5 things to know Friday, April 21

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- 1. AMBER Alert suspect Tad Cummins under arrest, missing 15-year-old found safe.

According to the Tennesee Bureau of Investigation, AMBER Alert suspect Tad Cummins is under arrest. Missing 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas from Maury County has been safely recovered in Northern California.

Kelly Giordano with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said Cummins' Nissan Rogue was found in Siskiyou County after 9 p.m. Wednesday. The sheriff's office said Thursday the two had only been in northern California for a few days when they were discovered.

According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, a Special Response Team (SRT) responded to the scene where the car was reported found and established a perimeter around the cabin believed to be occupied by Cummins and Thomas. A man who became friends with the two helped the SRT members at the scene. Deputies waited outside in the cold for hours for the two to exit the cabin.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Elizabeth will be flown home to Tennessee in TBI aircraft. Investigators said Elizabeth will be offered services for recovering when she returns back to Tennessee. Thomas' family attorney said she would not be returning home Thursday.


Prosecutors said federal charges were filed against Tad Cummins for transporting a minor across state lines for criminal sex. Officials said it could be several weeks before Tad Cummins brought back to Tennessee.

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2.Fentress County Sheriff accused of sex with inmates.

Charges filed against Fentress County Sheriff Charles Cravens allege sex with inmates and civil rights violations, according to the Acting United States District Attorney for the Middle District of Tennesssee.

47-year-old Cravens pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of honest services fraud and one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.
Cravens pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger of the Middle District of Tennessee. Sentencing was set for July 20, 2017.

James Cooper, Fentress County Commissioner of the fifth district, confirmed that the Fentress County Sheriff Chucky Cravens resigned from his post, effective April 28.

Information from the DA's office accuses Cravens of having sex with three inmates.


Officials said Cravens allegedly summoned an inmate to his office and had unprotected sex with her in July 2016. The same information makes allegations that Cravens formulated a plan to leave the jail with two inmates and had unprotected sex with them in a vacant trailer. Investigators found that he supposedly maintained sexual relationships with the same two inmates until they were released from jail. The last inmate was released in February 2017.

In a letter to the citizens of Fentress County, Chief Deputy Gary Ledbetter referenced the FBI investigation into Sheriff Cravens. In the letter, Ledbetter confirmed the primary focus of the federal investigation was related solely to the actions of Sheriff Cravens and was not related to the Sheriff's Office as whole.

"Make no mistake; I want you, the public, to know that I do not condone wrong doing or inappropriate behavior from any of our staff," Ledbetter's letter stated. "That's not what we are about. We took an oath to protect and serve our community and I believe that we are fortunate to have an honest, hardworking and dedicated crew at the Sheriff's Office that works hard every single day to maintain your trust."

3.Police search for suspect in deadly Trigg Ave. shooting.
The Knoxville Police Department is seeking the public's help finding the suspect involved in a fatal shooting on Trigg Avenue on Thursday morning.

Police identified the suspect as Chrisopher Leon Clark, a 35-year-old black man from Knoxville. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Officers responded to the shooting call at 1211 Trigg Avenue on April 20 at 1:55 a.m. Officials found shooting victim 34-year-old Walter Neal wounded inside the home.

Medical first responders determined that Neal was deceased at the scene.


Clark is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect is urged to call the Knoxville Police Crime Hotline at 865-215-7212.

4. Orange and White game Saturday, what you need to know.

In addition to free admission to the game, Fan Appreciation Day will feature an autograph signing with head coach Butch Jones and Vol players on the field at Neyland Stadium.

Fans will be allowed one item for autograph per player or coach. DJ Sterl the Pearl, Tennessee Spirit Team and Smokey will be in attendance.

Fan Day will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Those attending Fan Day must enter from Gate 7, starting at 12:30 p.m.

5. Paris attack being investigated as terrorist act.

France's anti-terrorism prosecutor says that searches are under way after an attack on police guarding the Champs-Elysees shopping district in Paris.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said that investigators have verified the identity of the gunman in Thursday night's attack and are trying to determine whether he had accomplices. The identity was not released.

Three police officials say at least one location in the eastern Paris suburbs was being searched early Friday.

One police officer and the attacker were killed in the incident.