Police investigating death of teen Se...

Police investigating death of teen Sevierville girl

There are 65 comments on the WATE-TV Knoxville story from Nov 6, 2008, titled Police investigating death of teen Sevierville girl. In it, WATE-TV Knoxville reports that:

The death of a 17-year-old girl in Sevierville is being investigated by police who suspect foul play.

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MaryBeth

Meridian, MS

#1 Nov 6, 2008
Where were the parent(s)? Why was this 17 year old girl living with several male room mates? She should have been at home with parental supervision!!! Shame on the parent(s) involved.
Grand Jury

AOL

#2 Nov 6, 2008
How much you want to bet drugs were involved..
MaryBeth wrote:
Where were the parent(s)? Why was this 17 year old girl living with several male room mates? She should have been at home with parental supervision!!! Shame on the parent(s) involved.
angele

Cookeville, TN

#3 Nov 6, 2008
melissa foster was one of my very good friends and for people to be talking about her the way they are is ridiculous julio fernandez needs to be found because i am more than positive that he is the one who killed her.
Hose a

Little Valley, NY

#4 Nov 6, 2008
More than likely another illegal committing a murder and escaping back to mexico. The mexican government will not seek him and have him to return to face charges. People need to be aware of these low life illegals and don't think twice about defending themselves and snuff out this problem.
Sevier County

United States

#5 Nov 6, 2008
When I saw his pic it didn't really suprise me.
What does totally amaze me is all these white girls that hang all over these mexicans. They seek them out for a boyfriend. And more and more it ends like this.
I do agree with grand jury that drugs were more than likely involved. The news story said she lived with several males. Looks a little odd.
Have to wonder what kind of self respecting girl would live with several guys???
MaryBeth, 17 is almost an adult. You see more and more at that age not living at home with a parent. Blaming the parents is crazy. I am sorry she was killed but she was old enough to make intelligent decisions and choosing to live with a bunch of mexicans is not a good one.
Renenay Clabough

Kodak, TN

#6 Nov 6, 2008
What is a white girl doing running around with a Mexican.....scratch that, I married Joel Clabough and just answered my own question.
Renenay Clabough

Kodak, TN

#7 Nov 6, 2008
angele wrote:
melissa foster was one of my very good friends and for people to be talking about her the way they are is ridiculous julio fernandez needs to be found because i am more than positive that he is the one who killed her.
She did the drugs with out her arm being twisted. I grew up in Lewisville and Maryville I loved the drugs there. They are better than this cheap Sevier County shit.
AZ-MA

Memphis, TN

#8 Nov 6, 2008
That's really scary place to live, very danger zone because all of those Mexicans. That's why i had to move out of that area!!!
Hose a

Little Valley, NY

#9 Nov 6, 2008
Where can you go where there are not mexicans ? Well maybe, mexico.
Renenay Clabough

Kodak, TN

#10 Nov 6, 2008
Those are all of Dolly's Mexicans too.
Child molester gets deal
Knoxville
SEVIERVILLE — If there’s one thing a county that draws in hundreds of thousands of children to its attractions and employs thousands more doesn’t need, it’s a child-molesting elf, a judge said Wednesday.
“People deeply resent this in this community,” Sevier County Circuit Court Judge Rex Henry Ogle told Armando Martinez Gonzalez, who was convicted Wednesday of molesting four child actors at Dixie Stampede where Gonzalez worked as an elf.
“You worked with these children, and you were older, and you took advantage of that situation,” Ogle said.“It’s a shame to look back in this audience and see little children who have been brutalized by you. There’s nothing more repulsive to society.”
Gonzalez was hired by the popular Pigeon Forge dinner theater promoted by superstar Dolly Parton, who has an ownership interest in the attraction, despite the fact that he was an illegal immigrant.
He worked as a stagehand and dressed up as an elf during the dinner theater’s 2005 Christmas show. Assistant District Attorney General Steve Hawkins said Wednesday that Gonzalez was tasked with helping child actors into and out of a wagon in a darkened area just outside the stage arena.
In November 2005, Gonzalez fondled four child actors, all of whom were under the age of 13, when he was supposed to be assisting them on and off the wagon, Hawkins said.

