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Catoosa County Crime Stoppers: Truck stolen

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Between 4 p.m. on Jan. 3 and 10 a.m. on Jan. 5, a residential burglary and auto theft occurred in the 400 block of Martin Ward Road in Tunnel Hill.

The victim told police he believes a relative stole his truck and also welding gas bottles from inside a building at his mother’s residence.

The victim stated he was awarded the building, all its contents, and a Ford F-250 truck recently when his father passed away. He also stated that Catoosa County Probate Court judge Jeff Hullender signed off on the will certifying so.

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Catoosa County school board members sworn in

Jack Sims

Three Catoosa County Board of Education election winners were sworn in by new probate court judge Jeff Hullender at the board meeting Jan. 6.

Three-term school board member David Moeller ran unopposed in his re-election for the District 4 seat. Moeller is the board’s vice chairman.

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Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickmauga named one of Georgia’s most influential people

Senator Jeff Mullis

For the seventh consecutive year, Georgia Trend Magazine has named Republican Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga to its Power List of “100 Most Influential Georgians.”

According to the magazine, the list highlights individuals who have accomplished something significant for the state and have had a positive impact on the livelihood of all Georgians.

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Bond rejected for Ringgold teen accused of murder

A 17-year-old Ringgold teen arrested last weekfor allegedly shooting four people, killing one, was not granted a bond during his first court appearance on Monday.

Cortez LeBron Sims, who lead authorities on a 2½-day manhunt last week, was in Hamilton County, Tenn., juvenile court Monday in front of judge Robert Philyaw.

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Ringgold opts to relocate downtown digital sign; committee to oversee effort

After a two-month back-and-forth with citizens regarding the future of Ringgold’s downtown digital sign, the city council decided Monday night, Jan. 12, to start the process of relocating the sign to a new area of the city.

After more than an hour-and-a-half of discussion regarding the issue, which featured citizens’ comments both for and against the sign, the council ultimately decided to create a committee to begin the process of moving the sign, which has been located in Citizen’s Park since 2009.

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Free entrance to Point Park offered on Martin Luther King Day Jan. 19

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park announced the waiver of entrance fees to enter Point Park on top of Lookout Mountain, Monday, Jan. 19. Experience the majestic views from Chattanooga’s surrounding landscapes found in our nation’s first national military park.

Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by spending quality time walking through Point Park, while reflecting on his “I have a Dream” speech, which prominently featured Lookout Mountain.

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Battlefield Elementary chooses educator of the month for December

Congratulations to Michelle Garcia, Battlefield Elementary's educator of the month. Garcia is a fifth grade teacher at BES and was elected by her colleagues for this honor. They shared in their nominations that Michelle is an “awesome teacher with great rapport with her students.” They also said she works very hard to make things great for her students and spends her personal time exploring new options for her classroom.

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Ringgold teen wanted for murder arrested in Knoxville

ringgold teen arrested for murder

After a two-day manhunt, authorities have arrested 17-year-old Ringgold teen Cortez “AWAX” LeBron Sims for his suspected involvement in a fatal shooting Jan. 7 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Authorities say Sims, who was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) Top 10 Most Wanted list Thursday, was taken into custody in Knoxville on Friday afternoon, Jan. 9.

The arrest of Sims was part of a joint investigation by the Chattanooga Police Department, the TBI, and U.S. Marshalls.

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Search continues for Ringgold teen suspected of Chattanooga murder; other victims still in serious condition

Chattanooga police and north Georgia authorities are still searching for Cortez “AWAX” LeBron Sims, a Ringgold teen wanted for a Wednesday morning shooting that claimed the life of one woman and injured three others.

Sims, 17, is suspected of traveling to 773 West Main Street in Chattanooga at the College Hill Courts housing complex just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, and opening fire with multiple people in the residence.

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Teen murder suspect from Ringgold has had run-ins with police

ringgold teen murder suspect

Cortez LeBron Sims, the 17-year-old from Ringgold who is wanted for murder in connection with a shooting in Chattanooga early this morning that left one woman dead and three others injured, has had run-ins with police.

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