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Haslam Announces Reward for Info on Robertson Co. Murder

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; June 7, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $10,000 reward from the state for information on the death of Rashaud Singletary in May 2012 in Springfield.

“I encourage anyone with information in this case to contact the local authorities immediately so those responsible for this crime can be brought to justice,” Haslam said.

The state reward of $10,000 is for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons who have committed, attempted to commit or conspired to commit the murder of Singletary.

On May 6, 2012, Singletary was shot in the back of the head in Springfield, and there was a large group of people present at the time of the killing. The Springfield Police Department investigated the case, and a suspect, Mandrekus Young, was indicted. The 19th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office determined, however, that further investigation was needed before the case can move forward.

John Carney, District Attorney General for the 19th Judicial District, requests that anyone with information about this case call Det. Terry Dorris of the Springfield Police Department at (615) 384-8422.

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Governor Offers $20,000 Reward for Information on Decatur Co. Arson

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 23, 2012: 

Oak Hill Bar fire killed fire chief and seriously injured two firefighters

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of Decatur County Fire Chief Kenny Fox.

“I encourage anyone who knows anything about this case to contact local authorities immediately, and I hope this reward leads to justice for Chief Fox’s family,” Haslam said.

On April 7, Fox was killed and two firefighters, Jeremy and Randy Inman, were injured while battling a blaze at the Oak Hill Bar in Parsons. Investigators later determined that the fire was an act of arson, which makes Fox’s death a Class A felony of first degree murder.

Hansel McCadams, District Attorney General for the 24th Judicial District, and the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Investigation Unit request that anyone with information about the fire call the arson hotline at 1-800-762-3017.

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Haslam Offers $15K Reward for Kidnapping Info

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; May 9, 2012:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a reward for information in the Bain Family kidnapping case out of Hardeman County, Tenn.

Haslam is offering $15,000 for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction or the person or persons who have committed, attempted to commit or conspired to commit the kidnapping of JoAnn Bain and her three children Kyliyah, Alexandria and Adrienne Bain.

In addition, should another party issue a reward for information leading to a conviction; the state will match the reward up to $5,000. Twenty-Fifth Judicial District Attorney General Mike Dunavant made the reward request.

“It is my sincerest hope that this reward will lead to new information that brings those responsible for this crime to justice,” Haslam said.

JoAnn, 31, and her daughters were reported missing from their Whiteville, Tenn. home on April 27, 2012. The central suspect is Adam Mayes, who was considered a friend of the family, and he was with them in their home early that morning. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Mayes was last seen in Guntown, Miss. on May 1, 2012. On May 5, 2012 the bodies of JoAnn and Adrienne, 14, were discovered buried in a shallow grave behind the house of Mayes’ mother Mary in Guntown. Alexandria, 12 and Kyliyah, 8, are still missing and are believed to be with Mayes. Investigators have information that Mayes may have changed his appearance as well as that of the missing victims.

Mary Mayes, 65, and Mayes’ ex-wife, 31-year-old Guntown resident Teresa Ann Mayes, were charged Tuesday for their roles in the kidnapping.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is requesting that anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mayes, Alexandria and Kyliyah call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. The TBI has added Mayes to the state’s Top Ten Most Wanted list and a $6,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his whereabouts and arrest. The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the location of the missing victims and the arrest of Mayes.

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$20K Reward for Mosque-Site Arson Arrest

Federal law enforcement agents are offering $20,000 for information that leads them to solving a case of vandalism at the construction site of a proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center in Rutherford County.

On Aug. 28 a fire was set to construction equipment at the site of a future Islamic Center of Murfreesboro worship house and community hall south of Murfreesboro. The case has garnered widespread media attention.

“We are bringing all our resources to bear to make sure this case gets into federal court so justice can be served,” Steven Gerido, an assistant special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said during a press conference at the mosque construction site Friday.

He called the case “high profile,” but stopped short of labeling it a “hate crime.”

“We don’t feed into all of the different circumstances surrounding the event itself,” Gerido added.

The FBI and BATFE have confirmed the act was, as has already been widely reported, a case of arson. Laboratory tests for the use of fire “accelerants” at the site returned positive, agents said.

“The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, ATF and FBI are continuing to investigate and no further information regarding the ongoing investigation can be provided at this time,” Gerido said.

Cami Ayash, spokeswoman for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro has in the past called the incident a “shameful crime…instigated by the hate campaign that our Muslim community has been subjected to recently.”

“Somebody knows something, and hopefully this is an incentive to get someone to step forward,” she said.

On Friday Ayash elaborated on mosque leaders’ thinking on events of the past few weeks and months. Had they the chance to plan the development and initiate construction on their new facilities all over again, they probably would not have done so at the height of an election season, she said.

“All of this started because of bad timing on our part,” said Ayesh. “A lot of people were running their campaigns off of ‘terrorist training camps’ and things like that. Unfortunately, when you have people that plant that initial seed, then you have those who want to take it and run with it, and take the law into their own hands.”

“I really don’t think there is anything politically motivating whoever did this,” Ayash added.