Two face theft, drug charges
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Oct 10, 2013 | 2531 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Chattanooga cabbie and his passenger were both booked at the Bradley County Jail earlier this week after officials began an investigation regarding a possible stolen vehicle.

Drug charges were levied Wednesday against William Rogers, 43, while theft and drug charges were placed on his passenger, identified as Karen R. Campbell, 22.

According to a report filed by Lt. Travis Smith of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, he responded to a local restaurant in reference to a vehicle belonging to Nation Taxi Cab Co.

A company representative said the cab was leased to Rogers, who was located inside the business.

Rogers reportedly informed the deputy he had a passenger in the cab, whom he had picked up Monday.

After further investigation, deputies located Campbell asleep inside the vehicle.

She couldn’t produce a valid ID, but provided her name.

According to the report, Campbell “kept looking into a small, clear box that appeared to be filled with receipts.”

The deputy then saw a glass pipe of the type that can be used to smoke drugs.

Campbell was detained at that point.

Further investigation revealed a purse inside the vehicle, containing identification and credit cards.

Deputies discovered the purse had been taken from a Riceville woman who had reported it stolen Monday.

Both Rogers and Campbell were arrested and taken to the Bradley County Jail.

Rogers was charged with possession of Schedule V and VI narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Campbell was charged with theft under $500, possession of Schedule III, V and VI drugs, along with possession of drug paraphernalia and introducing contraband into a penal institution.

- A White Oak Valley Road resident reported the theft of a boat from his home.

According to reports from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, the green 2002 aluminum boat and trailer, along with three tackle boxes and 10 fishing rods, were taken.

The boat identification number was listed as TN-9891-DE, according to the report filed by deputy Warren Brandon.

The missing boat and equipment are valued at $7,000.

-Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Driver’s License Sobriety Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning next weekend.

The checkpoints will be set up in random locations in the county. Officials have also announced a number of THP events for November. Details of the planned activities will be released later.

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.