Reward offered for info on theft suspect
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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David Keith Farris
David Keith Farris

Cleveland Police Department is offering a reward up to $500 for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted in connection with recent battery thefts. Two others have already been taken into custody.

David Keith Farris, 35, has had warrants issued for theft over $10,000 and vandalism over $1,000, according to detectives Robert Harbison and Matt Jenkins.

Jenkins said Farris’ wife, Anna M. Farris, 39, turned herself in on warrants recently, but efforts to located David Farris have been unsuccessful.

The couple once resided in the Meigs County community of Birchwood.

Farris is accused of taking batteries from heavy equipment belonging to Steve Williams Construction. Seven sets of jumper cables were also taken.

A rash of battery thefts were reported in early fall.

Officials in surrounding counties also developed information and some arrests were made, according to Jenkins.

Scottie Lee Higgins, 19, was charged with taking batteries from Williams’ equipment as well, according to reports from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone having information regarding Farris’ whereabouts is asked to contact police at 728-7311 and follow the voice prompts.

- Donald Jerry Whitener, 25, entered a guilty plea to child pornography charges this week in U.S. District Court.

Whitener still faces state charges connected to the case, according to Bob Gault of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.

“During an investigation by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, a forensic examination of a computer seized from Whitener revealed multiple images of child pornography,” Gault said.

Whitener’s plea was to five counts of receiving child pornography. He is scheduled for sentencing March 21, 2013, according to Gault.

A January court date is set for the state charges, court officials noted.