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KPD, KCSO practice abducted child search

KPD, KCSO practice abducted child search

(WBIR - Knox County) Frantic screams filled the area near Rocky Hill Elementary School Wednesday afternoon as the the school's principals ran to rescue a young student. One moment he was on the playground playing with a ball. The next, taken by a stranger driving a white SUV.

It's wasn't an actual child abduction, only a large-scale test for the Knoxville Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

South Knox CVS robbed at knifepoint

South Knox CVS robbed at knifepoint

Knoxville police are looking for a man who jumped a pharmacy counter and stole prescriptions at knifepoint.

Investigators say it happened a little 9 p.m. Wednesday at the CVS on Chapman Highway, near Governor John Sevier Highway.

The suspect is described as a thin man, 6'0", wearing a brown Carhartt jacket, glasses and a scruffy beard.

If you have any information, you're asked to call police.

Vanessa Coleman jury to be selected from West Tennessee

Vanessa Coleman jury to be selected from West Tennessee

With the trials of her three co-defendants still on hold as a new judge takes over, Vanessa Coleman will face another jury next week.  That jury will come from West Tennessee.

Coleman was the only woman charged in the brutal murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.  The young Knox County couple was carjacked, raped, and killed in 2007.  Four people were charged in connection with their deaths, and three men were found guilty of first degree murder.  Coleman was found guilty of facilitation of Christian's murder. 

Baumgartner guilty on 5 of 6 counts, loses pension

Baumgartner guilty on 5 of 6 counts, loses pension

A federal jury has found former disgraced Knox County judge Richard Baumgartner guilty on 5 of the 6 counts against him.

Baumgartner is charged with misprision of a felony, which in this case accuses Baumgartner of knowingly covering up a drug conspiracy involving his mistress, and former graduate of the drug court he founded, Deena Castleman.

Jury deliberations in Baumgartner trial to resume Wednesday

Jury deliberations in Baumgartner trial to resume Wednesday

The federal jury in charge of deciding the fate of former disgraced Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner has gone home for the night.  It asked Judge Ronnie Greer though a note late Tuesday afternoon to be released at 4:30 p.m.  They will resume deliberations Wednesday morning.

The jury deliberatwed for about two and a half hours before the judge released them.  There is no indication about how close the jury is to reaching a verdict.

Closing arguments set for Tuesday in Baumgartner federal trial

Closing arguments set for Tuesday in Baumgartner federal trial

Both sides have rested in the federal trial of former Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner; closing arguments are set to begin on Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors rested their case Monday morning after calling their final two witnesses.  Knox County General Sessions Judge Andrew Jackson and Knox County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Blevins testified that Baumgartner approached them separately in 2010 about Castleman.  They were involved in cases against her. 

Mostly female jury selected in Baumgartner trial

Mostly female jury selected in Baumgartner trial

A jury has been selected in the trial of disgraced former Knox County Judge Richard Baumgartner.

 

Ten women and two men were selected to be on the main jury during the jury selection process, with one woman and one man as alternates.

Baumgartner faces seven counts of misprision of a felony. Prosecutors say he lied to the people, including state official, while trying to cover up a drug trafficking conspiracy.