2 more Tiptonville residents, including teacher, face charges linked to postgame vandalism, theft

2 more Tiptonville residents, including teacher, face charges linked to postgame vandalism, theft

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 11:06 pm
By: By EVAN JONES Special to The Messenger

By EVAN JONES
Special to The Messenger
There have been two more arrests made in connection with incidents at the Nov. 19 Perry County-Lake County playoff game at Linden.
That brings the total number to five people charged with vandalism or theft. All of those charged rode to the game in a small, privately-owned bus.
Two additional people, including a Lake County elementary school teacher, now face charges in Perry County.
All five people have a Jan. 25 court date in Linden.
The latest to be charged was Laura Elizabeth Yates, 25, of Tiptonville. On Monday, she reported to the Perry County Jail, where she was charged with two misdemeanors, vandalism and criminal responsibility. Her bond was $5,000 on each charge for a total of $10,000 and she was released after posting bond.
Lake County superintendent of schools Amy Floyd said Mrs. Yates was suspended from her teaching duties Friday, pending the investigation by Perry County authorities. Mrs. Yates teaches fourth- and fifth-grade classes at Margaret Newton Elementary School in Tiptonville.
William Kurt Chisholm, 18, of Tiptonville was arrested Jan. 5 in Tiptonville by Lake County authorities. He was charged with misdemeanor theft and released on a $5,000 bond after being transported to Linden and booked by Perry County officers.
Three other people had already been charged with vandalism that took place during or near halftime of the Perry County-Lake County football game. Perry County won the Class 1-A quarterfinal game 46-6, eliminating Lake County.
The first three to be charged included Tiptonville alderman Reid Yates, 32, who is the husband of Elizabeth Yates; Matthew Forrest, 29, and Quinton Lewis, 21, all of Tiptonville.
They were all charged with six counts of felony vandalism and two counts of criminal responsibility.
All three of them had bonds of $100,000 set in Perry County General Sessions Court. Mrs. Yates and Forrest had their bonds reduced to $50,000 in a subsequent hearing and have since bonded out.
Lewis remains in the Perry County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
A joint press release last week by the Lake and Perry County sheriff’s departments stated that six vehicles, including two 2010 trucks, were vandalized and “keyed” by the people charged in the original three arrest warrants. Damage to the vehicles was estimated at over $9,000. One vehicle, a truck, belonged to a Lake County couple attending the game. Officers believe it was mistakenly damaged by the people who committed the rest of the vandalism.
The arrest warrant for Mrs. Yates alleges she “kicked out three panels” on a greenhouse at Perry County High School. The warrant said that Perry County school officials estimated the amount of the damage to the greenhouse at $60.
Deputy Mike Sankey, spokesman for the Perry County Sheriff’s Department, said Chisholm is charged with taking items from one of the vehicles that included hunting gear and folding chairs. He said the items were valued at under $500.
“Everyone that committed vandalism has been arrested,” Sankey said. “There may be an additional arrest for obstruction of justice.”
Evan Jones is editor of The Lake County Banner in Tiptonville.
Published in The Messenger 1.12.11

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