published Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Carjack suspect dies after crash and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Carjack suspect dies after crash

CANTON, Ga. — Sheriff's officials in Northwest Georgia said a man accused in a carjacking crashed the stolen vehicle and died.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jay Baker said a group of men carjacked the driver of a white Dodge and the driver crashed the car about a mile away.

The driver was pronounced dead on the scene. The man's identity has not been released. Police said they believe a second carjacker fled on foot and a third was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital for head injuries.


Armed man at school nabbed

Sheriff's deputies say a man armed with a BB gun and a knife outside a school ran from them because he knew he was carrying weapons in a school zone.

Cherokee County sheriff's officials said Todd Grigg, 31, of Woodstock, was standing on school property outside the Cherokee Charter Academy in Canton on Wednesday morning carrying a BB gun that looked like a semiautomatic handgun.

Grigg was charged with four counts of possession of a weapon on school grounds, carrying a concealed knife and obstruction of a police officer.

He was being held without bond in the Cherokee County Jail.


Man charged in naked break-ins

JACKSON, Tenn. — Police in West Tennessee have arrested a man they say broke into two houses where women were home and took off his clothes.

According to The Jackson Sun, officers arrested Dustan Smith, 41, who was spotted running from a Dollar General Store near Rose Hill Middle School on Wednesday afternoon.

Smith was sought in two break-ins in neighboring Henderson County.

Authorities said women in two Lexington homes said they awakened Saturday to find Smith in their homes naked. One said he was on top of her when she woke up.

He was charged with burglary and sexual battery.

Smith was held at the Henderson County Jail on Thursday in lieu of $50,000 bond. His next court appearance was scheduled for Aug. 27.


Workers: Coal ash made us sick

KNOXVILLE — A group of workers who cleaned up the Kingston coal ash spill claim a contractor failed to protect them from the dangerous toxins in fly ash.

Forty-nine plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in federal court in Knoxville on Thursday against Pasadena, Calif.-based Jacobs Engineering Group.

The suit claims Jacobs officials intentionally lied to workers, saying fly ash was safe enough to drink.

The suit claims workers were not given respirators or protective clothing and were not allowed to wear their own protective gear.

It claims workers have suffered eye, sinus, heart and lung problems.

The suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.

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