- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014
1 killed, 2 injured in fatal motorcycle crash

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that killed one person and injured two others in a northeast Nashville neighborhood.

According to WKRN-TV (https://bit.ly/1ksLB78), the crashed occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 65 in Madison.

Police say a motorcycle driven by 34-year-old Eric Knight struck a pedestrian, identified as 45-year-old Gregory Crabtree, whose truck had blown a tire. Crabtree was in the roadway picking up a piece of tire tread.

Officials say the impact caused Knight’s motorcycle to veer into the shoulder between Crabtree’s truck and the guardrail, ejecting Knight and his passenger, 27-year-old Abigail McCormick.

Knight died at the scene. Crabtree and McCormick were both listed in critical condition at local hospitals.

Over in East Tennessee, authorities are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred around 9:30 Saturday in Knox County. Ernest McFall, 56, of Knoxville, was killed when he crossed a centerline and struck an oncoming pickup. The driver of the pickup was not injured.


Authorities probe drowning at Center Hill Lake

SMITHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are investigating a drowning at Center Hill Lake in DeKalb County.

According to media reports, a man drowned in an area of the lake near Cove Hollow Marina on Saturday. The identity of the man has not been released.

Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said the man was sitting on the back of his personal watercraft, when he somehow fell off the back of it and never resurfaced.

Authorities began searching for his body around 4 p.m. and found it a few hours later about a mile-and-a-half downstream.

Officials are also investigating the drowning of a 27-year-old man in Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville on Friday.

TWRA officials say Regan Jewett of Nashville was on a foam mat in the water and attempted to climb onto a personal water craft, when it somehow rolled over on top of him.


Nearly 200 Memphis police officers call in sick

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Nearly 200 police officers have called in sick over the last few days, and Mayor A C Wharton said the action is likely tied to recent budget cuts made by the City Council.

Police Director Toney Armstrong said in a statement emailed to the media on Saturday that 181 officers have called in sick since June 30.

According to The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/TWC0yK), the calls come after the City Council approved the mayor’s proposal to cut retiree health insurance subsidies in June. The proposal also increased premiums for employees and retirees.

Wharton acknowledged Saturday that the officers’ actions were most likely a result of the council’s budget decisions.

“It would be fanciful to say these are not related,” he said. “Common sense rejects that conclusion.”

Police spokeswoman Alyssa Macon-Moore said the officers who called in sick are spread across all precincts.


Couple charged with child abuse, neglect

CORDOVA, Tenn. (AP) - A couple has been charged with child abuse and neglect for allegedly leaving their 15-month-old girl locked in a car in Shelby County while they shopped for groceries.

WMC-TV (https://bit.ly/1r0bbFC) reports 28-year-old Matthew Brown and 25-year-old Brittany Zanetti left the toddler inside the car on Saturday with all the widows up and the engine turned off. The outside temperature was around 86 degrees.

Deputies found the girl’s parents inside the Kroger store in Cordova and arrested them. They were each being held on $10,000 bonds. Jail records did not list attorneys for the couple.

The toddler was listed in stable condition at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Officials are urging anyone who discovers a child locked in an unattended vehicle to immediately call 911.

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