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*   LAFAYETTE POLICE ARRESTED A DRUG SUSPECT AT A NORTH MAIN STREET LAUNDROMAT EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.
    THEY CHECKED A VEHICLE PARKED AT THE BUSINESS A 2 IN THE MORNING… AND FOUND A MAN SEATED IN THE DRIVERS SEAT.  HE TOLD THEM HE WAS HOMELESS AND WAS THERE TO USE THE BATHROOM.
    THE MAN SHOWED SIGNS OF BEING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS… AND A SEARCH TURNED UP METH AND MARIJUANA IN THE CAR AND A USED SYRINGE IN HIS POCKET.  25 YEAR OLD TYLER JAMES GALL WAS TAKEN TO JAIL ON THE DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES. 
    POLICE LATER FOUND CREDIT CARDS, SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS AND OTHER FORMS OF I.D. IN THE CAR TRUNK… NONE OF WHICH BELONGED TO GALL.   THAT DISCOVERY IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

*   THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS REPORTS THAT AN INMATE DEATH AT HAYS STATE PRISON IN CHATTOOGA COUNTY, IS BEING INVESTIGATED AS A HOMICIDE.
    INMATE MARION LUKE WAS ASSAULTED BY ANOTHER INMATE… AND HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD MINUTES LATER.  LUKE WAS SERVING AN EIGHT YEAR SENTENCE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.
    THE SUSPECTED ASSAILANT WAS NOT IDENTIFIED.

*   A LAFAYETTE TEEN WAS ARRESTED IN CHATTOOGA COUNTY… ACCUSED OF STEALING A JEEP FROM A WOMAN IN TRION.
    17 YEAR OLD HUNTER FISHER IS CHARGED WITH THEFT BY TAKING.  THE OWNER ACCUSED HIM OF TAKING A 2007 JEEP COMPASS WITHOUT PERMISSION AND KEEPING IT FOR SEVERAL DAYS.

*   IT’S A THREE DAY WEEKEND FOR WALKER COUNTY STUDENTS… SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY FOR THE M.L. KING HOLIDAY.   BANKS AND THE POST OFFICE WILL ALSO BE CLOSED.

*   THE CENTER POST COMMUNITY CENTER WILL HAVE LIVE MUSIC THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7… FEATURING INSTRUMENTS OF GRACE AND A BLUEGRASS BAND.   ADMISSION IS FREE AND CONCESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE.   THE CENTER IS ON HIGHWAY 337 SOUTH, AT CENTER POST.

*   TWO BROTHERS, WANTED ON FELONY WARRANTS, WERE PICKED UP BY LAFAYETTE POLICE LAST WEEK.  BOTH WERE FOUND IN A SMALL CAMPER BEHIND A FORTUNE STREET ADDRESS.    30 YEAR OLD BILLY DYKES AND 39 YEAR OLD JAMES NATHAN DYKES WERE ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO THE WALKER COUNTY JAIL, WHERE WARRANTS WERE SERVED ON FELONY THEFT BY TAKING CHARGES. 
    THE INCIDENT REPORT LISTS 475 FEET OF AIRCRAFT QUALITY ALUMINUM AS THE PROPERTY STOLEN.  THE VALUE WAS LISTED AT $5,700.

*   SECURITY AT THE LAFAYETTE WALMART CALLED POLICE WHEN THEY SAW A MAN TAKE A CELL PHONE AND SCISSORS INTO THE MENS RESTROOM, MONDAY.  HE COULD BE HEARD SCREAMING AND YELLING INSIDE.
    OFFICERS FOUND THE $63 PHONE, OUT OF THE PACKAGING, IN THE MAN’S POCKET.   THE PACKAGING WAS LEFT BEHIND… AND HE TOLD POLICE THAT A MAN HE MET SOLD HIM THE PHONE INSIDE THE RESTROOM.
    30 YEAR OLD ERIC SHAWN MCGEE OF CHATTANOOGA WAS CHARGED WITH SHOPLIFTING AND TAKEN TO JAIL. 

*   RUNNERS RAISED A TOTAL OF 8-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR LAFAYETTE-AREA CHARITIES LAST YEAR.
    THE ANNUAL REINDEER RUN CHRISTMAS 5-K RAISED 5-THOUSAND FOR THE “SHOP WITH A COP OR FIREMAN” PROGRAM… AND THE 5 AND 10-K “FREEDOM FEST RUN” RAISED ANOTHER 3-THOUSAND FOR THE LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL TRACK PROGRAM.
    THE HIGHLANDS RACE SERIES INCLUDES THE TWO ANNUAL EVENTS FOR RUNNERS… AND FIRE CHIEF STACEY MEEKS SAID THE “SHOP WITH A COP OR FIREMAN” CHECK WILL MAKE WISHES COME TRUE FOR LAFAYETTE-AREA KIDS NEXT CHRISTMAS.

