Feds probe possible Nashville hate crime

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- FBI investigators are meeting with Metro Nashville police looking into a possible hate crime.

A police spokeswoman says Robert Utley heard someone banging on the door of his home early Monday morning and opened it to find a cross atop a pile of burning newspapers and a noose hanging from the gutter.

Police spokeswoman Kristin Mumford say there was also a note with racial threats against Utley and a female co-worker.

There were 18 hate crimes documented in Nashville last year.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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