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Authorities investigating Catoosa County arson case; $10,000 reward for information

Catoosa County Sheriff’s detectives and fire investigators are looking into a potential arson case after a man discovered the inside of his mobile home burned up.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were dispatched to the mobile home at 553 Correll Road on Saturday morning, June 4, after the homeowner claimed the inside of the home had suspiciously been burned up.

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Catoosa County Crime Stoppers: Ringgold vehicle stolen, Lake Winnie gift shop burglarized

Between 6:15 p.m. on May 26, and 7:30 a.m. on May 27, a burglary occurred in the 1700 block of Lakeview Drive in Rossville, in which approximately $70 worth of goods was stolen.

Deputies responded to a burglary call at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park, and employees said someone broke into the water park gift shop.

Employees said the crew had been working towards the water park opening, and that entry was made into the gift shop via a missing key.

A damaged cash box was located, but hadn’t been fully entered.

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Catoosa Market coming to Northwest Georgia Bank Amphitheatre June 18

Catoosa County is gearing up for its big Catoosa Market summer event, which will include numerous festivities for the community on Saturday, June 18, at the Northwest Georgia Bank Amphitheatre at the Benton Place Campus in Ringgold.

According to Catoosa County economic development coordinator Katie Thomason, the event, which is free, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Ringgold’s annual 1890’s Day festival a big a family favorite over Memorial Day weekend

The annual 1890’s Day Jamboree in Ringgold was a big hit over the Memorial Day weekend, and thousands of people crowded the historic downtown district to enjoy fun, music, food, and a number of crafts and activities.

With the sun beaming and the aroma of gator-on-a-stick in the air, festival-goers were treated to some new activities this year and an increased number of vendors.

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Walker County man convicted of murder

A Walker County jury convicted Michael James Gobert of felony murder, aggravated assault and multiple other counts related to an October 19, 2015, incident on Straight Gut Road in Rock Springs.

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Catoosa County man arrested for sending nude photos to 16-year-old girl

A Ringgold man is behind bars in Catoosa County after allegedly sending nude photos to a 16-year-old girl.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

John Todd Jones, 41, of U.S. Highway 41, was arrested Monday, May 23, on charges of electronically furnishing obscene materials to minors and criminal attempt to commit sexual exploitation of a child. He is currently being held without bond.

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Police standoff with LaFayette woman who shot man ends with her arrest

A LaFayette woman who shot a man and then held police at bay in a six-hour standoff at her residence Wednesday night is now in custody.

Authorities were patient with the suspect and tried numerous times to get her to leave the residence. Several canisters of tear gas were used to try to force her from the residence, but it took Walker County Special Operations entering the residence to take her into custody.

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Catoosa county tax commissioner race ends in runoff for Autry and House

For two of the four candidates running for Catoosa County tax commissioner, the race continues.

Jama House and Gary Wayne Autry edged out Charles Stephens and Mike Key for the majority of the night as precinct numbers rolled in.

House ended with a final tally of 1,918 votes (35.85%), Autry garnered 1,383 (25.85%), Key took 1,071 (20.02%) and Stephens ended with 978 (18.28%).

A runoff race is slated for Tuesday, July 26.

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Timothy Hodge builds and donates dog houses as Eagle Scout project

Timothy Hodge, honor student at Heritage High School, life-long Boy Scout, taekwondo level-3 second-degree black belt, guitarist, has added to his résumé: builder of dog houses.

It was a natural next step for someone who aspires to be both an Eagle Scout and an architect.

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Catoosa high schoolers take first tours of GNTC Catoosa County campus

Juniors from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (LFO) High School in Catoosa County had the honor of being the first to tour the brand new Catoosa County Campus (CCC) of Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Thursday, May 19.

Georgia Northwestern associate vice president of academic affairs Ginger Mathis, along with a group of other GNTC administrators helped give tours to students from LFO and the Performance Learning Center (PLC) throughout the day. The CCC is the college’s sixth campus. GNTC also has campuses in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties in Georgia.

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