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Fatal Flaw: Why 911 centers are behind on tracking cell phone users

911 Call Centers Behind on GPS Tracking

If you call 911 from a cell phone, there's a chance help may not be able to find you.

Hamilton County's Executive Director for Emergency Communications John Stuermer says less than half of calls made from a cell phone actually give your location.

"People should be concerned and we in the industry are very frustrated," Stuermer said.

When you call 911 from a landline it will show your exact address and phone number.

When cell phones became popular in the 1990's Stuermer says it made finding people difficult.

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Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department report for Jan. 20-26, 2017

Catoosa Sheriff Report January 2017

Friday, Jan. 20

Jerry Lee Matthews, 46, was arrested for probation violation.

Karen Lee Hafley, 36, was arrested for suspended or revoked license.

Lynn Lake, 59, was arrested for driving while license suspended or revoked.

Saturday, Jan. 21

Terri Michelle Harris, 22, was arrested for theft by taking.

Michael Shay Lewis, 43, was arrested for affixing a license plate with intent to misrepresent, seat belt requirements.

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Ringgold to open downtown recycling location Feb. 11

ringgold recycling center

After months of discussion and planning, the city of Ringgold will open its new downtown recycling site beginning Saturday, Feb. 11.

The site, which is located across from the Little General Children's Park at the corner of Cleveland and Lafayette streets, will give residents and local businesses the opportunity to better the environment.

After securing a container, choosing a location, and learning more about the process, the City Council decided in a Jan. 9 meeting that the facility can only be used by residents and businesses that are located inside the city limits.

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Police Arrest 2 Ringgold Men After Stolen Van, Large Amount Of Meth Found At Motel 6 On Lee Highway

2 men arrested Ringgold theft

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office arrested two Ringgold, Ga., men after a stolen van and a large amount of meth were found at the Motel 6, 7707 Lee Highway.

Mitchell Sullivan, 45, of 104 Princess Lane, Ringgold, is charged with theft of property over $10,000, possession of meth for resale, possession of heroin for resale, possession of hydrocodone for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

In the incident last Wednesday, a deputy was doing a business check at the location, which he said is known for its "well-document drug activity."

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Catoosa County restaurant reports for Jan. 1-27, 2017

january 2017 restaurant report card

Catoosa County Environmental Health, part of the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted food service inspections, at the following 22 establishments where food is served, during the first four weeks of 2017.


2219 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

Jan. 27, 2017

Score: 100, Grade: A

Ci Ci's

723 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe

Jan. 23, 2017

Score: 94, Grade: A

Circle K Stores Inc./Subway

11418 41 Highway, Ringgold

Jan. 27, 2017

Score: 100, Grade: A

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Catoosa County attempted murder suspect Weldon now in custody

catoosa attempted murder suspect in custody

A two-day manhunt in Catoosa County for Wesley Gage Weldon ended Thursday night, Jan. 26, when authorities were able to track him down and get him into custody.

According to Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk, his agency received a tip Thursday evening that Weldon was holding up at a residence in Walker County.

Around 8:30 p.m., members of the Catoosa and Walker County sheriff's departments and U.S. Marshalls approached the residence, where they indeed located Weldon.

Sisk says Weldon tried to evade officers again, but was tased and immediately taken into custody.

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Investigators confirm LaFayette murder victim was pregnant, strangled

lafayette victim pregnant and strangled

The Walker County Sheriff's Department, in a press release sent out Monday, Jan. 23, confirmed that the 29-year-old LaFayette woman murdered by her live-in boyfriend last week was pregnant. The press release also said the woman was strangled to death.

According to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson:

"The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Department of Forensic Science, performed an autopsy today on Candace Hankins. Preliminary finding on the cause of death was manual asphyxiation and it was also confirmed that the victim was pregnant."

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Half-dozen guns stolen from Catoosa County home

guns stolen from catoosa home

Catoosa County sheriff's detectives are investigating a burglary in which a half-dozen firearms were stolen from a residence on Post Oak Road.

Deputies were dispatched to the residence around noon Sunday, Jan. 15, after a couple reported their home had been broken into.

The couple said they left for church around 9:45 a.m. and returned home at noon to find their inside dog lying down outside in the yard, reports show.

The side door to the home was found open, as well as a ladder leading to the attic access door of the home.

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Ringgold sets timetable for occupational tax committee to devise new ordinance

tax committee ringgold

The city of Ringgold couldn't reach a final decision on its change of how to collect occupational tax from businesses by the end of 2016, but hopes to have a new plan designed by early April.

For the past 20 years or so, Ringgold has been operating under an ordinance that charges businesses a $50 application fee and a $100 occupational tax fee for 20 employees or less. That number climbs to $350 if the business has 100 employees or more, meaning the most any business would pay is $400 for the year.

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LaFayette man charged with killing girlfriend

A 29-year-old LaFayette man killed his live-in girlfriend Sunday evening, Jan. 15, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said Monday.

David Ryan Walker has been charged with the murder of 29-year-old Candace Ann Hankins. The couple lived at 956 Wheeler Road, Wilson said.

This is the first murder in Walker County in 2017, Wilson said.

Officials believe Hankins was pregnant, but that will have to be confirmed by an autopsy, Wilson said.

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