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Investigators confirm LaFayette murder victim was pregnant, strangled

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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

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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

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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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Ringgold man resists arrest, gets tased twice

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A Ringgold man is feeling more than just the sting of jail after he allegedly tried to fight off sheriff's deputies serving him with a warrant and wound up getting tased twice during the scuffle.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:

Kevin Wayne Brumley, 45, of Potts Road, was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 10, on three counts of obstructing officers, battery on a law enforcement officer, and first-degree burglary. His bond was set at $15,000.

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GDOL To Help Propex Recruit In Ringgold

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The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Propex, a geosynthetic solutions company, recruit about 10 employees to work in Ringgold.

The recruitment will be held on Friday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Georgia Northwestern Technical College located at 6450 Alabama Highway. GDOL staff will be on site to assist with the application process.

The employer is recruiting quality lab technicians, maintenance technicians and production line operators.

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After five-hour standoff, armed suspect surrenders to Catoosa County deputies

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A Catoosa County man is out of the hospital and in jail facing multiple assault charges following a five-hour standoff with authorities on New Year's Day, which ultimately ended with him surrendering.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:

Alvin Truitt Bonner, 52, of 98 Summit Drive in Ringgold was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 2 on 10 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, two counts of aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm while attempting to commit a crime. His bond was set at $32,500.

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Ringgold man leads police on chase, found hiding under car in resident's garage

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A Ringgold man was arrested after he allegedly ran from police and hid under a vehicle in a stranger's garage, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:

Tommy Trucker Collins, 26, of Edwards Lane, was arrested on Dec. 27 on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude, obstruction of officers, no insurance, criminal trespassing, driving on while license suspended, failure to stop at a stop sign, suspended registration, possession of amphetamine, and a cracked windshield.

Collins was released from jail on bond three days later on Dec. 30.

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Man crashes vehicle into Rossville home, causes fire

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A man was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning, Jan. 3, after he lost control of his vehicle in Rossville and crashed into a home, causing it to catch of fire, police say.

According to the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, the incident occurred shortly after 9 a.m.

Officials say the man suffered some sort of medical emergency, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle and crash the garage area of the home located at 29 Flagstone Drive, just off Lakeview Drive.

The crashed caused a subsequent fire in the home, police say.

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Fort Oglethorpe turns 68; a lot has changed

Fort Oglethorpe is a New Year's baby – born January 1, 1949. The city turned 68 years old the first of this month. Its siblings, Ringgold and Catoosa County, by contrast, are ancient at 169 and 163 years old.

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