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Harmony man faces multiple charges

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Timothy A. Cheatham
Officials believe a rural Brazil resident initally charged with various drug allegations Thursday will face more charges and possibly come to the attention of federal authorities.

On Jan. 12, Timothy A. Cheatham, 44, Harmony, was arrested by members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department without incident at his residence on an initial charge of class A Dealing Methamphetamine and booked into the Clay County Justice Center.

Cheatham's alleged drug activities in Clay and Putnam counties had been the center of a joint, 18-month investigation by the three agencies.

Officials confirmed they were able to make controlled buys of Methamphetamine and perform several hundred hours of surveillance to build their case against Cheatham. This led officials to obtain two search warrants for Cheatham's Clay County residence and another undisclosed residence in Putnam County.

While serving the search warrants at the two locations, investigators discovered an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and more than $70,000 in cash.

After reviewing a probable cause affidavit for further incarceration prepared by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout signed the document to keep Cheatham in jail while formal charges could be processed. The initial charges include two counts each of class A felony Dealing Methamphetamine and class C felony Possession of Methamphetamine, along with one count of class D felony Maintaining a Common Nuisance.

Although officials initially believed charges would be formally filed against Cheatham Thursday afternoon, information was still being collected by investigators, leading to the possibility of other charges being filed in the matter.

Cheatham is being currently held at the CCJC on a $100,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed while awaiting further court proceedings.

A check of records in Clay and Putnam counties show Cheatham has been in and out of the respective courts for a laundry list of criminal allegations, ranging from misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and reckless driving to felony charges of resisting law enforcement and possession of methamphetamine.

Due to the nature of the case, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times he believed federal authorities would review the case.

With greater resources to prosecute suspects more aggressively under federal law than individual states, special procedures would have to be implemented.

Because an individual can't be prosecuted in two different courts for the same charges in the same case, County Prosecutor Lee Reberger has previously explained to The Brazil Times that "double jeopardy laws" require one set of charges be dropped.

To allow federal prosecution of the case, the State would need to dismiss local charges against Cheatham to allow the federal courts to prosecute the case to the fullest extent of the law.

While the investigation continues, officials anticipate more arrests as a result of this case.

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C.P. back to work? I noticed ur name in the records looks like ur in a orange monkey outfit too. I hope u stay there too since ur a dope head too.

-- Posted by ape1 on Thu, Jan 14, 2010, at 11:14 PM

Get these dopers that sell to kids and anybody else that wants it OFF THE STREETS and KEEP THEM LOCKED UP!!

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 8:40 AM

Let's see. Bond is set at $100,000. He has $70,000 on him. Phone a friend who knows where his stash is and get the rest of the money. There, he'll be out (again) in no time.

OH... one more thing. I heard on the radio where he faced 50 years with these charges. GIVE IT TO HIM!! (Can you say "election time"?) This man is a menace to everyone he's around.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 9:31 AM

This man has been breaking the law for years, and committing serious crimes. It's time to rid the streets of him.

-- Posted by clayoriginal on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 10:04 AM

It is ABOUT time! Isn't this the same Tim Cheatham that killed someone (my friend) back in late 88? FINALLY he will do some serious time for his crimes. Karma will get you everytime!

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 12:11 PM

Yeah he is the same man that killed that kid on Chicago Ave. Didn't say that in the print up though, wonder why? He got a slap on the wrist for that, bout' time he got some time.

-- Posted by rooster1 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 1:38 PM

may god be the judge i pray for his dad he is a GODLEY man we can not help what i children do when they grow up.

-- Posted by arkey on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 1:47 PM

how did he kill someone? Just wondering I wasn't familiar with him

-- Posted by ape1 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 1:58 PM

Obviously this is just a big misunderstanding. They've probably got the wrong guy!

-- Posted by zachkcombs on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 3:59 PM

zachkcombs, you're probably correct. There are no drugs in Clay County.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 4:14 PM

So a person who kills someone, is arrested for various drug charges plus who knows what else equates to a pretty decent guy? Maybe you should invite him over for tea sometime.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 5:47 PM

ape1....in late 88 he " was cleaning his gun (at a friends house) and somehow it shot a person in the head. I mean....

