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Tennessee doctor convicted in region’s first ‘Opioid Strike Force Takedown’

A Tennessee doctor pleaded guilty Friday to distributing opioids to people who were not his patients, marking the first conviction for the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force.

Richard Farmer, an 83-year-old psychiatrist from Memphis, was found guilty of three counts of distribution of controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose, a press release from the Department of Justice (DOJ) said.

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A psychiatrist from West Tennessee has been convicted of giving opioids to people who were not his patients.  (drugabuse.com)

According to the evidence presented during his trial, Farmer prescribed opioids to three sisters with whom he was having sexual contact.

Between July 2016 and January 2019, Farmer prescribed more 1,200 pills, despite the sisters showing signs of addiction, the evidence showed. The evidence also showed that he kept almost no patient files on these women and that he wrote opioid prescriptions for their friends and neighbors.

“Opioid misuse and abuse is an insidious epidemic, created in large part by the over-prescribing and diversion of potent opioids,” said U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant of the Western District of Tennessee.  “This guilty verdict demonstrates our resolve to aggressively prosecute medical personnel who misuse their positions of trust to exploit the very people coming to them for help.”

Farmer’s sentencing is scheduled for May 22 by U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Parker of the Western District of Tennessee.

ALABAMA DOCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGES OVER OPIOIDS

His indictment marked the first trial guilty verdict for the ARPO Strike Force, a joint law enforcement effort aimed at identifying and investigating health care fraud schemes in the Appalachian region and surrounding areas.

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Since its formation in October 2018, the ARPO Strike Force, which operates in 10 districts, has charged more than 70 defendants who are collectively responsible for distributing more than 40 million pills, according to the DOJ.

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2 arrested in connection to disappearance of 15-month-old Tennessee girl: reports

Investigators in Tennessee looking into the disappearance of a 15-month-old girl have arrested two people in connection to the case, according to reports.

William McCloud and Angela Boswell were arrested Friday in North Carolina on one count of possession of stolen property, WCYB reported, citing the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office.

BOYFRIEND OF MISSING GEORGIA STUDENT ANITRA GUNN CHARGED WITH MURDER DAYS AFTER REMAINS FOUND: OFFICIALS 

Police say the pair was found inside a vehicle linked to the disappearance of Evelyn Boswell, who was last seen on Dec. 26. The relationship between the suspects and the child was not immediately known, and they have not been charged with her disappearance.

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William McCloud and Angela Boswell were arrested Friday in Wilkes County, North Carolina on one count of possession of stolen property. (Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office. )

Despite being last seen almost two months ago, Evelyn was only reported missing on Feb. 18, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

On Friday, investigators released images of a BMW and said the individuals with that vehicle “are believed to have information” pertaining to Evelyn’s whereabouts.

The girl’s mother, Megan Boswell, told police that her daughter was with someone she trusted to watch her while she was at work, but she declined to name that person, FOX8 reported.

Police said the mother is cooperating with the investigation but her information has been inconsistent, WCYB reported.

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“The reason I didn’t report it or anything was I knew the person who had her, and I didn’t want them to run away with her,” Boswell previously told the station. “And as soon as they thought anything was going on, they just kinda vanished. So I’m just kinda worried, you know, about where they are at. What they’re doing with her at this point in time.”

Evelyn was still reported missing at the time of Boswell and McCloud’s arrests.

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2 arrested in connection to disappearance of 15-month-old Tennessee girl: reports

Investigators in Tennessee looking into the disappearance of a 15-month-old girl have arrested two people in connection to the case, according to reports.

William McCloud and Angela Boswell were arrested Friday in North Carolina on one count of possession of stolen property, WCYB reported, citing the Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office.

BOYFRIEND OF MISSING GEORGIA STUDENT ANITRA GUNN CHARGED WITH MURDER DAYS AFTER REMAINS FOUND: OFFICIALS 

Police say the pair was found inside a vehicle linked to the disappearance of Evelyn Boswell, who was last seen on Dec. 26. The relationship between the suspects and the child was not immediately known, and they have not been charged with her disappearance.

