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Thompson Indicted on 36 Counts.

Months ago a recorder was found in the LaFollette City Council Chamber. Today LaFollette City Council Member Vanessa Ann Thompson has been arrested on 34 counts of Wiretapping/Electronic Surveillance and 2 counts of Official Misconduct.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, an investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a member of the LaFollette City Council.

On February 14th, at the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Agents began investigating a recording device that was found in the LaFollette City Hall Conference Room. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Vanessa Ann Thompson (DOB 04/03/61), a city councilwoman, was the individual responsible for placing the device in the conference room.

On October 2nd, the Campbell County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Thompson with 34 counts of Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance and two counts of Official Misconduct. Today, she turned herself in and was booked into the Campbell County Jail. She was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

The Press Release from the City of LaFollette states-
The City has been advised by the District Attorney General’s Office that council woman Anne Thompson has been indicted for various charges as set forth in the grand jury indictment. The city of LaFollette cannot comment on council matters such as this because it is an ongoing investigation. However, the City is fully cooperating with state and local authorities. Although it is unfortunate for all involved, the City of LaFollette, City Council and its employees will continue its mission to provide competent city services and to assist the citizens of LaFollette.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Criminal Cases Resolved Via Plea Deals

The following outstanding criminal court cases were resolved last week with the use of plea agreements.

Anthony Chambers- possession of less than .5 grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell, felony possession of drug paraphernalia; 30 days to serve with credit for time served, three years supervised probation, court costs, $2,150 fine

Jessica R. Sheldon- introduction of contraband into penal facility, possession of meth; 45 days to serve with credit for time served, two years supervised probation, court costs, $750 fine

Charles Owens, Jr.,- theft over $2,500, theft under $1,000, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; six years to serve at 35 percent wit credit for time served, $125 restitution

Larry Wayne Thacker- resisting arrest, failure to appear, two counts of domestic assault; 99 days to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days supervised probation, complete anger management class, secure transitional housing, complete mental health assessment and follow recommendations, not to be on victim’s property, court costs

Tina Bunch Whaley- DUI; 10 days to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days probation, attend a MADD Impact Panel, loss of driver’s license for one year, attend alcohol and drug assessment and follow recommendations, submit to periodic drug screens, court costs, $350 fine

Jessica D. Collins- fourth offense DUI, possession of a schedule II controlled substance; one year, six months to serve at 30 percent with credit for time served

Tammy Leah Perry- attempted tampering with evidence; 21 days to serve with credit for time served, two years supervised probation, court costs

Monte Warren Phillips- violation of the sexual offender registry; one year to serve at 30 percent with credit for time served

Terry Joseph Wallen- fifth offense DUI; 150 days to serve with credit for time served, three years supervised probation, court costs, $3,000 fine

Melody Lynette Harmon- DUI; two days to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days probation, attend a MADD Impact Panel, loss of driver’s license for one year, attend alcohol and drug assessment and follow recommendations, court costs, $350 fine

Bobby Wallace- possession of methamphetamine; 30 days to serve with credit for time served, three years supervised probation, forfeit $720 to the drug task force and make a $500 contribution to the drug task force, court costs, $200 fine

Joshua David Farmer- burglary; 46 days to serve with credit for time served, four years community corrections, not to be on Wal Mart property, court costs, $75 fine, $168.51 restitution

Cassie Faye Miller- – possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia; 30 days to serve with credit for time served, five years judicial diversion, five years supervised probation, court costs, $2,150 fine

Amber Leann Orton- possession of a schedule V controlled substance with intent to sell, six days to serve with credit for time served, two years supervised probation, court costs, $2,000 fine

Terry David Douglas- reckless driving; six months unsupervised probation, forfeit Sig Sauer P226 handgun to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, court costs

Ronnie Elvis Albertini- robbery; sentencing set for Jan. 2020

Morris Arrested Following Assault

Late last week Deputy John Minor was dispatched to a home in Duff. When he arrived he spoke with the victim, Stephanie Morris, of an alleged assault. The victim stated that she was painting when Thomas Fletcher Morris, 54 of Clairfield, entered the room and began yelling at her. She stated that he then put his hands around her throat and choked her while saying he was going to kill her. The victim said she was unable to free herself and was about to black out when Morris released her. According to the victim statement upon releasing the victim Morris allegedly stated he was going to kill everyone and himself.

Deputy Minor then located the victim and took him into custody. He was transported to the Campbell County Jail where he was charged with aggravated assault. This is his 5th booking.

Leach Arrested For Domestic Assault

On Saturday evening Deputy Joshua Jeffers was dispatched to Lake SHore Lane in LaFollette in response to a possible unwanted subject at a residence. When he arrived he spoke with Mark Housley, Christie Leach, and Lacie Poteet.

Housley stated that he and Leach had been dating but had broken up and had started arguing hours before the call to 911 was placed. Housley told Deputy Jeffers that Leach had went outside and pulled down one of the phones he was using as a surveillance camera. Housley went on to say he went outside, grabbed the phone, and went inside through the back door. He also locked the doors due to the fact that he and leach had been arguing.

Housley then reported that Leach started beating on the door and even busted out a kitchen window. He went on to tell the Deputy that Leach crawled through the broken window and ran down the hallway trying to get to Poteet. Leach was accusing Housley of cheating on her with Poteet according to the victim’s statement. Housley said that he stepped into Poteet’s bedroom door to try to keep Leach away from Poteet. He also said that Leach began hitting him with a flashlight and caused a cut near his left ear.

Leach claimed that Housley had been beating her all day and that he gave her meth, thus causing her to relapse. Leach claimed that Housley came outside while she was taking down the phone and began beating her, slamming her head against the kitchen window, cracking it in several places. She stated that after Housley locked her our that she finished breaking the window with a tiki torch because she wanted her phone back.

The video surveillance footage revealed that Housley had been chased around the house by Leach until he went inside. It then showed Leach beating on the door with her hands and feet though she was unable to enter. It then showed her pick up a metal chair attempting to bust open the window until she eventually busted it with the tiki torch. A camera in the residence showed Leach run down the hallway where Housley was on the phone with 911. The dim lighting did not provide a clear view of the altercation.

Deputy Jeffers determined that Leach was the primary aggressor in the incident. He placed her under arrest and transported her to the Campbell County Jail. She is charged with Domestic Assault. This is her 14th booking in the county jail.

Laws Lands In County Jail For 26th Time

On Monday Corporal Jeff Allen of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to College Hill Road in reference to an order of protection being violated.

When he arrived he was met by the victim, Deloris Baker. Baker stated that she had an order of protection against Mollie Laws. The victim went on to state that at some point Laws had gotten into the house and fell asleep. Baker let Corporal Allen inside where he found Laws sleeping. He placed her under arrest and transported her to the Campbell County Jail without incident.

Laws is charged with Violation of an Order of Protection. She was booked into the jail for the 26th time.