Woman Arrested During Traffic Stop In Menlo

An Alabama woman was arrested in Chattooga County after a sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle on Highway 48 near Peach Orchard Road in Menlo.

According to a report from the sheriff’s department, the deputy stopped the driver after noticing him cross over the white “fog line” several times.  As the deputy was speaking to the driver, he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  The deputy also spoke with two women who were passengers in the vehicle.

While searching the vehicle, the deputy found an open bottle of “Fireball” whiskey and a small, clear plastic baggie containing suspected marijuana.

One of the passengers, Bailie Goode, age eighteen of Madison, Alabama said that the alcohol and marijuna were hers.  Goode was charged with an open container of alcohol and marijuana possession and booked into the Chattooga County Jail.

Red Cross "Sound The Alarm Event" May 4th In Chattooga County

This weekend, the American Red Cross is launching a two-week Sound the Alarm home fire safety effort to install 100,000 free smoke alarms in 100 high-risk communities across the country—including 12 smoke alarm installation events, in Georgia. Next weekend, Saturday, May 4th, the event will be held in Chattooga County at the Chattooga County Ag Building. “Smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half,” said Jennifer Pipa, CEO for the Red Cross of Georgia.  “Every day across this country seven people die due to home fires—but working smoke alarms can be the difference between survival and tragedy. Today, we are asking for everyone’s support to help us Sound the Alarm and save lives.”

Efforts in Georgia got off to an early start, where last weekend in Tifton, nearly 60 volunteers installed more than 230 free smoke alarms to make well over 100 homes safer from home fires.

People can visit SoundTheAlarm.org to get involved with the Red Cross of Georgia’s home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events from April 27 to May 11. During Sound the Alarm events—which are part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce fire deaths and injuries—volunteers will go door-to-door with community partners to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans. Opportunities to support with a financial donation can also be found on the website.

Arrest Report - Thursday - April 25, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Thursday, April 25, 2019:

City Employee's String Trimmer Damages Passing Vehicle

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A Summerville city employee, using a string trimmer on the side of the road, is being blamed for damaging a passing vehicle on Tuesday of this week.

Jeannie Corbin was traveling north on Highway 27 when she heard debris striking her vehicle, according to a report from the Summerville Police Department.  The debris was reportedly coming from the city worker’s string trimmer who was working near the intersection of Cleghorn Street.

The police report indicated that debris struck the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Corbin was driving and shattered the rear corner glass of the vehicle.  Also a large piece of metal punctured the right rear tire of the vehicle.

Woman Arrested After Domestic Incident

A Chattooga County woman was arrested this week after a domestic incident on South Second Street in Summerville.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a “domestic in progress” that was reported to be physical in nature.  When deputies arrived they spoke with James Timmons, who had called 911 to report the incident.

Mr. Timmons told the responding deputy that Pamela Bynum was “getting in everyone’s face, and yelling and cussing them nonstop.”  Timmons told the deputy that he had to lock himself in a closet to call 911 because Bynum was trying to to grab the phone away from him.  Bynum reportedly told Timmons, “you better not be calling the law.”

Witnesses at the scene confirmed Mr. Timmons’ story to the deputies and forty-nine-year-old Pamela Bynum was arrested and booked into the Chattooga County Jail on charges of hindering a person making an emergency telephone call.

 

CHS "Testing Pep Rally" Tomorrow

Chattooga High School Principal Jeff Martin is inviting the community to the school’s “Testing Pep Rally” coming up on Friday morning.  The speaker at this year’s event will be Stanley Leone, Jr.

Jeff Martin explained the event to WZQZ News:

The event will take place at 8:30, Friday morning, April 26th at the Tribe Pride Arena.  Mr. Martin says that he is encouraging parents and community leaders to come hear Mr. Leone speak at the “Testing Pep Rally.”

Leone was brought up in poverty and abuse and was on his way to a life of crime until a teacher made a difference in his life.  Inspired by the teacher’s commitment to her students, Leone’s lifelong goal has been to help teachers make the same kind of impact in children’s lives, as the impact made by his teacher years ago.

You can hear the complete interview about the event with Mr. Martin here:

 

 

 

Individual With Confirmed Measles Visited Ft. Payne Restaurant

This week, the Tennessee Department of Health reported to the Alabama Department of Public Health that an individual with a confirmed measles case traveled through Alabama on April 11 and made two stops during the infectious period.

