5 things to know this morning

(WVLT) -- 1.Police: Pastor raped 17-year-old at Newport church

A Newport pastor now faces rape charges following an alleged incident Saturday.

Pastor of Cross Way Worship Center, James "Ronnie" Messer, was charged with statutory rape, aggravated sexual battery, and rape after an investigation by the Newport Police Department.

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2.Couple accused of tying up, robbing army vet, others

Authorities in Jefferson County are on the look out after two elderly residents said they were robbed by a man and woman. The couple is suspected of robbing two others, as well, one in Campbell County and one in Giles County, Virginia.

According to a police report from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded the the house of 81-year-old Clyde Moore, an army veteran, on Fain Cemetery Road in Dandridge on June 29 for a reported robbery. Moore told the investigator that he was outside moving dirt when a small, black, neat looking car came to the house. A man and woman got out of the vehicle and went up to Moore. Moore described the man as wearing work clothes, with the woman being anywhere from 18 to 20 wearing ripped jeans.

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3.Anderson Co. officials search for escaped inmate

The Anderson County Sheriff's Department said it is searching for an escaped inmate.

On Wednesday evening, the sheriff's department said that a man named Damian Vincent Reynolds, 39, escaped from custody on Wednesday. According to a representative with the department, Reynolds escaped by mixing in with some inmates that were being released. He had no uniform on as he was just being booked in, and he left with inmates being booked out.

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4.Knox Co. Sheriff defends initiative with ICE

A Steering Committee Meeting for 287(g) became heated at the City-County Building in Knoxville Wednesday morning.

287(g) is an initiative with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that allows agents to work with local law enforcement. Knox County adopted the initiative about six months ago.

The program allows ICE to deputize local or state law-enforcement agencies so they can enforce federal immigration laws. Under 287(g), these specially trained officers are allowed to screen jailed immigrants, determine their immigration status, and hold immigrants for ICE agents to pick up for deportation.

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5.KCSO: Toddler still in hospital after found not breathing in pool

A boy was found not breathing in a swimming pool in Corryton and rushed to the hospital via Lifestar Tuesday evening.

On Wednesday afternoon, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office told WVLT News that the child was still in the hospital.

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