published Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Chattooga County: Woman stabbed, investigator fired

A woman was arrested after Chattooga County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene of a stabbing Sunday night, but an investigator at the scene also was fired the same night, authorities said.

After Misty Harnes threatened to kill herself in a text message, her friends showed up at her house in Trion to try to stop her, said Chattooga County Sheriff John Everett. But when the friends arrived, Harnes stabbed one of them — Sandra Crowe — twice, he said.

Police arrived and both women were taken to a hospital, he said. Harnes faces aggravated assault charges after she is treated for overdosing on pills, the sheriff said.

The same night, the sheriff said he had to fire his investigator Gary Mull, who showed up on the crime scene after he had been drinking.

Mull was on call and it was his last day for the week, Everett said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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Why did she even bother calling them in the first place.

March 22, 2011 at 7:50 p.m.
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