More than $11K in damage, stolen currencies reported at golf course

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Centennial Golf Course reported that unknown suspects caused more than $11,000 worth of property damage and stole $5,381 in various currencies from the business sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning, authorities said.

The golf course is on Centennial Boulevard off Edgemoor Road in east Oak Ridge.

The Oak Ridge Police Department responded at 7:30 a.m. Monday, April 14, Officer Chris Bayless said in a report. The incident was reported to have occurred between 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, and 7:30 a.m. Monday, April 14. [Read more...]

Man reports revolver, cell phone, cash stolen in home invasion

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An East Forest Road man reported an unknown suspect entered his home Monday evening and stole a .38 revolver, a cell phone, and more than $6,000 in cash, authorities said.

The reported home invasion occurred between 4:40 and 5:08 p.m. Monday, Oak Ridge Police Department Officer Chris Bayless said in a report.

The investigation is still ongoing to identify the suspect, Bayless said.

East Florida Road is off Florida Avenue north of Oak Ridge Turnpike.

Cash, computer, TV reported stolen during home invasion robbery

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Two men who live on Devon Lane in Oak Ridge reported cash and a computer, television, video game system, and other items were stolen during a home invasion robbery early Tuesday morning.

The victims reported the robbery on Devon Lane at about 2:24 a.m. Tuesday.

The list of stolen items included $900 in cash, a gold watch valued at $500, a laptop computer valued at $300, a 35″ flatscreen television valued at $275, a cellphone valued at $200, a video game system valued at $150, drug paraphernalia, and bags that contained $50 in coins. [Read more...]

Fire destroys home on Meadow Lane in Blair

Meadow Lane Fire in Blair

A home and its contents appeared to be destroyed in a Saturday night fire on Meadow Lane in Blair, fire photographer Tom Scott said.

The Blair Fire Department responded to the fire at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday. The initial report said flames were coming through the roof of the house on Meadow Lane, which is off Ollis Road near Dyllis-Springs Elementary School, Scott said. The school is in Roane County southwest of Oliver Springs and northwest of Oak Ridge.

But the house was completely on fire when the first fire engine arrived, Scott said. The Oliver Springs Fire Department was also dispatched on an automatic mutual aid call. Four engines, one tanker, and one rescue truck were on the scene. Water was shuttled from a hydrant on Ollis Road. [Read more...]

Clinton man charged with murder in apparent stabbing death

Kieth William Pittman

Kieth William Pittman

A 25-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a woman who appeared to have been stabbed and was knocking on doors in Clinton asking for help early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Kieth Pittman is being held at the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton. The Clinton Police Department said the victim, Heather McKamey, 22, was believed to be a mother of three, but the children were not home at the time of the incident.

Clinton police officers responded to a report of a disturbance at 301 Park Ave. at about 2:25 a.m. Saturday. The home is a residence within the Clinton Public Housing system. A witness told CPD K9 Officer Matt Howell that a male and female had been arguing before they both fled on foot, a news release said. [Read more...]

Suspect to be charged with murder in apparent homicide, police say

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The Clinton Police Department is investigating the death of a female who appeared to have been stabbed and was reportedly knocking on doors and asking for help early Saturday morning, authorities said.

A statement from Clinton Police Chief Rick Scarbrough said officers responded to a report of a disturbance at 301 Park Ave. at about 2:25 a.m. Saturday.

“Upon officer’s arrival, a witness stated that a male and female had been arguing before they both fled on foot,” the statement said. “At approximately 2:30 a.m., another call came in from (the) nearby 800 block of McAdoo Street, for a female knocking on doors asking for help. Upon the officer’s arrival, they found a female victim who appeared to have been stabbed. Victim died on the scene.” [Read more...]

Man pleads to robbery charges

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A Knoxville man pleaded guilty Thursday in Anderson County Criminal Court to reduced charges in a 2012 armed robbery at a Clinton loan store.

Adrian Nathaniel Butler, 20, had been charged with aggravated robbery and theft in the Jan. 12, 2012, robbery at the Cash2You store on Clinch Avenue in South Clinton, and he pleaded guilty to the theft charge and to a reduced charge of robbery.

