Burglars targeting OS area

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By The Staff

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the Oliver Springs area has been a hot spot for burglaries this summer.  

“They’ve been targeting that area because it’s so easy to get back into Anderson County and out of our jurisdiction,” the sheriff said. “That area is very rural, and there’s so many routes in and out.”

Stockton said the sheriff’s office has taken steps to try to stop the rash of break-ins by increasing patrols in the area.

Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said residents can help protect themselves by installing an alarm system on their homes.

Phillips said residents can also help each other by being vigilant.

“Neighbors can keep an eye on each others’ place,” he said. “Particularly when you got people that work different shifts. Neighbors getting involved in what’s going on, that’s normally the best practice.”    


The FBI is warning East Tennesseans to be aware of a fraudulent check scam.

According to the FBI, the bogus checks appear to be issued by UT-Battelle LLC and range from $2,200 to $3,000.

“The scam involves checks being sent via FedEx to specific victims directing them to deposit the checks into their personal checking accounts,” an FBI news release said.

“The victim is instructed to keep a portion of the deposit proceeds and send the remaining funds back to the sender. By the time the bank notifies the depositor the check is fraudulent, the depositor may have already sent the remaining funds back to the sender.”

Some of the individuals who have received the checks had items listed for sale on Craigslist or responded to ads posted there.


Harriman police arrested a wanted man on Aug. 27. Sheldon K. Lemier III was charged with being a fugitive from justice. He was being held at the Roane County Jail on a $350,000 bond.

Harriman police said Lemier was wanted out of Illinois. A note on his arraignment form said he planned to waive extradition and return voluntarily.


A 23-year-old man was arrested last month on an escape charge.

John Edward Whitmire was being held at the Roane County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

According to court records, Whitmire was released with an ankle bracelet on Dec. 16, 2008. The bracelet was used to track his whereabouts while he was on house arrest.

However, court records said Kristen Zachary of Tracking Solutions contacted a sheriff’s deputy a few days later to inform him that Whitmire was tracked traveling south on Interstate 75 toward Chattanooga.

“Ms. Zachary stated that Tracking Solutions called John Whitmire through the ankle bracelet and informed him that he was in an unapproved area and to turn around,” court records said. “Ms. Zachary stated that approximately 20 minutes later the tamper alarm went off on Whitmire’s ankle bracelet and that the bracelet then went dead.”

Whitmire was arrested on Aug. 26. He’s scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court on Sept. 19.