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Grand jury indicts 2 after burglary of radio tower

By Sheryl Marsh · 340-2437

A Morgan County grand jury indicted a Joppa man and a Huntsville man on charges in connection with the burglary at a radio tower at Lacey’s Spring.

The grand jury returned the indictments against Tony Flack, 24, of 606 Milport Road, Joppa, and Scott Dwayne Crook, 29, of 415 Karter St., Huntsville.

The grand jury also indicted Crook’s girlfriend, Candy Flippo.

Flack faces first-degree robbery and attempted murder.

Crook’s charges are manufacturing a controlled substance, child drug endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and first-degree robbery.

Radio tower

Authorities allege that Crook and Flack burglarized a radio tower on Telephone Tower Road in August.

Deputies said the two took multiple parts from the tower, including copper wire, cables, shielding and valves.

The burglary stopped the transmitter from operating, authorities said.

Reportedly, a radio station sent an engineer to check out the problem and when he arrived the alleged crime was in progress.

Authorities said Crook and Flack shot at and ran into the engineer’s fleeing vehicle with the van in which they traveled. Also, the two allegedly threw large metal pieces at patrol cars.

Crook and Flack got out of the van in a cornfield off Pleasant Valley Road, deputies said.

Flack and Crook eluded sheriff’s deputies for several days. Investigators arrested Flack after about three days, but Crook stayed on the run more than 10 days.

Raid on house

Meanwhile, investigators raided Crook’s residence and allegedly found illegal drugs. They arrested Flippo, 27, and charged her with manufacturing methamphetamine and endangering a child by operating a meth lab in the home. The grand jury indicted Flippo on manufacturing a controlled substance and child drug endangerment.

Authorities arrested Crook on Sept. 12 at a motel in Huntsville.

Crook remains in the Morgan County Jail in lieu of bonds totaling $101,000. Flack and Flippo are free on $50,000 bonds, according to jail personnel.

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