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Probation Search Leads to Long List of Drug Charges

By Jessie Williams  A 48-year-old Red Boiling Springs man is facing a long list of drug charges following a probation search at his Whitcher Hollow Rd. apartment. According to a report filed by Sergeant Clint Friar of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, he arrived at 130 Whitcher Hollow Rd. around 10:30 pm on January 12,…

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Meth & Fentanyl Found Under Hood of Vehicle

By Jessie Williams A container was found under the hood of a 47-year-old Westmoreland man’s vehicle, containing methamphetamine and fentanyl, during a routine traffic stop last week. According to the affidavit of complaint filed by Macon County Detective Jason Sells, he was on patrol on January 11, 2024, when he observed a white Cadillac Escalade…

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More Child Abuse Charges Filed Against Stepfather

By Jessie Williams  A 27-year-old stepfather charged with child abuse last month, now faces four additional charges of child abuse under Haley’s Law.  William Arizona Vannasdale, who was investigated after his 6-year-old step-son came to school with a black eye, was originally arrested in early December for child abuse and neglect. Further investigation by local…

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Two Arrested for Patronizing Prostitution & Solicitation of Minor

By Jessie Williams  Two men were arrested last week for offering money for sex, to an undercover posing as a 14-year-old girl.  The first arrest involved 32-year-old Ricardo Ramon Moctezuma, of Celina, TN.  According to a report filed by Red Boiling Springs Chief of Police Joseph Woodard, Moctezuma messaged an undercover Facebook account, speaking with…

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Intoxicated Man Arrested with Over 21 Grams of Fentanyl

By Jessie Williams  A 19-year-old Lafayette man, who was under the influence, was arrested last week after approaching a woman leaving for work and asking if she was his Uber driver.  According to the affidavit of complaint filed by Sergeant Logan Swindle of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, he was dispatched to a residence on…

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Couple Charged with Child Abuse & Neglect

By Jessie Williams A Lafayette couple is being charged with child abuse following an investigation into a 6-year-old who came to school with a black eye.  According to reports filed by Detective Robert Jacoby of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, he received a Department of Children’s Services referral on December 7, 2023, regarding a 6-year-old…

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More Men Arrested for Solicitation of a Minor

By Jessie Williams Two more men have been arrested for soliciting minors through an undercover Facebook page ran by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.  The first arrest involved 27-year-old Tobbie Herren of Spencer, Tennessee.  According to law enforcement, Herren messaged the undercover Facebook page on December 6, 2023, and was told he was speaking with…

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Men Charged with Soliciting Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

By Jessie Williams Two men have been charged with Solicitation of a Minor by Electronic Means following an undercover operation led by Macon County detectives. James A. Tyler, age 37, of Manchester, Tennessee, was the first to be placed into police custody on October 21, 2023.  According to the affidavit of complaint filed by Detective…

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Garrett Found Guilty Following 3-Day Trial

By Jessie Williams  Former Tennessee Highway Patrolman and Lafayette resident Keith Garrett was found guilty of unlawful photographing of an individual in violation of privacy and observation without consent on Thursday, October 12, following a three-day trial in the Macon County Criminal Courtroom of Judge Brody Kane. Macon County Chronicle readers may recall the details…

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