Neelley Faces Charges in Chattooga County if Released from Alabama Prison
Convicted killer Judith Ann Neelley will have a shot at parole next month in Alabama, but should she be paroled, she will be facing a life sentence in Georgia, according to Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader.
Neelley was originally sentenced to die for the 1982 brutal slaying of Lisa Ann Millican in DeKalb County, Alabama. That sentence was commuted to life in prison by then Alabama Governor Fob James.
Sheriff Mark Schrader told AM 1180 that his office was contacted by the Alabama Pardon and Parole Board this week concerning Neelley. Sheriff Schrader says that should Neelley be released on parole, he will be there to pick up Neelley to serve a life sentence in Georgia in connection with a separate murder.
In October of 1982, Neelley abducted a couple from a Rome service station. Janice Chatman and John Hancock were a young engaged couple from Rome. On October 4, 1982, they were abducted by Judith Neelley. John Hancock was shot in Gordon County, while Janice Chatman was brought back to a motel room, where Judith Neelley’s husband Alvan Neelley tortured the girl. The Neelley’s then drove the girl to Haywood Valley Road, just across the Chattooga County line, where Judith Neelley murdered Chatman.
John Hancock, however, did not die, and was able to point to Alvin and Judith Neelley as his assailants. Judith Neelley worked out a plea agreement to avoid the death penalty in Georgia by testifying against her husband. Judith Neeley entered a negotiated plea in Chattooga County Superior Court and received a life sentence to run consecutive to the sentence in the DeKalb County, Alabama case.
Sheriff Schrader told AM 1180 that he has already written a letter to the Alabama Pardons and Parole Board, assuring them that Chattooga County will take custody of Neelley should she be released from prison in Alabama.
Arrest Report - Tuesday - April 24, 2018
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.
Last Day to Register To Vote in Primary
Today is the deadline to register to vote if you would like to cast ballots in the upcoming Primary and Non-Partisan Election on May 22.
Early voting for the contest begins April 30th. Voters in Chattooga County will have a contested Superior Court Judge race on the ballot as Melissa Hise challenges incumbent Ralph Van Pelt for a seat on the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit. Voters in Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga Counties will all be voting in that non-partisan race.
Republican Primary voters will have the choice between Sammy Ballard and Andy Stivers to find out who will challenge Democrat Eddie Massey for a seat on the Chattooga County Board of Education.
Statewide primary contests for Governor, Lt. Governor and other offices are also on the ballot.
Rome Man Charged with Soliciting Sexual Favors from Teen at McDonalds
Rome police say that Thomas Theodore Watson, age fifty-one of Rome, was jailed after he allegedly gave a note to a sixteen- year-old male describing acts of sodomy while at McDonalds on Shorter Avenue.
Reports said that the note was explicit in nature. Reports went on to say that Watson had been convicted of first degree sexual abuse back in 2004.
Watson is charged with solicitation of sodomy and probation violation.
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4-H Shotgun Team Advances
After recent competition, nine members of the Chattooga County 4-H Shotgun Team will be advancing to state playoffs. Five junior 4-H members and five senior 4-H members have qualified for the state playoff competition. Hunter Ratledge placed first as a senior; Gavin Jarrett placed third as a junior; Caden Smith placed first as a junior. Second place junior team members were: Gavin Jarrett, Caden Smith, Isaac Ratledge, Dawson Tucker and William Elrod. Congratulations and good luck in the playoffs to these members of the Chattooga County 4-H Shotgun Team.
Taylor Street Man Reports Break-in
Summerville Police are investigating a break-in on Taylor Street in Summerville. Tyler Smith told Summerville Police that around 10:15 on Sunday morning, someone tried to break into his residence. Smith said that he heard something at his back door and when he went to investigate, he found that the back door of the house had been kicked in. Damage was done to trim around the door, according to the police report. Nothing was missing from the home.
Family of Victim Speaks Out Against Neelley's Release
Convicted murderer Judith Ann Neelley is going to be up for a hearing before the Alabama Pardon and Parole Board next month, and family members of the victim of a 1982 murder that Neelley was originally sentenced to death for, are urging the public to speak out.
