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Search Suspended For Fugitive In Tipton County

Search Suspended For Fugitive In Tipton County

CREATED Jan 22, 2014

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities have suspended a search near a college in Tipton County for a fugitive listed among the state's top 10 most wanted.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday a search was underway in northern Tipton County for Stephen Melton.

Melton has been wanted by law enforcement since authorities said he drove off with a Lauderdale County sheriff deputy's SUV earlier this month. The 58-year-old Henning man was being detained on a methamphetamine-related charge when he escaped.

Part of the search included the area near Dyersburg State Community College's campus in Covington. Amy Finch, the school's public information director, says the campus was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning.

The search was suspended Wednesday, but the college remained on "preventative lockdown."

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