Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Foresty Says No Burn Permits Issued Today

LINDEN, TN-  Division of Forestry says it's not safe to burn today, and no permits will be issued. 

"Deer Season's Over": Mike Fisher Returns To The Predators

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He's Baaaaaack!

After walking away from the game of hockey last summer, Mike Fisher has decided that maybe he isn't quite done just yet.

Trey Gowdy To Leave Politics

WASHINGTON D.C.- Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced Wednesday via Twitter that he would not seek re-election to the House this year.

TSSAA Investigating Basketball Brawl

This past Saturday, January 27th a fight broke out during a boys basketball game between Brainerd High School in Chattanooga and Austin-East Magnet School in Knoxville.

Lawrence County Man Charged With Incest and Rape

LAWRENCE COUNTY, TN- The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has confirmed they have arrested and charged a Lawrence County man with Incest and Rape.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Staffer Wounded During Youth Center Riot

LINDEN, TN- At least one staff member was wounded after authorities say a riot broke out at youth housing facility in Linden. Perry County Sherriff Nick Weems
Says the fights occurred at the Deer Valley Youth Villages just outside of Linden on Tuesday afternoon.

The Perry County Sheriff's Office, EMS and other agencies responded to the call for assistance.

A staff member of the facility told WOPH HD News that 42 juveniles are housed at the facility.  When the incident broke out, staff needed assistance to contain the situation from possibly getting out of hand.

The staff member conformed a female employee was injured and that several of the juveniles came to her assistance. Those juveniles may have squared off with those who allegedly inured the female in an attempt to protect her. It is believed the situation escalated from that point.

Perry County Nick Weems said a "few people were hurt."

WOPC HD News has reached out to the corporate management of the youth facility for comment but at this time we have not received an answer to our request.

Weems said that the situation is under control and its likely that charges would be forthcoming.

Perry County Sherriff Introduces New K-9 Tango

LINDEN, TN- K-9 Officer "Tango" will be on patrol shortly in Perry County and he didn't cost taxpayers any "Cash."

Perry County will have one more officer to help take a bite out of crime. The new K-9 was donated to the Perry County Sheriff's Office by Nashville K-9 at zero cost to the tax payers. 

According to Sheriff Nick Weems, Tango is fully trained in protection and apprehension and will be a major asset in combating the crime and drugs here in Perry County. 

Sheriff Weems' said his eagerness to have a K-9 unit stems from his early work with his own dog, Vando in 2002. "Vando was instrumental to me and my career. He was able to help locate lost children, send drug dealers to jail and was an overall protector to me and our Department."  "I want my staff to have the same peace of mind I had, knowing they have a loyal and fierce ally." 

Tango and his training is valued at over $20,000.

Sheriff Weems said that Deputy Matt Votaw took initiative and found this asset for the department

Weems said "This is the team I envisioned when I took on the role as Sheriff. I want my people to always strive to find ways to make this Department work best for the community and do it in a way that lifts the burden off the taxpayers. This is a perfect example of that kind of thinking."

The Sheriff added "hopefully, those seeking to deal drugs in Perry County will "paws" and rethink their plan." 

US Marshalls Looking for Fugitive From Benton County

LEXINGTON, TN- Have you saw this man? If so the U.S. Marshals Service wants you to call them.

Jon Solberg is wanted on a probation violation charge out of Benton County and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to a press release from U.S. Marshals.

The press release says he was last seen in Lexington on Tuesday. Solberg was spotted fleeing from the Lexington Inn on foot with a black pit bull dog.

Solberg is described as a white man standing five feet 10 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. He is know to keep a dog with him . He may be driving a silver car missing a hubcap.
Photo: U.S. Marshalls

Anyone with information on Solberg should call their local 911 or the U.S. Marshals at 731-225-7547.

Hickman County Looking For Missing Teen

UPDATE: The Hickman County Sheriff's Office says the teen has been located.

CENTERVILLE, TN-A missing, Hickman County teen was last witnessed getting into a car with an unidentified male and police are asking for the publics help in locating her.

Hohenwald Honors Fallen Marine

HOHENWALD, TN- Prentice J. Bennett, was killed in 1968 in Vietnam and last weekend his home town honored him.

