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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (WVLT) -- A motion to support detention for Tad Cummins, the suspected kidnapper of AMBER Alert subject 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas, was released, detailing Cummins' admission to fleeing authorities and attempting to cross international borders.
According to the motion, Cummins admitted to leaving Tennessee at a time when he "knew he was the subject of an investigation about engaging in improper sexual behavior with the juvenile victim because he had been interviewed multiple times by officials about his involvement with the victim."
Cummins allegedly fled Tennessee with Thomas because he did not want to face legal consequences for his relationship with the juvenile. After fleeing, Cummins told officials that he intentionally used techniques to escape police detection, including changing license plates on his vehicle, disabling the vehicle's GPS system, using cash only, changing the appearances and apparent identities of both himself and the juvenile victim and leaving a deliberately misleading note to his wife in order to divert investigators.
Cummins also told authorities that he planned to escape the United States through the Mexican border, after which he would then flee to other countries further south. While working towards these goals, Cummins obtained a small watercraft and conducted a test run to make sure it could reach Mexico from San Diego.
The motion for Cummins' detention also details the method in which he allegedly found Thomas, through employment at her school. The motion describes Cummins' work to cover up the relationship between himself and the 15-year-old to his employers.
Cummins reportedly attempted to take Thomas from Tennessee multiple times, using multiple different techniques to avoid detection by law enforcement authorities.
"Indeed," the motion states, "the moment the defendant was suspected of his improper relationship in early 2017, he began plotting his escape with the juvenile victim."
The motion was filed by Phillip A. Talbert, United States Attorney, and Jason Hitt, Assistant United States Attorney. The motion was filed on behalf of the United Sates of America versus Tad E. Cummins.
Cummins was scheduled to appear in court at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) today in Sacramento.
Crossville, TN – PetArmor®, a flea and tick brand of Perrigo Animal Health, helped to protect a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, TN K-9 by donating a bullet- and stab-protective vest.
In most cases, law enforcement agencies do not have the budget to purchase K-9 protective vests because they cost $1,050.00 each. As a result, police dogs are left unprotected while fighting crime.
In partnership with Vested Interest in K9s, a nonprofit organization that provides bullet- and stab-protective vests to police departments nationwide, since 2013, Perrigo Animal Health has donated more than 75 police dog vests to date.
"Our K-9 officers are as much a part of our team as any human officer and it is our desire to see them protected and safe," said Sheriff Casey Cox. "We are thrilled that PetArmor is helping to protect Niko. This donation will now allow Niko a higher level of protection."
For the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the donation is benefiting one team, Deputy Zach Gilpin and K9 Niko who have been working together as a team since 2014 to keep Cumberland County safe.
About Perrigo Animal Health
Perrigo Animal Health is a division of Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO; TASE), a leading global manufacturer of over-the-counter healthcare products. Comprised of Sergeant’s, SENTRY® and PetArmor® brands, Perrigo Animal Health brings quality, affordable flea and tick treatments, health and well-being solutions, and consumables for dogs and cats to grocery, mass, dollar, drug, club and pet specialty retailers. For more information, visit perrigoanimalhealth.com.
About Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab- protective vests and other assistance to dogs of Law Enforcement and related agencies throughout the country.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K-9 officers. President Sandy Marcal began working with law enforcement agencies in 2000 to coordinate efforts between various law enforcement agencies, vest sponsorships, fundraising events and the media within Massachusetts. In 2011, efforts were expanded to assist police dogs throughout the U.S. Over 2400 law enforcement dogs in all 50 states have received lifesaving body armor from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Learn more at www.vik9s.org.
(Photo Deputy Zach Gilpin and K9 Niko courtesy Cumb. Co. Sheriff’s Office)
The Crossville Post Office's annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive will be held on May 13th this year. This year will be the 25th year the National Association of Letter Carriers' has held this food drive, and is one of the most successful food drives in the nation. This drive is held on the second Saturday of May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam. Food banks' reserves are usually depleted after the winter season, and the Stamp Out Hunger drive helps restock food banks just in time for kids letting out of school. To participate in the drive, you may place nonperishable food items in a box or bag by your mailbox to be picked up by your mail carrier or a food pantry volunteer on Saturday May 13th. Donations may also be taken directly in the lobby of the Crossville Post Office. Anything homemade, that has been opened, that requires refrigeration, are in glass containers, that is expired, and toiletry items are not accepted in this drive. All donations will be distributed to local food banks in Cumberland County.
The Tennessee House is poised to put the finishing touch on months of work on Gov. Bill Haslam’s bill that increases the gas tax to fund roadwork and cuts other taxes.
The House is expected to cast a final favorable vote Tuesday, which then would let the Republican governor sign the bill into law.
Both chambers passed the bill Wednesday, but left a property tax break for disabled veterans unresolved.
Senators amended the legislation to increase property tax relief to disabled veterans to up to $175,000 in property value, from $100,000 currently.
Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell says she’s fine with that break and assumes her members are too.
The bill also cuts sales tax on groceries, corporate taxes on manufacturers and tax on earnings from stocks and bonds.
The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 3 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.46.
Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that consumers could see price increases slow as crude oil costs drop.
The national average is 28 cents per gallon above the price a year ago.
Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.04 a gallon Friday. The lowest was in Jackson, Mississippi, at $2.09 per gallon.
The U.S. average diesel price is $2.59, up 1 cent from two weeks ago.