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The McMinn County Sheriff’s Office says a woman has been charged after an investigation involving an adult having sexual encounters with high school students. Sheriff Joe Guy says Melissa Blair of Englewood has been indicted by a grand jury on charges that include solicitation of a person under 18, 18 counts of statutory rape, aggravated statutory rape, four counts of patronizing prostitution and forfeiture of personal property.
Blair is accused of having sexual encounters at McMinn Central High School. The two-month long investigation started after Director of Schools Lee Parkison said he received an anonymous letter at his office.
The investigation led to at least nine victims and investigators believe there could be more.
She is being held at the McMinn County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
In news today…
A Walker Valley High School student was arrested on Tuesday afternoon after School Resource Officers received a report he brandished a weapon and put another student in fear for their safety. The suspect student was escorted outside, where he gave consent for his vehicle to be searched. Officers located two knives in his vehicle, as well as one knife in the suspect’s backpack in the classroom.
When the suspect student was questioned about a potential threat to the victim, he stated he had no real intention to cause harm to anyone on campus. The suspect was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Assault, Carrying Weapons on School Property, and Possession of a Vape.
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The Cleveland City Council met on Monday covering several items of business. During the City MAnager’s report, an update was given on the 17th and 20th Street sidewalk project. As of now, 17th Street is almost completed, with a ribbon cutting in the next 30 days. It is expected that 20th Street should be done by the end of April or May. A motion was passed declaring K9 Aries to be retired from the Cleveland Police Department and permitting adoption by Officer Tyler McGuire. City offices will be closed Monday, February 21st in observance of Presidents’ Day.
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Mixtv.tv will have live coverage of the debates in Athens, sponsored by the McMinn County Republican Party, on Thursday night at 7 PM at McMinn Central High School in Englewood. The debates will feature Criminal Court Judge candidates Judge Sandra Donaghy and the challenger Paul Rush followed by District Attorney candidates District Attorney Steve Crump and the challenger Stephen Hatchett. We will have live coverage on mixtv.tv beginning at 7 PM Thursday.