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Stalking suspect transferred to Scott County jail

Staff Report • Dec 24, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The Bristol Herald-Courier is reporting that Patricia Truckenmiller Lefler, 43, of Zionville, N.C., was moved from the Hawkins County regional Jail to the Duffield regional Jail in Scott County Tuesday.She faces charges of stalking and attempted child abduction in Scott County, and was the object of an area wide search last week. According to Sheriff John Puckett an additional charge of identity theft may be brought against the woman.The Herald-Courier quoted Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Keith Elton saying Lefler also has warrants on charges of using “bad checks and possibly forgery” in Kingsport. Elton could not say when those warrants would be served.Lefler was arrested Saturday in Church Hill.Sheriff Puckett said officers were watching the woman after it was reported that she had been walking into day-care centers in Scott County since Nov. 19, pretending to be a parent wanting to enter a child into the various schools. But each time school staff asked for specific information, she left, he said.

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