published Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Two arrested on theft charges, and more Chattanooga region news

Two arrested on theft charges

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — Two suspects in the theft of a disabled car on Interstate 75 in Bradley County are in custody, authorities said in a news release.

Sammy Mikel and Elizabeth Ann Mikel Jones are charged with two counts of theft of property, two counts of conspiracy to commit theft of property and burglary of a motor vehicle. Mikel also is charged with theft over $1,000.

According to the Bradley County Sheriff's Office release, Ashley Chavez, of Knoxville, was traveling north when a tire went flat on her Honda Civic. She pulled over and called a friend to pick her up.

When they came back for the car, they saw two people in a Ford Ranger pickup pushing the Honda toward exit 20, the release stated.

Chavez and her companion confronted the thieves and struggled with them. Motorists who saw the fracas reported the truck's tag number to Bradley 911, but the suspects drove away before deputies arrived.

Chavez told deputies the car's rear window was damaged and her wallet was missing.

The truck's tag was registered to Mikel, and Chavez recognized him in a photo, the release stated. Mikel, 38, and Jones, 35, were arrested Thursday night on South Church Street where they live, according to the release.


Four arrested in drug raid

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Four people were arrested Thursday after Jackson County, Ala., deputies were tipped off about drug activity at a house on Alabama Highway 35 in Scottsboro, authorities said in a news release.

Deputies found four people in a vehicle in front of the house, and they spotted marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to the release. The officers searched the vehicle and seized about 30 grams of synthetic cannabinoid -- commonly referred to as "Spice" or "legal weed" -- along with methamphetamine and hydrocodone pills. A search of the house turned up a Spice wrapper, the release stated. Those arrested were:

Michael Ross Brown, 22, of Scottsboro. He is charged with possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, and obstructing governmental operations. He remains in custody on a $19,000 bond.

Keri Brooke Winkle, 24, of Woodville, Ala. She is charged with possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. She is in custody on a $16,500 bond.

Joshua Caleb Miller, 29, of Scottsboro. He is charged with possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. His bond is $13,000 but he is being held for violating parole.

Hanna Dawson, 23, of Estillfork, Ala. She is charged with possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. She is in custody on a $16,500 bond.

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