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The week in crime

Staff Report • Feb 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Scotty Trexler's killer freed after serving more than 26 yearsHawkins County police and prosecutors involved in the 1987 murder case of 2-year-old Scotty Trexler didn’t feel the killer’s punishment fit the crime, but the case did ignite a crusade to change sentencing laws. Although the 1988 Scotty Trexler Law has resulted in child killers since then receiving life sentences, as of Friday the man convicted of killing Scotty Trexler has been free.Kingsport business owner faces felony tax evasion chargesA Kingsport paint and body shop owner has been jailed on 34 counts of felony tax evasion, marking his second arrest on revenue related violations.KPD: Drunken driver tries to ditch baby after crashA Saturday crash in Kingsport has triggered multiple charges against an allegedly drunken driver, whose passenger during the wreck was reportedly a young child with no child seat.Clintwood man charged with murder after allegedly ramming vehicleA 38-year-old Dickenson County man faces a first-degree murder charge following an incident along the Dismal Creek section of the county early Sunday.Rogersville man facing attempted murder chargesA Rogersville man is facing several felony charges, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly bursting into his ex-girlfriend’s home early Sunday morning and shooting her once in the torso.Surgoinsville couple with prolific arrest records charged with robbery, assault A Surgoinsville couple may be a perfect match for each other because combined they have a total of 66 separate arrests on 108 charges in Hawkins County over the past decade.Train vs pedestrian report leads police to marijuana, mushroom growing operationA Southern Railroad engineer thought he’d struck a man late Thursday night in Surgoinsville who was flashing his middle finger at the approaching train and then tried to jump off the tracks at the last second.Pennington Gap woman, children sentenced in attempt to burn own homeA Southwest Virginia mother, her two children and her daughter’s boyfriend were all sentenced to prison last week in Lee County for their roles in a failed plot to burn down their mobile home and collect the insurance payout.Bluff City parents arrested after toddlers found by highwayBluff City parents have been arrested after their two toddlers were allegedly found wandering unattended near a highway.

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