TBI arrests former Hardin County deputy clerk for stealing from office

Nov. 20– The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a former deputy clerk who allegedly stole money from the Hardin County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office while she was employed after she was indicted by the Hardin County grand jury on Monday.

The TBI said today that Savannah resident Amber Renee Terry, 32, was indicted on one count of theft of property over $10,000 and one count of official misconduct.

In April 2013, during a routine county audit by the state comptroller’s office, money was discovered missing from the office of Hardin County Circuit Court Clerk Diane Polk.

The TBI said Terry told auditors she was robbed twice in 2012 while taking deposits to a bank, but never reported the robberies. The 24th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office requested a TBI investigation regarding the missing funds.


Indicted Hardin County meth home cleaner weighs plea deal

Nov. 11– JACKSON, Tenn. (AP)– A Tennessee contractor charged with illegally certifying that homes where methamphetamine was produced were livable again is considering whether to go to trial or accept a plea agreement, his lawyer said Friday.

Douglas Earl McCasland made a brief appearance in federal court in Jackson on Friday. He was indicted in July on charges of mail fraud and making false statements regarding the proper remediation of houses where meth had been made.

McCasland’s lawyer, William J. Morrow, told U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen that a plea agreement has been discussed with the government. Morrow said his client needs more time to make a decision.

Breen set a Dec. 5 hearing for McCasland to inform him.

Under state law, all harmful meth residues must be removed from a house before people can live in it again. Contaminated homes are placed on a state quarantine list until they are properly cleaned and certified for re-habitation. More than 1,000 homes are currently on the list.

Tennessee’s Department of Environment and Conservation certifies contractors who are hired by property owners to clean up meth homes. It also certifies industrial hygienists who test properties for harmful residue after they are cleaned and clear them for habitation with a certificate. McCasland was certified by the state as a methamphetamine remediation contractor, but not as a hygienist.


Former Selmer cop pleads guilty to assaulting handcuffed man

Nov. 7– Christopher Eugene Reynolds, 39, a former police officer of the Selmer Police Department (SPD), pleaded guilty Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee to violating the civil rights of an arrestee, the U.S. Justice Department announced.

During his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge J. Daniel Breen, Reynolds admitted that, while using his authority as a SPD officer, he slammed a handcuffed arrestee to the floor of the McNairy Regional Hospital and struck him in the face, the Justice Department said.

According to information presented in court, Reynolds acknowledged that this assault was unreasonable and did not serve a legitimate law enforcement purpose. The victim was injured as a result of the assault.


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