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*    THE GEORGIA STATE PATROL IS ASKING THE PUBLIC TO HELP IN FINDING A PICKUP TRUCK INVOLVED IN A PEDESTRIAN HIT AND RUN NEAR GILBERT ELEMENTARY, TUESDAY MORNING.    THE TRUCK IS AN OLDER IMPORT, POSSIBLY AN ISUZU OR NISSAN… MEDIUM TO DARK GRAY IN COLOR, BELIEVED TO HAVE A GEORGIA TAG.  IT WAS DESCRIBED AS “LOW TO THE GROUND”.
    CALL THE STATE PATROL, TROOP A COMMUNICATIONS WITH ANY INFORMATION… AT (770) 387 3701.  POST 41 IN LAFAYETTE IS INVESTIGATING.

*   A DRUG AND THEFT ARREST HAPPENED LATE SUNDAY NIGHT, BEHIND ATTIC TREASURES AND THE GOODWILL STORE ON WEST VILLANOW.
    A PATROL OFFICER SPOTTED A MAN GOING THROUGH DONATED ITEMS BEHIND THE STORES.   A BAG HE HAD CONTAINED A SMALL AMOUNT OF METHAMPHETAMINE.   HIS I.D. WAS FROM THE STATE OF NEVADA, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT.
    34 YEAR OLD RANDY EDWARD SLUDER WAS CHARGED WITH THEFT BY TAKING AND POSSESSION OF METH.   HIS DOG WAS IMPOUNDED… AND HE WAS TAKEN TO THE COUNTY JAIL.

*   A FAMILY DISPUTE OVER POSSESSION OF A PICKUP TRUCK RESULTED IN A DRUG ARREST FRIDAY, ACCORDING TO LAFAYETTE POLICE.
    THE VEHICLE IN QUESTION WAS STOPPED AT CIRCLE-K ON WEST MAIN… AND POLICE FOUND THE DRIVER, 25 YEAR OLD HEATHER LASHAE TEMPLETON, WAS OPERATING IT WHILE HER LICENSE WAS REVOKED.   ON HER PERSON, THEY FOUND BOTH METH AND MARIJUANA… AND TEMPLETON WAS TAKEN TO JAIL.
    THE TRUCK BELONGS TO HER FATHER… AND ANOTHER FAMILY MEMBER TOOK POSSESSION IN ORDER TO RETURN IT.

*   TWO PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AS POLICE INVESTIGATED A DOMESTIC CALL TO CARRIAGE HILL APARTMENTS, EARLY MONDAY MORNING.
    BOTH PARTIES REPORTEDLY HAD WARRANTS OUTSTANDING.
    THE FEMALE HAD A WARRANT FROM CHATTOOGA COUNTY… AND 46 YEAR OLD TAMATHA SUZANNE SIPES WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.  SHE TOOK A CIGARETTE PACK INTO THE JAIL AS ONE OF HER POSSESSIONS… AND CLONAZEPAM PILLS WERE FOUND INSIDE.   SHE WAS ADDITIONALLY CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF SCHEDULE-4 AND CROSSING THE GUARD LINE WITH DRUGS.

*   POLICE MADE TWO ARRESTS ON A SHOPLIFTING CALL FROM THE LOCAL WALMART, MONDAY.
    29 YEAR OLD STEPHEN ANDREW WISHAM OF LAFAYETTE WAS FOUND WITH $79 IN MERCHANDISE HIDDEN IN HIS CLOTHING… MOSTLY TOOLS.  HE WAS CHARGED WITH SHOPLIFTING.
    THE WOMAN WITH HIM, 35 YEAR OLD APRIL BLANSIT OF VALLEY HEAD, ALABAMA, WAS ARRESTED ON AN OUTSTANDING FUGITIVE WARRANT FROM HER HOME STATE.

*   IN THE FIRST FOOTBALL GAME OF THE SEASON, THE LAFAYETTE HIGH RAMBLERS WILL HOST MODEL, AT 7:30 FRIDAY NIGHT.   THE MEETING TAKES PLACE AT JACK KING STADIUM IN LAFAYETTE.  IT’S THE FIRST OF FIVE HOME FOOTBALL GAMES THIS SEASON.
    UNDER THE DIRECTION OF COACH PAUL ELLIS, THE RAMBLERS SCORED 35 POINTS IN A PRE-SEASON SCRIMMAGE AGAINST TRION… AND HOPES FOR THE 2018 SEASON ARE RUNNING HIGH, AT LHS.

