published Monday, November 1st, 2010

Police briefs: Sheriff's son arrested

by Michael Stone

Catoosa sheriff's son arrested

The son of Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers was arrested Sunday in Chattanooga on several charges, including commission of acts of terrorism, in connection with a false call made to Chattanooga police.

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    Staff photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press - Oct 31, 2010 Chattanooga Police Department officers place Jeremy Summers in the back of a patrol car on Sunday evening after several police cars responded to a false call that several people had been shot in the 400 block of Market Street.

Jeremy Summers, 28, also was charged with filing a false police report, abuse of the 911 system and public intoxication, said police spokeswoman Rebecca Royval.

"He called 911 and said that there was an active shooter and that shots had been fired and people were down," Royval said. "And apparently when they asked what his name was ... he said, 'They're coming after me. I've got to go.'"

The call was made about 7 p.m. from a pay phone outside Buehler's Market at 429 Market St., Royval said. The terrorism charge stems from the caller saying there was an active shooter, she said.

"When they put that out over the radio, everybody goes in," Royval said.

Chattanooga police, fire, and emergency services responded, she said.

Royval said Summers admitted to police that he had made the call.

Voice and e-mail messages to Phil Summers were not returned late Sunday.

A bond had not been set for Jeremy Summers as of 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Jeremy Summers had two drunken-driving offenses in 2004, one of which came after an automobile accident. He also was charged that year with theft of property, second-degree criminal damage to property and an open container violation.

Evidence in an alleged third drunken-driving incident from February 2005 was dismissed by Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern.

"The seizing officer did not have reason to suspect the defendant of criminal activity," Stern said in the 2006 evidence ruling.

Chattanooga teen reported missing

Police and family members are looking for a 13-year-old Chattanooga girl who has been missing since Saturday.

Police spokeswoman Rebecca Royval Royval said in a news release that Marianna McCauley was last seen at her home on Ely Road on Saturday afternoon.

She was wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a black and gray sweater.

Marianna is 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 135 pounds, with gray eyes, long brown hair and braces on her teeth. The family and investigators have contacted all known friends, and no one has seen or spoken with the missing child.

Anyone who knows where Marianna McCauley is is asked to call the Chattanooga Police Department immediately at 698-2525.

Shooting victim may be charged

A man who was shot Sunday at the Kanku's Express on Dodds Avenue may face charges, Chattanooga police said.

Darrell Holiday, 28, was shot in the left arm during a confrontation shortly before 12:30 p.m. at the convenience store at 2115 Dodds Ave., Police spokeswoman Rebecca Royval said. He was taken to Parkridge Medical Center in a private car.

When police interviewed him, Holliday was uncooperative and stated that he wasn't sure how the shooting occurred or who the suspect was, Royval said.

But surveillance video shows Holiday approaching someone from behind, then moments later, being shot. The video shows Holiday clearly looking at the suspect then walking into the store, where he asks the clerk to call 911.

Royval said Holiday's injuries are not considered life-threatening, although the bullet penetrated his chest cavity.

She said he gave inconsistent and false statements to investigators and may face charges of filing a false police report.

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DEB said...

Acts of Terrorism??!! No, this was a stupid, drunken prank. He may be guilty of all the other charges, but to call this an act of terrorism is going too far. Everything these days is an act of terrorism. Who was terrified? The general public was not aware of the call. The only ones who knew were those who responded to this call, but were they "terrorized"? If you are in law enfocement, and this terrorizes you, find another job!
WIKIPEDIA defines terrorism as the "systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion", then further states that, " No universally agreed, legally binding, criminal law definition of terrorism currently exists." Interestingly enough, they do want to make sure their readers realize that terrorism cannot be committed by government agencies! Really WIKI? Ask the Jews.

November 1, 2010 at 9:17 a.m.
wellrounded said...

Well, the George W Bush administration did not think so, and they created a little thing called the P.A.T.R.I.O.T act. That makes it terrorism under that definition. But that not withstanding, there is nothing that's "just a prank" about a 28 year old man getting drunk and then calling 911 to claim there are people being gunned down in public.

November 1, 2010 at 10:10 a.m.
Cyborgx37 said...

I was at Lupi's with my family that night. I was outside with my 3-month old when several police cars showed up. One of the cops ran up to me and asked me if I had heard shots fired. Obviously I hadn't. I assumed (/hoped) that it was a prank and I feel really relieved that it was. We probably would have gone for a walk after Lupi's, but with all the comotion and the possibility of gunfire, we decided to just go home instead.

November 1, 2010 at 10:51 a.m.
Leaf said...

The PATRIOT act has led to so much abuse of citizens' rights it's not even funny. Sure, this drunken idiot should be made to pay for the cost of the response plus maybe a little jail time or community service, but obviously this is no terrorist incident.

November 1, 2010 at 12:28 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

patriot act - what a misnomer

November 1, 2010 at 1:29 p.m.
Leaf said...

@ROAGMAT - A parent probably shouldn't be held responsible for the actions of their adult children. Just because this guy is an idiot doesn't mean his father is necessarily incompetent.

November 1, 2010 at 2:43 p.m.
sunnydelight said...

Roagmat Says :What a DB. His dad should resign. How can he control the county when he can't even control his family? It's evident you have no experience on this matter. You cannot control an adult child no more than you can control the weather.

November 1, 2010 at 8:26 p.m.
Mountainaire said...

Drop the terrorism charges. No one was endangered by him. There was no shooter. This man needs counseling. He could possibly have a mental health disorder that causes delusions. He needs help.

November 1, 2010 at 8:41 p.m.
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