Four charged in meth lab operations

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By Damon Lawrence

A strong chemical smell tends to be an obvious sign of meth activity.

Deputies detected the smell at a home on River Road last Tuesday.

“We talked to the people there and saw signs and evidence that meth was being cooked and being used,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We took four people into custody and actually found the components of the lab where they had recently been cooking.”

Deputies arrested Angela Sue Coin, Ashley Morgan Jones, Edward Brock King and Trina Dawn Ratliff. All four were charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacturing. Jones was also charged with failure to appear.

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Kingston police found several pieces of broken glass and blood at the scene of a break-in last July. The evidence was submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab.

Police Chief Jim Washam said DNA testing showed the blood was that of Toby Lynn Elliott.

Washam said to his knowledge it’s the first burglary his department has solved through DNA testing.

“He left behind the blood and that was our evidence to tie him in with the burglary,” Washam said.    

The break-in occurred at Vol State Agency on West Race Street on July 4. Elliott is suspected of stealing around $200.

According to Kingston police, Elliott confessed to the crime when he was interviewed at the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office last week. A press release said Elliott told investigators a door jammed as he was leaving the business.

“When he tried to force it open, the glass broke, cutting both his arms,” the release said. “Elliott said he removed the glass from his arm himself and applied Super Glue to close the wounds.”

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Two California men were arrested following a traffic stop on Interstate 40 last month.

Vincent Anthony Bona, 26, and Bryan Jack Williams, 25, are each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs for transportation and possession of a firearm during a felony. They are scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court on Jan. 24.    

State Trooper Robert Woody stopped the pair on Dec. 27 while traveling east on I-40.

An arrest warrant said Williams, the driver, gave up a small amount of marijuana on a consent to search.

“The suspect then told me where I would locate some more marijuana,” the warrant states. “I eventually located a total of 6 pounds of marijuana in the travel trailer.”

The warrants said two long guns and ammunition were also found.

“The weapons were stored next to the marijuana,” the warrant said.

A large bag of marijuana and four jars of marijuana were found in Bona’s luggage, according to an arrest warrant.

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Rockwood police were called to Junior’s Restaurant on Christmas Eve to investigate a report of a woman “passing out into her gravy she was trying to eat.”

Michelle Marie Powell acted nervous when approached by police, an arrest warrant said.

“She advised me that she had taken some of her new medication and it may be too strong,” the report said.

The report also said a small red straw containing white powder fell from her purse.

Powell was arrested for public intoxication and drug paraphernalia. The report said she performed poorly on sobriety tests.