Cleveland Man Charged In Aggravated Burglary Of Over $200,000 On Mountain Creek Road

Monday, March 10, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

A 20-year-old Cleveland man was charged with aggravated burglary after Howard James Meginley returned to his home on Mountain Creek Road and discovered the garage door had been kicked in. Mr. Meginley reported over $200,000 worth of collector coins, gold dinner ware, jewelry, and cash had been stolen.

According to police, the inside of the home had been ransacked and all of the lights were on. The perpetrator was gone, but police said they managed to lift seven fingerprints.

One of the most intact prints came from on top of a piano in the basement living room of the house. Police said this was likely where the suspect had to lean on the piano in order to access a cabinet behind it. 

After submitting the prints to AFIS, police found a match six days after the incident. According to the police database, the print belonged to Andru Brent Colkmire.

When asked if he knew this man, Mr. Meginley said he did not. He also did not recognize pictures of Colkmire. 

Colkmire was arrested several weeks later on warrants for aggravated burglary and theft over $60,000 when police said they discovered he had sold some of the stolen coins to Cash America on Brainerd Road. 

Bond was set at $20,000.


Bradley County Republican Party Passes Resolution Opposing Property Tax Line

The Bradley County Republican Party Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution opposing the efforts by some county commissioners to seek a property tax rate hike. Adam Lewis, BCRP chairman said, “After last fall’s election we were very proud of the fact that 100% of the commissioners were now Republicans. The party was very active in a number of campaigns to help ... (click for more)

TBI Seeking Public's Help In Identifying Body Found In Monroe County Creek

Special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman whose body was found in a creek in Monroe County  Wednesday  night. At the request of 10 th  District Attorney General Steve Crump, TBI special agents, in a joint investigation with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, responded to a report of ... (click for more)

Police Need To Stop The Road Cowboys - And Response (2)

Where is our highway patrol?  If they were known to regularly patrol our interstate highways through our city I don't think it would take long before the "truckers" were aware of it.  There are places in our country where this is the case.   When I have traveled Interstates 24 and 75 I may see the occasional car pulled over but rarely if ever is it an 18-wheeler. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Never Disturb The Dead

I’ve got too many things in my life that scare me so I’ve always been real leery of “unnecessary fear.” A guy named Terry wanted to teach me how to catch a live rattlesnake one time but had a tough time telling me what exactly to do with the angry serpent when the time came to let it go. I have the same view of these paranormal societies where otherwise sane people go around looking ... (click for more)

Weather Prevails As Ridgeside, Red Bank Ends In A Draw

The Red Bank Gators and the Ridgeside Dolphins were supposed to swim each other for the second time in three days, but the overall winner was the weather man. The meet had not yet reached the midway point when lightning, thunder and heavy rain caused a delay with Ridgeside leading 165-156 following the medley relays. After a discussion with the respective pool reps, coaches ... (click for more)

Chattanooga FC Playing For Division Championship Saturday

The Chattanooga Football Club final home game will be played this Saturday.    With a 4-2 win over the Knoxville Force, Chattanooga controls its own destiny for a 1st place division finish when it faces off against that Nashville FC this Saturday, July 4 at Finley Stadium.  A win secures the division championship for the CFC with a home-field advantage for the ... (click for more)