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In news today…
A Bradley County Sheriff’s Deputy has resigned after publishing a controversial post on hi personal Facebook that does not meet the level of professionalism expected of an employee of the BCSO. The former deputy states ‘health conditions and other reasons beyond my control’ in his resignation letter. The post has since been removed from his Facebook profile.
The post was published on the former deputy’s personal Facebook during the late hours of the night on Thursday, June 18. By 10:45 a.m. on Friday, June 19, he had been called into his supervisor’s office, at which time he voluntarily turned in his resignation letter.
The resignation letter states the following: “Due to health conditions and other reasons beyond my control I hereby tender my resignation from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Dept. effective immediately.”
Sheriff Steve Lawson issued a statement saying: “The language exhibited on this former deputy’s Facebook was unacceptable and will not be tolerated by any of my officers or staff.
Less than 12 hours passed from time the post was published to the time his resignation was tendered. Such behavior will not be tolerated under my administration.”
Also in news today…
Three male residents from Hamilton County have been arrested for committing multiple auto burglaries in Bradley County and stealing a sport utility vehicle out of Chattanooga.
On Sunday, at approximately 1:30 a.m., BCSO deputies responded to Falcon Drive after dispatchers received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the area. The caller advised that the vehicle, a gold Lexus SUV, was parked on the side of the road and that three males had been seen taking items in the area. When deputies arrived, they observed three males walking from the reported vehicle; one of the males was seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. Deputies identified 11 unlocked vehicles that had been entered on Archer Lane, which runs directly off of Falcon Drive and just east of where the unoccupied SUV was located, along with another unlocked vehicle that had been entered on Mountain View Drive. Each of the vehicles appeared to have been rummaged through with small items taken including wallets, credit cards, cash, sunglasses and one set of Apple AirPods.
Upon checking the license plate of the reported SUV, dispatch discovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen from Chattanooga on June 13th, 2020. Investigators responded to the scene to assist patrol deputies in processing the stolen SUV, along with the numerous burglarized vehicles.
While deputies and investigators were still in the area, three males — one wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, matching the description given by one of the witnesses — were spotted walking along Dalton Pike, a short distance from where the stolen SUV had been recovered. The initial deputy, who had contact with the males walking, advised that one of the males had a gun.
After successfully avoiding a potential altercation, deputies placed all three male suspects under arrest shortly after additional deputies arrived on the scene. Two of the males had a handgun on their person and a third gun was found lying on the ground next to them. One set of Apple AirPods was also recovered from one of the suspects.
The suspects were identified as Shu’Quwan La’Derious Green, Christopher Antoine Harris and Elijah Latrel Williams, all from Hamilton County. Each suspect was charged with 12 counts of Auto Burglary, Theft Over $2,500 and three counts of Theft Under $1,000. Additionally, Elijah Williams and Christopher Harris were charged with Possession of a Handgun during a Felony; Shu’Quwan Green was charged with Felon in Possession of a Handgun.
In news today…
During the Bradley County Commission meeting on Monday, County Mayor D. Gary Davis added four budget resolutions which will be voted on at the next meeting. Commissioner Charlotte Peak discussed the Landfill Commission meeting with Santek and TDEK. She stated the TDEK representative says there is a definite smell coming from the landfill, but it appears to be from a non-hazardous source. She asked the commission to have Santek cease dumping sludge until the smell is dealt with properly. That request will be voted on in a future meeting. Several members of the audience spoke in regards to the landfill situation, asking the Commission to help them. One audience member also spoke about the monument protests, and is asking the Commission to do everything it can to protect the monument.
The next Commission meeting will be held on July 6th at 7PM.