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LPD and JPD arrest forgery suspects

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By PETER SAWYER

Last Thursday, Jacksboro Police Department arrested two Knoxville men for attempting to cash forged checks.
Around 4:30 p.m., Chief Danny Chapman, Detective Mike Starrett and Officer Mike Caudill responded to a call about two men who had attempted to cash forged checks. Edward McGee, 40, 39, 418 N. Broadway St. / 1100 Town View Dr. 8114, Knoxville, was spotted in the McDonalds parking lot, Starrett said.
While the officers interviewed McGhee, Starrett spotted Slemons Anthony Graves, 21, 418 N. Broadway, Knoxville, in the Verizon store parking lot, Starrett said. Deputy Franklin Ayers, with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, helped apprehend Graves, Starrett said.
Earlier, three men allegedly cashed forged checks at First Volunteer Bank in LaFollette, according to LaFollette Police Officer Robert Foxx’s arrest report. According to witnesses, three African American males entered the bank on two occasions, cashing three checks worth $7,451.64, Foxx said. Tellers later discovered the checks were fake, Foxx said.
The checks were written on R. G. and Associates out of Chattanooga and were paid to order of McGhee, Slemons and Isaiah Morgan, Foxx said. The three had signed the backs of them, Foxx said.
LPD officers Sgt. Brian Tiller, Lt. Detective Monty Miller and Foxx were dispatched to First Volunteer Bank at 4:14 p.m. During the investigation, Miller discovered JPD had Graves and McGhee in custody, Foxx said.
Tiller obtained a confession from both suspects during an interview, Foxx said. Foxx escorted witnesses to the Campbell County Jail where they identified the suspects, Foxx said.
Graves was charged with criminal simulation and theft over $1,000 and McGhee was charged with criminal simulation and theft over $1,000.