Neelley was originally sentenced to die for the 1982 brutal slaying of Lisa Ann Millican in DeKalb County, Alabama. Neelley is now set for a possible shot at freedom next month. A parole hearing for Neelley has been set for May 23 in Montgomery. Millican’s family is trying to organize protests to urge the board to deny parole. It has been 35 years since Neelley was arrested in Millican’s brutal slaying.
Gas Prices on the Rise
Americans are finding some of the most expensive gas prices in years. Sunday’s national average of $2.76 per gallon is the highest daily average since July 2015.
Georgia’s gas prices set a fresh new 2018-high last week. Saturday’s state average of $2.66 is the highest since September when prices were recovering from hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Sunday’s state average of $2.66 is 10 cents less than the national average and 38 cents more than this time last year. Mark Jenkins with AAA said high oil prices are the main reason gasoline is so expensive right now. If prices have not peaked yet, they should do so in the next couple of weeks.
On Monday, the lowest gas prices in the Summerville and Rome areas were $2.59 a gallon, according to gasbuddy.com.
Arrest Report - Monday - April 23, 2018
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office.
Extension Office Cancer Cooking School Coming Up
Chattooga County Extension Agent Rebecca Thomas says that a cooking school is coming up next month and her office is taking reservations now for the free event.
“Cooking for a Lifetime” will talk about healthy cooking and ways to prepare meals for those who are cancer survivors or those that are at risk for cancer. The event will be limited to 25-30 people to allow a more personal experience for attendees.
Thomas says that those who attend the cooking school will get a free cookbook and there will be sample available for them to try.
You can register for the event, which will be held on May 2, 2018 at the Chattooga County Senior Center in Summerville, by calling the Chattooga County Extension Office at 706-857-0744.
Summerville Police Respond to Alexander Street Domestic Incident
Summerville Police responded to a domestic incident on Thursday of last week on Alexander Street after a mother told her son and her son’s girlfriend to leave the residence.
According to a report by the Summerville Police Department, the mother called police after she got into a verbal altercation with her son’s girlfriend, which then turned into a physical altercation. The woman told a responding officer that she had ordered her son’s girlfriend to leave the residence, because the girlfriend was verbally abusive. The girlfriend left, but returned a short time later with the woman’s son and the son and his mother got into an argument. The argument became physical when the son allegedly pushed his mother.
The complainant’s husband backed up the woman’s claim and said that the son and his girlfriend were no longer welcomed at the residence. The complainant’s husband added that neither the son nor his girlfriend were contributing to household expenses and that they shouldn’t be allowed back at the residence.
While police were speaking to the mother she experienced a medical emergency, which according to the report may have been caused by stress. Redmond EMS responded to the scene.
Police located the son and told him not to return to the residence or he would go to jail. The son was advised that a police escort would be provided for him to retrieve his personal belongings from the residence.
Local Elementary School Title I Nights
Two events are planned this week at local elementary schools for Title I nights.
At Leroy Massey Elementary School, Thursday April 26th from 5 – 6:30 PM there will be “Pop In for Popsicle and Pizza” which encourages families to improve their reading and social studies skills together.
The same night at Lyerly Elementary School, Title I Milestone Night….”Batter Up” will feature free concessions and will encourage students as they prepare for testing. Students are being encouraged to “Come gear up and get Test ready, to knock it OUT of the park.” The event will be held from 5-6 PM.
Make plans now to attend these events at Leroy Massey Elementary School or Lyerly Elementary School, this Thursday.
Chattooga Track Teams Advancing After Region Competition
The Chattooga Track Teams participated in competition last week. Here is a report from Chattooga High School’s Grey Beech:
National Day of Prayer to be Observed in Chattooga County
The National Day of Prayer will be observed May 3, 2018.
All citizens are invited to attend the special prayer service at the Chattooga Civic Center in Summerville on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 PM. Prayers will be offered by local ministers, pastors, government officials and school officials. Citizens are also invited to meet at the Courthouse at Noon on May 3 to pray for our nation, state, county and it’s leaders.