*   “FAITH FEST… PRAISING GOD WITH SONG” WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY AT THE ROSS ABNEY COMPLEX… THE OLD LAFAYETTE HIGH FOOTBALL STADIUM… STARTING AT 10 AM.   ENTER OFF FIRST STREET.   ADMISSION AND PARKING ARE FREE. 

*   THE CHATTANOOGA VALLEY LIONS CLUB IS SELLING VIDALIA ONIONS BY THE BAG.   SIZES ARE $5, $10 AND $25.  TO ORDER, CALL LEON ELLIS AT (706) 931 2551.

*   IT’S NOW OFFICIAL… KENSINGTON HAS A NEW VOTING PRECINCT LOCATION.
    ACCORDING TO THE WALKER COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE, THE NEW LOCATION IS THE FELLOWSHIP HALL OF CASSANDRA BAPTIST CHURCH, LOCATED AT 1371 WEST COVE ROAD.   THE FIRST ELECTION THERE WILL BE THE GENERAL ELECTION ON NOVEMBER 6th.

*   THE CEDAR GROVE COMMUNITY CLUB WILL MEET THIS SATURDAY FOR AN ICE CREAM SOCIAL… STARTING AT 6 PM.  BRING ICE CREAM AND A DESSERT TO SHARE… OR COME EARLY AND MAKE YOUR OWN HOME-MADE ICE CREAM AT 5 PM… PLENTY OF ICE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE CLUBHOUSE ON WEST COVE ROAD.

*    THE CENTER POST COMMUNITY CENTER WILL HAVE TWO BANDS PLAYING THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7… ADMISSION IS FREE.

*   NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN A DRIVER RAN INTO A WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S PATROL CAR TUESDAY NIGHT, WHILE THE DEPUTY WAS OUT ON ANOTHER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT.  HE WAS CHECKING ON A DRIVER WHO HAD JUST HIT A DEER ON HIGHWAY 27, NEAR LONG HOLLOW ROAD.  THE STATE PATROL IS INVESTIGATING.

*   A LOCAL MAN WAS CHARGED FOLLOWING A DISTURBANCE AT THE BANK OF LAFAYETTE, LAST FRIDAY MORNING.
    DISPATCH TOLD OFFICERS THAT TWO MEN WERE FIGHTING… BUT ONLY ONE OF THE PARTIES WAS PRESENT WHEN THEY ARRIVED.   61 YEAR OLD BARRY ALAN CLAYTON SAID HE WAS AT THE BANK IN ORDER TO FAX A DOCUMENT… WHEN ANOTHER MAN CONFRONTED HIM AND THE ARGUMENT BEGAN.
    POLICE SAY CLAYTON SMELLED OF ALCOHOL… AND HE WAS ARRESTED ON A CHARGE OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT.

*   THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE SEAT FROM THIS AREA, WAS SENTENCED TO SIX MONTHS IN JAIL, TUESDAY.
    DALTON POLICE ARRESTED STEVEN LAMAR FOSTER ON SEPTEMBER 23rd FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL.
    HE IS CHALLENGING INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE TOM GRAVES IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION… BUT IT APPEARS HE WILL STILL BE IN JAIL.

*   HERE AT WQCH, WE WONDERED WHY ALL THREE EKG MACHINES RECENTLY DONATED TO THE WALKER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, WERE SENT TO RIDGELAND HIGH.
    BUT THIS WEEK, IN A SUBSEQUENT PRESS RELEASE FROM THE DONORS:  CHI MEMORIAL AND THE CHATTANOOGA HEART INSTITUTE… WE’VE LEARNED THAT TWO WILL GO TO RIDGELAND… AND ONE WILL GO TO LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL.
    THE MACHINES WILL BE USED IN THE CAREER-TECHNICAL PROGRAMS, GIVING STUDENTS A ‘HEAD START’ ON A HEALTH CARE CAREER.

*   IN LAST WEEK’S KITCHEN RE-INSPECTIONS, TOKI SUSHI BROUGHT A FAILING GRADE UP TO A PERFECT 100.  TRIANGLE PARK IN LAFAYETTE BROUGHT A RECENT “C” SCORE UP TO A “B”.    SCORING “A’s” IN REGULAR INSPECTIONS LAST WEEK WERE LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL, LAFAYETTE MIDDLE SCHOOL, NORTH LAFAYETTE AND NAOMI ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, BOJANGLES AND C’s BARBECUE IN LAFAYETTE… ALONG WITH CHOO CHOO BARBECUE AND TACO BELL IN CHICKAMAUGA.
    THERE WAS NO GRADE LOWER THAN A “B” LAST WEEK, ACCORDING TO WALKER ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH.