Persons should check their vaccine history for vaccination with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.  Two doses of vaccine provide up to in 97 percent effectiveness to prevent measles. While measles vaccine given to un-vaccinated persons within 72 hours of exposure can prevent disease, it is still appropriate for any un-vaccinated person to receive MMR regardless of time of exposure.

On Thursday, April 11, the person later found to have measles stopped at D & J Travel Plaza, 651 Highway 28, W, Livingston, at 2:20 p.m. to purchase food and gas. Then at 5:54 p.m., the person entered at Chick-fil-A, 1824 Glenn Blvd. SW, Fort Payne, to order food.

Measles is a serious viral respiratory illness that lives in the nose and throat mucus of infected people. A single case of measles will infect up to 95 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said, “If you suspect you were exposed, it is important for you to call your healthcare provider before being seen in his or her office, follow instructions for reporting, and practice social isolation if you develop any of the signs and symptoms of measles.”

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Walker County To Eliminate Tax For Erlanger Debt

Walker County’s Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield announced on Wednesday that the county government will be able to eliminate the tax placed on Walker County property owners to pay off the county’s debt to Erlanger Medical Center.

The Public Health Facilities and Services fee, the ordinance created to pay down the county’s debt to Erlanger Health System over the course of three years will have collected enough money to meet the county’s obligation to Erlanger by the end of this tax cycle.  Whitfield says that the fee will not be charged on the next tax bill.

The Public Health Facilities & Services Fee takes in about $140 on the average Walker County homeowners tax bill.

Since 2017, Walker County has been under an order from a federal judge to pay back Erlanger $8.7 million from the county’s obligation to keep Hutcheson Medical Center open.

Whitfield said “Dealing with this debt has been a tough chapter” for Walker County.

Chattooga BOE Called Meeting

The Chattooga County Board of Education has called a meeting for this Thursday, April 25th.

The meeting will be held at the Chattooga County Education Center, located at 206 Penn Street in Summerville AT 7 PM .  According to an agenda released by the school system today, the board will be discussing the vacancy left by John Turner when he resigned from District One. (The Summerville District).

Also the board wil be discussing the GSBA Superintendent search training and a custodial contract.

The board has also scheduled an executive session for Thursday evening.

Drug Task Force Makes Arrests On Tuesday

Commander Dewayne Brown with the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force says that agents seized drugs that were packaged for resale during raids in both Rock Spring and Trenton, Georgia on Tuesday.

According to a press release from the Drug Task Force, agents executed a search warrant on Arnold Road in Rock spring and as a result of the search warrant, agents located methamphetamine packaged for resale.  Shannon B. Dean was arrested for possession of meth and intent to distribute.  Sandra L. Wrape was charged with possession of methamphetamine at the same residence.

Agents also partnered with the Dade County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday in an investigation on Prince Road in Trenton. Several were arrested including: Michael Cloud – charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute, use of communication facility and possession of drug related objects.  Toni M. Green – charged with possession of meth and possession of drug related objects.  Christopher Swafford was also found at the address and was a wanted felon out of Walker County.

In another case on Prince Road in Trenton, agents found Chad Sims and charged him with trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug related objects.

The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force serves Walker, Dade and Chattooga Counties.

 

GBI Investigating Death In Calhoun

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Calhoun Police have called on the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) to help investigate a man’s death.

According GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles, James Balston was taken to a local hospital after he was found unresponsive, and he later died. He was 47. The Calhoun Police Department requested the GBI’s help in investigating the death at 10:35 Tuesday morning.

Miles says the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy on Balston’s body on Wednesday.

Arrest Report - Wednesday - April 24, 2019

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department for Wednesday, April 24, 2019:

Drug Task Force Makes Multiple Arrests

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Last week, the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force made multiple arrests for drug possession.

According to Drug Task Force Commander Dewayne Brown, forty-three-year-old Michael Alexander Pollard was arrested at a business near the Tennessee state line in northern Walker County and charged with selling crack cocaine at the business.  Fifty-seven-year-old Demetrius T. Jones was charged with possession of methamphetamine and thirty-eight-year-old William Zachary Bell was charged with methamphetamine possession.

Agents also arrested three while serving a warrant in Chickamauga.  Twenty-year-old Grace Miller was charged with meth possession; thirty-eight-year-old Amanda D. Holloway was charged with possession of meth and prescription drugs and twenty-one-year-old Alexes Lynn McCulloch was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Drug Task Force Commander Dewayne Brown says that a press release is forthcoming later today regarding more arrests made by the Task Force.

The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force serves Walker, Dade and Chattooga Counties.

