Early morning mishap shuts down Spring Place Road traffic
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jul 23, 2014 | 1640 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

An 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle reportedly were involved in a crash early this morning on Spring Place Road, near Armstrong Road.

According to reports, traffic in the area was shut down as utility crews worked to repair downed power lines.

The crash was reported to Bradley County 911 just after 4 a.m. Tennessee Highway Patrol rerouted traffic from the area.

Minor injuries were reported.

Aiding at the scene were Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Bradley County Emergency Medical Service and Bradley County Fire-Rescue personnel.

THP troopers Cameron Azbill and Nathan Aly are in charge of the crash investigation.

- What was initially thought to be a possible armed robbery Tuesday afternoon has now been labeled by detectives as “theft by distraction,” after the cashier at a local convenience store was reportedly distracted by two co-conspirators.

According to Evie West, information officer for Cleveland Police Department, officers with CPD and the BCSO raced to the scene of the incident at Hi-Tech Fuel, located on the corner of APD 40 and McGrady Drive.

Three black males reportedly entered the store just before 3 p.m. Detectives have reviewed video security information and determined two of the men distracted a clerk while the third person took an undetermined amount of cash from the store.

Initially, officers received information the perpetrators had left the store on foot, but later determined they had driven away, possibly in a black Ford Mustang.

Lt. Robert Harbison of the Cleveland Police Department said today the investigation is continuing.

City, county and state law enforcement officers combed the area around the store as well as placing themselves along possible routes the suspects could be traveling, according to 911 reports.

Harbison said the trio had attempted to pull the same type of “theft by distraction” at a nearby convenience store prior to entering the Hi-Tech business.

Investigation is continuing.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information regarding possible suspects is asked to contact the Cleveland Police Department at 728-7311.