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January 1, 2013

Pair to serve 9 years in I-40 Shell robbery

CROSSVILLE — Two men accused of armed robbery of the I-40 Shell station last April during which one of the victims fought with her assailant will serve nine years in prison after pleading guilty.

Christopher Dewayne Powers, 24, of Oakdale, and Jeremy Lee Pendergrass, 23, of Midtown, pleaded guilty before Criminal Court Judge Leon Burns, who accepted a sentencing agreement worked out between the two defendants and the state. Both men pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery.

Crossville Police were dispatched to the service station located just south of the I-40 and Genesis Rd. junction after two men with hoodies pulled over their heads and bandanas over their face entered the store and thrust handguns in the faces of two persons were were present.

The victims — Sue Pugh and Scott Ramsburg — told investigators that the two demanded money from a safe and cash register and cigarettes, according to police reports filed at the time of the incident.

Pugh told police a struggle broke out between her and one of the assailants, with the man she was fighting slamming her against the wall. The two escaped with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police found a dropped bullet clip holding .308 ammunition that was left behind by one of the bandits, and cash and two backpacks scattered on the floor behind the counter.

Crossville Police Capt. Chuck Anderson spotted the suspect's fleeing vehicle — a 1996 Subaru — traveling east on I-40, and along with Trooper Bobby Barker, took the two suspects into custody. Police recovered $558 in cash along with clothing the pair wore in the robbery in the vehicle.

The two nine-year sentences are to served at the same time, or concurrently. Powers is facing serving his sentence at 100 percent because of a prior record, while Pendergrass will serve at least 30 percent of his sentence.

In other cases on the docket, the following took place:

Deadline docket

•Paul Jonathan Wing, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, continued to Dec. 11.

•Gerod Donett Wright, sale of more than .5 grams of cocaine and delivery of more than .5 grams of cocaine, both counts enhanced, continued to Jan. 25.

•Zachary Francis Yoestring, vandalism of more than $1,000, continued to discussion docket on Jan. 22 and deadline docket on Jan. 30.

•Ronnie Dewayne Armstrong, child abuse, continued to Jan. 30.

•Danny Lynn Brown, possession of oxycontin for sale, possession of oxycontin for delivery and four counts of possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana for sale and delivery, continued to Jan. 25.

•Amber Marie Burgess, four counts of prescription fraud and criminal impersonation, continued to discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket of Jan. 30.

•Cindy Ann Dillaha, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, continued for motion hearing on Dec. 13.

•Ronald Dale Dillaha, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, continued for motion hearing on Dec. 13.

•Scott Michael Emerson, aggravated burglary, theft of less than $500 and initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, motion hearing set for Dec. 13.

•Albert Keith Griffin, burglary and two counts of theft of more than $500, continued to discussion docket on Jan. 22 and deadline docket on Jan. 30.

•Michael Andrew Hamby, attempted possession of more than .5 grams of methamphetamine for resale, continued to discussion docket of Jan. 22 and deadline docket of Jan. 30.

•Amber Nicole Helton, six counts of aggravated burglary, theft of more than $10,000, two counts of theft of more than $1,000, two counts of theft of more than $500, two counts of theft of less than $500 and resisting arrest, continued to the Jan. 22 discussion docket and the Jan. 30 deadline docket.

•Michael William Keck, aggravated burglary and theft of more than $10,000, continued.

•Miranda Kay King, theft of more than $500, continued to the Jan. 22 discussion docket and Jan. 30 deadline docket.

•Nathaniel Ryan Lake, robbery, burglary and theft of more than $1,000, continued to Jan. 25.

•Nicholas Jason Leach, sale and delivery of oxycontin and controlled substance fraud, theft of $500 and theft of more than $500, continued.

•David Wayne Ledbetter, theft of less than $500, continued to March 11.

•Patricia Roseann Martin, TennCare Fraud, continued to Jan. 30.

•Todd Michael Mono, aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, continued to Jan. 22 discussion docket, Jan. 30 deadline docket and set for trial March 28.

•Troy Lee Rector, aggravated domestic assault and two counts of unlawful consumption of alcohol, continued to Jan. 25.

•Lisa Ann Slaven, theft of more than $60,000, continued to Jan. 30.

•Robert Vanderhoof, two counts of forgery, continued for motion hearing on Jan. 25; set for trial March 6.

•William Howard Wachenheim, burglary, theft of more than $1,000 and vandalism of less than $500, continued to the Jan. 22 discussion docket and Jan. 30 deadline docket.

•Benjamin T. Welch, aggravated burglary and theft of less than $500, continued to the Jan. 22 discussion docket and Jan. 30 deadline docket.

•Paul Jonathan Wing, promotion of the manufacture of meth, initiation of the process to manufacture meth, simple possession of a schedule IV drug, simple possession and two counts of theft of less than $500, continued to Dec. 11.

•Derrick R. Huff, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, forfeiture and capias issued for failure to appear; ordered held for bond hearing.

•Charles Kopsie, initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine, Kevin Poore appointed to represent Kopsie; continued to the Jan. 22 discussion deadline and Jan. 30 deadline docket.

Daniel Lee Matthews, theft of more than $1,000, Jeff Vires appointed to represent Matthews; continued to the Jan. 22 discussion deadline and Jan. 30 deadline docket.

•Jeremy Alan Pugh, two counts of theft of more $500, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Pugh; continued to Jan. 22 discussion deadline and Jan. 30 deadline docket.

Motion hearings

•Zachariah Drakos, 20 counts of burglary, five counts of theft of more than $1,000, two counts of theft of more than $500, six counts of theft of less than $500 and two counts of vandalism of more than $1,000, continued to Jan. 4 for motion hearing.

•Johnny William Norris, four counts of rape of a child, motion hearing continued.

•Christopher Allen Taylor, attempted first-degree murder, continued to Jan. 22 discussion deadline and Jan. 30 deadline docket.

•Gary A. Miller, sexual exploitation of a minor (over 100 images), continued to discussion deadline of Jan. 22 and deadline docket for Jan. 30.

•Joey Allen Pugh, bond set at $25,000; continued.

•Samantha Rose Sherrill, five counts of aggravated burglary, burglary, theft of more than $10,000, two counts of theft of more than $1,000 and two counts of theft of more than $500, motion hearing for bond reduction continued.

•Daryl Wayne Roberts, passing a forged instrument, continued to Jan. 25.

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