Arrest Report - Monday - September 24, 2018

Here is the latest arrest report from the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office for Monday, September 24, 2018:

Drug Task Force Agents & U.S. Marshals Arrest Missouri Murder Suspect in NW Georgia

Authorities from Missouri traveled to Northwest Georgia this past weekend to pick up a murder suspect that was discovered at an apartment in LaFayette late last week.

Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force Commander Pat Doyle says that twenty-seven-year-old Anthony William Neill was located inside the Langley Apartments on South Main Street in LaFayette.  Drug Task Force Agents were assisting the United States Marshal’s Service in the apprehension of the suspect.

Neill was wanted in Boone County, Missouri on second-degree murder charges after being accused of shooting thirty-one-year-old Randall King, Jr. in late August.  Another suspect in that homicide was already in custody.

While making the arrest of Neill, Drug Task Force Agents also arrested fifty-year-old Roger Glenn Eaton and charged him with possession of methamphetamine.

(WQCH / Compiled Reports)


One Dead After Early Sunday Morning Shooting In Rome

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Rome Police say that one person is dead and three people were injured in a shooting that took place in the early-morning hours of Sunday.  Rome Police were responding to an E-911 call when they noticed a Jeep traveling at a high rate of speed towards Floyd Hospital.  At the hospital, police discovered that there were people who had been shot inside the Jeep.  The shooting took place on Calhoun Avenue in Rome.  Two people in the Jeep, identified as Evanda Spivey and Sammy Riles were suffering from gunshot wounds. Another gunshot victim was found at the scene of the shooting on Calhoun Avenue. Police say that Tamaine Deshaun McKnight died from multiple gunshot wounds. Another victim, Ladory Robinson was later located with multiple gunshot wounds.  The incident in still under investigation.  See the report from the Rome PD below:


On Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at 4:20 a.m., E-911 advised that multiple subjects were calling about possible gunshots in the area of N. Broad St and Church St.

While in route to the area, Sgt. Hutchins observed a silver Jeep traveling at a high rate of speed pulling into Floyd Medical Center. He advised that the subjects inside the Jeep were shot.

After further investigation, Sgt. Hutchins advised the shooting took place in the area of 510 Calhoun Ave, close to the old bank, and that another subject was had possibly been shot there.

Two other subjects inside the Jeep at FMC were Evanda Spivey and Sammy Riles.

They both stated that they were running away when they were shot on the lot of 510 Calhoun Ave.

They were both treated at FMC and released.

Once on scene at 510 Calhoun Ave, a black male was located with multiple gunshot wounds lying in the parking lot. The subject was unresponsive, not breathing, and was not moving.

The subject had two semi-automatic pistols lying next to him.

He was later identified as Tamaine Deshaun McKnight.

Multiple shell casings were also located in the parking lot.

After securing the scene, E-911 stated that another shooting victim was at 21 Atteiram Drive. A male named Ladory Robinson was located with multiple gunshot wounds.

The scene was turned over to investigators for evidence collection.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Investigator Tony Yarbrough at 706-238-5124.


Summerville City Council Meeting Tonight

The City of Summerville’s search for a new city manager will take the center stage at the council’s meeting tonight.

When the meeting kicks off at at 5 PM in city hall, the council will discuss procedural details for whittling down the nearly 30-person applicant pool. Council members will vote on dates and times for one-on-one interviews with preferred candidates and will consider reimbursing travel expenses of applicants coming in from out of town. Mayor Harry Harvey has said that though the applicants are all “regional”, some are much closer than others.

WZQZ will have a reporter at the meeting to bring you the highlights in upcoming posts and newscasts.

The city has been working to fill the position’s vacancy since the passing of Tony Carroll, who held the position from 2016 until his death this past July. When Mr. Carroll went on medical leave in the spring to fight a second battle with cancer, former Summerville Water Treatment Plant superintendent Janice Galloway came on to fill in. Mr. Carroll lost his battle, and Mrs. Galloway agreed to serve as interim for ~$1,500/week until a long-term manager is hired.

Supt. Galloway has also since reprised her Water Treatment Plant superintendent role after dismissing Byron Riebow, who had held the position for under three months. She cited that Riebow was a poor fit for the city as her reason for letting him go. Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division approved of Galloway simultaneously serving as interim city manager and interim water treatment Plant superintendent, a subordinate position.

Mrs. Galloway is an applicant for the city manager position, but not for the water treatment plant superintendent position.

