Lawson charged in ATV theft
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Heath Anthony Lawson
Heath Anthony Lawson
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A Meigs County man was arrested and charged by Bradley County authorities after an investigation revealed him as a suspect in the theft of an all-terrain vehicle.

Heath Anthony Lawson, 37, of Childs Road in the Birchwood community, was charged with theft over $1,000.

Lawson reportedly took a Yamaha ATV from a home in north Bradley County. The theft was reported March 10, according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives obtained a search warrant in Meigs County and went to the Childs Road home where they recovered the ATV, which was valued at $7,000, according to Gault.

Lawson was booked at the Bradley County Jail, then freed after posting $3,000 bond.

After recovering the ATV, officials returned it to the rightful owner, according to Gault.

- Someone gained entry to the Santek Environmental location at 282 Nature Trail and rummaged through a building located on the property. Officials continue to investigate a theft at the Bradley County Road Department which is located just a short distance away.

According to a report filed by deputy Paul Allen of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, he was notified by an employee at Santek that someone had cut a chain which secured the main gate at the business.

Video footage indicated the suspect entered the gate driving a pickup truck. A door to one of the buildings was opened, but officials could not determine if anything had been taken.

Investigation is continuing.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in Polk County beginning March 30.

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 DUI laws of the state.

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