Investigators:‘Partying’ man sleeps it off in wrong house
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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A man who claimed he had been “partying,” then crashed his truck, was found inside a home on Chatata Valley Road.

It wasn’t his home, according to a report filed by deputy Robert Jones.

Donald Wyatt told the deputy he drove to his home around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and noticed lights on inside.

When he began to investigate, Wyatt noticed a broken window and damaged door.

He went inside his home and found a man sleeping in one of the bedrooms. Wyatt then contacted the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies reportedly arrived on the scene and identified the man as Joseph Barry Semak, 25, of a Turning Leaf Trail address.

Jones said Semak was read his Miranda rights and then he answered questions regarding why he was in the house.

According to the report, Semak said he had been partying with some friends and didn’t remember anything.

Deputies located a Dodge truck registered to Semak.

The truck had been in a wreck, reports said.

Damage to the door and window and a fence were noted, as well as to a lamp, carpet and couch.

Damage estimates were assessed at $5,275.

Semak was arrested and transported to the Bradley County Jail where he was charged with aggravated burglary, and vandalism over $1,000.

n A Mount Harmon Road resident reported the theft of farm implements from his barn.

According to a report filed by deputy Paul Singleton, Alex Morrison said the equipment could have been taken between Christmas and present.

When checking his barn last week, he noticed a roll bar missing from his tractor. He also said a boom pole, hydraulic cylinder, an anvil and plow implements had been taken.

The Criminal Investigations Division at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the theft.

The missing items were valued at $1,300.

n Another burglary which may have occurred late last year was also discovered last week.

According to a report filed by deputy Matthew Parris, Margaret Swafford of a Jessie Lane address reported that she discovered a washing machine and an amplifier missing.

She told the deputy she had reported the incident and Detective Rob Wilson was working on the case.

According to the report, Swafford was able to retrieve images from a security camera which showed a Mercury Mountaineer entering her driveway.

A time stamp indicated the vehicle was at her residence for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

The missing items were valued at $500.

Investigation is continuing.