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Rockwood police arrested a man on Oct. 13 after he allegedly purchased meth-making supplies at Walmart.
Ryan Matthew Cox is charged with initiation of the methamphetamine manufacture process.
According to the warrant, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich was dispatched to Walmart at 2:22 a.m. to investigate a report of someone buying meth-making supplies.
The warrant said Cox was leaving the store with bags of merchandise in each hand when he was confronted by Haubrich.
“Upon searching the bags I discovered one pint of rubbing alcohol, one gallon of Coleman Fuel, 25-feet of rubber tubing, two packages of reclosable bags, two packages of lithium batteries and one package of 200 coffee filters,” the warrant said.
All of those are legal items, purchasable without having to show any identification. However, the warrant said they are used in the meth-making process.
“I asked him what he purchased the above items for,” the warrant said. “Mr. Cox advised me that he purchased the items to manufacture methamphetamine.”
At the time of his arrest, Cox had an outstanding warrant for manufacturing meth. That warrant was taken out by Harriman police in September. Cox was allegedly at a residence where several “one-pot” meth labs were discovered.
Cox allegedly fled when police arrived. His co-defendant in that case, Casey Mills, was arrested at the scene.
Accused scammer Rickey Kenneth Hubbard had his case bound over to the Roane County grand jury earlier this month. Hubbard is charged with more than a dozen counts of criminal impersonation. In 2011 he allegedly duped people into believing the Tennessee Department of Correction had contracted with Yates Construction Co. to build a prison in Swan Pond.
The grand jury meets this week.
Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective Brandon Kittrell charged John Edward Farmer and Eric Keith Lane with theft and aggravated burglary for an alleged break-in that occurred at 231 Collins Road, Oliver Springs, last month.
“The victim stated he was missing 14 shotguns, which were being stored in a rifle cabinet located in the living room,” the warrant said. “The victim concluded by stating he had suffered an estimated total value loss of $2,975.”
Farmer and Lane were arrested this month.
According to a sheriff’s office press release, nine firearms were recovered during the investigation.
Kittrell also charged Joshua Lee Miles with aggravated burglary and theft for an alleged burglary that occurred at 403 Waldo Road, Rockwood.
“Ricky Hundley (victim) reported that he had left for work on Wednesday evening (Sept. 25) and returned home Thursday morning (Sept. 26) to discover his home had been burglarized,” the warrant said.
Hundley said a weed eater and rifle was taken.
“The victim stated he suspected his girlfriend’s uncle, Joshua ‘Jody’ Miles, as the person responsible for burglarizing his residence because Joshua was aware of where he kept the weed eater,” the warrant said.
The investigation led Kittrell to a David Flinn.
“David stated that he had purchased the weed eater from Joshua ‘Jody’ Miles for $50 after Joshua allegedly advised him that the weed eater belonged to his brother and he had permission to sell it,” the warrant said.
Miles, a Rockwood handyman/roofer, was arrested on Oct. 8.
Warren Everett Dyer found himself in trouble nine days after he was reportedly stabbed in Wartburg.
Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes arrested Dyer on Roane Street in Harriman on Oct. 8.
Mayes said Dyer, 27, had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation. Dyer was taken to the Roane County Jail for the warrant. He was later released, according to sheriff’s office records.
Harold Gene Raby faces an aggravated assault charge in Morgan County for allegedly stabbing Dyer on Sept. 29.
According to authorities, Raby claimed Dyer offered him money for a ride to Wartburg. Authorities said they got into a dispute at a red light in Wartburg. Raby allegedly stabbed Dyer with a pair of shears.
Dyer reportedly suffered cuts under his left arm and all over his right hand. He was treated at Roane Medical Center.
Raby also ended up at the hospital. He reportedly suffered minor cuts on his hand.
According to a press release from the Harriman Police Department, Nicolas Hatfield of Madisonville is scheduled to be sentenced in Monroe County Criminal Court on Nov. 18.
The press release said Hatfield was charged with possession and distributing child pornography after a joint investigation by the Harriman Police Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. His sentencing follows a trial and conviction.
Morgan County News editor Brian Langley contributed to this report.