The Prayer Force of Chattooga County encourages everyone to attend both events.
Tennessee Man Facing Charges in Chattooga County Chase
The Georgia State Patrol says that a Chattanooga man is facing charges in connection with a police chase that wound up on Gore-Subligna Road on April 14th.
According to a report released by the Georgia State Patrol, twenty-three-year-old Jose R. Bruno of a Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga address will be facing a list of charges after he led Georgia State Trooper on a high-speed chase on Highway 27 that ended when Bruno crashed through a barbed-wire fence on Gore-Subligna Road.
The chase started shortly before 3 PM on Saturday, April 14th. Trooper Doug Shamblin with the Georgia State Patrol Post in Rome says that Bruno reached speeds of over 130 mph as he attempted to elude law enforcement on his motorcycle.
Bruno crashed through a fence on the westbound side of Gore-Subligna Road and had to be airlifted due to the extent of his injuries.
The Georgia State Patrol says that Trooper Shamblin will be handling the charges against Bruno in connection with the accident.
Identity Fraud Case Reported in Summerville
A Summerville woman says that someone opened a credit card account in her name and ran up a bill totaling more than $4,000 at an Atlanta jeweler.
Tehani Middleton called Summerville Police last week when she discovered that someone had used her personal information to open a credit card account at Kay Jewelers in Atlanta. The complainant said that she had never opened the account and has not done any business with Kay Jewelry recently.
The credit card account was opened in February of this year, according to the report from the Summerville Police Department.
Alabama Woman Killed When Vehicle Runs Into Her House
A Leesburg, Alabama woman died on Friday after being struck by a vehicle at her residence.
According to Cherokee County Coroner Dr. Jeremy Deaton, Cherokee EMS, Leesburg Fire Department, and Leesburg Police Department all responded to the scene just after 6:00 p.m.
Deaton said that the subject was taken to a landing zone at the Leesburg FEMA building and was en route to a regional trauma center when her condition deteriorated and the helicopter diverted to Marshall Medical Center south in Boaz where she was pronounced dead.
The victim is identified as 27 year old Leesburg resident Kirsten “Kristie” Raelyn Pearson of an Evans Road address. It appears a small child accidentally engaged the engine and the vehicle struck Mrs. Pearson. According to Dr. Deaton She suffered a fatal crush injury to the chest.
The Cherokee County Coroner’s Office and the Leesburg Police Department continue to investigate.
According to Kirsten’s father, no funeral arrangements have been made at this time.
Public Safety Day Draws Hundreds
The Chattooga County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) was just one of the organizations represented at Chattooga County Public Safety Day, which was held at the Chattooga County Ag Building on Saturday. Hundreds of people attended the event, that draws awareness to the many public safety organizations that keep Chattooga County safe.
In addition to fun for the kids with inflatables and activities, residents were able to get a better idea of what it takes to keep our communities safe. Law enforcement from Chattooga County and the Georgia State Patrol participated in the event. Also, area firefighters and paramedics were on hand to answer questions. Children were able to see plenty of emergency vehicles and helicopters from Life Force and the Georgia State Patrol.
In addition to Chattooga County Public Safety groups there were participants from Floyd, Walker and Gordon Counties that took part.
Rain, Thunderstorms and a Wind Advisory
Lots of rain and the possibility for a thunderstorm, along with a Wind Advisory are what we can expect for the next twenty-four to thirty-six hours, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia. The Wind Advisory is in place for tonight from 8 PM until 7 AM on Monday morning. Forecasters say that we could winds between 15 and 25 miles-per-hour and gusts from 35 to 40 miles-per hour. Higher elevations could see gust above 45 miles-per-hour. Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service:
Today: Showers, mainly after 9am. High near 62. East wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight: Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 9pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 54. East wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Monday: Showers. High near 69. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Monday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.
Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 69.
Arrest Report - Sunday - April 22, 2018
Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Sunday, April 22, 2018: