Missing woman found after 10-hour search
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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A Pleasant Grove Church Road resident was the focus of a search by law enforcement and other emergency service personnel Monday evening after she was reported missing from her home.

According to reports from the Cleveland Police Department, Minnie Maples, 67, was missing for more than 10 hours before she was found.

Maples was found safe late Monday evening by Bradley County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Maples had left her residence earlier in the day, but had been returned after a Cleveland Police officer found her wandering in the roadway near her home, according to Evie West, information officer for Cleveland Police Department.

West said her caretaker then reported Maples missing from her residence around noon Monday.

Officers and emergency service personnel from the Cleveland Fire Department, Cleveland-Bradley County Emergency Management Agency and Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers aided in the search.

- Walker Valley High School officials are utilizing video security cameras to determine a suspect involved in the theft of several items, including a wallet from a student’s backpack.

The incident was reported Saturday to Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputy Paul Allen after the victim made the discovery.

According to the report filed by Allen, the incident occurred Thursday.

The student had left her backpack unattended prior to classes. The backpack was among several others in the hallway near her classroom.

On Saturday, the victim’s mother noticed activity on a debit card.

The banking institution reported someone had attempted to make an online purchase. The debit card was immediately cancelled and officials notified of the incident.

The wallet was described as a pink floral Vera Bradley brand that contained the victim’s driver’s license, debit cards, gift cards and cash.

Investigation is being conducted by the school resource officer and other officials, as well as the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Driver’s License Roadside Safety Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning this weekend.

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 driver’s license laws of the state.

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