Head-on crash Saturday sends 3 to hospital
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Three people were taken to the hospital after a head-on collision on Paul Huff Parkway Saturday afternoon.

According to initial 911 reports, no one was injured; however, after arriving on the scene, first responders worked with three occupants of the cars.

Bradley County Emergency Medical Service responded and transported the victims.

Cleveland Fire Department aided at the scene as well.

Reports indicated Polk County’s EMS also helped while McMinn County ambulances were placed on standby for a mutual-aid response.

Earlier Saturday, a single-car crash on Interstate 75 southbound sent responders scurrying.

A car had reportedly traveled over a guardrail at mile marker 31, travelled down an embankment and into some trees.

911 reports noted the driver wasn’t injured, but was trapped in the car by the trees.

Bradley County Fire and Rescue responded to cut away the trees. BCEMS and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the scene.

Tennessee Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation.

n A Matt Circle resident reported a burglary at her home on Christmas Eve. Tammy Brown said she returned home about 11 p.m. and discovered someone had been inside her house.

Damage was noticed to some trays that had been stacked near a window.

Brown also found a locked bedroom door had been pried open. Missing from the home was a safe and contents.

Deputy Jeremy Guthrie responded to the scene with deputy Darren Miller and the two worked to collect evidence.

Criminal Investigations Division detectives at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office were also notified.

Loss was estimated at $50, excluding damage to the door and a window and other contents of the home.

- A home that has been unoccupied for several months was the site of a significant burglary.

According to a report filed by deputy Yvonne May of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Margaret Swafford reported that someone had entered the house located on Jessie Lane in the Eureka Road community and taken more than $13,000 in items, including a pickup truck.

The property belonged to David Vaughn and Swafford’s son, William Swafford, according to the report.

Margaret Swafford told May that she had checked on the house two weeks ago. All the property was intact at that time.

Vaughn visited the house after going to retrieve some hunting equipment and noticed the truck missing from the garage.

Vaughn then notified Swafford about the missing truck.

Criminal Investigations Division detectives responded to the scene to collect evidence.

Among missing items were; antiques, clothing, brass book ends, a safe, china, collectible figurines, portraits, silverware and other household items, furniture, miscellaneous DVDs, quilts, hunting equipment and miscellaneous items, car engines, tools, and other car parts.

The pickup truck was described as being a yellow Chevrolet Silverado Extended Cab 1500.

Investigation is continuing.

- A property owner reported someone had burglarized his rental property.

The theft occurred at a Sunset Trail address.

According to a report filed by deputy Paul Singleton, Melvin Kendrick noticed a window broken and a ladder leaned against the house. The house had been under renovation.

Once inside, burglars too a circular saw, a jig saw and other hand tools.

CID detectives responded to the scene and collected evidence, according to Singleton.

The missing property was valued at $170.