Utility trailer is reported missing by local church
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 13, 2013 | 1812 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Cargo Sport enclosed utility trailer was reportedly stolen from a local church during the past few days.

According to a report filed by deputy John Davis of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, he responded to Way of the Cross Baptist Church on South Lee Highway and spoke with church Pastor Johnny Nix.

A church member discovered the trailer was missing Wednesday. A report was made Thursday after further investigation revealed no one at the church was using the trailer.

According to the report, the trailer was locked to a pole on the church property. The church member believed the trailer disappeared from the property between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The white trailer measured 6 feet by 12 feet.

Loss was not estimated. Evidence was collected at the scene and Criminal Investigations Division detectives are in charge of the case.

- A babysitter was charged with child neglect and several narcotics charges after a neighbor alerted authorities of a young child wandering in a neighborhood alone and crying.

According to a report filed by deputy Matthew Landolt, officers responded to a Foxfire Road address where a woman had found the child. The report noted the child was “very upset” and the complainant couldn’t locate a “responsible adult for the child.”

The child showed deputy Paul Singleton where she had walked from.

Deputies went to the residence and couldn’t get anyone to answer after knocking on it several times.

The door was not secured.

Deputies attempted to get someone to come to the door after giving voice commands.

Eventually, the deputies went inside where they found two other children.

Rena Shell, 29, was asleep in an upstairs bedroom and told the deputies she had been babysitting. She had reportedly taken medication the night before, according to the report.

Deputies learned Shell was on probation regarding previous drug charges. In plain view, drug paraphernalia was located on a table in the bedroom.

Further investigation revealed suspected hydrocodone and a small amount of marijuana, according to Landolt.

Landolt also noted Shell didn’t have a prescription for the narcotics.

She was charged with child neglect, possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of Schedule VI and III narcotics.