Fishing license check results in drug arrests
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Apr 11, 2014 | 1466 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two people were taken into custody Thursday after an observant Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer reportedly noticed a powdery substance on one of their faces.

According to officer David Spandau of the Charleston Police Department, TWRA officer Brandon Lee was checking fishing licenses at Charleston Boat Dock when he noticed a substance on Jimmy Gene Hollowell’s nostrils.

Hollowell reportedly told Lee he had crushed a hydrocodone pill and “snorted” it.

After Lee asked where he obtained the prescription narcotic, Hollowell said he had gotten it from his girlfriend, Charlene McClean, who was nearby fishing with two small children, according to the report.

After further investigation, officers located additional suspected hydrocodone and drug paraphernalia.

According to the report, Hollowell was charged with two counts of child neglect, possession and casual exchange of Schedule II narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Child Protective Services officials were also notified and involved in the investigation.

Both suspects were taken to the Bradley County Jail and booked on the charges.

- While on patrol in the city of Charleston, officer David Spandau noticed a padlock on the ground at Charleston Mini Storage located on Hiwassee Street.

According to his report, he located the owner who responded and noticed her property had been rummaged through.

Delinda Szabo said she had three boxes of china, a Sony 45-inch television, three Coleman lanterns and a Coleman camp stove missing from the unit.

Evidence was recovered at the scene and sent for testing, according to Spandau.

Charleston Police Chief Johnny Stokes advises all tenants who have property stored at the warehouse to check them periodically.

Szabo noted she had just checked her storage unit a few days ago and the padlock was intact.

No dollar amount was listed in the report, but Stokes learned the value of the missing items was approximately $5,000.

Investigation is continuing.

- A utility trailer that was reported stolen earlier this week was recovered by law enforcement after a Cleveland Police detective located it.

Detective Bill Parks notified Bradley County Sheriff’s Office officials regarding the trailer that was taken from Jordan’s Fabrication.

The trailer had been valued at $1,600.

It was recovered and returned to Steve Jordan, owner of the company, which is located on Lois Street.

Jordan said the trailer could have been missing up to two weeks prior to his reporting it Monday.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in Bradley County today.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public, by motorists who would violate the laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.