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William McCloud and Angela Boswell were arrested Friday in Wilkes County, North Carolina on one count of possession of stolen property. (Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office. )

Despite being last seen almost two months ago, Evelyn was only reported missing on Feb. 18, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

On Friday, investigators released images of a BMW and said the individuals with that vehicle “are believed to have information” pertaining to Evelyn’s whereabouts.

The girl’s mother, Megan Boswell, told police that her daughter was with someone she trusted to watch her while she was at work, but she declined to name that person, FOX8 reported.

Police said the mother is cooperating with the investigation but her information has been inconsistent, WCYB reported.

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“The reason I didn’t report it or anything was I knew the person who had her, and I didn’t want them to run away with her,” Boswell previously told the station. “And as soon as they thought anything was going on, they just kinda vanished. So I’m just kinda worried, you know, about where they are at. What they’re doing with her at this point in time.”

Evelyn was still reported missing at the time of Boswell and McCloud’s arrests.

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Who is Tomeka Hart?

Tomeka Hart served as the foreperson on the jury that convicted former Trump associate Roger Stone in his trial for lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

The former Memphis City Schools board president and ex-president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League, garnered national attention in February when President Trump tweeted that she showed “significant bias” after she defended four Justice Department prosecutors who abruptly stepped down when senior Justice Department officials intervened and lowered their sentencing recommendation for Stone.

“Now it looks like the fore person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias,” Trump tweeted Feb. 13. “Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the “Justice” Department.”

After Stone was sentenced to 40 months on Feb. 20, President Trump told an audience in Las Vegas that Stone had a good chance of being exonerated — and again criticized Hart.

“It’s my strong opinion that the forewoman of the jury, the woman who was in charge of the jury, is totally tainted,” Trump said. “When you take a look, how can you have a person like this? She was an anti-Trump activist. Can you imagine this?”

“It’s my strong opinion that the forewoman of the jury, the woman who was in charge of the jury, is totally tainted.”

— President Trump

“This is a woman who was an anti-Trump person, totally,” the president said later. ” .. She had a horrible social media account. The things she said on the account were unbelievable. She didn’t reveal that when she was chosen.”

TRUMP SAYS ROGER STONE HAS ‘VERY GOOD CHANCE OF EXONERATION’ IN LAS VEGAS

“I assume they asked her a question, ‘Do you have any bias?’ She didn’t say that, so is that an undermining of the court? You tell me.”

Previously, after the prosecutors in the Stone case stepped down, Hart posted on Facebook that she couldn’t “keep quiet any longer.”

“I want to stand up for Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Michael Marando, and Jonathan Kravis — the prosecutors on the Roger Stone trial,” Hart wrote in the post. “It pains me to see the DOJ now interfere with the hard work of the prosecutors. They acted with the utmost intelligence, integrity, and respect for our system of justice.”

ROGER STONE JURY FOREPERSON’S ANTI-TRUMP SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS SURFACE AFTER SHE DEFENDS DOJ PROSECUTORS

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Tomeka Hart, forewoman in the Roger Stone trial, has been a vocal critic of President Trump. (Facebook)

“As foreperson, I made sure we went through every element, of every charge, matching the evidence presented in the case that led us to return a conviction of guilty on all 7 counts.”

Hart’s history of anti-Trump social media posts has included calling Trump supporters “racist” and quoting someone who referred to Trump as the “#KlanPresident.”

Fellow juror Seth Cousins defended their guilty verdict against Stone and said Hart was “perhaps the strongest advocate in the room for a rigorous process for the rights of the defendant and for making sure that we took it seriously and looked at each charge,” according to USA Today.

Hart, now based in Washington, D.C., is a senior program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and has donated to Democrats, including Sen. Kamala Harris and former Obama Cabinet member Julian Castro, according to Heavy.

