More Rain - Possible Thunderstorms - On the Way
The National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia says that we are in for more wet weather, and we have the possibility for some thunderstorms with high-winds.
Strong thunderstorms will be possible over Chattooga County and Northwest Georgia this morning with the main hazard being winds gusting up to 40 miles-per-hour and brief, heavy rain. By Monday, the chance for rain decreases, but we could still see a few thunderstorms, lightning and heavy rain on Monday afternoon. Tuesday looks to be clear, but the rain and thunderstorms will return by mid-week.
Showers and thunderstorms before noon, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. High near 63. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Supt. Lenderman Gives Thoughts on Arming Teachers
Chattooga County School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman gave his thoughts on an issue that has seen a lot of media attention since the latest school-shooting incident in Florida – arming teachers in the classroom.
The topic is a controversial one, with attention being given to the idea from President Trump and many other politicians. Supt. Lenderman, who spent twenty-seven years in the Marine Corps, says that while the idea may be a good one in certain situations, there is a lot of thought that needs to go into the issue.
Lenderman says that a teacher can be trained to use a weapon, but the decision to shoot-to-kill someone who comes into the classroom may be a different matter. Specifically, the superintedent mentioned the possibility of a young, middle-school student that might come into the school with a semi-automatic weapon to cause harm. Lenderman asked the question, “could you kill that person.”
Lenderman says that when he asked that question of some teachers in the school-system, not one teacher was able to say that they would be able to shoot-to-kill one of their own students. He said that upon reflection, a few teachers came back to him and said that, if given the proper training, they would like to be armed in the classroom. Lenderman says that dealing with that difficult situation is something that needs further reflection.
Lenderman added that there are many considerations that must be taken into account before arming teachers is something that could be looked at seriously.
GBI Arrests Alabama Woman in Connection with Walker County Officer-Involved Shooting
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has arrested a Higdon, Alabama woman for the false report of a crime that led to an officer-involved shooting.
On Monday, January 1, 2018, at approximately 3:15 a.m., deputies with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office responded to 147 Meadowview Lane after receiving a 911 call from Dorothy Marie Gass, 65. Dorothy Gass reported that her daughter-in-law, Amy Gass, was going to kill her children and then kill herself.
When deputies responded to the residence they made contact with Amy Gass’ father, Mark Steven Parkinson, who had a handgun. During the encounter, Parkinson pointed the weapon at a deputy, who then shot Parkinson. Parkinson died from his wounds.
The GBI’s investigation found no evidence that Amy Gass threatened her children or herself.
Dorothy Gass was charged with one misdemeanor count of false report of a crime. Dorothy Gass turned herself into the Walker County Jail where she was released on her own recognizance.
Summerville Man Arrested for Shoplifting Cooker from Walmart
A Summerville man was arrested on Friday of last week on a warrant that accuses him of shoplifting from Wal-Mart in Trion earlier this month.
The incident is alleged to have happened earlier this month when Wal-Mart loss prevention officers say that Roy Curtis Boyd of Summerville was observed leaving the store without paying for an item.
Chattooga County Sheriff’s Investigators reviewed videotaped evidence that allegedly shows Boyd selecting a Ninja Multi-Cooker from the shelf and then leaving the store without paying.
Boyd was arrested on the warrant on Thursday of this past week, one week from the day he is accused of shoplifting from Wal-Mart.
He was booked into the Chattooga County jail on charges of theft by shoplifting.
Walker Co. Sheriff Deputy Involved in Wreck Just North of Chattooga Line
The Walker County Sheriff’s Office says a sheriff’s deputy and three other people are recovering after an accident that happened Saturday night.
The accident happened on Highway 27, near the intersection of Highway 151, just north of the Chattooga County line when a sheriff’s deputy who was traveling north on Highway 27 when he was struck by a driver heading south who tried to turn onto Highway 151.
The deputy suffered a fractured leg. A passenger inside the deputy’s car was also hurt, as were the driver that struck the deputy and that driver’s passenger. A three-year-old child was also in the car that struck the deputy. The child, who was properly restrained in a child-safety seat, was the only person involved who was not injured in the crash.
Charges are pending against the driver who struck the deputy.
Arrest Report - Sunday - February 25, 2018
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, February 25, 2018:
Supt. Lenderman Looks for Input on School Safety
Chattooga County School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman says that the county’s school system has plans in place to deal with any type of threat to the county’s schools, but he also wants local residents to share thoughts and ideas about school safety with their local schools and the Board of Education.
