Cause of Falcon Drive fire under investigation
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Dec 14, 2012 | 1663 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Cleveland Fire Department officials are being aided by Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in a fire investigation at a Falcon Drive address.

According to CFD Fire Marshal Ben Atchley, CFD firefighters responded to an unoccupied structure located at 2065 Falcon Drive just before midnight Wednesday evening.

A report filed by Bradley County Sheriff’s deputy Daniel Watson indicated Lt. Jimmy Smith found a flashlight near the power meter at the home.

CFD firefighters doused the flames and found evidence the cause of the fire was “suspicious in nature,” according to Atchley.

Investigators learned the house was vacant and had been on the real estate market.

Atchley is heading up the investigation along with BCSO detective Brandon Edwards.

The structure was valued at $75,000.

Atchley said damage to the house was significant, but he did not have a damage estimate available.

- Two firearms were taken from a pickup truck earlier this week.

According to a report filed by deputy Tommy Kimsey of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, he spoke with Franklin Hartness of Easterly Road.

Hartness told Kimsey someone took a .50-caliber muzzle loader and a 7mm bolt-action rifle from his truck sometime during the night Wednesday.

The truck was parked at a White Oak Road address when the theft occurred. The truck was not secured at the time, according to the report.

The firearms were valued at $500.

Criminal Investigations Division detectives are in charge of the case.

- Cleveland Police detective Walter Mitchell is in charge of a burglary which occurred at a 20th Street S.E. address earlier this week.

According to a report filed by officer Chris Rucker of CPD, Damien Parodi arrived and found the front door open at 507 20th St.

Parodi was in the process of renovating the house for the property owner.

Missing was a bag filled with various hand tools, a Skil circular saw and a corded Black & Decker power drill.

The missing tools were valued at $499.

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

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.