In 2012, she unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Tennessee as a Democrat.

She is also a former VP of strategic partnerships at the Southern Education Foundation, VP of African American community partnerships for Teach For America, and the president/CEO of the Memphis Urban League, according to her biography.

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She previously worked as a middle and high school teacher and was a former labor lawyer.

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Tennessee doctor, wife see coronavirus turn their cruise vacation into a nightmare as wife tests positive

A Tennessee doctor remained Thursday aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship that’s seen more than 600 passengers and crew — including his wife — test positive for the coronavirus, according to multiple reports.

Dr. Arnold Hopland, a physician from Elizabethton, has been confined to his cabin for 23 hours a day, with only the clothes on his back, after the couple’s belongings were carried away on buses Monday, when they thought they’d be evacuating along with most of the ship’s other American passengers.

But then his wife Jeanie tested positive and was transported to a Japanese hospital. Rather than return to the U.S., Dr. Hopland stayed aboard the ship, which is docked near Tokyo.

“If my wife is staying here, I’m staying here,” he told Nashville’s WKRN-TV.

“If my wife is staying here, I’m staying here.”

— Dr. Arnold Hopland, Tennessee physician

Hopland described the Diamond Princess as basically being full of the virus.

“We’re essentially living in a petri dish to find out when we get infected,” he said.

CORONAVIRUS-QUARANTINED PASSENGERS ON DIAMOND PRINCESS SHIP FED BY CELEBRITY CHEF JOSE ANDRES

More than 300 Americans were taken off the ship and flown to the U.S. on State Department-chartered airplanes last weekend and placed in quarantine, while another 40 Americans — including Dr. Hopland — remained aboard.

The Hoplands were scheduled to be on Monday’s evacuation flight and had their suitcases already loaded on buses. But then an officer on the ship informed them that because his wife was infected, she had to stay behind.

Leaving his wife was not an option he would consider, Dr. Hopland said. Jeanie was taken away by Japanese officials a day later and now they communicate only by daily phone calls.

AMERICANS EVACUATED FROM DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP NOW UNDER TWO-WEEK QUARANTINE IN US

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., had urged officials to evacuate American citizens from the vessel during a conference call last Thursday, according to the Johnson City Press.

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A bus carrying passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship prepares to leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Associated Press)

Roe — who is also a physician — has reportedly been in contact with Hopland.

“They live in very tight quarters, they’re preparing the food,” Roe said, according to the paper. “It’s not an ideal situation.”

Meanwhile, officials said Thursday that two elderly Japanese passengers who had pre-existing medical conditions had died from the virus — the first deaths recorded from people on the ship.

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“They designed an extremely flawed system,” Hopland told the station, “Now for a couple of days, just because they were under-prepared, I can fully excuse that, but for it to continue on now two weeks later and continuing on for another at minimum two weeks … this ship is completely infected with the virus.”

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Tennessee executes Nicholas Sutton, killer of fellow inmate in 1985 after slaying 3 in 1979

Convicted murderer Nicholas Todd Sutton was executed in Tennessee’s electric chair Thursday night, marking the fifth time the state has used that method of execution since 2018, according to reports.

Sutton — who was sentenced to death in 1986 for killing a fellow inmate a year earlier, after being convicted of three other murders in 1979 — was pronounced dead at 7:26 p.m. CST at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

Witnesses said Sutton looked forward to his execution with a solemn expression just prior to his death, The Tennessean of Nashville reported.

“I’m just grateful to be a servant of God, and I’m looking forward to being in his presence. And I thank you,” Sutton reportedly said in his final statement.

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In addition, Sutton thanked his wife and his family “for their love and support as they tried so very hard to save my life,” the newspaper reported.

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Nicholas Sutton, 58, was executed Thursday at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville after being sentenced to death in 1986 for killing a fellow inmate. He had been serving time for murdering his grandmother and two others when he was 18. (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP)

Sutton was initially convicted of killing three people in 1979, including his grandmother Dorothy Sutton, his high school friend John Large and Charles Almon. However, he was sentenced to death for his involvement in the fatal stabbing of fellow inmate Carl Estep in 1985.

