County last year.
Bradley Collins, 35, of Spring City, was indicted on one count of aggravated assault and two counts of reckless endangerment. On September 23, 2012, while off duty, Collins responded to his sister’s residence on Old Stage Road in Spring City after being informed that she was assaulted by her father, 46-year-old Randall Lee Copeland.
When Collins arrived at the residence, he discovered that his sister as safe and Copeland had returned to his residence next door. Knowing that Rhea County Sheriff’s Department was responding, Collins walked to Copeland’s residence with his duty pistol. Collins alleges that Copeland had a rifle in his hands, refused to put it down, and Collins fired twice at him. Copeland was not shot. Owners of a nearby home were outside working on a vehicle when Collins fired the weapon. The 12th Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI to investigate the shooting incident.
Collins was booked into the Rhea County Jail this morning on a $10,000 bond.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. — whose 2008 re-election campaign collected $9,900 from the NRA — partially blamed “violent video games and movies” rather than guns for Friday’s massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, according to Chris Carroll. “We should ask the leaders of the entertainment industry whether they would want their children — or those who might harm their children — to watch the increasingly violent video games and movies that they pour into our culture,” Alexander said Monday. “This is not the only cause of violence in our society, but it is one important cause.”
Some news reports have indicated the 20-year-old Connecticut gunman played violent computer games. Alexander said “we must look closely at the behavior of isolated young men who develop an obsession with violence.”
“The problem is not with the gun, but with the person pulling the trigger.” Alexander’s comments came less than 24 hours after President Barack Obama all but started a national conversation on gun control. “These tragedies must end,” Obama said at a memorial service in Connecticut. “And to end them, we must change.”
Tennessee’s other U.S. senator expressed sympathy but sidestepped specific proposals.
“Given such an unspeakable act of violence perpetrated on children, it’s appropriate to talk about what we’re doing to keep our communities safe, recognizing the issues involved are complex,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who received $4,950 in National Rifle Association funds this year. “Undoubtedly, every contributing factor will be examined.”
LEXINGTON — A state trooper who was shot and wounded Wednesday night on Interstate 40 in Henderson County returned fire, killing the man who shot him, according to the Jackson Sun.
. Trooper Dwayne Stanford, 27, was taken to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and was in stable condition, said Department of Safety spokeswoman Dalya Qualls. His injuries were described as not life-threatening.
Authorities said Stanford was shot in the chest. He was wearing a bulletproof vest, which seems to have prevented more serious injuries.
The incident started when Stanford pulled over a car on Interstate 40 westbound near mile marker 115 because the car fit the description of one police were looking for.
Stanford arrested the woman who was driving the car and placed her in custody inside his cruiser, authorities said. A man who was a passenger in the woman’s car then got out and began shooting. Stanford returned fire, killing the man.
A Knox County man has been charged with shooting a penned domestic turkey at state Rep. Frank Niceley’s Jefferson County farm, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Niceley said a flock of hens and two tom turkeys, kept by his daughter, were penned with a herd of sheep alongside hen the shooting occurred Wednesday.
“He just stopped and killed the biggest tom. He didn’t kill him with the first shot and had to shoot him two more times,” said Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains. “My wife (Cynthia) said it was just a mess.”
Niceley was at the Legislature in Nashville when the shooting occurred and related events as told him by his wife, daughter and a nephew who was visiting the family farm at the time.
The legislator said the man told family members that he thought the birds were wild turkeys. Wild turkey hunting season is currently underway.