published Friday, April 12th, 2013

Deputies find explosives cache and other news from areas around the region

Deputies find explosives cache

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. — The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office has reported that explosives and a large quantity of detonation cord were found Wednesday after a search following information that two young men were trying to sell explosives in the Ider, Ala., area.

A news release from the sheriff's office said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and Alabama Department of Public Safety bomb squad members took possession of the explosives for disposal.

DeKalb Sheriff Jimmy Harris said areas in Fort Payne, Ala., Ider and parts of Lookout Mountain were covered in the search for the explosives.

The names of the men are being withheld because of an ongoing investigation in the Fort Payne Police Department, the release said, noting that the two were not aware of the power of the explosives in their possession.

"These young men were fortunate that an explosion did not occur while they were in possession of the material," Harris said.


EMS worker off after accident

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — Bradley County Emergency Medical Services officials have removed a part-time employee, Drew Ingram, from scheduling pending completion of an investigation into a fatal accident in which the man was involved, a news release states. He is recuperating from injuries he suffered.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol report said the accident on Wednesday morning on U.S. Highway 64 left William F. Rogers, 74, of Hiwassee, Ga., and Judith L. Rogers, 73, dead.

The report said Ingram, driving east on the highway, steered his Nissan Titan pickup truck across the center line and then crashed into a Chevrolet Silverado.

The victims were towing a boat at the time of the accident.

In a news release, Bradley County EMS said Ingram had been an employee for about eight months on a part-time basis, working about 24 hours each week.

On the morning of the collision, the release said, he was traveling to his full-time job.

"During his tenure here, he has proven to be a dependable and trustworthy employee, never exhibiting any problem behavior," Bradley County EMS Chief Danny Lawson said in the release.


Rock slide keeps road closed

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Tenn. — State Route 16 in Franklin County, Tenn., will continue to be closed near log mile 17.7 for two additional weeks as cleanup continues from a March 25 rock slide.

Initial plans called for reopening the highway by today, but a news release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation said "unforeseen events" have delayed that opening.

The additional repair work is expected to be completed by April 26.

During the interim period, only local passenger car traffic is being allowed to use Iron Gap Road as a detour, the release said.

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