A Bedford County man has been charged with attempting to burn a house he was renting to relatives.
Marion Aubrey Whitaker, 62, of Shaw Road, is charged with arson, aggravated burglary, theft of property and vandalism, according to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department. The home, on Frank Martin Road, has been rented from Whitaker by his niece, Teresa Lynn Tinglay, and her family, Detective Sgt. Scott Jones said.
Whitaker allegedly admitted to Jones and Detective Sgt. Brian Farris that he entered and attempted to burn the home Friday while the Tinglays were out of town.
"I asked him if it was his intent to burn the house down and he said 'yes'," Jones said. "He said he wanted them gone from here and back up north where they came from.
"He said he bought the house and allowed some of his family from up north to move in and rent it from him but things weren't working out and he was tired of all the problems they were having.
"Two candles had been placed on the carpet and burned, and a towel was placed near the candles under a desk in the home office room of the residence in an attempt to burn the home," Jones said. A kitchen chair was placed under the front door to hold it shut, the detective said.
Damage was limited to the front door and burns in the carpet, according to Jones.
Two wooden Tennessee-shaped plaques, one holding an old railroad wrench that had belonged to Tinglay's grandfather, and keys to her car and the home were missing when the family returned and discovered the damage, Jones said.
Jail records indicate Whitaker posted $21,000 bond.
A counterfeit $20 bill was passed last week at the office of County Clerk Kathy Prater, according to a Shelbyville Police Department report filed Tuesday.
The bill is thought to have been passed Thursday, the report said.
The following were arrested since Monday by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department, Shelbyville Police Department, 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force or Tennessee Highway Patrol. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.
* Jeremy Clay Burton, 31, Fayetteville; violation of probation; released, $2,500 bond
* Emanuel Koko, 23, Nashville; no driver's license/exhibited on demand, financial responsibility, vehicle light law; released, $500 bond
* Miguel Robles, 31, King Arthur Court; public intoxication; released, $500 bond
* Charles Antwain Smith, 32, Apache Drive; theft of property; released, $1,500 bond
* Amanda Nicole Street, 23, Delmar Avenue; domestic assault; held, $2,500 bond
* Brittney Danielle Van Order, 20, Old Hickory; theft of property; held, $500 bond
* Marion Aubrey Whitaker, 62, Shaw Road; arson, theft of property, vandalism, aggravated burglary; released, $21,500 bond