“You’ve hurt a lot of people,” Ogle said.“You can plead no contest all you want to, but you are flat out guilty.”Hawkins said he extended a deal to Gonzalez reluctantly. He cited two key reasons for it.One, he said, was Ogle’s refusal earlier this year to allow all four victims’ cases to be tried at once. Hawkins didn’t fault the judge, but, instead, state law that forced the judge’s decision.“Many states are beginning to see in these type cases there’s a (tendency) to keep committing them and they’re allowing consolidation,” Hawkins said.“Tennessee does not. A jury would not know the full picture of what was going on.”Tennessee’s appellate courts have routinely ruled that to allow jurors to know that an accused child molester has more than one victim would unfairly prejudice the suspect’s right to a fair trial. In Gonzalez’s case, Hawkins would be barred from telling jurors that four different children had accused the elf of fondling them and instead would only be able to present a single child alleging a single act. It’s a tougher prosecutorial sale, he noted.Two, Hawkins said, Pigeon Forge Police Department Investigator Kenny Bean learned through his probe that the mother of one of the victims had lied about her son’s age on his Dixie Stampede application so the attraction would hire him.“They were looking for children of a certain age,” Hawkins explained.The difference in his claimed age and real age was only a year, but the lie itself hurt the prosecution effort, Hawkins said.“That greatly affected his credibility as a witness in one case and victim in another,” Hawkins said.Ogle asked parents of the victims attending Wednesday’s hearing if they had any quarrels with the deal. None replied. Parents interviewed by the media after the hearing all expressed reluctant support for the deal.“I’m glad it’s over,” one mother said.“My daughter’s never going to be the same.”The parents have filed suit against Dixie Stampede, alleging attraction employees ignored prior complaints about Gonzalez and tried to cover-up the molestation when the parents first reported it. Dixie Stampede officials deny the claims.Attorneys involved in the civil lawsuit were in court Wednesday but left without comment on what, if any, impact Gonzalez’s plea will have on that case.“Children have a right to grow up comfortably and safely,” Ogle told Gonzalez.“There’s absolutely nothing socially redeeming about any adult doing what you did to these children.”
Renenay Clabough

Kodak, TN

#11 Nov 6, 2008
Child molester gets deal
Knoxville
SEVIERVILLE — If there’s one thing a county that draws in hundreds of thousands of children to its attractions and employs thousands more doesn’t need, it’s a child-molesting elf, a judge said Wednesday.
“People deeply resent this in this community,” Sevier County Circuit Court Judge Rex Henry Ogle told Armando Martinez Gonzalez, who was convicted Wednesday of molesting four child actors at Dixie Stampede where Gonzalez worked as an elf.
“You worked with these children, and you were older, and you took advantage of that situation,” Ogle said.“It’s a shame to look back in this audience and see little children who have been brutalized by you. There’s nothing more repulsive to society.”
Gonzalez was hired by the popular Pigeon Forge dinner theater promoted by superstar Dolly Parton, who has an ownership interest in the attraction, despite the fact that he was an illegal immigrant.
He worked as a stagehand and dressed up as an elf during the dinner theater’s 2005 Christmas show. Assistant District Attorney General Steve Hawkins said Wednesday that Gonzalez was tasked with helping child actors into and out of a wagon in a darkened area just outside the stage arena.
In November 2005, Gonzalez fondled four child actors, all of whom were under the age of 13, when he was supposed to be assisting them on and off the wagon, Hawkins said.