1. Who cleans a gun at someone elses house

2. Who cleans a gun pointing upwards and not on a table or something stable, etc.

3. He only got "accidental shooting" from the whole thing.

And you don't even want to know the whole conspiracy theory about that one, but since it involves a case brought back up again, I'll plead the 5th on all of that.

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 8:56 PM

Tim is my uncle and would do anything for anyone that asked. Don't believe everything you hear on the new or in the paper about him. Everyone says get this drug dealer off the streets but he hasn't had a drug charge in 30 years. This is a all white town and look down on him because of mistakes he has made through life and skin color. You have way far worse people out their in clay county than him. If you was on the side of the road and needed help he would of been the first to stop and lend a hand. His record is not big at all. Everyone makes him out to be something that he was not. Back in 88 and the guy was one of his best friends. It was a mistake. He even tried to take his own life because he felt so terrible. He is not that bad of a person.

-- Posted by fullscalepimp@hotmail.com on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 9:03 PM

I just have one question...why was he cleaning a loaded gun??? I know that was years ago, but I'm still curious.

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 9:10 PM

That is crazy for people to start throwing racist remarks on here. No I don't think every person who deals drugs are bad people but you also have to pay for your mistakes. If you read this often you will know that there are always comments about people on here and if they been in trouble oh yeah the war is on everyone in Clay Count knows about you and no it's not because of your color. I get TIRED of the RACE ticket, if your family thinks this is a all white county and you're judged because of your color MOVE!!!!! I'm not saying he's a bad person but what he done was bad. You don't get $70,000.00 from dealing dope to small people. I'm not stupid I know more about dope than I'd like to and I know most people who deal don't have that kind of money. Maybe he is nice and wouldn't hurt anyone but what about his dope chasers who don't give a rats ass about anyone or anybody including their kids? I just hoppe the county uses that money for dentures for some of these people in this town. I couldn't imagine looking in a mirror at myself and looking like I escaped from the morgue just to do dope.

-- Posted by ape1 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 9:58 PM

This is so sad, behind everyone is a family and loved ones and when things like this happen, it's them who are innocently hurt and affected. Each person is possed to be innocent until proven guilty and yet as soon as a charge is printed against someone, that thought goes out the window. Whatever happened in the 80's is done, the price has been paid, regardless if there are folks who think it wasn't enough. Maybe that's why it wasn't printed. My heart now goes out to all of those family and loved ones who will be going through this with Tim. May God help you all to be there for each other.

-- Posted by Ninesy on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 10:25 PM

If I were on the side of the road, he may stop to pick me up. There is also a chance that he might try to ram me with the vehicle he is driving(october 2006). I know that people make mistakes, but this appears to be a lifestyle for this man. The fact is he broke the law, several in fact and he has to pay for that. I know I feel safer every time I see a mug shot on the front page. Good job officers!

-- Posted by jm3611 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 10:40 PM

I think there may have been 99000 what on earth could have possible happened to the rest hum

-- Posted by pageme369 on Fri, Jan 15, 2010, at 11:19 PM

Oh here we go with the race card. And another he's not that bad of a person. But compared to who, Charles Manson?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 2:42 AM

Wow lee everytime I see u write on here I realize how much of a bitter person you are. I would hate to be in your family. I'm sure they do to maybe that's why your so bitter.. Everyone else I'm so glad you know everything and your so perfect! I will laugh my A off when I see your family in here! They are all horrible people and deserve the max! If you are all such great people don't pass judgment and I am sure if you were all around someone of a different color you would feel uncomfortable. No he is not in jail because he's black but Brazil is a racist town. I had a friend who parents woldnt let their children be friends with him because he's mixed. I'm sure some of you who I am talking are my family abd I'm ashamed of you. Let god be the judge he's the only one who knows what really goes on.

-- Posted by lilmomma on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 4:02 PM

Multiple controlled buys and hundreds of hours of watching it happen over and over. That's going to get you in trouble regardless of race - and should. Others have lost the "good person" tag for much less.

