published Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Region digest: Inmate extradited in 2009 slaying

Staff and Wire Reports

MARYVILLE, Tenn.

Inmate extradited in 2009 slaying

An inmate at a federal prison in Arizona has been extradited to Tennessee to face rape, murder and arson charges in the slaying of a 19-year-old woman whose remains were found in the woods of rural Cocke County.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Jeffrey Stock, a 43-year-old inmate at a federal prison in Tucson, arrived in Knoxville on Thursday night and was taken to the Blount County Justice Center in Maryville, Tenn., to await a court appearance.

Stock has been serving a 72-month sentence for failing to register as a sex offender after moving from Tennessee.

He and his father, Terry Stock, were indicted last year in the April 2009 slaying of Megan Maxwell.

Her remains were found more than a year later.

Autopsy ordered after inmate dies

Blount County authorities have ordered an autopsy for a 61-year-old inmate.

Larry Asbury Sr. died Monday morning at Blount Memorial Hospital.

Blount County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Marian O'Briant told the Knoxville News Sentinel that Asbury was taken by ambulance after the Blount County Justice Center's medical staff became concerned about him.

She said Asbury was alive when he left the jail.

Asbury was being held on a charge of possession of drugs with intent to sell and a probation violation, O'Briant said.

ATLANTA

Sales tax eyed for online deals

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he's considering a plan to extend the state sales tax to online purchases.

Morris News Service reported the governor made the comments during a meeting last week with newspaper publishers and executives.

Authorities said eight states already tax electronic commerce.

But most states have held off because Congress has signaled it would come up with a national model to simplify the thousands of tax rates used by state and local governments.

Deal said it might be time to act on the issue in the Georgia Legislature if there's no activity in Congress.

CLEVELAND, Tenn.

Council sets new meeting times

The Cleveland City Council has new meeting times.

Beginning with its Jan. 23 session, the informal work meeting will move up one hour to 1 p.m.

The council voted recently that its formal, voting meeting now will be at 3 p.m.

The panel's meeting days, the second and fourth Mondays of each month, will not change.

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