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Man arrested for vandalizing Ringgold police vehicles at City Hall

A Ringgold man is behind bars in Catoosa County facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly vandalized four police vehicles at City Hall and was involved in a theft with damage at a local business.

According to the Ringgold Police Department:

William "Billy" Lindsay Stephens, 44, of LQ Ware Lane was arrested Dec. 6 on charges of theft, entering an auto, criminal damage to property, and interference with government property. His bond has been set at $12,500.

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Boil water notice issued for parts of Whitfield County

WHITFIELD COUNTY, Ga. — Parts of Whitfield County are now being warned to boil water.

In a Facebook post from the town of Cohutta, Dalton Utilities sent a notice warning some customers to boil their water before using it.

The city says that's because the major water main break in Hamilton County is having an impact on their water and there is a potential health hazard from back flow. On Monday, a 24-inch main broke near the Cracker Barrel on Old Lee Highway.

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A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US

NEW YORK (AP) -- More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever.

The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids.

Heroin deaths rose 23 percent in one year, to 12,989, slightly higher than the number of gun homicides, according to government data released Thursday.

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Camp's choice as fire chief ignites controversy in Catoosa County

The Catoosa County commission's decision to override the selection process and county manager's recommendation regarding the search for a new fire chiefhas sparked debate — and a revision of the county code.

What seemed like an innocuous housekeeping matter instead resurrected charges that the county too often operates as a "good ole boys" network.

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Defense focuses on penalty, not guilt in church shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The attorneys defending Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shooting trial are largely conceding his guilt in the shooting deaths of nine black parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. Their attention is on keeping their client out of the death chamber.

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Catoosa County man found after running from police, hiding in woods overnight

A Catoosa County man possibly connected to multiple theft and burglary cases is in jail without bond after he allegedly ran from sheriff's deputies, and then spent the night hiding out in the woods, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:

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Families to receive money from Woodmore Fund this week

Just two weeks after a deadly school bus crash the families affected will receive the community's donations.

On November 21st, a Woodmore Elementary School bus crashed on Talley Road and killed six children and injured dozens more.

At last check, the Woodmore Fund had raised more than $200,000.

Lakweshia Ewing is the spokesperson for the Woodmore Fund. 

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Federal government blocks Dakota Access oil pipeline route

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites.

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Teenager fires on Walker County deputies; deputies unhurt

WALKER COUNTY, Ga. — Walker County Sheriff's Office says three Walker County deputies were fired upon overnight by a 16-year-old.

It happened just after 1 a.m. in the area of Mission Ridge and Johnson Road in Rossville Georgia.

Sheriff Steve Wilson says the deputies were responding to a suspicious call in that area when they tried to question a teenage boy at the intersection. Sheriff Wilson says the suspect then ran south on Mission Ridge Road, turned and fired one shot in the deputy's direction.

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Dalton Police arrest church burglary suspect caught on camera

DALTON, Ga. — Dalton Police say they have arrested a man who was caught on surveillance video who broke into a church, stole a computer, and wrote satanic messages on a dry erase board in the Sunday School room.

The burglary happened at the First United Methodist Church at 500 South Thornton Avenue during the early morning hours of November 13th but was not reported to police until November 28th.

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