Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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May 3, 2014

Man in motel raid pleads to theft, forgery

CROSSVILLE — A Cumberland County man — one of three persons found in a motel room with a stolen motorcycle — bypassed presentation of a case against him to the grand jury and pleaded guilty to an information entered in Criminal Court.

Timothy J. Debord, 19, Whittenburg Rd., entered an information to two counts of theft of more than $500 and passing forged instrument and pleaded guilty to all three counts and received a total of one year on suprevised probation, consecutive to a probation violation plea, for a total of five months to serve and the balance of two years on supervised probation.

On Feb. 19, Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputies Zach Gilpin and Mitchell Ward responded to the Budget Inn on Hwy. 127 S on a report of suspected drug activity and made contact with Debord and another male and a female in one of the motel rooms.

Also in the motel room was found a blue street bike. A check of the motorcycle's identification number did not show the bike to be stolen, but deputies were suspicious because the ignition and wiring had been damaged.

Sheriff's Investigators Robert "Bo" Kollros and David Gibson were called to assist in the investigation and made contact with the owner, a Crab Orchard resident, who was unaware that his motorcycle had been stolen.

DeBord was listed as a suspect in the theft and later provided police with a written statement as to his involvement. Value of the motorcycle was placed at $3,000.

Other guilty pleas to unrelated charges were entered in Criminal Court.

•Shirley Jean Kirby, 52, assault, pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to time served with fine and court costs waived.

•Krystal D. Schuler, 23, entered an information to attempt to possess methamphetamine with intent to sell meth, and received a split sentence with six months to serve followed by the balance of three years on supervised probation. Fine was waived.

•Elaine Ruth Morgan, 47, entered an information to felony reckless endangerment and pleaded to the same. She was placed on probation for two years under judicial diversion and was fined $50.

•John Edward Russell, 37, entered an information to aggravated burglary and received a split sentence of nine months to serve and the balance of four years on supervised probation. He is also restrained from having any contact with the victim and will be responsible for restitution, if any.

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