- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014
Trial set in case of girl forced to drink soda

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee couple accused of killing the man’s 5-year-old daughter by forcing her to drink large quantities of grape soda and water will face trial in October.

Randall and Mary Vaughn were arraigned in Hawkins County on Friday. According to the court clerk’s office, the judge ordered that Mary Vaughn be represented by a public defender. Randall Vaughn will seek a private attorney. The couple did not enter a plea.

According to the autopsy report, on Jan. 1, 2012, the Vaughns forced Alexa Linboom to drink about 2.4 liters of soda and water over a one-to-two hour span as a punishment. The massive liquid intake caused her brain to swell and herniate.

The Vaughns are charged with murder, abuse and neglect. They are jailed on $500,000 bond each.

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YMCA at crash site reopens after inspection

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The YMCA in West Nashville that was the site of a small plane crash on Monday night has reopened.

Police said Friday afternoon that specially trained dogs assisted in a final inspection of the area around the crash and that additional material was discovered and collected. The Bellevue YMCA said the facility had reopened.

The crash killed a feedlot owner from Pawnee Rock, Kan., along with his wife and the couple’s daughter and granddaughter. The four had been traveling to Nashville for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show.

The flight missed its first approach at the airport and was preparing for a second one when it crashed.

The owners of 16 vehicles in the debris area from the crash have been retrieving their vehicles since Wednesday.

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Romanian admits to online car scheme

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Romanian man has admitted his role in a scheme where buyers were duped into paying money for automobiles they had seen for sale online but never received.

Federal prosecutors said Friday that 34-year-old Alexander Stanciu (STAN’-choo) of Bucharest, Romania, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and wire fraud.

U.S. Attorney David Rivera said in a statement that testimony showed that 17 people had paid more than $320,000 for vehicles they thought they were purchasing online.

Rivera said buyers saw the vehicles listed on websites such as Autotrader and eBay and then wired payments to bank accounts that Stanciu opened up using false identities. The bulk of the money was then sent to co-conspirators living abroad.

Stanciu was apprehended in July 2013 at Miami International Airport.

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High school coach, firefighter charged with rape

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Prosecutors say a high school coach and a Memphis firefighter have been charged with having sex with two 17-year-old girls.

The Shelby County district attorney’s office says Bolton High School assistant baseball coach Michael Lewis and firefighter Bryan Wilson were arrested Thursday on aggravated statutory rape charges.

Prosecutors say the 31-year-old men live together in a home in suburban Bartlett. Prosecutors allege Lewis was sexually involved with a 17-year-old student since last year, including having consensual sex in a classroom. Lewis also was charged with statutory rape by an authority figure.

Prosecutors say the other girl told authorities she spent the night with Wilson and had consensual sex with him.

Court records do not show whether the men have lawyers. A phone number listed under their address rang unanswered Friday.

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