Bradley County awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 17th Year

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Congratulations to Finance Director, Rena Samples and the Accounting Department, for being awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association!
This is the 17th straight year that Bradley County has been awarded this certificate.
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Cleveland Tn Press Release-Motor Vehicle Crash

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On Thursday September 29, 2022, at approximately 4:23 pm Cleveland Police officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the 3800 block of Georgetown Road involving a red Kia Soul and a dump truck. The driver of the Kia Soul, Evan Stoops, 20, was pronounce dead at the scene. The driver of the dump truck did not sustain any injuries. Preliminary investigation shows the driver of the Kia lost control and crossed the center line, striking the dump truck head-on. There are no criminal charges pending at this time. The investigation is on-going.

Wanted Man in Cleveland

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On Thursday, August 25, 2022, at 3:16 p.m., Cleveland Police officers responded to a report of a gunshot at 865 6th Street NE. When officers arrived, the victim, identified as Douglas C Bryant, Jr., DOB 01/20/95, had left the scene and was taken by personal vehicle to a local hospital. Bryant was then flown to Erlanger for further treatment.
Shaquay Trashai Dodd, DOB: 01/15/97, has been identified as the suspect. Dodd is wanted for Attempted Second Degree Murder. Anyone with information about this crime or the whereabouts of Dodd is urged to contact 9-1-1.

Suspect in Christmas Auto Burglaries Arrested

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CLEVELAND, TN. (January 5, 2022) — During the Christmas weekend, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple auto burglaries in Northern Bradley County.
Upon investigation, Austin Plemons was identified as a suspect in the burglaries and taken into custody at a motel on James Asbury Drive. A search warrant was obtained and executed on his motel room. During the search, some of the property from the auto burglaries was recovered, along with items reported stolen in two burglaries reported by the Cleveland Police Department. Two handguns were also located in the room, one which had previously been reported stolen.
Plemons was charged by Bradley County Sheriff’s Office detectives with Five Counts of Auto Burglary, Five Counts of Theft Under $1,000, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Cleveland Police Department detectives also charged Plemons with Two Counts of Auto Burglary and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. He was then transported to the Bradley County Jail, where he is currently still in custody.

Road Rage Incident on Harrison Pike/I-75 Overpass

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CLEVELAND, TN. (November 29, 2021) — On November 18, 2021, at approximately 2:15pm, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a road rage incident on Harrison Pike/I-75 overpass where a white male driving a blue/purple Kia pointed a handgun at a black Toyota truck. Video surveillance was obtained of the incident and shows what appears to be an unidentified white male pointing a handgun out the driver’s side window of the vehicle. If you witnessed the incident or can identify the male in the video, please contact the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 423-728-7336.

BCSO Sgt. Paul Singleton Awarded Law Enforcement Commendation Medal

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Congratulations to BCSO Sgt Paul Singleton for receiving The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal.
Sgt Singleton was nominated for this award by Sheriff Steve Lawson. Sheriff Lawson stated, “Sgt Singleton is a steady, professional leader and respected by everyone. He is a Patrol Sergeant, SWAT Team and BCSO Honor Guard member. He never takes the credit for anything, but always compliments the people working under his command. We are blessed that Paul Singleton is a part of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.”
This award is only given out once a year in recognition of outstanding achievement and dedication to law enforcement.
Thank you for your service to Bradley County, Sgt Singleton! Congrats again on your well-deserved award!
Pictured below are BCSO Lt Kevin Chastain, BCSO Sgt Paul Singleton, and BCSO Cpt Jon Collins, along with members of The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Restored 1940 Ford Pickup Truck Returned to it’s Rightful Owner

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CLEVELAND, TN. (November 17, 2021) — On November 7, 2021, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a business burglary in Southeast Bradley County.
Upon arrival, units discovered the suspect had already left the scene. It was also noticed that forced entry was made into a garage at the location and a restored 1940 Ford pickup truck was stolen.
On November 9, 2021, McMinn County Sheriff’s Office detectives located the vehicle at a residence in Riceville, TN. They then contacted the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and BCSO Criminal Investigation Division detectives responded to process the scene and collect additional information.
Further investigation led to arrest warrants being issued on Ryan Ellis for Burglary and Theft Over $60,000.
In the early morning hours of November 13, 2021, Ellis was taken into custody by Bradley County Patrol Deputies at his mother’s residence and transported to the Bradley County Jail, where he is being held without bond pending an upcoming court hearing.
The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate BCSO Patrol Deputies, BCSO Criminal Investigations Division detectives, and McMinn County Sheriff’s Office detectives, who successfully worked together to solve this case and return the vehicle to its rightful owner.

