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Sharonda Belvin, 26, went inside of the store to pick up some medicine, leaving her son alone in the backseat of her car with the vehicle running and the doors unlocked, according to police. She came out of the store about 10-15 minutes later and her vehicle and son were gone.
Just minutes later, the child was found unharmed by a woman outside the gas station on the Wal-Mart lot on the 2300 block of Madison St. He told officers that he had been dropped off by the suspect and gave officers a description of his kidnapper.
While police combed the area, an officer located a man at the K-Mart on the 2300 block of Madison Street, 20-year old Willie Cole, who closely met the description of the suspect. The keys to the stolen vehicle were found in Cole's pants pocket. The stolen vehicle was located in the parking lot at the Wal-Mart.
The child positively identified Cole as the person who took him and the car. Cole told detectives that he saw the car running and took it because he needed the bail money for previous charges.
The child was returned to his mother. Also, the vehicle was turned back over to Belvin.
Cole was booked into Montgomery County Jail and charged with kidnapping and theft. His bond was set at $200,000. However, Cole was served with an outstanding violation of probation warrant and is being held without bond.
On Dec. 3, Cole was arrested for a set-up robbery in which he allegedly stole $600 from a person. Police say he admitted to the robbery.
Tuesday, December 11 2012, 10:31 AM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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