Several students reportedly tried to deface the camera lens on a school bus camera with a black marker last week to hide the fact that other students were trying to light a homemade torch.
The two female middle school students, who were pictured on the camera’s hard drive, were identified. School resource officer Jeffrey Vaughn discovered that the girls were trying to blacken the camera to hide the fact that a male student had a cigarette lighter and an aerosol can on the bus and was trying to light a homemade torch. A can of aerosol hairspray was also used in an attempt to ignite a torch, but the students were unsuccessful in their attempts. Vaughn also noted that several students closed bus windows to keep a draft out so they could get it lit. Juvenile complaints were filed on each child involved due to the danger and possibility of an explosion or fire on the bus, the reported noted.
Other incidents on file at the sheriff’s office included:
•A man on Escoe Road reported that he found a trailer on his land while cutting hay. The black trailer, which turned out to be stolen, was missing its axle, wheels, tires and springs. The front of it had also been painted red. The owner was contacted.
•A man on Adams Clarke Road reported that someone took gasoline out of his riding lawn mowers. A toolbox and fishing tackle box were also missing.
•A woman reported that a roommate had taken a check out of her checkbook, signed his name to it, and cashed it for $400.
•A deputy struck two deer that ran out in front of him as he left the sheriff’s office on Hwy. 98. There was slight damage to the officer’s cruiser.
•A man on Clement Road reported that his son took his credit card and used it without his permission. The man did not want his son prosecuted at this time.
•Two females allegedly tried to pass three counterfeit one dollar bills at the Royal Food Store in Ila.
•A woman on Red Hill Road reported that someone broke into her vacant rental property and took copper wiring from the main breaker box.
•Someone has reportedly stolen several ink cartridges from the Madison County School System technology director’s office over the last few months.
•A toolbox was reportedly stolen from the bed of a pick-up on Sherwood Circle.
•Burglary was reported on Adams Clarke Road. Several items were reportedly taken from a shed.
•Harassing phone calls were reported on Hwy. 72 East last week after a woman reported that her ex-fiance had been texting her repeatedly despite a deputy previously telling him to stop.
•Criminal trespass was reported on Cherokee Road after a man reported that one of his sister’s tires had been slashed.
•A woman on Spratlin Mill Road came to the sheriff’s office to report that a woman she knows had threatened to kill her brother during a phone conversation.
•Arson was reported at the Food Mart store on Hwy. 98 West last week. Fire department officials showed officer Justin Hanley where a small wooden-like substance was found burning in a back corner. Materials from the fire source were taken into custody.
•A pile of trash was found dumped on Leon Ellis Road. A letter with a name and address was found in the trash and the matter was turned over to code enforcement.
•A man on Hwy. 29 South reported that he was sprayed by pepper spray when he went to his door in response to someone yelling. He said he suspects his wife is the one who spayed him, but that he couldn’t see after he was sprayed. He said the two are not living together due to marital problems.