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Online Vehicle Buying Scam Ousted
Karli Threet/WVLT Saturday November 24, 2012

Federal authorities are pursuing three fugitives and have arrested four others in what they describe as a $1.4 million international fraud operation stretching from Kentucky to Europe and involving the sale of non-existent cars. A Cumberland County woman reported a similar scam earlier this week when she won the bid for a car online, sent several thousand dollars via money order, but never received the vehicle. It is unknown if these cases are directly linked. The criminal case, involving seven people who used at least 20 aliases and five fictitious companies among them, involved advertising cars on websites such as eBay and Autotrader and arranging for wire transfers to pay for the vehicles. Once the money was received, prosecutors said, it was run through multiple bank accounts in Kentucky in different names and eventually overseas, but no car was ever produced for the buyer. Four people have pleaded not guilty. Three others have been charged, but hadn't appeared in court in Lexington as of Friday.

 


Good Samaritan Finds Stolen Jewelry
Karli Threet Saturday November 24, 2012

A Good Samaritan has been taken advantage of. According to reports, the victim came to the Cumberland County Justice Center to report she noticed some of her jewelry missing earlier this month. She had been letting a friend stay with her and when the friend left, she forgot her purse. The homeowner looked through the purse and found pawn tickets to $570 worth of jewelry. Upon further investigation, the jewelry in question was what the victim had been missing with the friend's name on the pawn tickets.

 


Officers Receive a Tip that Comes Out to be True
Karli Threet Saturday November 24, 2012

Cumberland County Sheriffs were called to a Lancer Court address for reports of drug activity. According to reports, the deputies searched the home and found marijuana, methamphetamine, several prescription drugs that the suspect didn't have prescriptions for, as well as possession of materials commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. 46 year old Michael Lynn Vaughn was arrested and transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center where he was booked in under $26,500 bond.

 


Scam on Genesis Road
Karli Threet Friday November 23, 2012

A Cumberland County couple were the victims of a scam. According to Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputies, two men came to the Genesis Road residence and asked the man and woman if they would come to the end of their driveway with them to show the couple how their property would be affected when the alleged road widening project began. There were two vehicles in the driveway when the couple left with the two men, and when they returned, the second vehicle was gone and their house was secured. The owner stated he never locks the doors and his wife didn't lock them either. Upon gaining entry to their residence, $800 worth of clothing and guns were stolen and an $800 gun safe had been destroyed along with $400 of sheetrock. The thieves left two chainsaws in their hurry to leave. The suspects are unknown at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.

 


Vols Last Game of the Season without Dooley
Karli Threet Friday November 23, 2012

The UT Vols finish the season tomorrow without Coach Derek Dooley against the Kentucky Wildcats at Neyland Stadium. Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney will step in as interim coach for the season finale. The Kickoff Call-In Show begins at 9:45 am and kickoff is at 11:21 am. Catch all the action on your home for the Vols, 102.5 WOW Country.

 

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