Tremor felt and thefts reported
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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An Old Fort man was arrested early Sunday morning after crashing his car while fleeing the scene of an armed robbery.

According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, just after 1:30 Sunday morning, a man entered the Kangaroo Market located at the intersection of Trewhitt and Spring Place Road and asked the store’s clerk to activate a fuel pump.

After the clerk responded the man walked to his car and allegedly retrieved a shotgun and returned inside the store to make demands for money.

Scott E. Poole, 44, of Old Fort, was arrested later after reports of a single-vehicle car crash on Trewhitt Road.

Deputies responded to the Kangaroo Market and began questioning the clerk who had described the suspect’s vehicle.

Deputies found the vehicle involved in the crash and found it was registered to Poole, according to Gault.

Richard Taylor and his K-9 tracker were dispatched to the scene and reportedly located Poole a short time later.

Poole was taken into custody and charged with aggravated robbery, theft over $500 and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Gault said Poole is currently held at the Bradley County Jail.

- Another tremor was recorded near Sweetwater this morning. Last week, a 2.6 magnitude earthquake was reported near Loudon, according to the United States Geological Survey, and a 2.1 quake recorded a short time later 30 miles north of Cleveland, near Spring City.

Today’s quake three miles southeast of Sweetwater measured 2.0 on the Richter Scale.

According to USGS, a 6.9 quake struck off the coast of California earlier today as well.

- Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies are in charge of a crash investigation that injured a Ten Mile resident.

According to Cpl. Daniel Marlow of BCSO’s Traffic Unit, Barbara Hailey Thomas, 20, was traveling north on Highway 11 in Charleston, when she possibly fell asleep at the wheel.

Her vehicle overturned as it left the roadway north of Sheffey Lane, according to Marlow.

During his investigation, Marlow discovered Thomas was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

Bradley County Fire-Rescue along with Bradley County Emergency Medical Service responded to the scene.

Thomas was flown to Erlanger Medical Center with multiple injuries.

Investigation is continuing.