Stolen vehicle burned on Mackie Road

Posted By | April 1, 2002 12:00 am

Dawn Bailey
A stolen vehicle was discovered burning on Mackie Road off of Golden Mountain Road, on Wednesday. Local law enforcement and firemen were dispatched to the vehicle fire at approximately 4 a.m. The vehicle was totally destroyed.
The Cherry Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. had nine firemen on the scene along with two fire trucks. Chief Lew Betterton said the vehicle was already burned when they arrived.
The White County Sheriff’s Dept. was also on the scene. According to White County Sheriff Guy Goff, the incident is under investigation.
– Drug scene brought FBI and CID
Drug charges were brought against Daryl Hoyte Leonard, 48, of Sparta, after local law enforcement found items consistent with the manufacturing of meth.
Authorities served a search warrant at the residence of Leonard of 521 Dew Road, on March 24, 2002. Apparently, several deputies from the White County Sheriff’s Dept. (WCSD) originally arrived at the property in reference to stolen property from Cumberland County. Once authorities determined the stolen property was located on the premises, they noticed a street sign located in Leonard’s shop. According to the report, Leonard told authorities they could confiscate the sign. Upon confiscating the sign, from inside the shop, Deputy Lintz noticed a glass flask, hydrogen peroxide, three canisters of propane fuel and a single eye stove top cooker. Lintz also noticed a strong chemical odor commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Due to the circumstances, authorities searched Leonard for being in possession of stolen property and found a meth pipe along with $1100 in cash.
Deputies Dennis and Charles Sims secured the scene and Lintz returned to the WCSD to obtain a search warrant. Once the warrant was served, authorities found items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine along with but not limited to several jars of unknown liquid and numerous items of glassware and coffee filters, along with several long guns and hand guns.
A reserve officer secured the property while waiting for the Hazardous Materials Team (HAZMAT) to arrive. HAZMAT arrived on the property and cleaned up the scene.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., Monday, March 25, 2002, Sims was waiting for members of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to arrive on the scene and while looking around outside, he found $400 in cash on the ground where Leonard was standing the night before. When authorities from CID and FBI arrived, they ran several vehicle identification numbers and found a stolen Suzuki motorcycle on the property.
Leonard was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and drug: manufacturing/delivery/sale/possession of schedule II drug. His court date is scheduled for April 5, 2002. Other charges are pending.
– Fireman injured as ammunition explodes
According to Assistant Fire Chief Mike Holland of Cassville Volunteer Fire Dept., volunteer fireman, Steve Ward, sustained injuries while fighting a structure fire on March 25, 2002. At approximately 3:10 p.m., authorities responded to the structure fire at 194 Red Maple Drive.
Holland said ammunition apparently exploded and a bullet struck Ward in the right forearm. The bullet did not penetrate the skin, but left bruising.
According to Deputy John Haley, who was on the scene, Christy Purrenhage was the occupant of the trailer. No one was at home at the time of the fire.
Approximately 12 firemen from the Cassville and Central View Volunteer Fire Depts. were on the scene. “Fire was coming from underneath the trailer when we arrived,” said Holland. Firemen were able to save the structure, but there was damage to the floors and ceilings in the bedroom, hallway and bathroom. Smoke damage was found throughout.
Several deputies from the White County Sheriff’s Dept. were also at the location along with White County EMS. Authorities were on the scene until approximately 4:45 p.m.
– Man charged with DUI
Authorities made an arrest on an alledged drunk driver, Donald G. McKay, 59, after they observed his vehicle cross over the center line several times.
At approximately 7:36 p.m., March 26, 2002, Deputy Charles Dennis of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. received a call in reference to a possible drunk driver on Highway 111. Dennis got behind the vehicle on N. Spring Street and Highway 111 and observed the vehicle cross the center line completely, twice. Dennis stopped the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of alcohol when he approached the driver, Donald G. McKay.
Dennis asked McKay if he had been drinking and he allegedly stated, “Yes.” Dennis gave McKay two sobriety tests which he did not complete satisfactorily. McKay was placed under arrest for DUI and was transported to the White County Sheriff’s Dept.
– Burglaries in downtown Sparta
Several burglaries recently occurred on W. Bockman Way causing over $100 in damages to the business owners.
At approximately 6:30 a.m., March 22, 2002, Ptl. Troy Carlile of the Sparta Police Dept. responded to Stargo on W. Bockman Way in reference to a burglary. The owner of the store, Danny White, told authorities someone had apparently broken into the store sometime overnight and had gained entry into the building by a window on the west side. A bear compound bow valued at $100 was missing and a vending machine had been pried open and approximately $50 was taken.
The Sparta Police Dept. also took a report at Reflection Salon on W. Bockman Way in reference to a burglary. Sgt. Jeff Hutson responded at approximately 8:30 a.m., March 22, 2002, and talked with the owner, Lisa Case. Case told authorities the burglary must have happened sometime after 6:30 p.m. on March 21, 2002. The front door was damaged and cash was taken from a drawer inside the building. The amount of loss was valued over $100.
Detective Allen Selby of the Sparta Police Dept. is investigating. If anyone has information pertaining to these crimes, please contact the Sparta Police Dept. at 836-3734.
– Drug paraphernalia discovered
Law enforcement investigated two subjects in a vehicle at the Airport Chevron and placed them both under arrest for drug charges.
At approximately 11 p.m., March 24, 2002, Deputy Charles Dennis of the White County Sheriff’s Dept. was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle with two male subjects sitting at the Airport Chevron. When Dennis began to pull up and check the vehicle, it attempted to leave. Dennis stopped the vehicle and came into contact with the driver, Michael Shane Dodson, 21, of Sparta. Dodson had an odor of alcohol on him and he allegedly told the deputy he had drank one beer. Dennis asked Dodson to get out of the vehicle and searched him for his own safety. The search revealed a pack of rolling papers and what Dennis believed to be a marijuana roach. Dodson passed the field sobriety test and was not charged with DUI but he was taken into custody for the marijuana and rolling papers.
The passenger, Travis L. Margeson, 20, of Sparta, gave Cpl. Jeffrey Bulakowski a syringe and a spoon and allegedly stated he was using it to use Schedule II drugs, and Margeson was charged with drug: unlawful drug paraphernalia/use & activities and was taken into custody. Both subjects were transported to the White County Sheriff’s Dept.
– Truck fire at Wal-Mart
Shoppers at Wal-Mart watched as authorities responded to a truck fire located near the front of the building. Firemen had the fire under control within a short amount of time.
At approximately 3 p.m., March 23, 2002, the Sparta Fire Dept. was dispatched to a vehicle fire in the parking lot at Wal-Mart. The 1983 Chevrolet truck was owned by James Simmons, of Sparta. There were eight firemen and two explorers on the scene along with several deputies from the White County Sheriff’s Dept. Authorities were on the scene until approximately 3:40 p.m.

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