Student brings homemade taser to Cascade High

Sunday, February 11, 2018

“Paranoia and preparation,” in his own words, led a Cascade High School student to bring a homemade taser and additional suspicious items to school Thursday, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office said.

A teacher noticed the boy pulling a homemade taser from his backpack and checking to see if it was still charged. The teacher notified principal Josh Young, who brought in school resource officer Monte Moore for a search.

“Numerous odd items not related to common school assignments” were found in the student’s backpack, Moore’s report said.

The taser, laser scissors, a Phillips head screwdriver, needle nose pliers, a foot-long PVC pipe and a bungee cord.

The student was charged for possessing an unlawful weapon on school grounds and released to his parents.

Metal missing

Several piles of scrap metal with a total worth of $300-$500 are missing from a home on Sims Springs Road.

A small red pickup truck was seen near the piles Monday. Items have been stolen there twice more recently, the victim told the BCSO.

Trailer stolen

A trailer was stolen from a farm on Unionville-Chapel Hill Road overnight Wednesday, the BCSO said.


A woman accused of attempting to conceal several clothing items at Dollar General Market, North Main Street, while purchasing others was charged with shoplifting Thursday,

Gabriella Sandoval was cited into General Sessions Court, police said.

Bill taken

A $10 bill was snatched from a counter at the laundromat at a Barksdale Lane apartment complex Thursday, police were told.

A suspect was named, who police said denied taking the bill.

Drug charges

•Marijuana was found on a man stopped due to a non-working headlight Thursday night on Lane Parkway, police said.

Jullian Haile of Shelbyville was charged with simple possession of a schedule VI drug after officer David Dye said he smelled raw marijuana in his vehicle. Haile had approximately 6 grams of pot in his clothing, according to police.

•A student at Liberty School was charged with possession of a schedule II drug Thursday after a bottle of percocet pills was discovered on him, according to a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office report.

Jail intake

The following were charged since Thursday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.

•Christy Gayle Aguirre, 37, Cherry Street; capias, failure to appear, bondsman surrender (two counts); held, $7,500 bond

•Vickie Bouwens, 33, Madison; theft of property over $1,000 bond; held, $250 bond

•Joseph Donald Calabrese, 28, Highway 64 West; DUI, financial responsibility, speeding; held, $1,500 bond

•Shirley Mae Chapman, 53, Mt. Pleasant; failure to appear, capias; held, $20,000 bond

•Christopher Jerome Harris, 39, Shoma Drive; aggravated assault; held, $5,000 bond

•Ashlee Marie Paul, 20, Maxwell Chapel Road; failure to appear; held, $10,000 bond

•Ja Lil Lee Singleton, 19, Ray Street; public intoxication, violation drinking age law; held, $1,000 bond

•Johnny Dwayne Waid, 23, Oak Circle, Unionville; violation of probation; held, $5