Randall Kiser sought in hit-and-run crash
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Nov 23, 2012 | 3836 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland Police have established a suspect in a reported hit-and-run crash which injured a local pastor.

According to Detective Matt Jenkins of the Cleveland Police Department, Randall Duane Kiser faces warrants for failure to render aid and failure to report an accident.

CPD officer Josh Nix began an investigation after Kevin Mendel, pastor of Grace Community Church, was hit by a vehicle while riding his motorcycle south on Mouse Creek Road.

According to Mendel, he was near the intersection of Robin Hood Drive when a red Mazda reportedly crossed the center line and struck his motorcycle.

Mendel was thrown from the bike and onto the roadway.

Mendel said Dr. Jeff Miller was on his way to SkyRidge Medical Center when he came upon the scene. Miller aided Mendel at the scene until Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics transported him to the hospital.

Nix and officer Steve West were able to collect information leading to the identity of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding Kiser’s whereabouts is asked to contact Jenkins at 303-3134.

n Bradley County officials are investigating a theft which could have occurred during the past few months.

Deputy Casey Kerr filed a report for Daniel Blankenship of a Blue Springs Road address.

According to his report, Blankenship said someone came onto his property and entered a work van, taking items from the vehicle as well as from his yard.

Blankenship said wheels, tires and some hand tools had been taken from the yard during the past few months.

Missing from the van were a handgun and a Stanley flooring nailer.

Kerr noted no forced entry was evident regarding the van.

The loss was estimated at $1,975.

Investigation is continuing.

n An Ooltewah resident was charged with traffic and drug violations after deputies performed a traffic stop because of alleged excessive noise coming from his vehicle.

According to a report filed by Cpl. Daniel Marlow, Bobby L. Goines, 24, was charged with violations of the noise and muffler laws, possession of Schedule VI for resale and possession of felony drug paraphernalia. His car was seized after the charges were placed.

Marlow was patrolling on APD 40 when he heard “excessive and unusual noise” coming from the car’s stereo speaker as well as the exhaust system.

Marlow said after he approached the man, who was identified as Goines, he saw a small amount of suspected marijuana in Goines’ palm. Goines was detained at that point and read his rights.

After searching Goines’ car, Marlow located a digital scale, 10 individually wrapped bags of suspected marijuana, cash and other alleged evidentiary items.

Goines was taken to the Bradley County Jail where he was booked on the charges.

n Deputy Matt Landolt of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office filed a report on a possible attempted burglary.

According to his report, Landolt spoke with Jody Roe, who said he returned home to find pry marks on a door.

The incident was believed to have occurred between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday.

Damage to the door was estimated at $50.

n Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting sobriety checkpoints in Polk County this week during the Thanksgiving holiday and through next week.

The checkpoints will be set up in random locations 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 DUI laws of the state.

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

Lt. John Harmon of THP said troopers will be performing saturation and visibility patrols this weekend as well as aiding motorists in need.

Bradley County deputies and traffic specialists will also be watching for drivers who would present dangers to their passengers or others, according to officials at BCSO.