*   COMPLETE CASH AND ITS OWNER HAVE AGREED TO A SETTLEMENT WITH THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE IN RESPONSE TO UNLAWFUL PRACTICES THAT VIOLATED THE GEORGIA FAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES ACT.
    THE TITLE PAWN COMPANY WILL DROP PENDING LAWSUITS AGAINST CUSTOMERS… DROP GARNISHMENTS BASED ON SUCH JUDGEMENTS AND PAY A PENALTY OF $35-THOUSAND DOLLARS, UNDER THE SETTLEMENT.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HELPED LAFAYETTE MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH SOME PAVING WORK OVER THE SUMMER.
    THE BACK DRIVE TO LAFAYETTE MIDDLE… CONNECTING TO THE HIGHWAY 27 BYPASS... WAS FINISHED IN TIME FOR THE START OF SCHOOL.  THE SCHOOL SYSTEM PAID FOR THE MILLING, ASPHALT AND TRUCKS USED… WHILE THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE SUPPLIED THE LABOR AND OTHER EQUIPMENT NECESSARY FOR THE PAVING PROJECT.

*   GEORGIA’S SQUIRREL SEASON IS OPEN THROUGH FEBRUARY 28th OF NEXT YEAR.   HUNTERS CAN TAKE UP TO 12 SQUIRRELS PER DAY… AND BOTH GRAY AND FOX SQUIRRELS MAY BE HUNTED IN THE STATE.

*   CHARGES HAVE BEEN DROPPED AGAINST A 66 YEAR OLD WOMAN… WHOSE EARLY MORNING PHONE CALL TO DISPATCHERS ABOUT HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, RESULTED IN THE OFFICER-INVOLVED FATAL SHOOTING OF A MAN IN HIS WALKER COUNTY HOME.    STATE COURT JUDGE BILLY MULLINAX DISMISSED THE MISDEMEANOR CHARGE AGAINST DOROTHY MARIE GASS.   THE GBI HAD ARRESTED GASS EARLIER THIS YEAR ON A CHARGE OF FALSE REPORT OF A CRIME.
    IN HER NEW YEAR’S DAY PHONE CALL TO 9-1-1, GASS REPORTEDLY SAID HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AMY, HAD THREATENED TO KILL HER CHILDREN AND HERSELF.  THAT REPORT WAS NOT TRUE, ACCORDING TO THE GBI INVESTIGATION.   
    OFFICERS RESPONDED TO THE PARENTS’ HOME IN ROSSVILLE WHERE AMY GASS WAS STAYING… AND A WALKER COUNTY DEPUTY SHOT AND KILLED THE WOMAN’S FATHER, MARK PARKINSON… THROUGH A WINDOW FROM OUTSIDE THE HOME.  PARKINSON WAS UNAWARE OF THE PHONE CALL AND THAT THE MEN OUTSIDE HIS HOME WERE LAW ENFORCEMENT.  HE HEARD THE COMMOTION OUTSIDE AND HAD A PISTOL IN HIS HAND AT THE TIME HE WAS SHOT.

*   AUGUST IS NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION MONTH… SEE YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO MAKE SURE YOUR FAMILY IS UP TO DATE.  EVERY ADULT IN GEORGIA 19 AND OLDER SHOULD FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDED IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE BY AGE AND MEDICAL CONDITION… AND THE CDC RECOMMENDS EVERYONE 6 MONTHS AND OLDER RECEIVE A FLU VACCINE.

*    A NOBLE-AREA RESIDENT REPORTED A MAN WAS SEEN LOOKING INTO HER HOME FROM THE BACK PORCH, IN AN EARLY MORNING INCIDENT.    THE WALKER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS NOTIFYING RESIDENTS OF BELL ROAD, SUMMERFIELD ROAD AND THE STONEBROOK SUBDIVISION AREAS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A WHITE MALE, 25 TO 30 YEARS OF AGE WITH SHORT, DARK HAIR.  HE MAY BE AN EARLY MORNING RUNNER… AND WAS WEARING DARK ATHLETIC SHORTS, TENNIS SHOES AND NO SHIRT.
    THE INCIDENT REPORTED ON PEBBLESTONE DRIVE HAPPENED WEDNESDAY MORNING AT AROUND 6:15 AM.  THE MAN RAN AWAY WHEN HE REALIZED HE HAD BEEN SPOTTED.
    ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT CAPT. BURT CAGLE AT THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, OR CALL THE DISPATCH NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER AT (706) 375 7810.


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