Yarber Concerned About Cleveland's Ranking As 70th Most Dangerous City In America

Monday, July 15, 2013

Bradley County Commission Vice Chairman Jeff Yarber said Monday he has concerns about Cleveland, Tn., being ranked the 70th most dangerous city in America.

He said he is especially concerned because much of his county district is inside the city limits. 

And he also had questions about Cleveland Police actions on a recent incident he said was a burglary attempt at an apartment where his ex-wife lives with their 12-year-old daughter.

Commissioner Yarber, who was arrested on a DUI charge by Cleveland Police last year and pleaded guilty last month, said his daughter called him at midnight saying that someone was ringing their doorbell. He said he drove over and found a man with a duffle bag outside the apartment.

He said he asked the man his name and he said it was "John Dillinger."

Vice Chairman Yarber said he called police and he also kept the man in sight. He said he lost him in some woods.

He said it seemed it took a long time for Cleveland Police to arrive and he was surprised that they only sent one car. He said he later obtained the CAD report and the response time was faster than he had thought.

The vice chairman said the officers looked for the man and could not find him, but said they found the duffle bag. He said he asked if they had it for evidence and they said it "only had a screwdriver in it." He indicated he was surprised that they left it behind and did not keep it for evidence in a burglary case.

Vice Chairman Yarber said he knew of one place in Cleveland that "will not be robbed." He said the Rocky Top Market had unspecified strong security in place.


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