*   THE OFFICIAL NAME OF WALKER COUNTY’S FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN CHANGED, TO MORE ACCURATELY REFLECT THEIR MISSION.
    WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS COMBINED WITH AMBULANCE TRANSPORT, IT WAS KNOWN AS WALKER EMERGENCY SERVICES.
    NOW THAT THE AMBULANCE SERVICE IS CONTRACTED TO PUCKETT, A PRIVATE COMPANY… THE FIRE SERVICE WILL NOW BE KNOWN AS:
    WALKER COUNTY FIRE-RESCUE.  BLAKE HODGE IS FIRE CHIEF.

*   A STOLEN CAR WAS RECOVERED BY LAFAYETTE POLICE SUNDAY AFTERNOON… AND THE TWO OCCUPANTS WERE CHARGED WITH SELLING METHAMPHETAMINE.    AN OFFICER NOTED THE DRIVER OF THE CHEVY CAVALIER WAS NOT WEARING A SEAT BELT… AND RAN THE TENNESSEE TAG.  THAT’S WHEN HE DISCOVERED THE CAR HAD BEEN REPORTED STOLEN IN JOHNSON CITY.
    INSIDE THE VEHICLE, THERE WERE MULTIPLE BAGGIES CONTAINING METH, ALONG WITH SCALES, USED SYRINGES AND EMPTY BAGGIES.
    THE DRIVER, 27 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL RAPE OF A CHAMBERLAIN ROAD ADDRESS, WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE, DRIVING WITH NO LICENSE AND THEFT BY RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY.   HE WAS LATER TRANSPORTED FROM THE JAIL TO MEMORIAL IN FORT OGLETHORPE WHEN HE TOLD JAILERS HE HAD SWALLOWED A LARGE AMOUNT OF METH BEFORE BEING PULLED OVER.
    THE FEMALE PASSENGER, 33 YEAR OLD KERRI LEIGH STOKER OF LAFAYETTE, WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE.

*   LAFAYETTE POLICE ARRESTED A JUVENILE MALE ON FORTUNE STREET, FOLLOWING A DOMESTIC CALL SATURDAY NIGHT.
    THE 17 YEAR OLD FEMALE VICTIM AND THE JUVENILE HAVE A CHILD TOGETHER, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT.
    HE BECAME ENRAGED AND THREW A TABLET COMPUTER, HITTING HER IN THE FOREHEAD.   HE REPORTEDLY SHOUTED SEVERAL THREATS… THEN HIT THE MAILBOX CAUSING A SMALL CUT ON HIS OWN HAND.  THE VICTIM’S MOTHER AND A NEIGHBOR FILED A WITNESS REPORT WITH POLICE.
    THE JUVENILE MALE WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND TERRORISTIC THREATS.  HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE JUVENILE DETENTION CENTER IN ROME.

*   A PEDESTRIAN WAS HIT AND INJURED BY A PICKUP TRUCK ON WEST MAIN AT CHATTANOOGA STREET, FRIDAY NIGHT.    THE LAFAYETTE POLICE REPORT LISTS THE VICTIM AS JONATHAN LEE WHIDDON OF LAFAYETTE.   HE WAS TRANSPORTED BY AMBULANCE FOR A HEAD INJURY.
    THE DRIVER, KIMBERLY DIANA MCGUIRE OF LAFAYETTE, TOLD POLICE SHE DIDN’T SEE THE MAN IN THE CROSSWALK WHEN SHE TURNED AT THE INTERSECTION.   SHE WAS CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO YIELD.  
    THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AT AROUND 8:20 PM, FRIDAY.

*   THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE 2018 OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD IS PRESENTED, POSTHUMOUSLY, TO DRUG TASK FORCE COMMANDER PATRICK D. DOYLE.
    THE HEAD OF THE LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN DRUG TASK FORCE WAS NOMINATED FOR THE AWARD IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR… BUT PASSED AWAY FROM A RECURRENCE OF CANCER, ON DECEMBER 30th.

*    WALKER COUNTY COMMISSIONER SHANNON WHITFIELD WILL HAVE COMMUNITY FORUMS IN FEBRUARY, TO HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC ON GOALS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FUTURE.  ALL MEETINGS WILL START AT 6 PM AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS AND DATES:   
    CEDAR GROVE COMMUNITY CENTER ON MONDAY, FEB. 4.
    ROSSVILLE CIVIC CENTER ON TUESDAY, FEB 5.
    ARMUCHEE VALLEY COMMUNITY CENTER ON MONDAY, FEB. 11.
    LAFAYETTE-WALKER LIBRARY ON MONDAY, FEB. 18.
    CENTER POST COMMUNITY CENTER ON TUESDAY, FEB. 19.
    FAIRYLAND ELEMENTARY ON THURSDAY, FEB. 21.
    AND THE CHICKAMAUGA CIVIC CENTER ON TUESDAY, FEB 26.

*   THE ROCK SPRING ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION IS TAKING SIGNUPS FOR SPRING SPORTS, ONLINE.  
    BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL ARE $80… SOCCOR IS $60 PER CHILD.   FIND THEM AT “RSAASPORTS.COM”.

*   THE LAFAYETTE RECREATION DEPARTMENT HAS OPENED SPRING SPORTS REGISTRATION… FOR BASEBALL, SOFTBALL, T-BALL, VOLLEYBALL AND SOCCER.   THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 2nd.
    CALL THE REC DEPARTMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION:  (706) 639 1590.


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