MPD’s CAU off to big 2014 start

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 11:36 am

The Morristown Police Department Criminal Apprehension Unit is off to a fast start this year after a near-record-setting performance in 2013, officials said this morning.

Since Jan. 16, CAU members have been working full-time and have arrested 34 fugitives, including 29-year-old Brandi Duncan, who was taken into custody Monday morning at her Cain Avenue residence, according to Maj. Chris Wisecarver.

Wisecarver says CAU members will be devoting all their time to apprehension efforts for approximately two more weeks.

Morristown Police Chief Roger Overholt said this morning that Wisecarver worked with patrol division supervisors on scheduling to free up the CAU team for 166 days last year.

CAU members arrested 281 people, including 130 who were wanted for felonies.

“This unit has proven to be very effective,” Overholt said this morning. “It’s important that we are able to make arrests of people who have committed a crime, not only so they are held responsible for the crimes that they have been charged with.

“Statistics show that in most cases, they continue to commit additional crimes while they’re being sought by law enforcement,” the police chief added.

The criminal apprehension unit consists of officers Matt Stuart, Ronald Sanchez, Aaron Guinn and Blake Zion, who participates when he’s not working as a school-resource officer at Morristown-Hamblen High School West.

This weekend was a fruitful one for the team as five people were taken into custody.

Grace J. Carter, 29, was arrested at her Alcoa residence on an outstanding warrant for forgery. Jackson D. McGaha, 35, and Melissa Ann Cuff, 42, both of Terrace Way, Newport, were wanted for violation of probation, and Donald Edward Lowe, 41, Buell Street, Talbott, was wanted for violation of parole.

CAU members traveled to Knoxville to capture 24-year-old Christopher R. Cash. Cash had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for felony theft in Knox County and failure to appear to answer a misdemeanor charge in Cocke County, according to Stuart.

Arrest team members aren’t the only ones who took fugitives into custody over the weekend.

Officers Lloyd Crocker and Brad Rice arrested Martin K. Wilson, 35, Piney Flats, and Rebecca C. France, 34, Dandridge, on Saturday after they were dispatched to the Parkway Inn on Highway 25E to investigate a disturbance.

Wilson is wanted in Sullivan County for two counts of child rape. The details of the alleged offense were not available by press time.

France faces charges of being a fugitive from justice, theft under $500, three counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance and two counts of criminal impersonation. She’s wanted in Sullivan County and in Mecklenburg County, N.C., according to the officers.

Alisha D. Fee, 29, Morningside Drive, was also wanted out-of-state for a parole violation and drug possession.

Officers Lucas Watson and George Ward arrested Fee on Saturday in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel restaurant.

-By Robert Moore, Tribune Staff Writer

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