published Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

'Three arrested on drug charges' and more Chattanooga region news

Three arrested on drug charges

DeKALB COUNTY, Ala. — Three men were arrested over the holiday weekend on various drug charges and a stolen backhoe was recovered in DeKalb County, Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a news release.

Harris said deputies arrested Dustin Shawn Highfield, 32, of Collinsville, during a traffic stop near Sylvania at 1:05 a.m. Saturday.

Highfield was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, driving under the influence and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

David William Davis, 24, of Stevenson, was arrested after a traffic stop near Fyffe just after midnight Friday, the sheriff said. Davis was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher Dwayne Chandler, 37, of Birmingham, was arrested after a 911 call to a home about a disturbance Saturday night. He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, illegal possession of prescription drugs and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

All three are in the DeKalb County Detention Center awaiting bonds, Harris said.

In an unrelated incident, a resident found a 1998 Caterpillar backhoe near a wood line and called the sheriff's office.

Harris said the backhoe was identified as having been stolen from the Republic Services Landfill near Lebanon in April. The backhoe was returned to the owners, he said.

The theft case remains open, the sheriff said.

Holiday weekend crashes kill 7

ATLANTA — Officials from the Georgia Department of Public Safety say seven people were killed in crashes during Memorial Day weekend.

Fatal crashes were reported in Brunswick, Thomasville, Reidsville, Milledgeville, Washington and Fulton County. State troopers investigated 490 crashes over the long weekend, and those crashes resulted in 258 injuries, officials said.

In 2012, troopers investigated 326 crashes over the holiday weekend that resulted in 278 injuries and six deaths.

UT seeks control of campus streets

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee wants to take control of city-owned streets that run through the Knoxville campus.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, city engineering chief Jim Hagerman said it would be an advantage to the city if the university maintained the streets.

UT already owns some streets on campus. The proposal to take over nearly a dozen more goes before the board of trustees next month. If the board adopts it, the plan would be sent to the State Building Commission and then on to the Metropolitan Planning Commission in Knoxville.

The university would be able to close or change campus streets as desired.

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