Siblings Arrested For Altercation In Summerville

A pair of siblings were arrested in Summerville over the weekend after a domestic incident was reported to the Summerville Police Department.

Summerville Police were called to the scene of a fight between a brother and sister on Fourth Street on Saturday afternoon.  The call came in around 1 PM and officers arrived to find the two involved in an altercation.

Thirty-seven-year-old Tameesha Shrophsire and her brother, forty-one-year-old Lasitory Shrophsire were found to be arguing loudly.

According to police, Mr. Shropshire was heavily intoxicated at the time.  Officers say that he was being “loud and boisterous and kept talking over officers.”  It was the second time on Saturday that the police had responded to the residence, according to the report.

Both were arrested and taken to the Chattooga County Jail for disorderly conduct, according to the report.

Menlo Barn Dance Burglary Reported

A burglary was reported at the Menlo Barn Dance, according to a report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department.

A sheriff’s deputy met with Diane Crowe at the Barn Dance after she discovered the burglary while feeding some cats at the location.  Ms. Crowe told the responding deputy that someone had broken a hasp on the door to the Barn Dance and gained entry into the building.

Ms. Crowe told the deputy that someone had stolen several food items, some liquor, prescription pills, cash and a flash light.

The responding deputy said that he could see where someone had pried the hasp off the door to the building.

The incident was turned over to an investigator.

Chattooga 4H Recognized For "Rivers Alive" Program Participation

Chattooga County 4H was recognized by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources “Rivers Alive” Program on Tuesday for their participation in the annual event.

The “Rivers Alive” program was started by the Georgia DNR in 1999 and is now celebrating twenty years of cleaning up Georgia’s waterways. Throughout the history of Rivers Alive, over 463 thousand volunteers extracted 110.0 million pounds of garbage from 32.0 thousand miles of waterway.

Chattooga County Extension Agent Rebecca Thomas says, “I have been fortunate to be involved with Rivers Alive for the past 20 years (from its conception). Today on its 20th year, Chattooga 4-H was awarded the state award for our involvement. Lots of memories over these 20 years and thousands of young people helping preserve our streams, rivers, and water ways. This award goes to those thousands of young people who made a difference.”

The recognition was given to Chattooga County 4-H yesterday in Atlanta.  DNR officials say that the “Rivers Alive” program has had a tremendous impact on communities and their watersheds in the past, and that the numbers from each successive year’s cleanups indicate that Rivers Alive will continue to grow into the next decade.

Rome Man Charged With Stealing Vehicle From Cherokee County, AL

A thirty-nine-year-old Rome man was arrested on Monday of this week after Floyd County Police recovered a stolen vehicle out of Cherokee County, Alabama.

According to Floyd County Jail records, David Stephen Miller II was pulled over on Turner McCall Boulevard after he was seen driving a vehicle without a license plate.

After officers made contact with Miller, it was discovered the vehicle he was driving was stolen previously in Cherokee County.

Miller was charged with operating a vehicle without a license plate, and felony theft by receiving stolen property.

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Menlo Man Charged With DUI On Easter Sunday

A Menlo man was arrested for DUI this past Sunday shortly after 1 AM after he was stopped for speeding.

A Chattooga County Sheriff’s Deputy was sitting on Highway 27 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Road when he saw vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.  According to the deputy, the vehicle was doing 81 in a 55 mph zone.

The deputy pulled the vehicle over at Sloppy Floyd Lake Road and asked the driver, identified as Tyler Owens of Menlo, if there was a reason he was driving so fast.  Owens told the deputy that his ex-girlfriend’s son was sick.  The deputy noticed a strong smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath.  The deputy asked Owens how much he had to drink, and he told the deputy that he had a “fireball” about four hours previous.

After conducting a field sobriety test, the deputy arrested Owens for driving under the influence and speeding and booked him into the Chattooga County Jail.

 

Vidalia® Onions Have Arrived

Georgia’s official state vegetable is officially in season, beloved Vidalia® onions can now be found in grocery stores around the world.

Grown only from Georgia soil, the Vidalia® onion is available for a limited time. Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary W. Black released the following statement about the world-renowned onion:

“The sweetest onions on earth are certainly living up to their reputation this year.  Thanks to the hardworking farm families of nature’s favorite state, the quality of nature’s favorite onion is exceeding expectations. We are proud to offer our sweet Vidalia onions to all those who have been patiently awaiting their arrival.”

Summerville City Hall Announces Lunch Closing

Summerville City Hall will be closed from 11:45-1:15 for Administrative Professionals Day today.