Monday, January 29, 2018

2-Year-Old Test Positive For Meth, Parents Arrested

DECATURVILLE, TN- Court records show that a Decatur County couple was jailed on serious charges after their 2-year-old child  reportedly tested positive for Meth.

Parsons Home Damaged By Fire

PARSONS, TN- Multiple agencies responded to a house fire on Monday morning at 206 Jennings Avenue.

TDOT Permanently Closes Crossovers On Hwy 43

Due to traffic safety concerns, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, has announced that the crossover for Hwy 166 at Hwy 43 will be PERMANENTLY CLOSED beginning at 8:30 AM on Monday, January 29th.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

School Threat Under Investigation In McNairy County

ADAMSVILLE, TN- The McNairy County Sheriff's  Office confirms a subject is in custody over a possible threat to a McNairy County School.

Holly Bobo Laid To Rest After Nearly 7 Years

Photo Burton S. Staggs

DECATURVILLE, TN- Its been 2480 days since Holly Bobo disappeared from her home in Darden, on Friday just before dusk her remains were laid to rest.
For nearly 7 years the public has had a view of inside the life of the family of Holly Bobo on Friday they laid their daughter and sister to rest in private. 

On a hill in southern Decatur County, just before dusk, a private burial was held for Holly Bobo in a family cemetery.
Photo: Burton S. Staggs

The private ceremony was attended by friends and family. 

Longtime family pastor Don Franks and Kevin Bromley spoke at the graveside service.

Bobo was kidnapped from her home in Decatur County and two years later her remains were found just a few miles from here home.

Two men have been convicted in Bobo's death.  

Quick Winter Blast May Bring Snow For Some

NASHVILLE, TN - Once again the weather discussion has turned to a snow possibility later this week.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Multiple Agencies Battle Forest Fire For Hours

PERRY COUNTY, TN- Because of strong winds and dry conditions, what looked like a small fire took hours to control.

On Friday local crews were dispatched to the 4000 block of Hwy 412 West at approximately 2:30 p.m. to what was called a forest fire. 

When crews arrived they realized the fire was near the home of one if thier own. The fire was behind Linden Fire Cheif Don Bates home and the fire was spreading fast. 

Multiple fire departments and law enforcement arrived in force to try and get the fire inder control. State Forestry Department soon arrived with trucks and a bulldozer to assist. 

It took hours for the crews to gain full control over the wind driven fire. 

After the fire was under control Fire Chief Don Bates took to social media to thank everyone that came to his assistance. 

Click here to read Bates' post

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Giles County Drug Round Up Ongoing

On Wednesday morning agents with the 22nd Judicial Drug Task Force, the Giles County Sheriff’s Department, the Pulaski Police Department, TBI, along with other agencies, held a drug round up.

Lawrence County Hit-And-Run Results In Woman Airlifted

LAWRENCE COUNTY, TN- In the past two weeks Lawrence County has had several violent incidents, another happened Wednesday night.

Fatal Fire Brings Focus On Smoke Detectors

LINDEN, TN- A recent fatal house fire in Hardin County that killed a family of four including two children, has thrust smoke detectors into the spot light.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WOPC Investigates Perry County's Tire Disposal Problem

UPDATE: Since WOPC HD News made the first call to Liberty Tire over 28 tons of discarded tires have been hauled out of Perry County. Liberty Tire says as of February 9, more loads are scheduled.

Charges In DUI Accident That Injured Child

PERRY COUNTY, TN- An 18-year-old man has been arrested for an October, 2017, head on collision that sent several people including a 7-year-old to the hospital.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

UPDATE:Lewis County Man Captured

HOHENWALD, TN -A man recently added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list is now in custody.

Attorney For Tad Cummins Removed From Case

NASHVILLE, TN-The attorney for Tad Cummins said he no longer wanted to represent him.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Killing Child's Cat With Crossbow

Photo Credit: Perry County Sheriff's Office

PERRY COUNTY, TN- A Perry County family took to social media to try and find out who killed a family pet.