In exchange for his plea, he was sentenced to eight years behind bars. He has been given credit for the two years that he has been in custody. [Read more...]

AC committee recommends suspension of AVFD money

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The Anderson County Commission’s Operations Committee voted Monday to recommend suspending the county’s annual $20,000 appropriation to the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department for as long as it remains a subscription-based service.

The county has for some time now donated $20,000 each year to each of the county’s 10 volunteer fire departments and the all-volunteer rescue squad on a rotating basis, but after the AVFD announced it was moving to the subscription-based service, efforts were undertaken to remove it from that rotation. The fire department was criticized by citizens and some county officials when it launched the program two years ago, not only for charging a fee, but also for how the rollout of the program was handled.

The County Commission will consider that recommendation on Monday.

Two arrested in robbery after posing as female on meetme.com, sheriff says

Shawn Dillon Summers

Shawn Dillon Summers

A 19-year-old Knoxville man was robbed and assaulted with a hammer and baseball bat in a mobile home park in Marlow on Tuesday morning after responding to a fake female profile on the social networking site meetme.com, authorities said.

The victim was treated at a Knoxville hospital, and the incident was reported to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.

Kavonte Jamar Carson

Kavonte Jamar Carson

Two men were arrested on Tuesday afternoon in the alleged robbery, Sheriff Paul White said in a press release. The two are Shawn Dillon Summers, 18, of Joann Lane in Marlow, and Kavonte Jamar Carson, 19, who was  listed at the same address as well as at one in Rockford, Tenn. Both have been charged with aggravated robbery and criminal conspiracy. Carson was also charged with burglary to a vehicle. They are being held in the Anderson County Detention Facility with bonds pending their arraignments. [Read more...]

Oak Ridge man charged with Friday night robbery at Subway

Matthew Parker

Matthew Parker

An Oak Ridge man has been charged with the Friday night robbery of a Subway restaurant.

Matthew Parker, 25, was initially arrested Monday afternoon for driving on a suspended license, and he was taken to the Oak Ridge Police Department for questioning. After being interviewed by ORPD Detective John Criswell, Parker was charged with the robbery of the Subway, a press release said.

The robbery at the Subway at 1968  Oak Ridge Turnpike on the west end of town occurred at about 8:14 p.m. Friday. A man entered the Subway and gave the clerk a note demanding money, the ORPD said. The clerk gave the man close to $300, and he left in a silver Mazda sedan with a temporary tag, the ORPD said. The vehicle was then involved in a minor collision at the intersection of Louisiana Avenue and Oak Ridge Turnpike, the press release said. The drivers of both vehicles got out, checked the damage, spoke briefly, and then left. The suspect vehicle was then seen traveling east on the Turnpike. [Read more...]

Spotlight: ORFD officers receive national accreditation

Charlie Elliott

Charlie Elliott

The Center for Public Safety Excellence has notified three members of the Oak Ridge Fire Department that they have received national accreditation.

The Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. is a nonprofit organization that, for more than a decade, has helped local public safety agencies around the world streamline and improve the services they provide their communities, a press release said. Through its individual commissions, CPSE provides a host of programs including accreditation for fire and emergency service agencies and professional designations for senior-level fire and emergency service officers.

Capt. Charlie Elliott, Capt. Brandon Payne, and Firefighter Engineer Jordan Alcorn have received notification from the Center for Public Safety Excellence that they have been approved for the designation of fire officer, or FO. [Read more...]

Sheriff: Investigators arrest three, find four pounds of pot, seize two vehicles

Sheriff Paul White and Wells Road Drug Raid

Anderson County Sheriff Paul White says investigators found about four pounds of marijuana, hash, and suspected prescription narcotics during a drug raid in Claxton on Thursday. Two vehicles and electronic items were seized, and three people were arrested. (Submitted photo)

Investigators found about four pounds of marijuana, hashish, and suspected prescription narcotics during a drug raid in Claxton on Thursday, authorities said. Three people were arrested, and two vehicles were seized.

Investigators also found drug paraphernalia at the home at 105 Wells Road, and they seized electronic items along with items used to process marijuana for resale, Anderson County Sheriff Paul White said in a press release.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit obtained the search warrant for the home after an investigation into illegal drug activity. [Read more...]