Deputy injured after vehicle hits patrol car
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Feb 12, 2014 | 2605 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Bradley County deputy suffered injury Monday after investigating a vehicle crash on Keith Valley Road.

Deputy Melanie Johnson was stationary in her patrol car when another vehicle approached the scene of an earlier crash, hitting her car head-on, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Philip Reagan.

The crash occurred just after 6 a.m.

Johnson was treated at the scene by Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics, then taken to a local hospital where she received further treatment then released.

The elderly driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash was also transported to the hospital and treated and released, according to Reagan.

Johnson had just finished a crash investigation and was awaiting a wrecker to pick up the vehicle that had been involved.

Reagan said his investigation is continuing.

- Three people were arrested and charged with conspiracy and theft after it was discovered they had allegedly been taking money from a businesses till.

According to Det. Michael Hughes of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Phillip Anthony Blackwell, 36, Shannon Michelle Arthur, 38, and Michael Shane Ellison, 34, were charged after deputy Laura Lane filed a report and investigation got underway.

According to the report, John Elliott of Elliott’s Tire Center noted a shortage of cash from sales.

Money had went missing beginning in October.

“It has not been determined the exact amount that has been taken from Mr. Elliott during the time frame,” according to Lane’s initial offense report.

Hughes said it was still undetermined how much cash was allegedly taken by the three during the period of time.

Hughes said he did determine the amount was greater than $1,000.

Ellison, Blackwell and Arthur were charged with criminal conspiracy and theft over $1,000.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Safety Belt and Drivers License Roadside Safety Checkpoints in Bradley County beginning next weekend.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public, by motorists who would violate the drivers license laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.