published Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Man charged in dog stomping, and more Chattanooga region news

Man charged in dog stomping

TRION, Ga. — Trion police Chief Chad Spraggins said a man stomped on a puppy’s head Friday and then kicked the animal off his front porch.

Michael David Brown was booked into the Chattooga County Jail on Friday on a charge of animal cruelty, the sheriff said.

Brown was released Saturday, Spraggins said.

DALTON, Ga.


Police seek truck in vandalism spree

Dalton police have released a surveillance photo of a truck investigators believe was used in a July 23 vandalism spree that left more than 40 area businesses with damaged windows.

Investigators hope someone will recognize the vehicle and contact the police department.

The surveillance image shows what appears to be a late model Ford F-150 driving past Pye Honda about 4 a.m. on July 23. The truck is a light color, most likely silver, with silver wheels.

Investigators believe vandals used some type of slingshot and marbles to damage the windows.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Greg Bates at 706-278-9085, extension 137.


Officers hurt at nuclear plant

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Two security police officers at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant were slightly injured Saturday when a firearm discharged.

A federal spokesman told the Knoxville News Sentinel both officers were released after treatment at the Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center. Steven Wyatt of the National Nuclear Security Administration described their injuries as minor.

The incident overnight Saturday was described as the accidental discharge of a firearm. No details were available, and the officers’ names were not released.


New statewide drug court opens

WARTBURG, Tenn. — Tennessee mental health and prison officials are opening a statewide Recovery Court this week in Morgan County.

There’s a ribbon-cutting today in Wartburg where the court will be located. The aim is to move addicted inmates from prison into residential recovery. The center will have 100 beds, and the intent of the project is to free inmates from addiction to reduce the rate of recidivism.


Tennessee hiker search narrowed

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, MAINE — The Maine Warden Service has narrowed the search area for a Tennessee hiker who disappeared from the Appalachian Trail in that state.

Officials say the search area for 66-year-old Geraldine Largay, of Brentwood, Tenn., was narrowed Monday to a 14-mile section of the trail in the Carrabassett Valley region of western Maine. Wardens believe the area of highest probability is a nine-mile section of the trail between Lone Mountain and a dirt road west of Sugarloaf Mountain.

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