Saturation patrols are planned for holiday
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Local and state law enforcement will be highly visible during the Thanksgiving holiday beginning Wednesday at 6 a.m., and ending Monday at 6 a.m.

According to Tennessee Department of Safety officials, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers will be stationed every 20 miles along the Interstate 40 corridor and locally, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies along with Traffic Unit deputies will also be present to perform saturation patrols and stationary observation of motorists.

“We have had six traffic-related deaths this year in Bradley County. Deputies will be watching for texting while driving and other driver distractions as well as reckless driving, failure to use seat belts and other infractions,” said Capt. W.G. Campbell, of BCSO.

THP Checkpoints are also planned in the area.

Tennessee Department of Transportation officials announced earlier this week that all construction lane closures will be opened.

“Please drive safely, and observe traffic rules and safety procedures,” Campbell said.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families,” Campbell added.

- Women’s jewelry was reported stolen during an aggravated burglary at a Harrison Pike address.

John Elliott report to Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies that someone had broken into his home during the weekend and taken necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings, all of which belonged to his wife.

Elliott was unable to provide deputy David Harper with descriptions of the jewelry.

Elliott believed the theft occurred sometime Thursday night.

He valued the jewelry at $2,000.

- One person was arrested by BCSO deputy Steve McCullough after reportedly taking a tree stand.

Albert J. Strauss, 54, was located by McCullough after he spoke with the Gator tree stand’s owner, Gregory J. Toney.

Toney said he had parked his truck at the Candies Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Toney reportedly saw Strauss take the stand. He followed the truck Strauss was driving and got license tag information.

Later, McCullough located Strauss’s vehicle as well as the tree stand.

According to his report, Strauss had painted the tree stand.

He also told the deputy he was going to return it to the area where he found it after he got through using it.

Strauss was arrested and taken to the Bradley County Jail, where he was booked on a charge of theft under $500 and vandalism under $500.