Here is your news for Monday, August 12th, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland:
Topping our news today, from WRCB Channel 3…
Curtis Ray Watson is now in custody, the TBI announced Sunday morning.
Watson escaped from West Tennessee State Penitentiary and is accused of killing Debra Johnson at her home on prison grounds on Wednesday, Aug. 7, was captured in a soybean field, according to law enforcement officials.
Watson served as a trustee at the Henning, TN, prison while serving a 15-year sentence for an aggravated kidnapping conviction in Henry County in 2013. His sentence was due to expire in 2025.
Also in news today…
The TBI is investigating an officer involved shooting in southeast Bradley County.
BCSO Deputies responded to 2854 McDaris Circle SE on an initial call from a female of an unwanted armed subject at her residence.
While enroute to the scene the call was updated to a stabbing incident. The caller stated the suspect, a white male, was armed with a knife and had stabbed himself in the chest.
When deputies arrived they attempted to subdue the man who was still armed with a knife.
They deployed a tazer but were unable to stop him. A single deputy then fired two shots to the chest of the suspect. He was later pronounced dead at the scene by Bradley County EMS.
Per policy, in the case of an officer involved shooting, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations went on site and will lead the investigation at the BCSO’s request through the District Attorney’s office. Their Violent Crimes Response Team was enroute from Nashville to assist as well.
Further details will be provided by the TBI when available.
From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
A Cleveland man was arrested Friday night in connection with the alleged stabbing of a juvenile at a local motel
Glen Tigue was charged with aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and domestic assault.
Officers from the Cleveland Police Department arrived at Daybreak Suites at 132 Keith Street S.W., after reports were received by the 911 Communications Center regarding an altercation between two individuals.
The officers, who arrived at the motel at approximately 9:30 p.m., discovered a male juvenile lying on a sidewalk with multiple stab wounds to his back and hip, according to CPD public information officer Sgt. Evie West.
The juvenile was airlifted to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga.
In a separate incident, Brad Stamey, 32, was arrested for allegedly stabbing another man several times during an altercation on Wildwood Avenue Friday night.
Officers from the CPD responded to an assault call at approximately 7:39 p.m. Friday at 960 Wildwood Ave. S.E., in Cleveland.
Stamey fled the scene, but was later apprehended by CPD officers. He is charged with attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Also in news today…
Ben Williams, a robotics teacher at Cleveland High School, has been named the Tennessee Secondary/Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Association for Career and Technical Education.
Williams learned of the honor this summer and was officially presented with the award during a brief gathering with school officials Friday at CHS.
Williams has been teaching at CHS since 2013. He became what school officials say has been an “influential” force within his school’s career and technical education program.
He is perhaps best known for getting his students involved in humanitarian efforts. Multiple hands-on projects have reportedly helped students learn the importance of serving others as they develop their robotics skills.
The Cleveland Daily Banner reports…
The Bradley County sports community is mourning the loss of a local legend today with the passing of Bearette great “Liz” (Hannah) Jackson.
The matriarch of one of the most successful sports families in Bradley Central High School’s century-plus history, she succumbed to a prolonged illness Saturday afternoon.
A fixture at Bradley Central as an athlete, teacher, mom and fan for five decades, her smile and friendly personality will be greatly missed by the Bear Nation.
Liz was married to BCHS Athletics Director Turner Jackson, a two-time Alabama high school state wrestling champ, two-time NCAA D-II National Champion at UT-Chattanooga and member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The pair met while he was directing the Bear wrestlers from 1979-93.