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July 4, 2014

Defendant in fire that injured child arraigned

CROSSVILLE — A Crossville man indicted in connection with a fire that left an infant child in critical condition appeared in Cumberland County Criminal Court Wednesday for arraignment and was appointed an attorney to represent him.

Carl Lynn Allen, 50, 6004 Running Creek Dr., was indicted on a charge of felony reckless endangerment by the county grand jury in connection with the Nov. 14 fire on Old Jamestown Hwy.

The toddler, reported to be less than a year old, suffered serious burns and was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where the child was treated for days. Last week, Assistant District Attorney Caroline Knight told the judge that the child is still receiving medical treatment for injuries suffered in the fire.

The child was in the custody of Allen as neither parent was present when the fire — believed to be of accidental causes — broke out. Allen was credited with removing the child from the smoke and flame-filled house, but left the child on the front porch as he ran to a nearby auto repair business to summon help.

While he was gone, fire broke through the front of the house, resulting in the child receiving serious burns, according to reports at the time.

Crossville attorney John Williams was appointed to represent Allen, whose bond was reduced from $7,500 to $3,500 and the case was continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

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

•Timothy Wayne Dixon, forgery, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Dixon; continued to June 30.

•Tonya Sue Denny Fish, aggravated burglary and theft of less than $10,000, Ivy Gardner appointed to represent Fish; continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Kayla Starr Hedgecoth, possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana for sale and delivery and possession of Valium, Ivy Gardner appointed to represent Hedgecoth; continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•William Michael Lance, theft of less than $10,000, continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Franklin Shaun Moser, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, multiple counts of burglary, theft of less than $1,000 and vandalism, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Moser; continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Angela Marie Peck, theft of less than $10,000, Matthew Edwards appointed to represent Peck; continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Michael Thomas Taylor, retaliation for past action, Ivy Gardner appointed to represent Taylor; continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Kenneth Emerson Wiggins, possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana for delivery and possession of Valium, Matthew Edwards appointed to represent Wiggins with $250 fee assessed; continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Charles Addison Wyatt, two counts of theft of less than $10,000, Public Defender's Office appointed to represent Wyatt; continued to June 30.

Return with attorney

•Timothy D. Ports Jr., vandalism of less than $10,000 and public intoxication, continued to July 14 at which time Ports is to return with an attorney.

•Michael Thomas Smith, manufacture, delivery or sale of a schedule I drug, set for trial Aug. 14.

•Natasha Helene Bowman, theft of less than $60,000 and theft of less than $500, continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

•Trevor Hall, burglary and theft of less than $10,000, continued to July 14.

•Michael Eugene Norris, reckless endangerment and vandalism, Kevin Poore appointed to represent Norris; assessed a $450 fee and continued to the Sept. 12 discussion docket and Sept. 17 deadline docket.

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