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In news today…

On May 10, 2022 the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and the Cleveland Police Department received numerous complaints related to a graphic video being shared throughout social media. In the video, a juvenile can be seen fatally wounding a dog with a large stick. The incident occurred in southern Bradley County on Carter Road. 

Investigators from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and the Cleveland Police worked quickly and cooperatively throughout this investigation to gather pertinent information in determining the suspects involved. The person who can be seen in the video striking the dog was identified as well as the person recording the incident. Both juveniles were acting together and are 16 years of age. Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and the Police Department located the juveniles and interviewed them at the Judicial Complex. 

The juvenile seen committing the fatal assault as well as the person recording the assault were charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty and Intentional Killing of an Animal. Both juveniles were transported to the Bradley County Juvenile Detention Center. 

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office worked through SPCA of Bradley County to set up cremation services for the deceased dog. 

The arraignment for both juveniles is set for May 12, 2022 in Bradley County Juvenile Court

Also in news today…

Two of Cleveland and Bradley County’s largest and oldest independent insurance agencies, McIntire Insurance and Insurance Incorporated, are coming together to form one agency. The combined entity will be called Insurance Incorporated. It will provide customers more insurance options, greater resources and unmatched experience, services and knowledge.

What began as Hyde Insurance in 1940, merged with various agencies becoming Insurance Incorporated in 1963. The merger of Insurance Incorporated and Cleveland Insurance in 1980 moved them to the current location, continuing to operate as Insurance Incorporated. Similarly, McIntire Insurance traces its roots to 1948 with Cornutt Insurance. Both companies have been serving Cleveland and the Bradley County area for eight decades.

The merger closed on May 5th. Current customers of McIntire Insurance will note the combined company will be located at the newly remodeled Insurance Incorporated office at 2551 Georgetown Rd. 

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The Cleveland Police Department mourns alongside the Chastain family in the loss of Retired CPD Lieutenant Danny Chastain. Chastain faithfully served the CPD for 28 years until his retirement in 2008. Please keep his family and the department in your thoughts.

Also in news today…

It is high school graduation week for our local schools. Walker Valley High School begins the trio of graduations tonight at 7:30. Cleveland High School graduation is Friday night at 6 inside the Raider Arena. Bradley Central high school graduation will be Saturday night at 7:30. For the first time mixtv.tv will live stream all three graduation exercises.

In news today…

On May 10th, at approximately 4:12am Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a possi ble burglary in progress at a business in southeast Bradley County. The owner of the business reported he received a notification from his surveillance system alerting him of a male going through his warehouse and office space. A possible suspect vehicle was observed leaving the area. The truck was identified by the first arriving deputy as possibly being a red Chevrolet S-10, but deputies were unable to make contact with the truck. Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the business for evidence collection. Numerous items were found lying in the parking lot which were taken from inside the warehouse during the burglary. Video surveillance confirmed the red S-10 truck pulled onto the property at 4:12am. Detectives were able to observe a male wearing identifiable shoes, gloves, a mask, headlamp, and glasses inside of the business warehouse. The male was also seen taking numerous items, some of which were the items found on the ground in the parking lot. 

Through a cooperative effort between patrol and investigators the suspect, Thomas “Andy” Ledford, was identified through distinct characteristics from a previous encounter with law enforcement while driving a red S-10 truck. 

On May 11th, detectives made contact with Thomas “Andy” Ledford at a Spring Place Road location, where he was wearing similar items observed in the surveillance video from the business burglary. Ledford denied any involvement with the burglary, but claimed he could retrieve one of the stolen chainsaws. After obtaining consent to search from the property owner at the Spring Place location, other items were recovered after being identified as stolen property taken during the burglary. Ledford was arrested and while in route to the jail, he attempted to throw his shoes out of a Bradley County Sheriff’s Office patrol car window. Thomas “Andy” Ledford was booked at the Bradley County Jail on charges of Burglary, Vandalism and Theft over $1,000 stemming from the business burglary on May 10, 2022.