published Monday, January 13th, 2014

Most charges dropped against UTC student who questioned street preacher

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    Cole Montalvo, the UTC student who got arrested for confronting a female preacher on campus, gets up to speak to his attorney before appearing in Gary Starnes's general sessions court this morning.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Three of four criminal charges were dropped this morning against University of Tennessee at Chattanooga student Cole Montalvo, who was wrestled to the ground by campus police and security officers on Nov. 13 after Montalvo crossed a “free speech” perimeter to question street preacher Angela Cummings.

Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes dismissed charges of inciting to riot and disorderly conduct at an hour-long preliminary hearing. Before the hearing, a charge of obstruction of justice was dropped.

That leaves the biochemistry student facing a charge of resisting arrest. A grand jury will decide whether to indict him on that.

Read more in tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Tim Omarzu...

Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...

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