published Friday, January 11th, 2013

Woman charged in 2012 slaying and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Woman charged in 2012 slaying

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The stepdaughter of a Bradley County man who was shot on Good Friday last year has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder, authorities said.

Icy Christina Reagan Cope, 35, of Horton Road, was arrested Wednesday and is being held in the Bradley County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond, Bradley County Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Gault said in a news release.

John L. Penn, 66, was shot in the neck April 6, 2012, and died more than two weeks later at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga, the release said.


Five charged in drug case

SECTION, Ala. — Authorities charged five people Wednesday with possessing drug paraphernalia at an apartment in Section, Ala.

Officers with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and Section police went to the Cumberland Apartments on a noise complaint, according to a news release.

They smelled marijuana, got a search warrant and found drug paraphernalia inside, the release stated. They also found a small child and called the Department of Human Resources.

Arrested were Phillip Clinton Ryan, 20, of Section; Alysia Ann Townsel, 24, of Fyffe; Christopher Dale Wilbourne, 21, of Dutton; Drue McCrary, 22, of Dutton; and Shanai Mariah Riddle, 20, whose address was not given.


Meth lab found; 2 people charged

JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. — Two people were arrested and two children removed from a home where Jackson County authorities said they found a meth lab Wednesday.

Officers with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office tipped to a possible meth lab on Dilbeck Road found a "one pot" meth lab, lab trash and drug paraphernalia, a news release states.

Lennie Keith Martin, 53, and Terri Lynn Martin, 40, were charged with unlawful manufacture of controlled substance/first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Department of Human Resources personnel from Jackson and DeKalb counties assisted, as did the Dutton Fire Department.

The Martins were booked at the Jackson County Jail, and no bonds have been set.


Report released in fatal crash

JASPER, Ala. — The teenage pilot who took a twin-engine plane on an unauthorized flight on New Year's Day had no radio contact before the aircraft crashed, killing him and two friends, according to a federal report released Thursday.

The preliminary National Transportation Safety Board investigation did not say what caused the crash, in which pilot Jordan Smith, 17, of Jasper; Jordan Montgomery, 17, and Brandon Ary, 19, both of Arley, died.

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