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Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a quadruple homicide in McMinn County.
The McMinn County Sheriff’s office spokesperson Joe Guy said they have not seen something of this magnitude in their county in the last 20-25 years, if ever.
38-year-old Curtis Smith and 27-year-old Jazzmine Hall are the identified suspects by authorities.
Officials said Saturday morning they received a call about a shooting on County Road 60 and found one man, and three women dead from gunshot wounds.
He said they left with a ten-month-old child who the argument started over. The parents of that child are Jazzmine Hall and Trevan Hall. Trevan was one of the four people who were killed. Police said the child is safe and now with DCS.
Within twelve hours, Sheriff Guy said they found the two suspects.
They have been charged with four counts of premeditated murder, which are felonies.
The 10-month-old child was recovered safely and will be released to DCS custody.
A SWAT operation was conducted by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, with the assistance of the Polk Co Sheriff’s Office, the 10th Drug Task Force, and the US Marshals.
No charge or bond information is available at this time.
Two and a half years after the crash that killed Chattanooga Police Officer Nicholas Galinger, a jury found Janet Hinds guilty Saturday of causing his death.
Janet Hinds hung her head as the jury announced she was guilty of eight of the 10 charges that killed Galinger. The most serious conviction, vehicular homicide by intoxication carries a sentence range of 8-12 years. The not guilty verdicts (failure to render aid and violation of traffic control device) involved two Class C misdemeanors.
Outside of the courtroom, Galinger’s father said he felt like justice was served, although he felt for the Hinds family.
Defense Attorney Ben McGowan, who presented a strong case, declined to comment after the verdict, along with the Hinds family.
Janet Hinds will be sentenced on November 1st. She will remain out on bond on house arrest until her sentencing.
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A Bradley County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officer undergoing treatment at an animal hospital after he was shot during an auto burglary at a local apartment complex on Wednesday, remains in critical condition, but is showing signs of improvement, according to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
K-9 officer Joker is recovering at Animal Hospital Emergency & Specialty Center in Chattanooga.
The sheriff’s office thanked members of the community who have sent donations, cards and gifts to BCSO Deputy Eduardo Choate and Joker.
Choate was not injured during the incident which began to unfold at approximately 1:40 a.m. Wednesday when the Cleveland Police Department responded to an auto burglary in progress at Park Oaks Apartments on Harrison Pike.
Kaitlin Gebby reports: Cleveland State Community College and local high schools grew a little closer this year as the number of students in dual enrollment courses increased across Bradley County.
Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn college credit at the same time they work toward their high school diploma.
According to President Dr. Bill Seymour, Cleveland State was one of only two colleges across Tennessee to see year-over-year growth in enrollment— all other colleges witnessed a drop in the number of their students.
Cleveland State reported a 2.8% increase in its overall headcount from last year, with 3,161 students enrolled in the fall 2021 semester.
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The NAACP has been closely monitoring an incident that transpired at Cleveland High School on Tuesday, September 21st and the racist statements shared on SnapChat by Cleveland High School students. A school administration’s response to sensitive situations sets precedent within a school community and the community at large. The NAACP is proposing an increase in anti-racist training in school systems, along with a system-wide Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Bradley County branch of the NAACP has been invited to take part in a panel discussion with students from Cleveland High School this week, and are hopeful for positive outcomes from the dialogue this situation has provoked.