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A couple of quick change artists who scammed a Woodmere Exxon cashier out of $300 in Crossville Sunday were apprehended a few hours later in Loudon County. 52 year old Jeffrey Todd Starnes of Nashville and his accomplice, 57 year old Anthony Sylvester Scott, also of Nashville, were apprehended at a Lenoir City truck stop after deputies there spotted their vehicle. They were brought back to Cumberland County on money scam charges. Starnes faces a felony robbery charge and is due in General Sessions Court on October 27.
A Rockwood man faces a felony charge after fleeing authorities over the weekend. On Sunday, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Howard observed a van on Highway 70 East in the Westel Community illegally pass another vehicle. Deputy Howard noticed the driver and passenger exchanging seats. Deputy Howard pursued and the van pulled over, and then started moving again at which time the driver exited the van. The passenger then got behind the wheel and took off towards Roane County. Authorities in Roane County were notified and the chase ensued to Waldo Road where the van sideswiped a Roane County Patrol car and wrecked in a ditch. Authorities arrested 31 year old Jessie Jackson Henry of Rockwood and charged him with Reckless Endangerment, Violation of a No Passing Zone, Driving on a Revoked License, and Felony Evading Arrest. Bond was set at $46,000 and Henry faces an October 27th General Sessions Court date. The other vehicle occupant told authorities that his cousin “J.J.” told him to drive or he would crash the van. The male subject said when he slid behind the wheel, J.J. punched the gas and that’s when the man jumped out of the van.
The Rocky Top Market in Westel reported receiving a $20 bill Sunday. The cashier did not know who gave it to her. A bogus $20 was passed at Sonic on North Main Street a week before. The suspect in that case left in a white Toyota Camry and was last seen northbound on Highway 127. Authorities are investigating.
The owner of the Old Post Office building in Crab Orchard reports that the windows were busted and shot out of the structure sometime last week. There are no suspects at this time. Damage was estimated at $3,000.
Thieves have targeted at least two homes on Poplar Drive. Saturday a resident returned home to find the front door had been forced open. Various items were taken including an antique Alice In Wonderland book. The crooks even stole a rubber door mat. Loss was estimated over $4,200. Another resident on Poplar Drive reported his green Kawasaki 4-wheeler valued at $1,000 was stolen. Authorities have named no suspects in either burglary at this time.