The issue was the topic at a called meeting of the Chattooga County Board of Education on Friday where the superintendent spoke to a large crowd about school safety. Lenderman told those in attendance that the county’s emergency plans to deal with a threatening situation have been approved by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
Mr. Lenderman outlined a list of things that he plans to implement in the upcoming months that would enhance school safety. Some of those things include more school resource officers from the sheriff’s department, bullet-proof glass in key areas of schools, radios with a discreet channel for school security and bus drivers and more training for teachers.
Lenderman says that the idea of arming every teacher may not be the best idea, but he does support the idea of having trained school employees that would be carrying firearms to deal with emergency situations.
The superintendent is asking for the public’s input on school safety.
Superintendent Lenderman says that the school system will be having a meeting with principals and other key employees on Monday to discuss school safety.
Sheriff Says Report to Law Enforcement NOT Social Media
Sheriff Mark Schrader is urging people to report any type of suspicious activity to his department or 911, not social media.
Earlier this week there were incidents of threats being reported at both Chattooga High School and Trion High School. Sheriff Mark Schrader says that while it is common for people to post things to social media, it can cause an issue for law enforcement.
The sheriff said on Friday, “Any time we get a report of any type of threat, we must follow up on those reports. Often times there are copy-cats and rumors being spread, and we have to look into every one of those.”
The sheriff added, “I understand how fear and emotions can take control of thoughts when you have children that are affected by threats such as these. However, each posting and the information that is added each time it’s shared adds more information that we must follow up on. Please help us by not sharing social media post unless you know them to be accurate.”
The sheriff is asking parents of school-aged kids to share this message with their children.
Deceased Man Found in Summerville Apartment
Summerville Police were called to a Marvin Avenue apartment after EMS reported finding a deceased man earlier this week.
According to a report released yesterday by the Summerville Police Department, a call came into 911 shortly after 9 AM on Sunday about a body that was found inside the apartment.
When police arrived they were asked to secure the apartment while EMS went in to check on the incident. After EMS determined that the man was dead, police entered the apartment and found fifty-eight-year-old Richard McCauley on his bed, deceased.
According to police, an employee at the Housing Authority reported that he was asked to check on Mr. McCauley and found him unresponsive and called 911.
The last contact with the deceased man had been made on Friday of last week when the man’s nephew had made contact with him.
The report gave no indication that any type of foul play was suspected in connection with the man’s death.
Daughter Accused of Stealing Medicine from Father
A Saddle Club Road man has accused his daughter of stealing prescription drugs from his residence on Thursday of this week.
According to a report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department that was released on Friday, the man told a responding deputy that he had ordered his adult daughter to leave his residence. The man told the deputy that he had to leave for a doctor’s appointment before the daughter. When he returned home his daughter was gone, but he says that she left with several items, including prescription drugs.
The complainant was unable to tell the deputy where his daughter might be, but the case has been turned over to an investigator.
Hunting Over Baited Fields Approved by Alabama House
Hunters in neighboring Alabama could be allowed to hunt deer and wild hogs over baited fields if a bill approved by the Alabama House of Representatives becomes law.
The Alabama House of Representatives voted in favor of legislation Thursday that allows Alabama hunters to hunt whitetail deer and wild hogs in fields that have been baited.
House Bill 21 was sponsored by State Rep. Jack Williams, R-Wilmer. Williams said that the legislation is necessary because of the growing wild hog menace that is negatively impacting Alabama farmers citing that one farm in the state killed over 800 hogs in one year.
The permit to be able to hunt hogs and whitetail deer over bait would be an additional $16 a year added to the hunting licenses of people who choose to purchase the hunting over bait privilege. Hunting over green fields planted in corn, clover, oats, chufa etc. as forage for wildlife is already legal in Alabama.
The bill passed 79-14 . It now goes to the Alabama Senate for its consideration.
Overdue Tax Notices Going Out from Tax Commissioner
Board of Education Discusses School Safety
The Chattooga County Board of Education along with local law enforcement met this morning at the Chattooga BOE Meeting Room to discuss school safety with the public.
Board of Education Chair Eddie Massey thanked Summerville Police, Sheriff Mark Schrader and the Georgia State Patrol for their attendance at the meeting.
Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman told those present that the school system takes the safety of all students very seriously. Lenderman said that he considers anyone that wants to harm children that comes through the door of a school in Chattooga County – a terrorist.
Lenderman said the school systems’ safety plan has been certified by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and that they have made no recommendations on how to improve the current plan. But, the superintendent outlined several proposals that will enhance the current plan that he will be implementing over the next several months.
The school system plans to fund School Resource Officers for every school in the school system, and possibly two officers at the two largest schools – Chattooga High School and Leroy Massey Elementary School.
The superintendent outlined several other safety proposals as well at this morning’s meeting.
