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Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

Meth Lab

Meth suspects charged after lab found (05/01/14)
Two suspects were charged after an alleged meth lab was found in an Industrial Parkway home Tuesday, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. A Rutherford County deputy was serving a warrant on Zachary David Strickland, 27, whose home address is listed as Collier Avenue, at the Industrial Parkway location, Det. Sgt. Chad Webster of the BCSD said...
Pursuit ends with 2 arrests (09/05/13)
A long, three-county chase ended with the arrest of two meth suspects Tuesday afternoon in Coffee County. James Joseph Jones, 49, of Prairie Plains Road in the Hillsboro area of Coffee County led agents of the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Bedford County deputies and Tullahoma police for more than 30 minutes through Bedford, Moore and Coffee counties...
Suspect returns with more charges (06/19/13)
A man who fired his attorney right before his trial was to begin earlier this month was re-indicted by the county grand jury -- with new charges added. Bobby Daniel Pettie was indicted by direct presentment Monday on charges of initiating the manufacture of methamphetamine and promoting methamphetamine manufacture...
Baby is 'positive' for meth (08/29/12)
The mother of an 8-month-old child who tested positive for meth has been charged with aggravated child abuse, authorities say. Chancie Ann West, 33, of Altamont was seven months pregnant when she was arrested last year in Bedford County for promotion of meth manufacture, Detective Chad Webster of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said...
Meth makers denied plea to raise kids (08/10/12)
A couple found guilty of cooking meth in their home last year has lost an appeal to regain custody of their five children who were exposed to the poisonous process. Last year, a trial was held in Bedford County Juvenile Court that terminated the parental rights of Sandra Jean and David Gordon Mortimer, who pleaded guilty earlier in 2011 to producing methamphetamine in their home while their children were present...
Meth lab detected by distinctive odor (08/07/12)
"A strong odor of chemicals that took our breath away" alerted Shelbyville police to a meth lab at a McBride Lane home early Friday. Michael Madden, who does not live at the address, was arrested and charged with promotion of meth manufacturing, officer Jerry Draine said in a report...
Meth lab found on roadside (03/07/12)
Sheriff's officers didn't have to look far to find a meth lab last week. It was brought directly to their offices. A Shelbyville man told investigators he found a cooler alongside Sims Road last week. The finder took the cooler to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department after discovering a bag inside containing a tubing-wrapped bottle...
Meth lab discovered in woods (09/01/11)
In years past if an illegal substance was being manfactured in the woods, it was probably moonshine. But in today's world, it's likely meth. Two men allegedly operating what police call a "clandestine methamphetamine lab" in woods off Sims Road were arrested by Shelbyville police and the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force during pre-dawn hours Tuesday...
Couple admits cooking meth near 6 children (05/22/11)
A local couple pleaded guilty Wednesday to child endangerment charges stemming from a case where officers found six kids living in a home with a meth lab. Sandra Jean and David Gordon Mortimer, both 34, pleaded to five counts of child endangerment and will serve 60 days, plus pay court costs within 10 months. The pair were sentenced to 11 months, 29 days at 75 percent for each count, but the terms were all suspended except for the 60 days...
Meth cooks enter 'best interest' pleas (04/10/11)
A couple accused of cooking meth in the presence of their children made best interest pleas Thursday to drug charges. Sandra Jean Mortimer, 34, entered a plea deal that gave her two years, six months at 30 percent and a $2,000 fine. She will be on state probation and will serve 30 days in jail day for day. The term will be consecutive to any other sentence she may receive...
'Trash' turns out to be meth (01/11/11)
One man's "trash" is another's "treasure," the saying goes, and that holds true when the "treasure" is considered drugs being removed from the street by a police officer. James Floyd Thomas, 41, Alta Avenue, allegedly told officer Tracy Nelson a piece of aluminum foil he pitched into the bed of his truck during a traffic stop was "trash." Nelson said she checked the foil and found meth inside, which Thomas then admitted...
Child endangerment case continued to '11 (09/26/10)
A child endangerment case against a Shelbyville couple has been continued until next year. A hearing was to take place Friday for Sandra Jean Mortimer and David Gordon Mortimer, both 33, of Central Avenue, who both face multiple counts of child endangerment for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab in their home...
Mobile meth lab found in sleeping man's car (08/10/10)
A Moore County man was arrested in Tullahoma Friday and charged with methamphetamine production. Heath Alan Womble, 28, of Riddle Road, just over the line from Bedford County, was charged with initiation of a process resulting in the production of methamphetamine...