Last Friday, Linden resident Parker Brown asked his friends on Facebook to help find who killed his four-year-old little brother's cat in such a "cold blooded and cruel way." The cat was shot with an arrow. The arrow was still in the animal when it was discovered.

A tip led the Perry County Sheriff's Office to question Skylar Morris, who lives near where the cat was reportedly shot. A press release from the sheriff's office says that Morris admitted to shooting the cat with a cross bow, but that 'it was an accident'.

According to a police report taken Deputy Matt Votaw, things in Morris' statement 'didn't add up'.

The sheriffs office says their investigation showed that Morris intentionally shot the animal at close range and from a downward angle.

Morris was later charged with Felony Aggravated Cruelty to Animals he was booked into the Perry County Jail and later released on a $2,500 bond.

Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems said “Unlike most cases where animals are shot that are running at large, this case is different. In this case, the shooter can not claim he was in fear of the animal or shot the cat to protect life or property. This was just a down right cruel act and hopefully the 4 year-old and family of the animal will see justice prevail.”

Parker Brown, who made the original post, said that he didn't really want the person responsible to go to jail, but he would have like them to apologize to his little brother.

The tragic story does have a happy ending: Brown said that Judy Freeman, an acquaintance, brought his little brother a new cat and "he is excited as could be."

(Photo: PCSO)

School Bus Crashes After Avoiding Deer Strike

PERRY COUNTY, TN - Two people were taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after a school bus overturned in rural Perry County.

Decatur County Hospital Gets A Shot At Life

Photo Credit: Decatur County General Hospital

DECATURVILLE, TN- For weeks the topic of discussion around Decatur County has been the possible loss of their community hospital. Last night the hospital got a chance at life.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Perry County Teams Defeat Frank Hughes, Get Ready For Top Ten Eagles

In one of the most important games of the year, so far, for the Lady Vikings (10-7, 1-2 12A), they sure didn’t disappoint. Both teams came up ready to play as both schools were out all week do to ice and snow.

Dylan Adams Sentenced To 35 Years In The Holly Bobo Case: Karen Bobo, "Guilty Is Guilty."

SAVANNAH, TN- Dylan Adams entered a plea of guilty today in the Hardin County Court that will see him serve the next 35 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Dylan Adams Due In Court Today In Holly Bobo Murder Case

Future Grave Site Of Holly Bobo/Burton S. Staggs

SAVANNAH, TN- This morning John Dylan Adams will stand before Judge Creed McGinley with his attorney's and to the left of Holly Bobo's family at 11:00 a.m. in Hardin County. For the first time in years there will be a different district attorney to the right of Adams.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Bear Creek Baptist Church Destroyed By Fire

Bear Creek Baptist Church/Sherry L. Miller

PARSONS, TN- Multiple fire crews responded to a structure fire at a historic Decatur County church.

Lawrence County Man Found Dead Inside Burned Home; Family Says Not An Accident

LAWRENCE COUNTY, TN- Rebekah Spence stands and watches investigators go through what remains of her fathers home. Tearfully she says " I just want them to find who did this to my daddy"

At about 3:30 a.m. this morning a call came into Lawrence County 911 that a home in the 1000 block of  Red Hill Road was on fire. When fire and sheriffs office personnel arrived they found the home to be fully engulfed in flames. They were told that the owner of the residence was believed to be inside.
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After the it was safe for officials to enter the home they found the body of Connis Ray "Butch" Blake, 50, was found inside.

The victims eldest son Derrick Blake WOPC HD News that Investigators told him that this wasn't an accident.

Spence who is the daughter of the victim and lives just feet from the fire tearfully said " I just had to watch my dad burn." 

She said that her father had been robbed several times and that he was known to have cash because he dealt in vehicle and had a business in Lawrenceburg.

The fire is under investigation at this time by the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office and other state agencies. 

Follow WOPC HD News for more on this story as it develops.

Lawrence County House Fire Claims Life

LAWRENCE COUNTY- Lawrence County officials say a man has been found dead as a result of an early morning house fire. Investigators looking into fatal Lawrence County house fire on Ethridge Red Hill road.

This morning, Ethridge Fire Department was dispatched to the 1000 block of Ethridge Red Hill Road to a residential fire.