“You’ve hurt a lot of people,” Ogle said.“You can plead no contest all you want to, but you are flat out guilty.”Hawkins said he extended a deal to Gonzalez reluctantly. He cited two key reasons for it.One, he said, was Ogle’s refusal earlier this year to allow all four victims’ cases to be tried at once. Hawkins didn’t fault the judge, but, instead, state law that forced the judge’s decision.“Many states are beginning to see in these type cases there’s a (tendency) to keep committing them and they’re allowing consolidation,” Hawkins said.“Tennessee does not. A jury would not know the full picture of what was going on.”Tennessee’s appellate courts have routinely ruled that to allow jurors to know that an accused child molester has more than one victim would unfairly prejudice the suspect’s right to a fair trial. In Gonzalez’s case, Hawkins would be barred from telling jurors that four different children had accused the elf of fondling them and instead would only be able to present a single child alleging a single act. It’s a tougher prosecutorial sale, he noted.Two, Hawkins said, Pigeon Forge Police Department Investigator Kenny Bean learned through his probe that the mother of one of the victims had lied about her son’s age on his Dixie Stampede application so the attraction would hire him.“They were looking for children of a certain age,” Hawkins explained.The difference in his claimed age and real age was only a year, but the lie itself hurt the prosecution effort, Hawkins said.“That greatly affected his credibility as a witness in one case and victim in another,” Hawkins said.Ogle asked parents of the victims attending Wednesday’s hearing if they had any quarrels with the deal. None replied. Parents interviewed by the media after the hearing all expressed reluctant support for the deal.“I’m glad it’s over,” one mother said.“My daughter’s never going to be the same.”The parents have filed suit against Dixie Stampede, alleging attraction employees ignored prior complaints about Gonzalez and tried to cover-up the molestation when the parents first reported it. Dixie Stampede officials deny the claims.Attorneys involved in the civil lawsuit were in court Wednesday but left without comment on what, if any, impact Gonzalez’s plea will have on that case.“Children have a right to grow up comfortably and safely,” Ogle told Gonzalez.“There’s absolutely nothing socially redeeming about any adult doing what you did to these children.”
60 gunner

Sandy Ridge, NC

#13 Nov 6, 2008
AZ-MA wrote:
That's really scary place to live, very danger zone because all of those Mexicans. That's why i had to move out of that area!!!
Me too! I lived 2 buildings down and when i first moved in it was a nice place to live.You could stand outside and talk with your neighbors in the evening.Then the manager let the MEKSIKANS start to move in .In 4 months it was a chit hole.I moved out when one knocked on my door and wanted a beer.I told him to go to he$$ and he pulled a knife on me.I beat his arse with a bat then moved to the country.Nothing there now but TRASH!!!!!!
Pretty Poison

AOL

#14 Nov 6, 2008
DREAMING AGAIN.....roflmao.....keep it up little man...keep it up,,u one bad mudder when u behind locked doors..roflmao..and the only portion of SC that is ghetto redneck is Lot # whatever in Peanorama Point...roflmao...good grief, u need to get your yard man to do some tidying up...roflmao..hey did u pay that rent yet? How bout that cable...roflmao..Lord I would have to have u for a tenant, what am I saying? I WOULD NEVER HAVE U FOR A TENANT..........ROFLMAO...wher e is your azz wipe tonight, notice you answering your own post.........roflmaotatanw....
GOP

Kodak, TN

#16 Nov 7, 2008
Peace Team
Donna Strickland
[email protected]

Contact Donna Strickland for the pictures of Bryan Webber taking money to park cars in Pigeon Forge during the last rod run and then ask him why he is no longer a deputy for the county. Thanks Gary Cate we love you! Are you a spirited citizen or just a junkie that hates the law.

Since: Aug 08

Ten Mile, TN

#17 Nov 7, 2008
Pretty Poison wrote:
DREAMING AGAIN.....roflmao.....keep it up little man...keep it up,,u one bad mudder when u behind locked doors..roflmao..and the only portion of SC that is ghetto redneck is Lot # whatever in Peanorama Point...roflmao...good grief, u need to get your yard man to do some tidying up...roflmao..hey did u pay that rent yet? How bout that cable...roflmao..Lord I would have to have u for a tenant, what am I saying? I WOULD NEVER HAVE U FOR A TENANT..........ROFLMAO...wher e is your azz wipe tonight, notice you answering your own post.........roflmaotatanw....
A young girl died and you people have to air your dirty laundry here. Disgusting.
GOP

Kodak, TN

#18 Nov 7, 2008
Drugs have been a major problem in Sevier County for years now, so has been poverty. It is kept out of the public eye to deceive the tourists. If you check the National Crime rates at the FBI Web site you will see that it is safer in Iraq than Sevier County Tennessee.

The White Caps of Sevier County are documented as the "meanest" people to every walk the earth.

You will also notice that Hercshend Family Entertainment, the owners of Pigeon Forge, are not letting their pimped whore Dolly advertise "Dollywood" and only Dixie Stampede on TV this Christmas Season. They are dumping Dollywood next season for being a drug dealer haven. They can't control the work force required to operate the abomination. After they failed with the Soviet Block exchange students they just made to decision to sell it off.

