3 Tiptonville men charged with vandalism at ballgames

3 Tiptonville men charged with vandalism at ballgames

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 6:43 am
By: By EVAN JONES Special to The Messenger

By EVAN JONES
Special to The Messenger
Three Lake County men face felony charges in connection with the alleged vandalism of vehicles during the Lake County-Perry County quarterfinal football game Nov. 19 in Linden.
Charged with six counts each of felony vandalism and two counts of criminal responsibility were Reid Yates, 32; Matthew Forrest, 29; and Quinton Lewis, 21, all of Tiptonville.
All of the charges originated in Perry County and a $100,000 bond for each subject was set by Perry County Magistrate Kim Hinson.
Yates is a Tiptonville city alderman.
Yates and Forrest made an appearance Tuesday in Perry County General Sessions Court before Judge Hinson. Yates was represented by Tiptonville attorney Tim Naifeh, who asked for a bond reduction to $50,000, which was granted. Forrest, who did not have an attorney and represented himself, also asked for a bond reduction to $50,000 and it was granted.
Yates was released from Perry County custody after posting bond.
Also Tuesday, deputy and spokesman Mike Sankey of the Perry County Sheriff’s Department said additional arrest warrants were anticipated “for others who were involved in the vandalism and for not reporting criminal activity that they were aware of and present when committed.”
Sankey said Lewis has a court date Tuesday in Perry County. As of this past Tuesday, he was still being held in the Lake County Jail on $100,000 bond.
Yates and Forrest were arrested Dec. 30 by Lake County authorities and they were held in the Lake County Jail until Monday, when they were taken to Linden by Perry County officers. Lewis turned himself in at the Lake County Jail Monday morning and is expected to be transported to Linden later this week.
Perry County won the state play-off game, defeating the Falcons 46-6. The vandalism allegedly took place around or during halftime of the game.
A joint press release by the Lake County and Perry County sheriff’s departments stated six vehicles were vandalized during the halftime break and estimates of the damage were over $9,000. Two of the six vehicles were 2010 trucks. The damages consisted of deep gouges in the paint that went down to the metal, dents and body panel damage. A new truck that belonged to a Lake County couple incurred over $1,500 in damages. The press release states the damage was done “before those responsible noticed they had damaged a vehicle from their own county.”
The press release also states that additional warrants are being contemplated on others for obstruction of justice.
While officers in both counties were aware of the vandalism, an anonymous e-mail, sent several weeks after the game to The Buffalo River Review, the newspaper serving Perry County, seemed to jump-start the investigation. The e-mail, which allegedly was from a Lake County source, gave details about the vandalism and the writer seemed incensed about the damage that was done. The Review printed parts of the e-mail in a story and also forwarded it to the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.
Perry County school resource officer deputy Carl Hooper was the lead investigator, assisted by Sankey. Both of them spent a full day in Lake County conducting interviews and investigating the incident.
The press release quoted Lake County Sheriff Bryan Avery and Perry County Sheriff Tommy Hickerson as saying they would not tolerate crimes against property belonging to hard-working, honest citizens, irrespective of who commits the crimes.
They added they would seek restitution in court for the victims.
Evan Jones is the editor of The Lake County Banner in Tiptonville.
Published in The Messenger 1.6.11

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