Crockett County athlete charged with theft, drugs

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Brandon Shields, bjshields@jacksonsun.com 2:59 p.m. CDT April 15, 2016

Jeremiah Nance(Photo: Submitted)

Crockett County baseball player Jeremiah Nance was charged Tuesday with simple possession of marijuana on school grounds and theft of more than $500 in property, according to Crockett County Sheriff’s Department records.

Nance, a senior, was the All-West Tennessee Hitter of the Year in baseball in 2015.

Nance was released after posting bond Tuesday afternoon and was in General Sessions Court Thursday.

According to an affidavit from General Sessions Court, a search of Nance’s vehicle at the high school for possible stolen property led to discovery of a pill bottle containing a small amount of material that was presumed to be marijuana. The search was conducted by Crockett County assistant principal and athletic director Jerrod Shelton.

The search was conducted to look for a stolen gun, according to the affidavit. According to another affidavit, Nance admitted to taking a gun from someone’s home without permission.

Nance is accused of taking the Ruger rifle from the home of Gayle Watson, where it was stored in a safe.

Crockett County Director of Schools Robert Mullins Jr. declined to comment, saying it is district policy not to comment publicly on students’ disciplinary matters. Shelton and Crockett County baseball coach Brent Fronabarger declined to comment as well.

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