Crash near Hendersonville causes chemical leak, evacuation

HENDERSONVILLE (AP) — A semitractor-trailer hauling sulfuric acid has crashed in Tennessee prompting evacuations of businesses in the Hendersonville area.

Media outlets report officials say the semitrailer carrying more than 3,100 gallons of sulfuric acid and about 100 gallons of fuel rolled over Tuesday evening while turning into the White House Utility District Facility. The driver of the truck wasn’t injured. Nearby businesses were evacuated as a precaution.

Hendersonville mayor Jamie Clary tells WKRN-TV that the evacuation was expanded around 10 p.m., and that about 100 people were affected.

Clary says the leak has been contained and emergency crews are working to clear the hazardous material.

after stolen car chase

FRANKLIN — Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by a deputy after a stolen car chase in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said agents responded to an officer-involved shooting near Interstate 65 in Williamson County, south of Nashville, on Tuesday.

Media outlets report that TBI Director Mark Gwyn said officers began chasing a stolen vehicle at about 9:40 a.m.

Gwyn said the driver stopped on a highway overpass, got out of the vehicle, pulled out a gun and pointed it at deputies.

Gwyn said one deputy shot the man, who died on the scene. The TBI later identified him as 40-year-old David Bryan Creson, of Franklin.

The identities of the deputies involved have not been released.

Man pleads guilty to selling heroin that led to overdose

MEMPHIS — A Tennessee man faces 25 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to selling heroin that led to a person’s overdose.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Memphis says 49-year-old Marvin Foster entered a guilty plea to distributing heroin on Friday.

Prosecutors say Foster, of Halls, sold heroin to someone identified in court documents only as C.T., and that person overdosed on July 1, 2014. Foster drove C.T.’s truck to a rural area and left the vehicle there with C.T. inside. A farmer found the truck the next day and called police.

Prosecutors have recommended a 25-year prison term for Foster. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 7.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith says 70-year-old Ronald Edward Strickland pleaded guilty Tuesday in Nashville federal court.

Court documents say Strickland planned to smuggle the 22-year-old old woman from Honduras into the U.S.

Filings say Strickland texted her in January 2016 about meeting for a sexual relationship. He texted someone in Honduras, among others, about it.

The documents say Strickland drove to Houston, Texas in July 2016 to get the woman and drive her to his Franklin, Tennessee home.

An investigation found Strickland paid a coyote $8,000 to smuggle her, and Strickland had an apartment in Honduras and regularly traveled there.

TRENTON, N.J. — The health insurance company co-founded by the brother of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law says it wants to return to New Jersey’s health exchange marketplace and expand in four other states.

Oscar announced Wednesday that it has applied to return to 14 of New Jersey’s 21 counties in 2018. It didn’t offer plans here in 2017.

The New York-based company was co-founded by Josh Kushner, the brother of Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner. Jared Kushner is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

Oscar also announced plans to seek regulatory approval to sell insurance with the Cleveland Clinic and expand to Nashville, Tennessee, east Los Angeles County, and Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

NASHVILLE — A woman who was raped while unconscious in a college dorm room has testified that her appearance at an ex-Vanderbilt football player’s trial marks the first time she has seen the defendant face to face.

The visibly shaken woman at times cried while testifying Wednesday in Brandon Banks’ trial. She told prosecutors she had only seen Banks’ image in the collection of evidence.

Two other ex-players were convicted and sentenced to prison after jury trials. A fourth ex-player charged in the incident has testified against his teammates.

Banks is charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. The 23-year-old has pleaded not guilty. He’s expected to testify.

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