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Remembering the tornado, five years later: “Everyone just came together and helped each other”

On April 27, 2011, Lori Atkins Carter stood on her front porch on Lookout Mountain staring out at the destruction of a tornado that had just hit her Hinkle neighborhood.

“I looked into the distance,” says Carter, “and I saw it wasn’t over. There was horrible pink and lime green lightning, like fireworks — it was another tornado, the one that hit Ringgold.”

Carter says she’s a weather watcher and had been keeping an eye on forecasts that day. When it became clear danger was on the horizon, she and two of her children went to their basement.

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Catoosa County Crime Stoppers: Ringgold, Tunnel Hill homes burglarized

· Between 7 p.m. on April 11 and 9:30 a.m. on April 12, a residential burglary occurred on Nellie Head Road in Tunnel Hill, in which more than $1,200 worth of property was stolen.

The victim told police someone broke into the house during the nighttime hours by forcing their way through the back door.

Neighbors were interviewed. They reported not seeing anybody at the residence during the timeframe the incident occurred.

Two firearms, two lawn mowers, a laptop computer, miscellaneous tools, and an Xbox 360 were taken during the incident.

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Ringgold police investigating bank robbery, trying to identify suspect

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The Ringgold Police Department is still working to identity a black male who robbed the First Tennessee Bank on Alabama Highway on Tuesday afternoon, April 19.

According to Ringgold Police Chief Dan Bilbrey, the incident occurred at 2:28 p.m. at 5038 Alabama Highway.

Detectives have not disclosed how much money was actually taken during the incident.

It’s also uncertain at this time whether the man was armed.

“He never produced a weapon,” Bilbrey said. “Whether he was armed or not, we don’t know for sure.”

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Ringgold approves purchase of new tasers for police department

Ringgold City Council, at it most recent meeting, voted to purchase three new tasers for its police force.

Police Chief Dan Bilbrey was on the March 28 council agenda to request new tasers for his department now that some of the ones the department has are either obsolete or not working at all.

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Ringgold reality TV star Joan Koplan dies

Joan Koplan, star of the reality TV show “Small Town Security” about a Ringgold security firm, died Thursday, March 31, after a long illness.

During the third and final season of the show, which ran from July 2012 through June 2014, it was revealed she had developed a brain tumor. She was hospitalized several times and suffered many side-effects and health issues in the months afterwards, stemming from the surgery and radiation treatment.

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Catoosa County Crime Stoppers: SUV stolen, Ringgold home burglarized

· Between 10:10 p.m. on March 13 and 7:30 a.m. on March 14, an automobile theft occurred on Wilbanks Road in Tunnel Hill.

The victim told police hers and her husband’s vehicle was stolen from their driveway during the night.

The victim was at work during the late night/early morning hours, but her husband was home the entire night and didn’t see or hear anyone around the vehicle and wasn’t aware it’d been taken until the morning.

The vehicle is a black 2004 Ford Explorer with Ga. tag number TJH618. The vehicle is valued at approximately $8,000.

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Ringgold man arrested on child molestation charges

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A Ringgold man is being held without bond in the Catoosa County jail after being accused of molesting a girl under the age of 10.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department:

William Franklin Jackson, 73, of Ridge Street, was arrested Tuesday, March 15, on three counts of child molestation and two counts of aggravated child molestation.

Jackson has been denied bond at this time.

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Ringgold man accused of killing fiancé, staging scene to look like suicide

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A Ringgold man is accused of killing his fiancé in a secluded area and making it look like a suicide.

Brian Colby Davenport, 47, of 3198 Pine Grove Road, has been charged with murder, tampering with evidence, two counts of giving false statements, and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a crime. He is being held without bond in the Catoosa County jail.

His fiancé, 46-year-old Deborah Lynn Abney of Ringgold, died Friday evening, March 11, from a gunshot to the head.

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Judge grants DA’s request to retry former Ringgold foster mom on murder charge

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It’s been nearly a month since a Catoosa County jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on murder in the trial of a Ringgold woman accused in the death of her foster daughter.

Now the Superior Court judge who presided over the trial has granted prosecutor’s request to retry the charge.

The new trial on the felony murder charge is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 8.

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Ringgold man charged with killing ex-girlfiend’s dog

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A Ringgold man, who’s been in Catoosa County jail for the past 25 days for allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend’s credit cards and assaulting her son, has now been charged with killing her dog.

According to the Ringgold Police Department:

Nathan Van Brock, 36, of Lodgestone Drive, was arrested Feb. 14 on charges of assault, entering auto, and financial transaction card fraud.

A few days later he was charged with aggravated stalking and aggravated cruelty to animals.

He remains in Catoosa County jail with bond set at $5,000.

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