Jefferson duo indicted for identity theft

A Jefferson County woman and man have been indicted for identity theft, fabricating evidence, false reporting and forgery as the result of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation criminal inquiry, the TBI announced this morning.

Brenna Cervino, 37, allegedly forged the signature of a mental-health consultant on an evaluation document to get James Bundy’s name removed from the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry, according to the TBI. The TBI began investigating the matter in December 2018 at the request of District Attorney General James Dunn.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Cervino and Bundy, 36, last week. Cervino was booked into the Jefferson County Jail this morning. Her bond was set at $30,000. Bundy surrendered on Tuesday. His bond was set at $10,000, according to the TBI.

Missing Hawkins youth found safe

A runaway juvenile from Hawkins County has been found safe, according to Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.

Jacob Williams, of Willards Lawson Road, Rogersville, ran away from his home last week.

Before Williams was located, he was last seen in the Church Hill area on Monday.

No other information was available.

DCS looking for Newport woman

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, as well as the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office, is looking for a Newport woman who reportedly absconded with her two children.

On Wednesday, DCS Team Leader Dwane Powers told Deputy Sgt. Christopher Barnes that Wendy Merwin, 38, Rays Loop Road, had left with her children, ages 2 and 7.

A court order by Cocke County Juvenile Judge Brad Davidson had placed the children in DCS custody. As a result, the agency contacted Merwin on Jan. 9 asking her to come to the DCS office for a meeting but Merwin did not appear. Thereafter attempts were made to contact Merwin in person and by phone.

The missing children now have been entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

Merwin is described as a white female, 5’ 6” tall, weighing 120 pounds, with sandy hair and blue eyes.

The 2-year-old girl and the 7-year-old boy, both are white with blond hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the missing mother and her children should call Cocke County Dispatch at 423-623-3064.

McGhee Tyson lockdown ends

ALCOA (AP) — A lockdown ended at Tennessee’s McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base on Wednesday afternoon and everyone was safe after a report of a suspicious person who appeared to be armed turned out to be a misunderstanding, officials said.

A student had reported seeing a suspicious person with what looked like a weapon, said Lt. Col. Travers Hurst, a spokesman at the airbase in Tennessee.

After searching the base and re-interviewing the student, “We now believe they didn’t see what they thought they saw,” Hurst said. “Everyone is safe. There were no shots fired and no injuries.”

The lockdown was imposed about 11:15 a.m. The scare was a good opportunity to exercise emergency procedures and test agreements with local law enforcement, which responded quickly, Hurst said.

“This situation undoubtedly caused concern for our Airmen and the local community, but we are thankful that an Airman who thought they saw something, said something,” Col. Ronald Selvidge, commander of the 134th Operations Group, said in a statement posted on the base’s official Facebook page.