Birdwell killed in Oak Ridge mishap
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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A Cleveland man was reportedly killed in a single-vehicle crash in Oak Ridge Tuesday evening, according to media reports from the Oak Ridger newspaper.

Oak Ridger reporter Beverly Majors noted that police reports identified Benjamin Park Birdwell, 33, and stated he died about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after his vehicle crashed on Highway 95 near Impernium Drive in Oak Ridge.

According to the newspaper report, Birdwell was the lone occupant of a 2004 Toyota Seinna van which reportedly left the roadway and overturned several times, ejecting him from the vehicle.

Birdwell had been traveling eastbound toward Oak Ridge when he attempted to negotiate a curve, left the roadway and rolled the vehicle, according to media reports.

- A Stinnet Road resident reported the theft of a number of items as well as vandalism to some of her property.

Amy Stinnet filed a report with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, according to deputy Cru Ross.

Stinnet said all four tires on her Kubota tractor were flattened, and a Stihl weed cutter and two Viper tree stands were missing from her outbuilding.

Stinnet had not looked inside the building for approximately one month, according to the report.

She was not sure when the damage and loss occurred.

Stinnet was able to provide possible suspect information regarding the vandalism and theft.

Ross noted in his report the tires on the tractor had been punctured with a sharp object.

Damage and losses in the initial offense report were estimated at $3,950

Investigation has been turned over to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting trucking education and checks at Interstate 75 mile marker 23’s rest stop Friday, according to Lt. John Harmon of the Chattanooga District.

Checks will be performed on 18-wheel and other rigs which carry goods along the Tennessee interstate system.

Also, THP will be conducting sobriety checkpoints in Polk County.

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 laws of the state.

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