published Friday, February 15th, 2013

Former shelter volunteer arrested and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Former shelter volunteer arrested

EVENSVILLE, Tenn. — Rhea County Sheriff's Office personnel arrested former animal shelter volunteer Richard Orlowske on animal cruelty charges Thursday afternoon.

Detective Mike Owenby confirmed the arrest.

Orlowske was dismissed from his animal shelter duties in early December after an alleged confrontation with a dog owner on shelter property.

Owenby said a search warrant was executed on Orlowske's property and it revealed that 30 dogs were living there in conditions of "neglect, mostly, and lack of adequate food and shelter." About 20 of the animals were kept indoors, he said.

Orlowske's dismissal from the shelter sparked a firestorm of support and an online petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/rhea-county-tn-officials-form-an-independent-committee-to-manage-rhea-county-animal-shelter.


Roper to fill 80 temporary jobs

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Labor's LaFayette Career Center will help Roper Corp. fill about 80 temporary production jobs at its Walker County manufacturing facility, according to a news release.

Recruitment will be held Feb. 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Bank of LaFayette's Community Room at 104 N. Main St. The company, which makes kitchen stoves and microwaves, will be recruiting temporary production operators, the Labor department release states.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and, although no manufacturing experience is necessary, some work experience is preferred. Any applicant must have a high school diploma or a GED and pass a company background check and drug test.

Applicants chosen will work 20 to 40 hours each week for $10.25 an hour, the release states.

For more information, contact Cathy Toles at the LaFayette Career Center at 706-638-5525 or email cathy.toles@gdol.ga.gov.


Missing boater search resumes

CUMMING, Ga. — The search for a missing boater on Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta resumed Thursday.

Sgt. Greg Colson of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says crews suspended the search around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday because of wind. He told The Times of Gainesville that crews would resume the search at 9 a.m. Thursday.

They've searched for the man since late Monday, when a boat was spotted going in circles with no one aboard, eventually running out of gas. Authorities say the man last was seen fishing from the boat Monday night.

Searchers have focused their efforts near the spot where the boat was discovered, which is off Lanier Beach South Road.

Authorities said the 47-year-old man's name is being withheld at the request of family members.

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