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July 17, 2013

Sex offender arrested on charges of failing to register

Local arrest roundup

A Tanner man convicted of first-degree sodomy in 2000 was arrested Tuesday after missing his check-in date with the Sheriff’s Office, said Capt. Stanley McNatt.

Joe Albert Harris, 51, of 9789 Settle Road, has been charged with failure to register as a sex offender after he didn’t keep his re-registration deadline, McNatt said Wednesday.

“He was already living here and registered but every 90 days he has to re-register, and he missed his May registration,” McNatt said.

Harris was convicted of sodomizing a 6-year-old Limestone County girl in 2000, and he was also charged in 2011 for violating the Community Notification Act for allegedly moving without notifying law enforcement officials.

The state requires convicted sex offenders to seek permission from law enforcement before moving to a new location.

Harris is being held on a $5,000 bail at the Limestone County Jail, and he had not been released as of Wednesday afternoon.

Two arrested in vehicle break-ins

Athens Police arrested a man Monday accused of breaking into cars and stealing a ficus tree from the lobby of the Quad-Plex.

A press release from the department said 43-year-old Jason Clinton Roberts, who resides in the Quad-Plex, is suspected in three vehicle break-ins and the tree theft. Surveillance video reportedly showed Roberts taking the tree and then going to the parking lot where police say he entered the vehicles.

Lt. Chris Slaton and Investigator Eric White located Roberts at his apartment and charged him with three counts of breaking and entering a vehicle and one count of third-degree theft of property.

After being booked at the police department, he was transferred to the Limestone County Jail.

Athens Police also arrested a man Tuesday on theft charges stemming from incidents that occurred between Sunday night and Tuesday morning.

Investigator Jonathan Caldwell arrested 27-year-old Brandon Wayne Howard of 21917 Stinnett Hollow Road, Athens, on charges of two counts of breaking and entering a vehicle. Police believe he stole a Stihl blower, Stihl weed trimmer and an Echo hedge trimmer from a truck on South Houston Street.

Police also accused Howard of taking money, a pistol, an iPad and mower from a residence on Park Lane.

After being booked at the police department, Howard was transferred to the Limestone County Jail.

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