Arrests Made On Charges of Theft, Drugs and Escape

On December 27, 2014, the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office received reports of several thefts in the Blackhouse Mountain area.

Deputies responded to the area and arrested two East Tennessee residents, identified as Michael Teague, 31, of Maryville, and Ashley Bateman Underwood, 29, of Sevierville.

The two defendents had stolen a trailer from the Black House Mountain Road, and when apprehended, were driving a Chevrolet Blazer which had reportedly been stolen in Maryville.

Both the trailer and Blazer were recovered by Sheriff’s Office personnel.

During the course of the investigation, authorities discovered that the defendents had taken the butt of a .22 rifle and broken out the windows to a vehicle that was parked on the Blackhouse Mountain Road.  They had also allegedly made entry into a cabin on Blackhouse Mountain and taken some camping supplies.

When the couple was taken into custody they were in possession of a .22 rifle and a small amount of suspected marijuana.

All stolen items were recovered by the law officers that evening.  The Sheriff’s Office extends a special thanks to the Jamestown Police Department and the citizens of Fentress County who assisted in the apprehension of the defendants.

Ashley Bateman Underwood was charged with Aggravated Burglary, 2 counts of burglary, Theft of Property Over $500, Theft of Property Over $1,000, Unlawful Carry or Possession of a Weapon, Tampering with Evidence, and Reckless Endangerment.

Michael Teague was charged with Driving on a Revoked License, Simple Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance, Aggravated Burglary, 2 counts of Burglary, Theft of Property Over $500, Theft of Property Over $1,000, Unlawful Carry or Possession of a Weapon, Tampering with Evidence, and Reckless Endangerment.

Both subjects were booked into the Fentress County Jail pending a preliminary hearing in General Sessions Court.

In another incident, on December 18, 2014, Mr. Randall Howard, 35, of Jamestown, was arrested on the charge of Sale and Delivery of Schedule II Controlled Substance (2 counts), Drug Free School Zone (2 counts.

This arrest came as the result of a narcotics investigation by the Fentress County Sheriff’s Department and Jamestown Police Department.

Approximately 106 Percocets and over $1,000.00 was seized through the investigation.  The arrest was made at the Villa Apartment complex, just north of the York Elementary School.

Mr. Howard was transported to the Fentress County Jail and booked on the charges, with bond set at $50,000.

In yet another incident, on Monday, December 29, 2014, Nathan Payne, an inmate of the Fentress County Jail, was working on the litter crew at the four way intersection in Clarkrange with the County Solid Waste Department when he ran off.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.