Quake shakes Polk County
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Aug 10, 2014 | 1097 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Just above the mountain in neighboring Polk County, residents felt the earth move Friday evening.

According to reports from the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.1 quake hit in the McCaysville, Ga. area, which borders Copperhill and extreme East Polk County. The coordinates for the quake indicated it was 26 miles from Cleveland.

Just a little over an hour later, USGS recorded another ground shake. It registered 1.8 on the Richter Scale.

- A missing persons case that should have been reported to Meigs County authorities, but was given to the city of Cleveland Police Department resulted in a good ending.

According to Lt. Robert Harbison of the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, Wade Crisp, 80, was last seen in Cleveland Wednesday.

Investigators found he had travelled to Meigs County to visit with family and then was reported missing after he failed to return home.

According to officer Evie West of CPD, Crisp was located in Kentucky late Thursday evening and his family notified.

Harbison and the CID detectives working on the case had transferred information to Meigs County officials, since that was where Crisp had last been seen.

CPD officials had already issued a statewide “be on the lookout” for the missing man, aiding in finding Crisp.

- An attempt to take copper from an HVAC unit at a local church resulted in costly damage.

According to a report filed by Deputy Steve McCullough of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, responded to Black Fox United Methodist Church, located on Old Chattanooga Pike, and spoke with Tim Taylor.

Sometime between Sunday evening and Wednesday, someone attempted to remove copper components from the church’s Trane HVAC system. Access panels had been removed and copper lines damaged, causing the coolant to escape.

Deputy Laura Lane responded to the scene to collect evidence and McCullough noted that a gutter downspout and a phone line had also been damaged.

Loss was estimated at $565.