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Tool thief tries to take trailer


More than $10,000 worth of tools were stolen from a construction trailer someone attempted to steal overnight Wednesday from a work site on Longview Road, according to a Bedford County Sheriff’s Office report.  

The trailer was abandoned in the middle of Smith Road. Deputy Tylar Prosser followed the trailer’s scrape marks from Longview Road to Unionville-Deason Road and Philpot Road.  

The thief turned around in the parking lot of Green Hills Baptist Church, then drove on Smith Road before giving up and leaving, marks from the trailer’s frame indicated.  

A log chain and ratchet strap found in the roadway were used to pull the trailer, Prosser’s report said. Two other construction sites have been hit this week.  

Tools were stolen from a locked work trailer in the 1500 block of U.S. 41A North and from a job site at a locked home on Megan Circle on Tuesday and Wednesday, city and county law enforcement reports said. 

Hit and run 

 A suspect who Shelbyville police say allegedly struck a pedestrian – with his young daughter in his car – then left her behind as he ran on foot into nearby woods was arrested Thursday.  

Police were told Gary Wayne Gurley, 25, of Tullahoma got into a fight with a man identified as James Brady at a North Main Street restaurant.  

Brady had allegedly turned down a request to drive Gurley, his wife and daughter back to Tullahoma. Gurley allegedly sped away, but came back a few minutes later, argued with Brady in the parking lot, then intentionally knocked him into a ditch with his car as he also struck another vehicle, Officer Brock Horner’s report said. 

Brady suffered a deep cut to his head and a possible broken right hand. The car ended up in a culvert. Officers found Gurley in the woods, where he passed field sobriety tests.  

Gurley was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment for leaving behind the child, and leaving the scene of an injury accident. He was held on $10,000 bond.  


  • A pressure washer mounted on a trailer, with a total value of $8,500, was stolen from outside a home in the 600 block of South Brittan Street overnight Wednesday, Shelbyville police were told. Another pressure washer, and a riding lawn mower, were stolen from a home and a compact disc player and large screen television from a vehicle parked outside on White Drive within the past few weeks, according to a Shelbyville police report.
  • A cable box was pulled from an outside wall and lines cut overnight Tuesday at Skills Development Center, Prince Street.

Dog bite  

A small black dig bit a man as he ran down Fosterville Road in Bell Buckle, a Bedford County deputy was told Wednesday. The dog has bitten him three times previously and also chases The Webb School’s cross country team as they frequently pass its home, according to the report.  

Jail intake  

The following were charged since Thursday by the Shelbyville Police Department, Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol or 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force. They are only charged; guilt or innocence will be determined by the courts.  

  • Stephen Anton Bowen, 40, Ledbetter Road; failure to appear; held, $1,500 bond
  • Marco Antonio Cassio, 25, Anthony Lane; violation of probation, failure to appear; held, $5,000 bond
  • Tammy Nicole Crawley, 45, Petersburg; violation of probation; held, no bond
  • Melissa Carol Escamilla, 41, Huntsville, Alabama; failure to appear; released on recognizance
  • Joseph Alexander Gentry, 18, Liberty Pike; public intoxication; released, $500 bond
  • Gary Wayne Gurley, 25, Tullahoma; leaving scene of injury accident, reckless endangerment, aggravated assault; held, $10,000 bond
  • Davon Eugene High, 35, Railroad Avenue; driving on revoked license (fourth offense), no insurance; released, $3,000 bond
  • John Wyatt Hillis, 27, April Lane; failure to appear; released, $2,500 bond
  • Cory Scott Melton, 33, Elizabeth Street; probation revocation, show cause hearing; held, $2,500 bond
  • Octavio Cortes Navarro, 38, Ridgewood Lane; no driver’s license, financial responsibility; summons issued
  • Anthony James Pickel, 28, Barksdale Lane; aggravated assault; held, $15,000 bond
  • Daniel A. Robinson, age not available, Austin Avenue, misuse of 911; held, $500 bond
  • Tony Leo Robinson, 63, Chapel Hill; violation of probation, failure to appear, show cause hearing; held, $6,500 bond


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