By Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Man charged in JBLM soldier’s stabbing death

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Pierce County prosecutor has charged a Puyallup, Wash., man with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who intervened when a woman was being attacked.

The News Tribune says ( ) 29-year-old Chase Devyver pleaded not guilty Tuesday to that count and related charges. He was held on $2 million bail.

In court papers, prosecutors say Devyver, his girlfriend, Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Woods and another woman went out drinking before returning to a home early Sunday. Devyver and his girlfriend reportedly sat outside in a car arguing for some time while Woods and the other woman went inside.

When the girlfriend walked to the house, Devyver is accused of stabbing her. Prosecutors say Woods went to help her and was fatally stabbed.

The Army says the 38-year-old Woods was from Cedar Hill, Tenn.


Proposed supermarket wine deal draws criticism

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposed deal to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee is drawing criticism for trying to exclude big box retailers and convenience stores.

Supporters of the measure seeking to authorize cities and counties to hold referendums on supermarket wine sales have been heartened by the liquor industry lobby for the first time engaging in serious negotiations over the perennial bill.

But a proposal to require a minimum percentage of sales to be made up by groceries in order to gain a license to sell wine has drawn the ire of big retailers such as Wal-Mart and smaller convenience stores.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Anne Hatfield said in an email that company is calling for legislation that “does not arbitrarily limit our ability to offer customers the convenience and product assortment they want.”

Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol and a main sponsor of supermarket wine sales, said Tuesday that he’s wary of setting up free market barriers.

“Wal-Mart is the biggest grocery chain in Tennessee,” he said. “So do they have a valid point of having wine on their shelves? Sure they do.”


Bond reduced, 1 charge dropped for baby’s mom

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A judge has reduced bond for a Memphis mother jailed on charges related to the disappearance of her 7-week-old daughter.

General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Chris Turner cut the bond for Andrea Walker from $500,000 to $250,000 during a hearing Tuesday.

Wallker’s daughter, Aniston Walker, was reported missing Jan. 9.

Police said Walker told them she left the baby at home with her 3-year-old son while she took her 5-year-old son to school. She said that when she returned home, the baby was gone, but the 3-year-old was still there.

Prosecutors have dropped an aggravated child abuse or neglect charge related to the 3-year-old boy.

Walker remains in jail on an aggravated child abuse or neglect charge in connection with the baby’s disappearance. She has pleaded not guilty.


26 indicted by federal jury in Greeneville

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal grand jury in Greeneville has charged 26 people with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

The suspects are mostly middle-aged but range in age from 22 to 73. They face a minimum of 10 years in a federal prison.

U.S. Attorney William C. Killian said in a news release Tuesday that five of the suspects also face additional firearms charges.

Authorities say an investigation shows that people involved were buying methamphetamine in Georgia and then distributing the drug in Tennessee and Kentucky.

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