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Man charged with DUI after driving the wrong way

A 29-year-old Tennessee man was seen operating his vehicle slowly in the left lane on US Route 11E at about 2:10 a.m. on Feb. 24. Authorities say that the man's vehicle was driving in the left passing lane for about a mile before it crossed the white line. They say that the man then crossed into an oncoming traffic lane and stopped his vehicle.

At that point, authorities initiated a traffic stop during which he was asked to perform field sobriety tests. Officers noticed an odor of alcohol on his breath when he talked to them, and he also performed poorly on the tests. The man was charged with driving under the influence as well as driving on a suspended license. He was also charged with having no proof of insurance and making an illegal lane change.

Getting a Tennessee domestic violence charge dismissed

Getting accused of domestic violence or assault is a very serious situation to be in. When you are accused of this, it means that there is reason to believe that you caused harm to another with whom you share a home, or to someone with whom you have a close relationship. This harm could have been caused intentionally, or it could have been accidental, through reckless behavior and disregard for the safety of others.

The penalties in Tennessee mean that if you are found guilty, you could face a maximum of 11 months and 29 days in jail. In addition to this, you may face a maximum $2,500 fine.

Elements of felony drunk driving charges

As a general rule, a felony conviction for DUI carries longer jail terms and comes with other enhanced penalties. This is because Tennessee and most other states define a felony as a more serious offense. In New York, there are two levels of felony drunk driving. The type of felony a person receives depends on whether they have had past drunk driving convictions and when they occurred.

Typically, those who are charged with DUI for the first time will face a misdemeanor as opposed to a felony. However, this is not always the case. For instance, if there is significant property damage or a person is hurt or killed, the charge may be upgraded. Those who are convicted of a felony charge may lose their license for a significant period of time. They may also lose a professional license or otherwise be limited in where they can work.

Police arrest 'Kingpin Granny' for drug dealing

A 75-year-old Tennessee woman has been arrested for allegedly dealing drugs out of her home for decades. The Decatur County Sheriff's Office says that the defendant, known as "Kingpin Granny", was a primary source for area residents looking for illicit painkillers.

According to local media reports, undercover narcotics officers went to the defendant's home in Parsons and purchased some drugs from her. They then searched her property and found over 1,000 prescription pills, including Oxycodone, Xanax and morphine. They also found heroin and $12,000 in cash.

Fatal crashes increase on marijuana holiday

Tennessee drivers concerned about traffic safety and marijuana usage may have reason to worry. The American Medical Association's periodical JAMA Internal Medicine recently detailed an epidemiological study that shows a spike in traffic fatalities on April 20, the unofficial holiday upon which marijuana activists promote its usage.

Although the study does not explicitly link crash data to marijuana usage, it did examine data collected on April 20, 1992, and each subsequent April 20 through 2016. The crash statistics were compared to the days and weeks prior for each year. Fatal crash incidents proved to be 12 percent more likely on April 20 as compared to the surrounding days over the 25 years in which data was examined. Since it is not specifically noted on accident reports whether marijuana was a factor, researchers extrapolated the potential link to suspected higher usage of marijuana on April 20 to make the case. Similar research has shown a spike in alcohol-related fatalities that coincide with New Year's Eve and the annual Super Bowl.

2 facing charges after authorities seize MDMA

On Jan. 29, two Tennessee residents were taken into police custody following an investigation into an alleged drug trafficking ring. According to authorities, the two individuals were thought to be part of an organization on the West Coast that wanted to start a distribution cell in the Tennessee area.

During the investigation into the alleged distribution cell, Murfreesboro police and detectives from the Rutherford County's sheriff's office learned that a delivery was scheduled to be made to a residence in Murfreesbro. About 5 pounds of MDMA were reportedly seized from the residence. The two individuals who were taken into custody were identified as a 23-year-old man and a 36-year-old man.

Tennessee man accused of trafficking large amounts of cocaine

A Drug Enforcement Administration investigation has resulted in indictments against 12 people. Agents allege that they were part of an organization bringing cocaine into Tennessee, and they have identified a man from Memphis as the possible ringleader. Authorities cited taped telephone conversations referring to a "ticket" as evidence of his illegal activity. Law enforcement considers "ticket" to be a code word among drug dealers for cocaine.

When agents attempted to arrest him, he made a dramatic getaway after crashing his vehicle into a DEA car. He escaped by running into the woods with two large bags. When agents recovered the bags, they allegedly contained cocaine and $195,000. Agents succeeded in arresting the man the day after his escape.

Shoplifting in Tennessee can cause serious issues for you

With the rise of self checkout systems, more and more people feel tempted to shoplift. After all, with no one there to ring you up, it's easy to imagine getting away with ringing an item up incorrectly or even just not paying for something in your basket or cart. However, regardless of the retail environment, shoplifting in any form is still theft, and that means it's a crime in Tennessee.

Charges vary according to the age of the person accused and the amount of items allegedly stolen or concealed. Many people don't realize this, but you can end up charged with a shoplifting offense without ever actually leaving a store. If you may soon face shoplifting charges, you need to educate yourself about the risks and potential consequences.

Study: Drunk driving threshold should be lowered further

Tennessee motorists already face steep penalties for DUI charges. Being at or over the legal limit of .08 percent can lead to mandatory jail time as well as costly fines and the suspension of a driver's license. A new federally funded study is arguing for a lowered drunk driving threshold in order to improve roadway safety and cut down on fatal crashes.

Issued by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the report states that there are around 10,000 deaths on America's roadways each year due to drunk driving. In an attempt to cut down on intoxicated drivers on the road, the study authors believe that the current BAC limit should be lowered to .05 percent. In practice, this would mean that most women would be limited to one or two drinks over an evening and most men to two or three drinks. The report also proposed a number of restrictions on alcohol sales and consumption, including limiting the legal hours for the sale of alcoholic beverages as well as a hike in alcohol taxes.

Man tried to touch boy in Tennessee YMCA shower

According to the Knoxville Police Department, a strange man reportedly attempted to touch a boy at the Lindsay Young Downtown YMCA. The incident occurred on Jan. 7 around 3 p.m.

The police report that they are searching for the man. The boy was apparently taking a shower when the man reached inside and attempted to touch him. The boy reportedly swatted his hand away. Family members and friends of the boy then chased the man away after he hurriedly put on his clothes. The boy's father then told the YMCA staff, who called the police.

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