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Rossville man leads police on high-speed chase in Walker County

A Rossville man is facing more than a dozen charges after a high-speed police chase Sunday, March 20.

According Sgt. Chris Debord with GSP Post 41 in LaFayette, James Robert Taylor, 38, was pulled over about 9:40 a.m. on U.S. Highway 27 near LaFayette Walmart for improper tag.

Taylor fled and led troopers on a high-speed chase once he turned right onto Ga. Highway 136, where he led the chase 8.2 miles, turning on Camp Road, until a “PIT” maneuver was used to bring his 1998 Ford Contour to a stop at Ga. Highway 341 at Old Bethel Road and Taylor Broome Road.

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Carjacker apprehended in his underwear following chase that ends in Catoosa County

carjacker caught in underwear

A 25-year-old Ringgold man is behind bars in Catoosa County facing nearly a dozen charges. Police say he was high on meth when he allegedly carjacked a man in a Walmart parking lot and then led authorities on a three-county chase before being apprehended in his underwear in Catoosa County.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

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Ringgold man arrested on child molestation charges

child molestation ringgold

A Ringgold man is being held without bond in the Catoosa County jail after being accused of molesting a girl under the age of 10.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

William Franklin Jackson, 73, of Ridge Street, was arrested Tuesday, March 15, on three counts of child molestation and two counts of aggravated child molestation.

Jackson has been denied bond at this time.

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Ringgold man accused of killing fiancé, staging scene to look like suicide

ringgold man kills fiancee set up suicide

A Ringgold man is accused of killing his fiancé in a secluded area and making it look like a suicide.

Brian Colby Davenport, 47, of 3198 Pine Grove Road, has been charged with murder, tampering with evidence, two counts of giving false statements, and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime. He is being held without bond in the Catoosa County jail.

His fiancé, 46-year-old Deborah Lynn Abney of Ringgold, died Friday evening, March 11, from a gunshot to the head.

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Judge grants DA’s request to retry former Ringgold foster mom on murder charge

DA to retry Clara Edwards

It’s been nearly a month since a Catoosa County jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on murder in the trial of a Ringgold woman accused in the death of her foster daughter.

Now the Superior Court judge who presided over the trial has granted prosecutor’s request to retry the charge.

The new trial on the felony murder charge is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 8.

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Rescued dogs, cats move to Atlanta and beyond

ccac animals sent to Atlanta

There was a wiggly waggly meetup in a parking lot in Ringgold Tuesday, March 8. It had all been arranged ahead of time by Staci Schwager, dog and cat coordinator for Catoosa Citizens for Animal Care(CCAC).

Twenty-seven dogs, mostly puppies, along with three cats, showed up to hitch a ride to the Atlanta Humane Society with ASPCA transporters Dave Hall and Rob Keiser.

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Ringgold man charged with killing ex-girlfiend’s dog

ringgold man kills girlfriend's dog

A Ringgold man, who’s been in Catoosa County jail for the past 25 days for allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend’s credit cards and assaulting her son, has now been charged with killing her dog.

According to the Ringgold Police Department:

Nathan Van Brock, 36, of Lodgestone Drive, was arrested Feb. 14 on charges of assault, entering auto, and financial transaction card fraud.

A few days later he was charged with aggravated stalking and aggravated cruelty to animals.

He remains in Catoosa County jail with bond set at $5,000.

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Catoosa County restaurant reports for Feb. 16-29, 2016

restaurant report card February 2016

Catoosa County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted food service inspections at the following 12 establishments where food is served during the last two weeks of February 2016.


2219 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

Feb.17, 2016

Score: 75, Grade: C

Boyd's Speedway (Grand Stand)

1481 Scruggs Road, Ringgold

Feb. 23, 2016

Score: 100, Grade: A

Boyd's Speedway (Pit Concessions)

1481 Scruggs Road, Ringgold

Feb. 23, 2016

Score: 100, Grade: A

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Ringgold woman arrested for second drunken attack in two months

ringgold arrest drunkenness

A Ringgold woman was arrested for allegedly attacking two people while she under the influence. It was her second arrest in seven weeks.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

Christian Morgan Mencer-Smith, 21, of Rolling Hills Drive, was arrested late Sunday night, March 6, on charges of simple assault, criminal trespassing, and obstruction of officers. She was released on bond the following evening.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Rolling Hills Drive around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, in reference to a domestic fight.

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Mattress lands in middle of I-75 in Ringgold, causes pileup with injuries

mattress on i-75

Georgia State Patrol Post 5 in Dalton investigated a multi-vehicle wreck along I-75 in Ringgold Saturday night, in which a loose mattress was the cause of a pileup.

According to GSP:

The three-car accident occurred at about 9:20 p.m. March 5, near mile marker 350 in Ringgold.

Eighteen-year-old Tristen Swafford of Cleveland, Tenn., was traveling north with a box spring and mattress attached to the top of his Jeep Cherokee SUV, when the items came loose and slid off the back of the vehicle into the roadway.

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