- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014
Petersburg man takes plea deal in child porn case

PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) - The former maintenance director for the Petersburg school district will enter a plea agreement in a child pornography case.

KFSK reports (http://is.gd/2yiWBq) federal prosecutors and an attorney for Tye Leif Petersen in mid-March agreed to the deal. It calls for Petersen to plead guilty to single counts of distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography. In exchange, he won’t be prosecuted further in this investigation.

The FBI investigated a Yahoo email account associated with someone in Tennessee. Authorities say they found Petersen had exchanged sexually explicit images and video.

The FBI then searched Petersen’s home in Petersburg, where officials say they found images of children on 11 CDs, five thumb drives, three hard drives and a desktop.

Petersen was arrested in Juneau as he attempted to fly to Seattle.

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Family hoping for leads in missing mom, child case

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) - The family of a missing woman and her child are still hoping for new leads in their disappearance, even though it’s been 10 years since they were last seen.

Kathy Nale told WTVF-TV in Nashville (http://bit.ly/1jLBFe5http://bit.ly/1jLBFe5 ) that the emotional ride has been “like a roller coaster” since her daughter, Jennifer Wix, and 2-year-old granddaughter, Adrianna, went missing in Robertson County.

Three months ago new information surfaced allowing authorities to re-classify the investigation from a missing persons case to a homicide; increasing the reward to $27,000.

Organizers solicited donations on Saturday to increase the reward with the hope that someone will come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Tennessee jail facing $300,000 budget overrun

TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) - Medical costs for a jail in south-central Tennessee are projected to overrun the budget by $300,000 by the end of June.

Coffee County Purchasing Officer Andy Farrar told The Tullahoma News (http://bit.ly/1dFAQRvhttp://bit.ly/1dFAQRv ) that the jail’s budget had been set at $400,000, but is projected to jump to $700,000 by the end of the fiscal year.

Farrar says pharmaceutical bills seem to have gone down slightly since new jail doctor David Florence took over in January. Farrar says most of the overage is coming from unforeseen “major medical” incidents such as fights, overdoses and other issues requiring hospitalization and airlift transportation to Nashville at a cost of $30,000 per trip.

Farrar says this fiscal year has seen four airlifts so far, compared to only one per year in previous years.

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Information from: The Tullahoma News, http://www.tullahomanews.comhttp://www.tullahomanews.com

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Appalachian Air ready to take off

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Pikeville officials say Appalachian Air is set to take off from eastern Kentucky in mid-April even though some work may remain unfinished.

Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn told the News-Express (http://bit.ly/1pEl6xQhttp://bit.ly/1pEl6xQ ) delays in dealing with the federal government have put the project slightly behind and forced local officials to decide begin flights without some of the proposed features of the service being in place

Blackburn says the proposed seamless baggage transfer between Appalachian Air and national air carriers at the Nashville International Airport will likely not be in place when the service begins flights.

Commercial air service consultant Luke Schmidt says the implementation of seamless baggage transfer with Appalachian Air has fallen victim to disagreements within the Federal Aviation Administration about certifications needed for the Pikeville airport.

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Information from: Appalachian News-Express, http://www.news-expressky.comhttp://www.news-expressky.com

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