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White House, TN
A freak accident in White House claims a life and a business. It involved a car wreck, a gas leak and an out of control fire. Tonight, two families are trying to figure out where to turn now. The light of day brings an ugly reality. A big black hole where the roof once was. This antique store --- a total loss. 33 year old Chris Leggett --- dead.
Constance Luttrell, his sister says, "Was going into White House to get something to eat. They think he had a heart attack or brain aneurysm. I'll have to console my mom.. that was her only son."
Authorities say that may explain why the White House man drove his truck straight through an intersection, plowing into this antique store, rupturing a gas line in the process. White House Fire Chief Joe Palmer explains, "Where it had struck the building there was where the gas meter entered the building, ruptured the line intensified the fire."
The owners of the antique store stood outside the burned out business they opened a little over 5 years ago, taking it all in. Though they didn't want to talk about the accident, neighboring businessman, Dale Biggs with Bigg's Automotive did, "He has worked hard taking care of things and for something like this to happen is really really bad."
Though these tire tracks show the path that lead to so much destruction, Chris Leggett's family is holding on to the promise of brighter days ahead.
Through tears, his sister says, " With God we'll get through it. The only thing anybody can do is pray for my mom and dad and my little girl. We know he's in heaven now. "
Authorities estimate the driver was going 70 miles per hour when he hit the business.
Wednesday, January 23 2013, 08:58 PM CST
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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