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Business owner stops truck thief

An Oneida business owner successfully stopped an alleged thief who was attempting to steal his truck last week.

Michael Miller, 34, of Pioneer, was arrested near Phillips Dry Cleaners just before the lunch hour on Wednesday, November 19, after allegedly attempting to steal a pickup truck from the downtown dry-cleaning business.

According to a warrant filed by Oneida Police Department Patrolman Chad Jones, the business owner, Charles Bertram, saw Miller walk across Alberta Street and enter the vehicle. Allegedly, Miller had shifted the vehicle into drive and was ready to leave with it when Bertram stepped in front of the vehicle and demanded that Miller get out of the truck.

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The warrant stated that Miller complied and left the business on foot, heading south on Alberta Street. He was arrested near Shafer & Shafer Welding Supplies a short time later when he was apprehended by Jones and Scott County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jason Pike. 

Allegedly, Miller admitted to officers that he had attempted to steal the truck and had planned to drive it to Louisville, Ky. He was charged with attempted theft over $10,000.

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Fugitive arrested: An Oneida man wanted in Kentucky was arrested locally on Sunday.

Brad Owens, 36, of Oneida, was arrested at his Sunny Lane residence by Oneida Police Department Sgt. David Lee Stephens at around 6 p.m. Sunday evening. Stephens was dispatched to the residence after OPD was notified that Owens was wanted in Kentucky.

Notified by local authorities, Kentucky State Police said that Owens was wanted for assaulting a police officer. He was arrested by OPD and transferred to the Scott County Justice Center in Huntsville to await extradition to Kentucky.

DUI suspect charged with illegal handgun possession: A Knoxville man arrested on DUI and drug possession charges in Oneida on Saturday was also charged with possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

Nicholas T. Hamby, 21, of Knoxville, was arrested after Oneida Police Department Patrolman Aaron Johnson noticed erratic driving behavior and stopped his vehicle near the intersection of Grave Hill Road and Stanley Street just west of Oak Grove.

According to a warrant, the odor of alcohol could be smelled from outside the vehicle, and Hamby admitted to drinking “a few beers earlier that day.” 

After Hamby failed a field sobriety test, officers allegedly found two silicone containers of marijuana dab oil inside the vehicle, along with two marijuana pipes and a butane torch for heating the pipes. Also inside the vehicle was a loaded 9mm Taurus pistol.

Upon those finds, Hamby allegedly admitted to officers that he had smoked the marijuana dab a few minutes before being stopped. 

Hamby was charged with DUI, possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.[/s2If]

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