Man arrested for violating meth house quarantine
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jan 07, 2014 | 1729 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A Decatur man was arrested and charged after he violated a quarantine order at a house in Charleston.

Raymond E. Martin, 56, was found inside the house by Charleston Chief Hank Hayden.

According to an arrest report filed by Hayden and deputy Johnny Stokes, Hayden noticed Martin inside the house on Cass Lane, which had once housed an alleged methamphetamine lab.

Martin told Hayden and Stokes he had entered the house to collect some clothing and belongings and “he was fully aware the residence had been quarantined for manufacturing meth.”

The report noted quarantine placards were in place and visible, “as well as yellow crime scene tape to show the residence had been quarantined.”

Martin was charged with violation of the quarantine order.

- Deputy Bryan Chancey filed a report of an arrest after a traffic stop on Harris Creek Trail.

Charles E. McDowell, 42, was taken into custody on drug and weapons violations, according to the report.

Chancey saw a white Chevrolet truck allegedly speeding and made the traffic stop.

Deputy Doug Boucher was also at the scene.

Boucher noticed a “very strong odor of marijuana.”

After further investigation, McDowell turned over a tin can containing several partially smoked suspected marijuana “joints.”

Boucher also saw a set of brass knuckles in plain view.

McDowell was placed in custody and deputies reportedly located more suspected marijuana on his person and a firearm inside his vehicle.

He was transported to the Bradley County Jail and charged with speeding, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of marijuana and unlawful carry or possession of a weapon.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Safety Belt Checkpoints in Polk County.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location 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.

- A Neighborhood Watch program is planned Thursday for the Charleston community. The meeting will be held at Charleston Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Lt. Doug Towne of the Neighborhood Watch program for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office will be answering questions and providing information about how residents can set up a watch program in their community.

For additional information regarding this program or how to establish a Neighborhood Watch program, contact Towne at 728-7321, or email him at