Three teens charged with reckless conduct


COMMERCE – Three arrests were made Sunday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in an incident involving an explosive device.


Catherine McClaine Martin, 17, of Commerce, and two juveniles were arrested and charged with reckless conduct after an explosive device was thrown from their vehicle. For Martin, a property bond was posted on the misdemeanor charge within four hours of her booking into the Jackson County Jail.

On Sunday shortly after 10 a.m., Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a Harris Lord Cemetery Road address after witnesses reported an explosive device had gone off in the front yard of the residence. Upon arrival, a plastic bottle and pieces of aluminum foil were located where the explosion had occurred.

After a lookout for the suspect vehicle and the driver’s went out, a vehicle matching that description was spotted by a deputy, who made a traffic stop on Highway 441 near Commerce.

At the stop, the driver admitted involvement in the incident. She also said she was familiar with the persons living at the address where the device was found.

The incident remains under investigation to determine if further charges will be filed.

“Citizens are encouraged to notify their local law enforcement agencies of any suspicious persons, crimes or other relevant information by calling 911 or the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 706-367-8718,” said Sheriff Janis G. Mangum.