According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver, detectives with the Coffee County, Tennessee, Sheriff’s Office contacted Cherokee County Chief Investigator Josh Summerford about two fugitives possibly in the area. The two suspects were wanted in connection with burglaries and theft that occurred in Coffee County.
On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Cherokee County and Coffee County investigators located and arrested one of the fugitives, Ricky C. Thomison, 33, of Manchester, Tennessee. Thomison was arrested without incident in the Bay Springs community.
Hours after the first arrest on Wednesday, Sheriff’s Office deputies and investigators spotted the second fugitive, Jeremiah Vandagriff, 33, of Manchester, Tennessee, driving on Alabama Highway 68 in Leesburg. Sheriff’s Office personnel performed a vehicle stop on Highway 411 at J.T. Mackey Drive. The passenger, Craig New, 47, of Rainbow City exited the vehicle, and Vandagriff Attempted to flee, before coming to a stop.
Thompson was transported to the Cherokee County Detention Center and extradited to Tennessee by Coffee County deputies. New remains in the Cherokee County Detention Center and is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.