-- Posted by brazilian on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 4:26 PM

We never noticed his color until you mentioned it, whenever someone who is black does wrong then the others start bringing race into it, the only ones who continue the race excuse are the ones who can't back it up with any other facts, he may be good to relatives, I don't know but I do know he hasn't been out of jail very long and he needs to stay a whole lot longer this time, I have no doubt some good people probably make money breaking the law and will repeat it over and over until it finally comes to a halt, long jail terms, not short in and out all the time.

-- Posted by Ombudsman on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 7:14 PM

lilmomma if I'm bitter, then you are an idiot. Are you an idiot?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 7:25 PM

I have lived in this area all my life and all though I do not know this man personally, I have heard many things about him. I don't think that race has anything to do with why he was arrested, I know that's not why he was arrested. He was arrested b/c he has made bad choices in his life. Although he's made bad choices he's not a bad man. He's a husband, father, grandfather, brother, and to some a friend. I think as human's we need to step back from all the judgment and say a prayer for him and his family... I'm not saying that I think he was wrongly charged, I'm just saying let's all try to be compassionate for his family..

-- Posted by ivystudent on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 10:53 PM

I'm glad justice was finally served but my question is why did it take law enforcement so long to build a case against this man. In that 18 months how many families were effected by the supposed dealing of this man?? I know that he isn't the only person who gets accused of these on goings but I don't think it should take 3 different law enforcement agencies that long to figure out what's going on. Also I get really tired of hearing the race card being played, the color of his skin has nothing to do with this matter. And finally even though I don't agree with what the man was supposedly doing my heart goes out to him and his family just because people make bad choices doesn't mean they're bad people, Let's all take a minute from our judgmental soap box and say a prayer...

-- Posted by ivystudent on Sat, Jan 16, 2010, at 11:09 PM


Drug investigations take time. Plain and simple. Law enforcement agencies work together, has nothing to do with "figuring out what's going on". I am pretty positive they understand their job and how to do it.

-- Posted by ilovescrapbooking on Sun, Jan 17, 2010, at 3:36 PM

If this town is so racists then why wasn't he jailed 30 years ago when he shot someone, hmmmm. No one has bothered him for 30 years so boohoohoo on ur racist claim

-- Posted by taysha on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 12:45 AM

Tim has a very long history with disobeying the law. It started when he was a teen, and he has obviously never learned a lesson from it. He has children that will suffer from his deeds for the rest of their lives, as much of his parenting years has been spent behind bars.

The shooting death of his friend has been in question since it happened, but if we are to criticize him for not obeying the law, we must also accept the punishments given. So, as for the crimes in his past, I think he has already been judged and paid.

Bringing race up as a defence in his case is absolutely obsurd. Although I understand you are his nephew and feel strongly, you have no grounds for arguing that. Tim has been under suspision for years and rightfully so. As a drug dealer, how can you possibly expect to continue on and not eventually get caught. How dare you then bring up race as a motive for his arrest when he was caught red handed. By the way, I find it oddly funny that you bring up race, while using the login name of "Fullscalepimp". Go cry race somewhere else, because we are not listening to your bullcrap comments here.

Tim has a very large family of 13 siblings. Several have spent a great deal of their adult years in and out of jail. The shame of it all is that truly good people like his parents had to see this happen to their family. His mother passed away many years back and I guess was sort of lucky to be with god now and not seeing what has become of Tim and a couple of the others. Unfortunately for his father, he deals with this stuff almost daily, and even now, while trying to recover from a serious illness, has to continue to reep the shame brought on by Tim.

Tim, you got away with this stuff for far too long, and although we were friends as teens, I am thankful every day that we chose different paths.

-- Posted by Oldtown on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 2:23 AM

well...."fullscalepimp", throwing race in the mix doesn't change what he has done AT ALL! I'm not going to argue over whether or not Brazil is a racist town, bc it's a SMALL town so the minorities are low. HOWEVER, any comments I have made had nothing to do with "race". I personally have 2 mixed granddaughters and really....if he had been white, blue, green, indian, asian, mexican....I would still feel the same way. AND if your family has always felt this way about Brazil...why live here? I personally moved out of Brazil when I had my kids.....there is no weight holding a person to a particular town. Maybe he got AWAY with so much because of his race and the town NOT wanting to look racist....just a thought~

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Mon, Jan 18, 2010, at 5:31 AM