In a statement read by a Department of Correction official prior to the execution, Large’s sister Amy Large Cook expressed relief.

“At least that chapter will be over,” she said.

“John was denied the opportunity to live a full life with a family of his own,” Cook’s statement said. “He suffered a terrible and horrific death, and for that I will never forgive Mr. Sutton.”

Sutton was originally scheduled to be executed by the state in 2015, the report said. However, legal delays blocked that date.

Sutton’s attorneys had sought intervention from either the courts or Gov. Bill Lee to delay or commute the execution. They pointed to what they claimed were issues in the trial that put him on death row as well as his remarkable transformation in prison, where correction officers said he had saved multiple lives.

DEATH ROW INMATES’ LAST WORDS

Lee was not swayed and declined Sutton’s clemency application earlier this week, The Tennessean reported. The U.S. Supreme Court also denied a request for a stay minutes before he was put to death.

‘Sutton signature’

Sutton’s killing spree began when he was 18 and led to investigators recognizing what they labeled the “Sutton signature,” which included placing bodies wrapped in plastic or bound in chains and weighted with cinder blocks.

He killed his childhood friend Large and Almon, a Knoxville contractor before targeting his grandmother, who adopted him after a childhood of abuse, neglect and addiction, the newspaper reported.

Sutton knocked her unconscious with a piece of firewood, wrapped her in a blanket and trash bags, chained her to a cinder block and threw her alive into the Nolichucky River in Hamblen County. An autopsy found she drowned in the icy waters.

CALIFORNIA TO MOVE HUNDREDS OF INMATES OFF LARGEST DEATH ROW; EX-DA CALLS IT ‘SLAP TO THE FACE’ OF VICTIMS

Following his conviction on first-degree murder charges in his grandmother’s killing, Sutton eventually led authorities to Large’s body and sentenced him to life in prison. He’d killed Large, 19, on a trip to Mount Sterling, N.C., and buried his body in a shallow grave on property that belonged to Sutton’s aunt.

On Jan. 5, 1985, Sutton helped stab Carl Isaac Estep, a convicted child rapist from Knoxville, more than three dozen times at Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility, resulting in a jury sentencing him to death.

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Sutton never disputed his role in four killings, but his lawyers said a history of altruism behind bars and other mitigating factors showed he deserved mercy, The Tennessean reported.

Inadequate trial representation had blunted Sutton’s opportunities to avoid the death penalty, they explained. They added “pervasive childhood trauma” had warped his brain.

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In their application, his lawyers said his father “was a violent, abusive and unstable man who suffered from severe mental illness, struggled with substance abuse and was repeatedly institutionalized.”

Sutton started taking illicit drugs with his father by 12, his lawyers wrote, beginning a lifelong addiction, the newspaper reported.

In addition, Sutton’s lawyer’s application said he had “gone from a life-taker to a life-saver” after becoming sober in prison.

His clemency application cited accounts from three prison officers who said Sutton stepped in to save their lives when he didn’t have to, twice stepping between staff and angry inmates to diffuse potentially lethal conflicts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-Sanders consultant arrested after allegedly planting weapons in jail for ‘evil’ escape plot

A former consultant for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign was arrested after he allegedly planted loaded weapons and ammunition inside a Tennessee corrections facility that was under construction in an attempt to carry out a future jailbreak, authorities said.

Criminal justice reform advocate Alex Friedmann, who was not an inmate but allegedly was plotting to help prisoners escape when the facility opened, was arrested Tuesday on one count of felony vandalism, but Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said during a press conference Wednesday that the allegations go far beyond that.

The opening of the Nashville detention center, which was slated for April, was indefinitely postponed after his arrest, according to the Tennessean.

