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TWO ARRESTED AFTER ILLEGAL SHOTGUN ALLEGEDLY FOUND IN VEHICLE

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Two Rockwood men are facing charges following a traffic stop early this morning (July 10, 2017). Deputies pulled over a white Ford hatchback traveling on North Gateway Avenue in Rockwood around 1 a.m. with a headlight out. After stopping the vehicle, 47-year-old Nolan Lawrence Works of Rockwood exited the vehicle and stated that a passenger in the vehicle. Deputies allegedly observed a short barreled shotgun with the action open laying on the center console. The passenger, 41-year-old Elmer Harold Steelman of Rockwood allegedly told officers he purchased the weapon to give to a family member. Upon measuring the shotguns barrel, it was found to be less than 18” as required by federal and state law. A check of both subjects through central dispatch revealed that Work’s drivers license was suspended in August of 2016 for failure to show proof of insurance, and Steelman had an active warrant for violation of probation. A closer inspection of the vehicles registration plate revealed that the 2018 sticker belonged to Tennessee registration 163 TSG, that came back to a 2008 Hyundai. Works was placed under arrest for second offense driving on suspended license and issued citations for financial responsibility, violation of the light law and unlawful removal of a registration decal or plate. Steelman was placed under arrest for possession of a prohibited shotgun with barrel less than 18 inches. Both subjects were transported to the Roane County jail for processing on the charges. The shotgun was seized and entered into evidence.

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