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A multi-agency investigation involving special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and sheriffs’ detectives from Monroe, Polk, and McMinn counties has resulted in the arrest of John S. Ball, 45, of Etowah, charged with killing his father.
Officers with the Etowah Police Department, the 10th Judicial Drug Task Force, and 10th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office were also involved.
On May 1, human remains were discovered in a wooded area on Old Furnace Road in Tellico Plains.
The following day, at the request of 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Crump, TBI agents and the Knox County Forensic Center joined the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.
An autopsy confirmed the identity of the victim as John Henry Ball, 64, of Delano, in Polk County. During the course of the investigation, investigators developed information that identified the victim’s son, John S, Ball, as the individual responsible for his father’s death.
On Thursday, John S. Ball was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of abuse of a corpse.
Ball has been booked into the Polk County Jail without bond pending his next court appearance.
The Cleveland Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own.
In a Facebook post, Cleveland Police say retired CPD Officer Mike “Bubba” Ricker died early Saturday morning.
Cleveland Police say they will update the public once arrangements are made.
Autumn Hughes reports: Bradley County-inspired proposals for harsher punishment for criminal littering may be closer to becoming state law.
The County Commission recently heard an update on Senate Bill 2012 and House Bill 1833. co-prime sponsored by State Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and state Rep. Mark Hall (R-Cleveland).
County Commissioner Milan Blake last week shared an update on the proposed legislation related to litter control and said with the ongoing tire cleanups and action by the commission, officials have been trying “to put a little more teeth” into the laws against tire dumpers. Blake added he appreciated Hall’s and Bell’s work on this.
The proposed legislation would expand the offense of aggravated criminal littering to include knowingly placing, dropping or throwing one or more tires on public or private property without permission; and classifies aggravated criminal littering as a Class A misdemeanor if it involves fewer than four tires and a Class E felony for four or more tires. The proposed legislation amends Tennessee Code Annotated Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 5; Title 55 and Title 68, Chapter 211.
The next cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, with participants to gather at the Bradley County Misdemeanor Probation Office, adjacent to the Bradley County Jail, at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be provided for volunteers.
For more information and to register to volunteer, visit keepclevelandandbradleycountybeautiful.org.