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Extortion — Mike Hutchison reported to McKenzie Police Thursday, November 1, that someone attempted to extort money from West Tennessee Dairy by threatening legal action if they did not send them money. According to a report filed by Officer Kyle Beauchamp, Mr. Hutchison explained that last Wednesday afternoon, October 31, an older lady came into the store claiming to work for International Development Services and could help them sell more product. She asked Hutchison if he was interested in hearing what she had to say. He agreed and she then left the store and came back with another man who told Hutchison that he could get him business selling their paper products to hotels and other similar venues. Hutchison stated the man offered him these services and Hutchison told the man he was not paying for anything from them and did not have any money. The man explained he did not need any money right away and two more men wearing suits then entered the store and made their presentation. The first man then said he would be back on Friday then Monday and Tuesday and for those three days worth of service Mr. Hutchison would owe his company $20,000. At this point, Hutchison asked him to leave and the man proceeded to tell him that he owed them $5,700 for the services they had already rendered. At this point, Hutchison told them to get out.
Hutchison reported his wife received emails stating they owed the company (International Development Services) $8,118.41 that was itemized for their services. It further stated that if they did not pay they would refer their bill to their legal department for review. Beauchamp advised him to report the incident to the FBI via their web site and he agreed to do so.
DUI — MPD responded to a two-vehicle accident Tuesday evening, October 30, involving no injuries. One of the drivers, Jimmy Fuzzell, of McKenzie, was found to have slurred speech and not steady on his feet. Fuzzell was asked if he had consumed any alcohol or drugs and he admitted he had taken pain medication. He performed poorly on field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest and charged with Driving Under the Influence. He was placed under $1,000 bond and transported to the Carroll County Jail.