published Friday, November 22nd, 2013

One dies, 2 hurt in truck wreck and other news from areas around Chattanooga

One dies, 2 hurt in truck wreck

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — One man is dead and two people were injured Wednesday night when a pickup truck went off the road on Candies Creek Ridge, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The 1978 Dodge pickup truck was headed south on Candies Creek Ridge about 7 p.m. when the driver, identified as Ronnie Pope, of Oldfort, Tenn., overcorrected, hit a culvert and landed in an embankment, officials said.

Pope was killed in the accident. Two passengers in the truck, Jason Wilcox, of Oldfort, and Keith Wayne, of Cleveland, were injured and taken to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga.

The driver had been drinking, and no one was wearing a seatbelt, according to the highway patrol.


Woman charged in 3 burglaries

A Bradley County woman has been arrested and charged in connection with burglaries at three houses on Mount Zion Road, sheriff's officials said.

Eleonore Pauline Creasman, 36, is charged with aggravated burglary, two counts of burglary of an auto, two counts of burglary and five counts of theft over $1,000, records show.


Robber sentenced to life in prison

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — A Murray County Superior Court judge sentenced an armed robber Wednesday to life in prison.

Joey Lebron Kilgore, 35, of 514 Cherokee Drive in Chatsworth, was arrested Jan. 3 after investigators say he robbed a Kangaroo convenience store while holding a knife. In October, a jury found Kilgore guilty of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Then, on Wednesday, Superior Court Judge David Blevins sentenced Kilgore to life in prison for the armed robbery conviction. Blevins also sentenced him to 20 years in prison for aggravated assault.

On the night of the crime, according to a release from District Attorney Bert Poston, Kilgore walked into the convenience store wearing a black hoodie and black mask. While flashing a knife, Kilgore told the store's clerk to give him the money from the cash register.

Kilgore then left the store, according to the release, and the clerk pressed the store's panic button, locking all the doors and calling 911. Officers arrived and arrested Kilgore before he could get away.

According to the release, Kilgore also was convicted of family violence aggravated assault, which by state law requires him to receive the harshest possible punishment for his armed robbery arrest.


Meningitis scare hits Georgia Tech

ATLANTA — Health officials at Georgia Tech say a student is being treated for a suspected case of bacterial meningitis.

Dr. Gregory Moore told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a female undergraduate student is expected to recover. Officials have said about 100 students have seen campus doctors as a precaution.

Officials have said the student's housemates have been given preventative medication.

Moore said outbreaks of bacterial meningitis are not uncommon on college campuses. Bacterial meningitis is transmitted by close personal contact involving the exchange of saliva. The disease can spread by kissing and sharing eating utensils.

Symptoms of meningitis typically include a severe headache and a stiff neck.

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