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Man Arrested for Breaking into National Civil Rights Museum

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Memphis police arrested a man for allegedly breaking into the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday night.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Dexter Anderson reportedly threw rocks into second-floor windows, climbed in, and slept in a bed in a Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit.

Anderson, 33, was caught by a security guard and taken into custody.

He was charged with criminal trespass and vandalism.

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Man Hospitalized After North Knoxville House Fire

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A man is in the hospital after a house fire in North Knoxville Tuesday night.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that when firefighters responded to the scene at the 4100 block of Wake Robin Drive, they found the victim in the front yard.

He was hospitalized to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns to his hands.

No others were injured.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, "the fire was mostly contained to a bedroom."

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Knoxville Cops Bust Suspected Meth Making Operation

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Two minors were among a group of people found inside a Knoxville apartment that was suspected of being home to a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

Knoxville Police said on Tuesday night they went to the Stonewall Apartments on Sevier Avenue, and in one unit, officers allegedly discovered evidence of a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

Among the people found in the apartment were four adults and two minors -- ages 14 and 7.

Members of the Knoxville Fire Department's hazardous materials unit were called in to decontaminate the occupants and to conduct a medical evaluation on each individual.

Police said charges are expected to be filed as the investigation continues.  

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Man Arrested on Child Rape Charges

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A Memphis man has been arrested on child rape charges.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that 38-year-old Gabriel Dotson is accused of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl.

Dotson was charged with rape, rape of a child, statutory rape by an authority figure, and aggravated sexual battery.

According to the Commercial Appeal, the rape occurred in 2009. The victim is now 16 years old.

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Knoxville Man Dies While Swimming in FL

(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Knoxville man died while swimming in Cocoa Beach, Fla. on Saturday.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that 51-year-old Michael Markwell had been swimming in rough waters -- outside an area watched by a lifeguard -- when witnesses saw him facedown in the water.

Markwell was taken to Cape Canaveral Hospital where he died.

Markwell was a managing partner at Carrabba's Italian Grill in Knoxville. According to the Orlando Sentinel, he had been on vacation in Florida following a Carrabba's conference at Disney World.

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