Police beat: Charleston threat situation defused
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Bradley County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in the Old Charleston Road community Tuesday after a distraught individual made threats to possibly harm himself.

According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, the incident was defused quickly after deputies arrived on the scene around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Gault said the person was taken to a local health facility for a mental evaluation.

No injuries were reported.

- Cleveland Fire Department is in charge of a fire investigation at a property located on Berry Street.

A call came in to the Bradley County 911 Center Tuesday evening.

According to a report from Chief Steve Haun, as firefighters arrived on the scene, they observed the rear portion of the structure involved in flames.

The occupant of the home was helped to safety by bystanders, according to the report.

Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics responded to the scene and transported the resident to the hospital for treatment.

Cause of the fire has not been determined; however, it was believed to have been electrical in nature.

Damage to the structure was estimated at $8,000.

The victim was treated and released and was reportedly in the care of family members.

Investigation is continuing.

- A check of three people “hanging” out in a parking lot resulted in the arrest of one person who was charged with possession of cocaine.

Brandon Guthrie, 19, of a Pickens Street address, told deputy Kolby Duckett of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office that his car had broken down near 2nd Street and he was waiting on a friend to bring him some booster cables.

Further investigation revealed that someone had thrown two small baggies under the vehicle when Guthrie and his passengers saw Duckett pull up in his patrol car.

Deputy Doug Boucher arrived on the scene and located two small bags of suspected powdered cocaine under the broken-down vehicle.

Guthrie was taken into custody and transported to the Bradley County Jail where he was booked on possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale.

According to Duckett, deputies seized two grams of the suspected cocaine.

- Burglars reportedly broke a door to gain entry to a Cleveland business late last week.

Deputy Robert Jones filed a report for Don Jacobson of Cleveland Aluminum, which is located on Waterlevel Highway.

According to his report, Jones stated that Jacobson discovered the burglary Friday.

A door had been damaged by the burglars.

Once inside, a bank bag containing a significant amount of cash was taken.

Investigation of the burglary is being conducted by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

- Bradley County authorities are in charge of an investigation after someone reported their credit card number had been used fraudulently.

According to a report filed with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, the reported victim, a resident at Sim Goodwin Road, said someone had made unauthorized purchases at a number of convenience stores and a grocery store.

All of the businesses were located in Georgia, according to the report.

Loss amounted to over $150.

- An Owl Hollow Road resident reported the theft of music equipment from his residence.

According to the report, a Yamaha keyboard, three microphone, two speakers and a double-DVD player were taken.

A loss estimate wasn’t listed in the offense report filed with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

- An air compressor and arc welder were reportedly taken from an outbuilding located on Old Federal Road.

A report filed during the weekend noted the outbuilding was also vandalized during the burglary. The air compressor was described as being blue and mounted on wheels. The loss was estimated at $250.

- On Thursday, two Ladd Springs Road residents reported the theft of items from their properties.

Two Stihl chainsaws, a double-tank air compressor and an upright battery charger were taken during one theft reported at a sawmill.

Another individual said someone entered his outbuilding and took a Tecumseh lawn mower and weed trimmer.

A lock to the building had been cut, according to the report.

The mowing equipment was valued at $150.

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

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 license laws of the state.

Beginning Nov. 8, THP troopers will be holding Safety Belt Checkpoints in Bradley County.

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