Auburntown fire truck stolen for joy-ride

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Who took a joyride in the Auburntown Fire Department truck?

Auburntown and Cannon County Sheriff's Department officials are looking for an answer to that mystery.

Deputy Gregory Pauls was patrolling the Auburntown City Limits early on Thursday (April 9).

"After approximately two hours started to go back through the city and found that the Auburntown Fire Department bay doors were open and their First Responder Truck was not in the fire hall," Pauls reported.

A check with dispatch revealed that the fire department had not been called out. Dispatchers notified Fire Chief Chris Blackburn who responded to the fire hall.

The fire truck, a 2000 Chevy Blazer, was red in color and loaded with thousands of dollars of rescue equipment including an AED (automated external defibrillator), a jump kit, two oxygen tanks and medical gear including splints, c-collars and bandages.

Officials immediately reported the vehicle as stolen and listed it on the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) database.

The fire department vehicle was ultimately recovered - no worse for wear - on state Route 96 near R.W. Daveport Road.

Chief Blackman spotted the truck parked on top of a hill on the north side of Highway 96.

"The vehicle was in good running condition and all of the emergency equipment was still inside. The ignition key had been taken from the key ring and the ring was thrown in the grass approximately 100 feet away from the vehicle," Sgt. Mike Williams reported.

Investigator Chris Brown was called to the scene and processed the vehicle. No visible prints were found.

"There was an oily residue and it appears the suspect(s) wiped the surfaces down after parking it," Williams said.
The fire truck was removed from NCIC and returned to the Auburntown Fire Department.

The Cannon County Sheriff's Department

Officers made an unusual arrest April 14 when they charged Matthew Wayne Kress with driving on a suspended license.
Deputy Jordan McGee stopped Kress on East Adams Street based on information that the suspect did not have a valid drivers license. McGee exited his patrol vehicle and approached Kress who had his window cracked about one inch and his doors locked.
"The driver informed me that he was recording the traffic stop and wanted to know why I was stopping him. I advised him that he did not have a valid drivers license and I needed to see his license," McGee reported.
"He stated that he was not going to give them to me and that I had no reason to stop him, and I was violating his 4th and 5th Amendment rights. He refused to cooperate with my requests over and over and would not follow my instructions," the deputy said.
Investigators Gullett and Brown soon arrived with Gullett advising Kress that he needed to unlock his door and hand over his license.
Eventually, Brown retrieved a lock kit and went to the passenger side of the car and proceeded to unlock the door.
"At this time Mr. Kress stated he would get out of the vehicle but did not make any effort to get out. The doors were unlocked and he was removed from the vehicle and placed in cuffs where he was transported to the Sheriff's Office by Deputy Agee," McGee said.
A hearing was set for General Sessions Court on the misdemeanor offense.

DUI arrest
Roy Ray Murphy was charged with DUI following an incident on Jim Cummings Highway. A hearing was set for May 5 in General Sessions Court.
A rooftop air conditioning unit was damaged at Eastside School when it was shot by a .22-caliber rifle.

Assault, DUI charges
Jeremy Sissom was charged with assault, DUI and driving on a revoked license following the report of a fight on Old Pump House Road.

Jimmie Barnes, violation of probation.

Andrew T. Ellis, violation of probation.

Mark Dodd, violation of probation.

Woodbury Police department

Christopher A. Hoover was charged with resisting arrest, assault on an officer and evading arrest following an incident. He was charged after attempting to escape from Assistant Chief Lowell Womack and Patrolman Tommy Miller. Miller's eyeglasses were broken during the struggle. A hearing was set for May 17 in General Sessions Court.

Marro Brendan Franklin was charged with driving on a suspended license by Patrolman John House. A hearing is set for May 12 in General Sessions Court.

Aaron V. Moon was charged with public intoxication and simple possession of marijuana by Patrolman J. Hayes. A hearing was set for General Sessions Court.

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