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“Throughout the last several weeks it was discovered that Mr. Friedmann, over many months, had developed and implemented an extremely deliberate – and in my opinion evil – plan,” Hall said during the press conference, which was broadcast by local NBC affiliate WSMV. “Understand, this plan went far beyond vandalism. Ultimately it included planting various tools, weapons, security equipment throughout this facility. All designed to assist in a massive escape plan.”

Hall went on to describe how the weapons included loaded guns and ammunition.

“What disturbed me most is not that this was about an escape,” he said. “It was also about loss of life.”

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Friedmann worked with the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as one of several consultants who educated him on criminal justice issues. It resulted in Sanders introducing a bill aimed at eliminating private prisons. Friedmann told The Atlantic in 2015 that the bill did not go far enough to achieve that goal.

“It appears to be more for political purposes than to actually address the many problems in our criminal justice system,” he told the publication.

Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Sheriff Hall said the arrest came after an investigation stemming from a previous case involving Friedmann, who was arrested in January on charges including attempted burglary for allegedly posing as a construction worker to enter a different detention center multiple times, stealing keys, and diagraming the layout of the center, which was still being built and not in use at the time.

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A press release from the sheriff’s office said that corrections officials noticed on Dec. 30 that two keys were missing. They viewed surveillance video and saw someone dressed as a construction worker who matched Friedmann’s description taking a key ring, then coming back and replacing it with two keys missing.

Friedmann, who was associate director of the Human Rights Defense Center and managing editor of its Prison Legal News publication, was released following that arrest after he posted $2,500 bond, and the case is still pending. HRDC director Paul Wright declined to comment on the allegations but told Fox News that Friedmann resigned from the organization following his January arrest.

Friedmann’s attorney Ben Raybin told Fox News that it was “important to clarify that the new vandalism charge stems from alleged conduct arising last year, and not any recent actions occurring after his previous arrest.” He said the keys were returned to the sheriff’s office and that Friedmann has been cooperative.

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“Mr. Friedmann surrendered himself immediately after being advised of the new charge,” Raybin said.

Friedmann is currently in custody following his arrest, with bond set at $2.5 million. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 26, with an April 6 date set for the previous case.

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John Bolton pressed by Susan Rice on impeachment testimony at Vanderbilt event

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Former national security advisers John Bolton and Susan Rice engaged in a sometimes-tense debate over Russia and the impeachment trial against President Trump, in front of a crowd of 1,500 people Wednesday in Nashville.

The pair came together for the Vanderbilt Chancellors Lecture Series entitled “Defining U.S. Global Leadership” at Vanderbilt Unversity two weeks after the Senate acquitted Trump without subpoenaing Bolton to testify.

Bolton drew the ire of Trump when he surprisingly announced in January that he would testify in the Senate if called to do so. In leaked passages from his forthcoming book scheduled to be released in March, he said Trump told him military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on whether its leaders would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, specifically their dealings in the country.

“I can’t imagine withholding my testimony,” Rice said.

“I was prepared to testify, there was a vote,” Bolton responded. “Multiple times where senators were against it.”

“Didn’t you expect that?” Rice asked him.

“No, I didn’t expect that,” Bolton replied. “My testimony would have made no difference to the outcome if they knew why was going on in Washington.”

He added, “I sleep at night because I have followed my conscience.”

On the topic of Ukraine, Bolton, who was ousted from his position last year in the middle of the House impeachment inquiry, said congressional Democrats had “made a mess of it.”

He added, “I think the House committed impeachment malpractice.”

At one point, Bolton elicited a few boos from the audience when he said: “If any of you are willing to go to jail give me your names after and I’ll put you in touch with the DOJ.”

On the Iraq war, Rice called the conflict a “massive strategic blunder.”

“The Iraq war has led to some follow on consequences of great significance,” she said. “We still are embroiled. I’m trying to clean up the consequences.”

Bolton, who served as ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, said he often was characterized as his Iraq policymaker.

“All I can say is…if only…” he responded.

