Carroll County Sheriff’s Reports

Attempted Murder, Arson

•Jason Forsythe, 49, of 4650 McLemoresville Road, Huntingdon, was arrested on charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated arson, and criminal attempt following the investigation into an April 19 fire near Huntingdon.

According to the report by Deputy Michael Mulligan, he responded to 6185 Old Stage Road at around 7:00 a.m. on April 19 after receiving a call about an individual shooting at a barn and lighting a car on fire. Upon arrival, Mulligan found that a shed that had been converted into living quarters was fully engulfed in flames. Mulligan observed Forsythe looking out of the window of an RV, and Forsythe told the deputy that he did not know what started the fire. Having knowledge of an outstanding warrant against Forsythe, Mulligan placed him under arrest. Another deputy observed Ramona Hendon, who lived at that address, standing across the street in a distressed state, and she told the deputy that she was awakened by a loud boom, heard Forsythe say that she was going to die, and realized that her residence was on fire. She said she managed to escape the structure and called 911. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and local fire marshal were contacted to assist with the investigation, and it was found that video surveillance from a neighboring residence supported Hendon’s account. Forsythe was then charged by TBI Agent Bryant Allen, and as of press time, Forsythe was being held at the Carroll County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

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Dog at Large

•Devin Hunt, 31, of Atwood was cited for dog at large by Deputy Chance Townes on April 17 after a neighbor had filed complaints and Hunt had been warned several times by deputies regarding his dog(s).

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•Deputy Chance Townes filed a citation for shoplifting against Michael Edward Newbill Jr., 45, of Trezevant on March 18 after Newbill allegedly ripped a flashlight valued at $14.05 out of its packaging and then put the flashlight in his pocket.

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Drug, License Violations

•Tanner Blake Hedge, 23, of Camden was cited for simple possession of marijuana and driving while revoked during an April 22 traffic stop on Highway 114.

Deputy Cody Walker reported that he pulled over a vehicle driven by Hedge because of a tag light being out. After Walker detected the odor of marijuana and Hedge admitted that he had a “roach” in the middle console, the deputy conducted a search of the vehicle and found approximately 23.2 grams of a substance believed to be marijuana. A computer check showed that Hedge’s license was revoked.

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Aggravated Burglary

•Charles Xavier Hill, 27, of 3515 Green Allen Springs Road, Huntingdon, was recently arrested for aggravated burglary and cited for simple possession of marijuana and theft of property under $1,000.

Deputy Chance Townes reported that he went to a residence on St. Paul Church Road on April 21 and spoke a female resident, who said that when she and her family recently returned home after being away for about a month, it appeared that someone had been in the residence and several items and $24 in cash were found to be missing. She also said that she suspected Hill was responsible. Townes returned to that address a couple of days later after receiving a call that Hill was on the property. While speaking with Hill, Townes detected the odor of marijuana, and when asked about it, Hill pulled a bag containing about 27 grams of marijuana out of his pants pocket. Hill also admitted that he had broken into the residence and had taken items and money because he was hungry.

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Protection Order Violation

•Nicholas Allen Melton, 32, of Huntingdon was charged with violation of an order of protection by Deputy Ryan Hamilton on April 19 when the deputy found Melton inside a residence on Old Stage Road in violation of a court order.

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