Meth case postponed until later this month (08/01/10)
A preliminary hearing for a couple facing multiple counts of child endangerment for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab in their home has been delayed until later this month. Sandra Jean Mortimer and David Gordon Mortimer, both 33, of Central Avenue will appear before Judge Charles Rich on Aug. 24...
Parents accused of making meth face July preliminary hearing (05/27/10)
A preliminary hearing has been set for the end of July for a couple facing multiple counts of child endangerment for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab in their home. Sandra Jean Mortimer and David Gordon Mortimer, both 33, of Central Avenue will appear in General Sessions Court on July 30 at 8 a.m...
Admitted addicts steal meth ingredients (05/25/10)
Three Middle Tennessee residents were charged with promotion of meth manufacture after allegedly shoplifting ingredients at Kroger, North Main Street, early Sunday. Misty Michelle Newsom, 30, Winchester; Douglas Ray Jones, 29, Belvidere; and Kyle Thomas Killough, 24, Alexandria, were arrested near the store...
Couple allegedly cooks meth with kids nearby (04/30/10)
Drug charges have been filed against a couple who each face multiple counts of child endangerment for allegedly making methamphetamine while children were present in their home. Sandra Jean Mortimer and David Gordon Mortimer, both 33, of Central Avenue have now been charged with manufacture of methamphetamine by the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force...
Couple accused of manufacturing meth with six children in residence (03/30/10)
A Shelbyville couple is being held under a combined bond of a half million dollars -- both charged with 50 counts of child endangerment after authorities discovered six children living in a home where methamphetamine was allegedly being made. Sandra Jean Mortimer and David Gordon Reid, Jr., both 33, are each being held on $250,000 bond on the 50 endangerment/abuse/neglect counts, which investigators said were a result of the number of times that the couple claimed they made the deadly drug...
Officials: Kids, meth don't mix (03/30/10)
A Shelbyville couple is being held under a combined bond of a half million dollars -- both charged with 50 counts of child endangerment after authorities discovered six children living in a home where methamphetamine was allegedly being made. Sandra Jean Mortimer and David Gordon Reid, Jr., both 33, are each being held on $250,000 bond on the 50 endangerment/abuse/neglect counts, which investigators said were a result of the number of times that the couple claimed they made the deadly drug...
Owners of meth lab property receive light sentences (03/19/10)
A negotiated settlement was reached Monday in a case involving a large meth lab discovered last summer. Ricky Allen Smith and Wilma Lee Smith of Frank Martin Road received a sentence of four years, with the couple to serve one year on community correction, followed by three years on state probation on the charge of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture...
2 found with meth within 1 week (03/12/10)
Two men have been arrested in separate incidents involving the production of methamphetamine. Both have prior arrests on meth related charges. Dustin Scott St. John, 24, of Lorien Circle, who was already on bond for charges of having a meth lab last year, was arrested after being discovered with the components of another lab...
Two more meth labs discovered (11/04/09)
Two more methamphetamine labs have been uncovered by Bedford County deputies -- except this time, authorities weren't even looking for the source of the dangerous drug. Officers who had been dispatched on matters unrelated to meth stumbled upon the labs, ending up making three arrests, and came away with a damaged patrol car as well...
Two meth labs discovered in county (10/30/09)
Bedford County deputies made several arrests after discovering two methamphetamine labs on Monday, one with fumes so powerful that three officers required medical attention. A report by Detective Sgt. David Sakich stated that he, Detective Todd Hammond and Special Agent Larry Campbell of the Moore County Sheriff's Department went to a Warners Bridge Road home in reference to a narcotics investigation...
Suspects allegedly hand over drugs to officers (08/28/09)
A narcotics investigation by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department last week has resulted in two arrests and the seizure of a variety of drugs. Arrested were Anthony Joseph Bryant, 28, and Melinda Kay Ferguson, 33, who were both charged with manufacturing/selling/delivering a schedule II drug, possession of a schedule VI drug, possession of a legend drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were freed on $12,000 bond...
Meth found after traffic stop (08/28/09)
A brief foot chase Wednesday night ended with a Shelbyville man's arrest on drug and weapons charges, police said. Steven Dean Brown, 23, Hickory Drive, was captured after a traffic stop on Madison Street near Whitthorne Street intersection, Officer Waymond Boyd said...