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Domestic violence testimony inconsistencies lead to arrest

From The New Tazewell Police Department -

On June 25, 2018 The New Tazewell Police Department was dispatched by Claiborne 911 to investigate a domestic assault that took place within the Departments jurisdiction.


While on scene, officers collected several statements that provided details of a young woman being struck about her face and head and also that her aggressor choked her during this assault.


46 year old Tonya Sizelove was the initial complainant to 911 and also provided all these details to dispatchers and to Officers on scene.


Officers observed that a young woman had obviously been assaulted and warrants were issued for a local man whom had fled the scene after delivering a substantial assault. Later, officers of the New Tazewell Police Department and the Claiborne County S.W.A.T. team effectively apprehended this male and transported him to the Claiborne County Jail.


On November 25, 2019, the case of State of Tennessee vs. Douglas Adam Vanover was tried in Claiborne County Criminal Court. Tonya Sizelove was subpoenaed as a witness. Material parts of her testimony were inconsistent with the prior statements she had given to law enforcement and the Assistant District Attorney.


On Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, Detective Gary Ruszkowski of the New Tazewell Police Department presented the case, along with recently discovered evidence, to the Claiborne County Grand Jury for consideration. The Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Tonya Sizelove with Aggravated Perjury related to her testimony in the trial.


She was arrested on February 14, 2020 by Chief Ben Evans and Officer Harrison Cornett and was taken into custody.

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