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From the Daily News
A woman has been charged with four counts in connection with a bomb threat made to the Claiborne County Jail Thursday night.
Sheriff David Ray said a call came into the jail around 9 p.m. Thursday, and that a woman said someone would be coming in with a bomb to “blow the place up.” He said that a man, later identified as the woman’s boyfriend, also called to tell officials who was calling in the alleged threat. Ray added that other calls were made as well.
“We immediately shut activity down at the Justice Center,” said Ray. “We secured the building and exterior and stopped traffic from flowing in front of it.”
The jail is located within the Justice Center.
Lead investigator Det. Tim Shrout said in a news release that the immediate area surrounding the Justice Center was sealed off and Straight Creek Road was blocked for a period of time while a search of the area was conducted.
Investigators determined that during one of the calls the woman’s real name was used, Ray said, and they were able to locate her.
Officers Lt. Stephen Hurley, Chris Cardwell and Brian Hubbard took Hazel Irene Gray and Justin Pridemore into custody at a residence in the Goins Chapel community in rural Claiborne County, according to the release.
Discover Downtown Middlesboro Executive-Director Isaac Kremer spoke to the Middlesboro City Council at last Tuesdays meeting giving a brief overview of what DDM had accomplished in the past year and giving hints to what they have in store for the new year.
Most recently DDM celebrated the holidays with the annual Downtown Christmas Parade. Kremer thanked everyone who helped to make the event a success — especially the city employees and the Middlesboro Police Department, whom he said were instrumental in ensuring the event went off without a hitch.
From the Claiborne Progress
A former narcotics officer will be facing trial for allegedly shaking down a known drug dealer in June of this year.
Robert Glenn Chadwell, 49, was indicted by the Claiborne Grand Jury during its latest session on Dec. 9. A true bill was returned for Chadwell on one count each of extortion and bribery by a public servant, charges he racked up while a deputy for the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office.
Apparently the shakedown prompted the drug dealer to complain to his defense attorney. In turn, the attorney contacted the CCSO who, in turn, called the Eighth Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was then contacted, who investigated the matter that eventually led to the arrest of Chadwell during an undercover sting operation.
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