When crews arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames. The resident of the home, Connis Ray Blake (50), was believed to still be in the home.

After the fire was controlled and firefighters could safely make entry, they found Blake's body inside the structure.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, States Bomb and Arson Division, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are currently on scene. 

Follow this developing story on WOPC HD News

Friday, January 19, 2018

Shooting Death Of Lawrence County Man, Is Third Suspicious Death In Five Day Span

LAWRENCE COUNTY, TN- In the past week three Lawrence County men have been found dead and all three deaths are considered suspicious and no arrest have been made.

Rock Legend Tom Petty Died Of Accidental Overdose

Photo Credit: ABC News

LOS ANGELES, CA- According to the family of legendary singer-songwriter, Tom Petty died of an accidental overdoes of multiple drugs.

Hickman County Health Department Offering Free Flu Shots

CENTERVILLE, TN-The 2017-2018 flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent memory. The Hickman County Health Department and other Health Departments are offering free shots.

Detectives Who Solved Tiffany Furgeson Murder Win Award

Tiffany Ferguson Courtesy of Ferguson Family 

NASHVILLE, TN- In February of last year shockwaves were sent through Nashville and Loretto when Tiffany Ferguson was brutally murdered in her home just off Wedgewood Ave. Today the detectives who solved her case were named Investigators of the Year.

Tennessee Bill Would Keep Daylight Savings Time Year Round

Clock Tower From The Old Lawrence County Courthouse/Burt Scott Staggs

NASHVILLE, TN- A Middle Tennessee lawmaker says Tennessee should keep an extra hour of sunlight year round

Thursday, January 18, 2018

School/Business Closing For Friday 1/19/18

Here are the latest school, business and civic closings for Friday 1/19/18 from around the Tennessee River Valley

-Decatur County Schools CLOSED
-Hardin County Schools CLOSED
-Giles County Schools CLOSED
-Lawrence County Schools CLOSED
-Lewis County Schools CLOSED
-Maury County Schools CLOSED
-Perry County Schools CLOSED
-Wayne County Schools CLOSED

Check Back Often For Updates

Savannah Woman Charged In Connection With Halloween Arson

SAVANNAH, TN- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that a second person had been arrested in connection to a Halloween morning fire that destroyed a large amount of hay and damaged a barn.

Lawrence County Hit-And-Run Victim Identified; Death Called Suspicious

LAWRENCE COUNTY, TN-  Last week WOPC HD News reported that the Tennessee Highway Patrol was working a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Last Friday morning at 6:40 am the THP tweeted that they were on scene of a fatal hit-and-run involving a pedestrian. That incident took place in the area of Revilo Road and Blooming Grove Road which is in southern Lawrence County.

The victim was identified as Richard Dube, Five Points, by the THP. 

The death is being called "suspicious" and the body has been sent for autopsy.

The case is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

This is a developing story, make sure to follow WOPC HD News for updates.

Nashville Named To Amazon's Top 20 For New Headquarters 50,000 Jobs

NASHVILLE, TN- Nashville is one of the fastest growing cities in America, and Amazon officials today named "Music City" as a finalist for its second headquarters.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lawrence County Investigates Deadly Shooting.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, TN- On Tuesday evening Lawrence County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call that a man had been shot and he later died.

Hardin County Medical Center Placed On Lockdown Due To Bomb Threat

SAVANNAH, TN- The Savannah Police Department said they responded to a "bomb threat" today at the Hardin County Medical Center. They were assisted by multiple agencies including the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, 24th Judicial Task Force and a K-9 unit from the Jackson Police Department, that dog is special trained to sniff out bombs.

Visitors and non-essential personnel were evacuated during the search. The hospital was placed on lockdown while the facility was searched.

No bomb was found and the facility has been ruled clear.

Police say that Hardin County Medical Center notified them that a patient had received a direct call to thier room which said their was a bomb in the hospital. 

Further investigation was able to determine that the patients room had not received a call in the past 24 hours. That patient is believed to suffer from dementia.

Police say in a press release that they belive the call was false and the hospital was under no threat. 

The hospital was on lockdown for approximately two hours. 

This is a developing story.