We will have more information on this story forthcoming.
Arrest Report - Friday - February 23, 2018
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Friday, February 23, 2018:
Threat at Trion High School on Thursday
Superintendent of Trion City Schools, Dr. Phil Williams said that there was a threat at Trion High School yesterday.
According to the Superintendent:
At approximately 10:30am on Feb 22, the Trion High School Administration was notified of a potential threatening statement. This statement was written in pencil in very small lettering (approximately a quarter inch in height) in the mortar of the block wall in the boys’ restroom on the upstairs floor of Trion High School. Using multiple resources, including the High School Resource Officer, The Trion City Police Department, and video surveillance, it was determined that there was no immediate threat to the students or staff of Trion City Schools. We take this issue extremely serious and will proceed with the investigation until we identify the individual or individuals who made this threatening statement directed at our school system.
Called Meeting of Chattooga County BOE
The Chattooga County Board of Education will have a called meeting this morning to discuss school security.
The meeting will be held at 10 AM this morning at the Chattooga County Board of Education Board Room.
We will have more information following the meeting
One Killed in Police Pursuit in Alabama
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A Georgia man was killed and another seriously injured on Wednesday during a police pursuit that came to an end when the fleeing car left the roadway and hit several trees in Calhoun County, Alabama.
19 year old Oak Park, Georgia resident Moses McElroy III was pronounced dead at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in Marietta, Georgia later that day; he was a passenger in a 2017 Nissan Altima that was involved in that high speed chase with deputies from the Calhoun County and Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office and the Piedmont Police Department. The driver of the vehicle, Chancey Conway, 21 of Detroit Michigan was air-lifted to WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center following the crash.
Law enforcement started pursuing the suspect’s vehicle on U.S. 78 in Fruithurst, Alabama around 12:30pm according to Alabama State Troopers. The pursuit continued through Heflin into Calhoun County on Highway 9. Piedmont Police attempted to use spike strips to stop the car near the 237 mile marker – however the driver swerved to avoid the spikes; he then lost control, left the roadway, and crashed into several trees according to troopers.
Troopers later learned the car was stolen from Hertz Rental at the Wayne County Airport in Michigan. Alabama State Troopers were not involved in the pursuit; however the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is investigating the crash. ALEA is reportedly calling this crash a traffic homicide investigation.
Summerville City Council Called Meeting
The Summerville City Council has announced a special called meeting that will be held next week at Summerville City Hall.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday of next week at 5 PM. According to an agenda released yesterday, the council will be discussing the mid-year budget, along with other items. Also on the agenda, the Summerville City Council will be hearing a request to install a splash pad in Summerville.
The public is invited to attend.
Northwest Georgia Woman Charged with Husband's Murder
A 58-year-old Kingston woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting on Wednesday of this week.
According to Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap, just before 3:30 PM on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, deputies and investigators responded to 53 Norton Road near Kingston, Georgia for a reported shooting.
When they arrived, it was discovered that James “Sam” McCoy, 83, had been shot once and was deceased inside the residence.
Investigators questioned his wife, Kim McCoy, 58, and later arrested her for one count of murder.
Kim McCoy is being held in the Bartow County Jail awaiting a Superior Court arraignment with no bond.
It is possible that she could face more charges in this case, however, at this point it is still under investigation.
Juveniles Arrested in Chattooga & Gordon Counties For Threats
Threats of violence at two Northwest Georgia schools this week have resulted in the arrests of two juveniles – one in Chattooga County and one in Gordon County.
Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader said that a juvenile was arrested earlier this week in Chattooga County after a threatening message was posted on the girl’s restroom wall at Chattooga High School. Sheriff Shcrader said that his department worked with Chattooga High School Principal Jeff Martin, School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman and the staff at Chattooga High School in the investigation. The sheriff also said that he was pleased that so many Chattooga High School students stepped forward to help in the investigation.
Earlier this week in Gordon County, deputy sheriffs received a tip that an unknown person had made a threat to commit an act of violence at a local school. An investigation was immediately undertaken and leads were followed which uncovered social media messages and ‘screenshots’ of photographs depicting explicit threats to “shoot up” a local school.
Deputies located witnesses and other evidence which led them to the home of a 16-year-old Gordon Central High School student near Calhoun. The 16-year-old was taken into custody without incident and initially taken to the Sheriff’s Office. His parents have cooperated with investigating officers. The student made admissions to detectives that he had in fact made the threats.
He was immediately remanded into the custody of the Regional Youth Detention Center by the local Juvenile Court. He is scheduled to appear in Gordon County Juvenile Court at a later date where he will face charges of Making Terroristic Threats (felony).