Fugitive is still sought in area
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Aug 21, 2013 | 1243 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The hunt continues for a man wanted by state and federal authorities, but his alleged accomplice is in custody after being arrested Tuesday morning.

Howard Callaway remains on the loose while his accomplice, April Gammill, was seen by residents in the Mountain Road area, carrying a small dog, according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities took her into custody just after 7:30 a.m.

Callaway and Gammill were spotted Monday by a TBI agent near Bancroft Road and the agent attempted a traffic stop, with knowledge Callaway had warrants for his arrest. Callaway reportedly attempted to run over the agent, who fired at the vehicle Callaway and Gammill were in. The agent wasn’t injured and couldn’t confirm if either Callaway or Gammill was injured after he fired the shots.

A short distance later, Callaway and Gammill ditched their vehicle and escaped on foot into a wooded area.

The Mountain Road community is in southwest Bradley County, near the Hamilton and Bradley County line.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has also been active in the search for Callaway.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and Hamilton County authorities have been searching the woods on foot and by air.

Callaway, 39, is wanted on 32 counts of aggravated burglary and for violation of federal parole, according to Kristin Helm, information officer for TBI.

Gammill was wanted on a violation of probation warrant after being convicted of sale and delivery of methamphetamine.

According to reports from the scene, Callaway was described as wearing khaki-colored pants when he made his escape.

Deputies described the area where the search was being conducted as infested with ticks and poison oak.

Agents and deputies also searched several homes in the area Tuesday in an effort to find Callaway.

Gammill remains in custody at the Bradley County Jail charged with violation of probation, misdemeanor violation of probation, felony evading, resisting arrest and simple possession of narcotics, according to Gault. Bond has been set at $2,654 cash regarding the probation violations and $1,000 for the new charges.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Callaway is asked to call 911 or the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463).