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Harriman fugitive found in attic

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Richard Howard’s girlfriend winds up going to jail, too

By BRIAN LANGLEY
Morgan County News
A Harriman man who eluded Morgan County authorities last week was captured at his girlfriend’s home in Petros Saturday morning.
Richard Allen Howard, 29, of 925 Chilhowee St., who had warrants for his arrest in Oliver Springs, was pulled over in Bitter Creek with a flat tire.
Morgan County Deputy Billy Giles pulled in behind the vehicle, and Howard took off on foot and lost Giles in the chase.
Howard also allegedly tossed a gun in the woods while on the run.
Acting on a tip, sheriff’s officers went to the residence of Howard’s girlfriend, Alisha Lynn Vann, 24, in Petros, early Saturday morning to look for Howard.
Officers were denied access into the house by Vann, who is on probation.     State probation officer Wade Adcock was called to the scene to assist officers and allowed them to gain entrance into the residence.
Howard was found in the attic of the house. Police reported he surrendered easily when threatened with a Taser.
Howard was charged with evading arrest, theft and felony possession of hand gun in connection with the gun.
The weapon is believed to have been stolen from a residence in Mossy Grove.
He was booked into the Morgan County Jail and is being held on a $6,000 bond.
Vann was charged with harboring a fugitive and violation of probation and is being held at the Morgan County Jail on a $2,500 bond.