JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – A LaFollette woman was arrested twice on Friday, June 9, over about a six hour span of time. Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Grace Cross was dispatched to a home on Clear Lake Drive, Jacksboro around 1:30 pm. The caller reported to central dispatch that a female who had entered her home the week before was now back on her porch.
When Cross arrived at the home, she was met by the homeowner who reported that last week a woman identified as Courtney Rutherford had come to her home and knocked on the front door. She then went to the back of the home and allegedly entered through the back door. The homeowner called 911, and Deputies Franklin Ayers and Corey Laxton responded and trespassed Rutherford from the property.
The homeowner told Cross she and her husband were inside the home when they heard someone on their front porch. When she checked, she found Rutherford sitting on her porch asking to charge her phone. After the couple told Rutherford to leave, they called 911, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.
Cross and Sgt. Tosha Owens made contact with Rutherford nearby at 512 Poplar Lane in an abandoned mobile home. Rutherford told the officers that she was friends with the homeowner, and that she forgot she wasn’t supposed to be at the residence anymore.
Around 7 pm, Deputy Jason Shears was dispatched to 125 Poplar Lane about a female trespassing on the property. When Shears arrived, he made contact with Rutherford, who was inside the home. While Deputy Shears was speaking with Rutherford, Central Dispatch advised, via radio, that they had made contact with the property owner who stated that no one was to be at the residence.
The homeowner sent a relative to the home who evaluated damages to the residence and belongings. She estimated the damage to the home and belongings to be more than $1,000, the report said.
Rutherford, 22, 284 Fox Den Lane, LaFollette was charged with criminal trespassing, aggravated burglary and vandalism over $1,000. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/23/2023-6AM)