Arrest is made
By Sparta Live | September 30, 2005 12:00 am
in hospital fire
Sparta Police Department has filed charges against a Sparta woman, who according to Police Chief Jeff Guth, was a patient at White County Community Hospital at the time the fire was discovered.
In a story in the Sept. 19, 2005, edition of The Expositor, it was reported that at approximately 3 a.m., Sept. 19, 2005, E-911 dispatched Sparta Fire Department to the White County Community Hospital with a fire alarm call.
Firefighters quickly had the blaze under control and the investigation began. Later that day, Sgt. Jeff Hutson charged the woman who was identified as Annette Sue Parrish, 39, of Sparta. Special agents with Tennessee’s bomb and arson investigative team, William Barker Jr, and Greg Whittaker, assisted Hutson during the investigation.
Guth said the fire had been set in a garbage can in the women’s restroom. The incident was determined to be arson. During investigation and interviews, Parrish admitted to the crime.
There were approximately 27 patients and employees in the building at time of fire. Parrish was charged with aggravated arson and 27 counts of reckless endangerment. She made an initial appearance in court Sept. 23, 2005, where her case was continued until Nov. 18, 2005.
18-year-old charged with theft after gas drive-off
Sparta Police officers responded to a call at Murphy Oil at 7:46 a.m., Sept 20, 2005, about a gas drive-off.
Sgt. Dale Dodson met with Chad McDowell, an employee at the gas station. McDowell told Dodson the driver of a black Chevrolet Celebrity pumped $35 of gas into his vehicle then left without paying.
The vehicle description was broadcast on the police band for law enforcement to be on the lookout for the truck.
White County Sheriff Detective Tommy Simmons stopped a vehicle matching the description on Highway 111 in Van Buren County. Simmons escorted the driver, identified as David Lowery, 18, of Spencer, back to Murphy Oil.
Dodson placed Lowery under arrest. He was charged with theft under $500. Lowery will appear in court Oct. 21, 2005, to face this charge.
Sparta man arrested for public intoxication after
At approximately 9:46 p.m., Sept 22, 2005, Sgt. Jeff Hutson was dispatched to Brasel’s Fruit Market, on North Spring Street, about a vehicle on fire.
When Hutson arrived, he spoke to witnesses who advised the officer he had seen the subject leaving the burning vehicle. According to the witness, a subject appeared to be intoxicated.
Hutson located the subject, identified as Randy E. Blaylock, 47, of Sparta, at the intersection of Moore and Polk streets.
Blaylock was very unsteady on his feet and had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage about his breath and person. According to the report, Hutson felt Blaylock was a danger to himself and the public.
Blaylock was arrested and charged with public intoxication. He will appear in court Sept. 30, 2005.
Two arrested after incident at Knollcrest
Sparta Police Patrolman Nathan Blaylock was dispatched to Knollcrest about a fight in the parking lot. Blaylock arrived on the scene at approximately 7:28 p.m., Sept 22, 2005.
According to Chief Jeff Guth, when the officer arrived he came into contact with Jacob. Samford, 20, of Sparta. While speaking to Samford, the officer noticed a strong odor of alcoholic beverage about his breath and person.
Samford was arrested for illegal consumption. He will appear in court Sept. 30, 2005.
During the same incident a second male subject was arrested. Patrolman Brian Scott arrested a male juvenile, 16, and charged him with illegal consumption. A juvenile petition was issue. He will appear in juvenile court to face this charge.
Burglary and vandalism to truck left at bus garage
At approximately 8:25 a.m., Sept 19, 2005, Sgt. Dale Dodson took a report of a burglary of a vehicle at the White County bus garage.
According to the report, the incident happened sometime after 2 p.m., Sept. 16 and before 8:25 a.m., Sept. 19.
Terry Dodson, 49, of Sparta, told Dodson that he drives a school bus and had left his personal vehicle at the garage over weekend. Dodson advised the officer sometime over the weekend, someone had broken into the truck. The unknown subjects broke out the right side door window and removed a Jensen stereo CD player. While removing the player, the subjects broke the dash. The subjects also removed the knobs, door locks and the shifter handle. They put a large dent in the tailgate, broke the truck windshield and the right mirror.
The damage and loss is valued at approximately $900.
Sparta Police Investigator Harold Blankenship is in charge of the case.