Before becoming Trump’s national security adviser, Bolton said Rice gave him “excellent advice.”

“Wait, I’m not sure I ever made that public,” Rice quipped.

“Well, now it is,” Bolton replied.

“I just didn’t want you to get shot,” Rice said at the end of the exchange, which elicited laughter from the crowd.

Rice, a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations who served as national security adviser under President Obama, said Trump’s choice of actions “unsettles our allies, emboldens our adversaries, and it’s going to be difficult to put it all back together.”

She also criticized Trump’s history of disregarding his advisers, while Bolton argued the National Security Council needed to be adjusted to fit the president’s decision-making process.

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“You can have a great decision-making process, but if the president of the United States disregards his advisers and tweets at 1:30 in the morning about whatever comes to mind, it’s not going to help,” Rice said.

“I’m not sure there were any officials in the national security administration that were ever shy about voicing their opinions in the Trump administration, I’m just not sure their opinion ever mattered,” Bolton said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Tennessee landslide sends 2 large homes tumbling into rain-swollen river on video

A landslide sent two large homes plummeting into the rain-swollen Tennessee River over the weekend, video posted on Facebook by a local fire department showed, but fortunately, nobody was reported hurt.

One of the homes in Savannah, Tenn., a two-hour drive east of Memphis, made cracking and snapping sounds and showed sparks of electricity as it slid into the river.

Only one of the two homes was occupied when the threat of a landslide became imminent — and rescuers said the homeowners evacuated ahead of time.

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Within an hour of the evacuation, the first of the two homes collapsed Saturday night, Fox 13 reported.

The second two-story home plunged into the river mid-morning Sunday, the fire department added.

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Two homes collapsed into the rain-swollen Tennessee River, the Hardin County Fire Department reported. Homeowners were evacuated from the first house and the second home was unoccupied, officials said. (Hardin County Fire Department)

“Oh my God,” someone was heard saying in the background.

Drone photos shared by the department showed a large section of the riverfront known as Chalk Bluff had dropped off into the water, leaving a mess of debris. Contents of the homes were spread up and down the hillside.

The names of the homeowners had not been released Sunday, reports said.

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The collapse came as the fire department reported the river was at flood stage, following days of heavy rain across much of the southeastern U.S.

The rain has been blamed for multiple landslides involving rocks and mud over the past week across North Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee, McClatchy reported.

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Missing Wisconsin mom, girls found dead in garage after Amber Alert; woman’s boyfriend in custody

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales confirmed that Amarah Banks, and her daughters, Camaria Banks, and Zaniya Banks were found dead Sunday in a garage — a day after an Amber Alert was issued for the children. The boyfriend of the mother was taken into custody in Tennessee.

Chief Morales said Banks was reported missing to MPD by family on Feb. 9. It was later determined her children, ages 4, and 5, were also missing.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, MPD was notified by police in Memphis, Tenn., that they had contact with Arzel Ivery, 25, of Milwaukee — Banks’ boyfriend. MPD detectives went to Tennessee and spoke to Ivery. Chief Morales said Ivery provided information that brought investigators to the garage Sunday, where they discovered the three bodies.

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Amarah Banks, left, and her daughters, Camaria, center, and Zaniya, were found dead Sunday. (Milwaukee Police Department)

Chief Morales was asked why it took a week to issue the Amber Alert and said there’s certain criteria that must be met in order for an Amber Alert to be issued — and noted foul play wasn’t an initial piece of this investigation.

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The three were reported to have been last seen on Feb. 8.

The Amber Alert was issued for the girls on Feb. 15.

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Arzel Ivery was taken into custody in Tennessee. (Milwaukee Police Department)

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Chief Morales said Sunday a criminal complaint was drafted against Ivery to allow police to bring Ivery into custody in Memphis.

Online court records in Wisconsin showed a felony charge of aggravated battery was issued Saturday against Ivery out of Milwaukee County, with an arrest warrant issued.

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