published Friday, September 13th, 2013

Walker County Courthouse closed Monday and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Walker County Courthouse closed Monday

LAFAYETTE, GA. — The Walker County Courthouse will be closed Monday on countywide furlough day, according to county officials.

There are four more furlough days this year during which the courthouse will be closed: Oct. 14, Nov. 27, Dec. 26 and Dec. 31.


Chase ends in shooting

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, TENN. — A Cumberland County sheriff's deputy shot a 19-year-old woman Wednesday.

After being arrested earlier in the day, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Victoria Gaw slipped out of her handcuffs in the back seat of a patrol car, hopped behind the wheel and sped toward two officers on Taylors Chapel Road in Crossville. One of the officers shot Gaw.

Gaw was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where she was treated and then released. The TBI is investigating; it does not release the names of officers involved in shootings.

Earlier, Cumberland County Sheriff's officers received a tip that people were stealing from a house in the Claysville area. When officers arrived, they found Michael Shawn Walker, 26. As they arrested Walker, they saw Gaw speeding away. Officers chased Gaw and arrested her.


Hydroponic pot raid nets arrest

WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA. — A Rocky Face, Ga., man has been arrested by the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office on drug charges.

Charles Lesley Sutton, 34, of 100 Sutton Lane, has been charged with the sale of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, trafficking by manufacturing marijuana, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and use of a communication device to commit a felony, a sheriff's news release stated.

A search warrant at the Sutton Lane property led to the discovery Wednesday of an elaborate indoor hydroponic operation as well as 29 ounces of marijuana. Twenty-six marijuana plants also were found in the garage, the release stated.


More dogs seized in fight probe

OPP, ALA. — The number of pit bulls seized in a multistate investigation of dog fighting has grown to 372. The Humane Society of the United States says it picked up five pit bulls recently in Covington County at the request of investigators. The dogs were connected to one of the 12 men arrested during raids on Aug. 23. Those raids resulted in the seizure of 367 dogs.

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