Incidents at churches investigated by deputy
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Apr 25, 2014 | 1143 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Two churches were the scene of incidents reported to Bradley County law enforcement during the past few days.

According to deputy Tim Robinson of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Mickel D. Tomes, 21, was arrested after he entered Galilee Baptist Church while church services were being held, then allegedly took items from one of the restrooms.

The church is located on Old Chattanooga Pike.

The report noted three rolls of toilet tissue and air fresheners were taken.

The church’s pastor confronted Tomes and detained him until Robinson arrived on the scene.

Tomes was charged with theft under $500 and transported to the Bradley County Jail for booking.

The items taken during the theft were returned to the church, according to Robinson.

Robinson also filed a report for Antioch Baptist Church, which is located on Old Alabama Road.

According to the report, a couple who had been walking noticed several of the church building’s windows were damaged.

Three stained-glass windows had been broken.

Pastor James Massengale was notified of the damage and responded to the scene.

Damage was estimated at $3,500.

Investigation was turned over to Detective Brandon Edwards of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

n Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety checkpoints in Bradley County within the next few weeks. Seat belt safety checkpoints are also being scheduled in Polk County in the coming weeks.

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 laws of the state.

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