You don't know the half on what goes on there with the "local" employees. Gay day, prostitution, massive drug sales and even murder! Next to the Poverty Problem, organized crime is out of control.

http://povertynewsblog.blogspot.com/2006/02/t...

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-6275657.html

http://www.topix.com/forum/county/sevier-tn/T...
GOP

Kodak, TN

#19 Nov 7, 2008
Poverty: Our county's dirty little secret
January 23, 2006
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Sevier County draws more than 10 million tourists a year. Most visit attractions along the Parkway or take in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They eat in our restaurants, drive our go-carts, see the shows and drop in on Dollywood or Ober Gatlinburg. We wouldn't be Sevier County without them.

However it's all the 75,000 permanent residents who make this a community. And by most accounts, one in eight of us permanent residents is living in poverty. Their income is below the federal guidelines that determine what poverty is. They struggle to pay their rent, feed their families or themselves, buy the medicines they need, purchase essential goods. It's Sevier County's dirty little secret, all covered up and hidden away by the glitz and bright lights of the Parkway.

Lots of people in lots of places are hurting these days, trying to find ways to pay their bills. There is nothing new about that. What makes Sevier County poverty so compelling is that it exists in one of Tennessee's most affluent counties. Look at the statistics. Our property tax values rank No. 2 in the state. Our total tax revenue ranks No. 1. We are home to three of the five most visited attractions in all of Tennessee. You can't beat our sunsets and sunrises. This is a beautiful part of America. Yet one in eight of us is poor - so poor they are classified as living in poverty.

The series on Sevier County poverty that starts today is not meant to shame anyone. It is not intended to embarrass. Poverty exists everywhere. It's in the shadows of Wall Street in New York City, the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, Turner Field in Atlanta, Disney World in Orlando, and Beverly Hills in Los Angeles. But we don't live in those places. Our home is Sevier County, and it's up to us to make our home the best it can be. Despite the statistics that verify the troubles of some local residents, there are many people who are trying to help. The series, which runs through next Sunday, tells a lot of individual stories, but it also reports on the agencies and people who are committed to making the lives of the less fortunate a little easier. From food banks to home repair volunteers to government agencies, there is assistance out there for the impoverished.

The series also will shoot down any idea that poverty is invariably of one's own making. There persists a thinking among some that people are poor because they won't get off their butts and work to better themselves. Much of the poverty in Sevier County exists among senior citizens and working people. Seniors on fixed incomes understandably have a hard time. And a lot of the jobs in this community are service-related; they don't pay much or offer affordable benefits - if benefits are offered at all. That's not meant as criticism of the employers. It's just a fact that some jobs are low-paying, and those who perform those jobs have a difficult if not impossible time making ends meet.

Please take time to read the series. The news staff of The Mountain Press did a wonderful job and spent countless hours to make their stories meaningful and interesting. You'll learn a lot about where you live. And maybe it will inspire you to do more to assist those in need.
GOP

Kodak, TN

#20 Nov 7, 2008
Get tuned in and get the truth. Sevier County is a redneck ghetto filled with stupidity and mismanagement, greed, shame and hate.
GOP

Kodak, TN

#21 Nov 7, 2008
rightchoice wrote:
<quoted text> A young girl died and you people have to air your dirty laundry here. Disgusting.
All Sevier County has is Dirty Laundry and Shame. As the massive stupidity, poverty and crime problems grow, the more it will show just what a hell hole this cesspool it really really is. Christian retreat youths have been raped at the motels in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. A Dollywood employee who was an illegal alien is now in prison for molesting at Dixie Stampede for 2 years running. Armando Gonzales. They knew he was a molester and let him work with kids again, Thank Jamie Parish the Manager of Dixie Stampede.

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2007/Jun/28/chil...

Just check out the sex offender registry for Sevier County on the TBI website. Get educated to the real deal what goes on in Sevier County.
60 gunner

Sandy Ridge, NC

#22 Nov 7, 2008
She laid up with those STAINS on club drive and that was how she got treated .Like the chit she ran with.Good riddance.One less anchor baby mom!

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