Thursday , 18 July 2019

Thursday, August 30th

Here is today’s news on, sponsored by Toyota of Cleveland:

In news today…

On Sunday night, August 26th, a vigilant neighbor spotted two males loading a truck with various items from a nearby home. The neighbor confronted the males, told them he knew the residents and to unload their truck. The males unloaded an air compressor, drill press, bottle jacks and a grinder. One male fled on foot, the second male got into the truck and left the scene (after the neighbor took a picture of the truck and one suspect). Further investigation revealed damage to a garage door that had been pried open.

After posting the picture of the unknown male on Facebook, it took just a few minutes before calls and Facebook inbox tips came pouring in! Your tips positively identified this male as Terry Crowder II. Detective Bill Parks immediately located Crowder, who was wanted out of two counties, Bradley and Polk. Crowder was placed in custody. In addition to Crowder’s outstanding warrants, he was also charged with Aggravated Burglary, Theft over $1000 and Vandalism under $1000, from the described incident.

From the Chattanoogan…

The Cleveland City Council unanimously voted to donate Mayor Tom Rowland’s office furniture and memorabilia related to his distinguished tenure as the longest serving mayor in Cleveland’s history. Mayor Rowland has been a dedicated public servant for Cleveland for more than 27 years and is currently Tennessee’s longest sitting mayor.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points will work with Mayor Rowland, his supporters, and city officials to create a permanent exhibit at the Museum using the mayor’s furniture and memorabilia to preserve and share his historic accomplishments with current and future residents, as well as to visitors to the Ocoee Region.

Also in news today…

Over 60 first responders Cleveland will be honored on September 20th at the 2018 Annual meeting and awards dinner. The event will be held on the campus of Cleveland State Community College. The announcement came today from Brenda LAWSON, president of Cleveland 100, who said Cleveland 100 and Cleveland State are partnering this year and several changes have been made for this year’s event with a few surprises in store.

LAWSON said emergency services agencies submitted nominations from their departments for first responders who have gone above and beyond in their duties this past year. Cleveland 100 Board of Directors voted on this year’s winners and awards will be given  in three categories: dedicated professionals, community service and awards of excellence.

A special category this year will be a “citizens hero” award to recognize a Bradley Central High School junior who saved three people from drowning earlier this summer. Taylor Swallows and her family will be guests at this year’s event as Cleveland 100 honors Taylor as a “community hero.”

Plans are now being finalized and more details will be announced.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

Brian Cottell, the Chattanooga police officer who police have said “accidentally” fired his weapon at a deceased suicidal man, did so intentionally, his attorneys say.

The Chattanooga Police Department issued a news release on Monday, saying an officer accidentally discharged his department-issued handgun three times at a scene in the 4000 block of Oakwood Drive. Two of the shots hit a chair and one hit the deceased man’s leg.

“[Cottell] purposefully discharged his weapon to protect himself and other officers as he was trained to do in these types of situations,” one of Cottell’s attorneys, Janie Parks Varnell, said in a statement.

Body camera footage shows Cottell was standing 10 to 20 feet away from the man when he tried to convince the man to drop the weapon, Hoss said. But the man refused.

Almost simultaneously to the man’s shot, Varnell said, Cottell fired three quick rounds.

Spokespersons for the Chattanooga Police Department did not immediately return requests for comment.