Narcotics Investigation Leads to the Arrest of Five Suspects

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CLEVELAND, Tn. (November 16, 2021) — On November 15, 2021, a narcotics investigation resulted in the arrest of five Bradley County Residents after a search of a home located on Old Georgetown Street N.W. The search led to the seizure of numerous suspected Fentanyl Pills, Methamphetamine, Buprenorphine / Naloxone, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia. An investigation that began several months ago focused on suspicions that fentanyl and counterfeit pills containing fentanyl were being sold. The investigation was conducted by the Tenth Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force in cooperation with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of the District Attorney General Tenth Judicial District.
Mason Kynsal Johnson was charged with Possession of Fentanyl for Resale, and Possession of Felony Drug Paraphernalia. Johnson was also arrested for two outstanding warrants for the charges of Failure to Appear on a previous Domestic Assault charge and a previous Criminal Trespass Charge. Chelby Lane Harris was charged with Simple Possession of Fentanyl, Simple Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Simple Possession of Buprenorphine/Naloxone. Harris was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from McMinn County for a Schedule II Drug Charge. Samantha Channing Mowery was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Angela Dawn Taylor was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Malachi Shahada Matthew Akhtab was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Cole William Miles Gaddis was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation. Additional Charges on several of the individuals involved are forthcoming.
Sheriff Steve Lawson commends all participating agencies for the cooperation during this investigation as our law enforcement agencies continue efforts to help rid our community of these dangerous drugs. Opioids and specifically the Drug Fentanyl are very dangerous and largely responsible for many overdose deaths across the United States every day. The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will continue our proactive efforts to help make our community safer by seeking out those individuals who manufacture, sale, and use illegal drugs and bring them to justice.

Residential Structure Fire with Possible Entrapment

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Your Cleveland Fire Department responded to reports of a residential structure fire with possible entrapment overnight with six fire companies.
First-arriving units at the Dalton Pike home reported heavy smoke showing and an aggressive interior attack was made. The home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage.
We are sad to report a family pet died in the blaze; thankfully, no other injuries were reported. The American Red Cross was called in to assist those displaced.

Can You Identify This Theft Suspect?

The male pictured is suspected of stealing a female’s purse at Walmart. If you can identify this male, please leave a confidential tip via the Cleveland TN Police Department Facebook page or call Detective Stephen Warner at 423-303-3134.

Commercial Structure Fire at Southern Heritage Bank

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Earlier today, your Cleveland Fire Department received reports of a commercial structure fire at Southern Heritage Bank on Keith Street. Eight fire companies responded to the blaze.
First-arriving units reported smoke coming from the eaves and an aggressive interior attack was made. The fire was contained to the attic; thankfully, no injuries were reported.


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BCSO ends burglary in progress
CLEVELAND, TN. (September 7, 2021) — On September 3, 2021, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Deputies of the 400 shift were called to a burglary in progress on Keith Valley Rd.
Upon their arrival, they detained a male who was waiting outside of the residence in a vehicle. While searching for the second suspect, deputies noticed the back door of the residence, that had been closed, was opened and observed a male standing to the side of it. The male then ran from deputies in an attempt to flee the scene, but was quickly chased down on foot and detained.
The two men were identified as Nathan Price and Dillard Newsom.
Upon further investigation from Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, it was determined that several items were taken from the residence, as well as an outbuilding beside the residence. The property owner also responded to the scene and identified the stolen items before they were returned to him.
While being questioned, Mr. Price admitted to entering both the residence and outbuilding. At that time, Price and Newsom were taken into custody and transported to The Bradley County Jail.
Nathan Price was charged with Aggravated Burglary and Theft Over $2,500. Dillard Newsom was charged with Aggravated Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, Theft Over $2,500, and Evading Arrest.
Sheriff Steve Lawson stated “Congratulations on a job well done to the Sheriff Deputies of the 400 Shift and BCSO Criminal Investigations Division Detectives, for their immediate response and teamwork in apprehending these thieves. The collaboration from both divisions is ultimately what leads to these great burglary arrests and the consistent work you do is very much appreciated”.
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Body Found in Field off Lower River Road NW

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BCSO ends burglary in progress
Body Found in a Field off Lower River Road N.W.
CHARLESTON, Tn. (August 9, 2021) — On August 5, 2021, at approximately 11:50 am, it was reported that a body was discovered in a field near the 2000 block of Lower River Rd in Charleston, Tn. Due to the conditions of the remains at the time of discovery, the age and sex could not be confirmed.
On August 9, 2021, the completion of an autopsy and examination of other forensic evidence confirmed the identity of the deceased to be Carissa Diane Hamby, 32 years old, of Cleveland, TN.
At this time, the cause of death is under investigation by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, along with assistance from the Bradley County Medical Examiner and the 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office. No further details are available to be released at this time.
Anyone with information related to this investigation please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (423) 728-7337.
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Bradley man arrested for attempted murder

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At approximately 9:00 a.m. on December 22, Bradley County deputies arrived at a residence on McClanahan Drive in northwestern Bradley County in response to a reported stabbing.
During the course of their investigation, they were alerted to flames on the residence from an apparent structure fire that was started after their arrival.
The investigation has revealed that a male suspect by the name of Michael Park stabbed one male victim. The two lived together in the residence that Park later set fire to. The victim is being treated and expected to be discharged later today.
Bradley County firefighters successfully cleared the structure. The residence received heavy smoke and water damage.
Michael Park is currently in custody and being charged with Attempted Murder and False Reports.

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