Car Belonging to Veteran with a Disability Stolen

According to the Walker County sheriff’s office, a 2006 Tacoma has been recently stolen in Jasper, GA.

The Tacoma belongs to a veteran with a disability. 400 gold dollar coins were inside the cab when it was stolen; the coins were used at a Jasper-area convenience store shortly thereafter. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Jasper police department (205-221-2121) or the Walker Co. sheriff’s office (205-302-6464).

In addition but unrelated to the Tacoma, a 2008 Toyota Camry LE was stolen in Jasper this past Friday as well. At the time of the theft, the license plate number on the vehicle was 1DA283. Any information can be called in to the Jasper PD or Walker CSO using the same phone numbers.

Sheriff Says Hurricane Relief Donations Have Been Slim

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Chattooga County sheriff Mark Schrader said on Sunday afternoon that there have not been as many donations to hurricane victims as expected. Schrader and his office began accepting donations- in the form of physical supplies- last week after being approached by several residents who expressed interest to Schrader in helping the victims of hurricane Florence in the Carolinas.

The Sheriff said that his office will continue to collect donations until Thursday (9/27) and pool whatever they have with the donations taken up by the Floyd county sheriff’s office. Items can be dropped off at the sheriff’s office front desk during the work week, or in the lobby of the Chattooga County Jail which is open 24 hours a day. The CSO has reached out to different charity groups and municipalities to determine where the items would best be put to use, but a decision had not been reached at press time. Wherever they decide, the sheriff and members of his department will personally deliver the items Monday after next (10/1).

The sheriff added in his post, “Just bring what you can. If we all give a little, it will be much! Thanks for all who have given and offered to volunteer.” To see the list of suggested items to donate, click here.

Cloudland Community Park Selling Burning Leaf Festival T-Shirts

Cloudland Community Park is taking orders for Burning Leaf Festival T-shirts. The shirts will be maroon and long-sleeved with a vintage-style distressed ivory design (see image below).

To order a shirt, you can send the festival’s organizers a message on their Facebook. When ordering, note size(s) needed, pickup method (either at the festival or by mail delivery), and payment method (either at the festival or online via PayPal).

They will be available for pickup at the Burning Leaf Festival on October 27. If you are picking up your shirt, you can pay at the festival or via PayPal. If you won’t be attending the festival but would still like a shirt, shipment orders will be taken, adding $5 for shipping. Shirts will be screen-printed and must be pre-ordered, unlike how they have been made on-site in previous years.

All proceeds go toward the upkeep and improvement of Cloudland Community Park.


  • Youth S, M, L – $20
  • Adult S, M, L, XL, 2XL – $20
  • 3XL, 4XL, 5XL – $25
  • Shipping – $5

Four Arrested For Shoplifting At Wal-Mart

Four men were arrested on Friday of this past week for a shoplifting incident that happened at Wal-Mart in Chattooga County.

According to preliminary reports, the four men – which included a father and son – are accused of stealing televisions and laundry detergent.  The four were able to get away from Wal-Mart with the stolen goods and were later stopped by Summerville Police.

Twenty-year-old Kaderius Bailey, nineteen-year-old Charles Reams III, forty-year-old Leon Wortham and forty-year-old Charles Reams II were all taken into custody after the purple van they were driving was pulled over by law enforcement.

The four men were booked into the Chattooga County Jail shortly after 8 PM on Friday.

First Full Day Of Fall

While we are still about 6 – 8 weeks away from “peak” season for fall colors, today is the first official day of fall.  However, it will feel more like summer than fall for at least another week or so.

After four days of high temperatures in the 90’s, Chattooga County will once again remain hot today with highs expected in the upper 80’s.  There is a 30% chance for showers or thundershowers this afternoon and evening.

Starting the work week, we will see high temperatures moderate just a bit with afternoon highs in the low 80’s and a slight chance of showers for Monday and Tuesday.  By Wednesday, the chance of rain increases to 60%.  Partly-cloudy skies will help to keep the temperature lower this week, but through the extended forecast we are still looking at highs in the low 80’s and lows overnight in the low 60’s.


Friends Of The Park "Senior Citizen Fishing Rodeo"

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The Friends of James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park want to invite the senior citizens of our community for a special day coming up next weekend.

Chattanooga Zoo Constructing Giant Anteater Exhibit

The Chattanooga Zoo has announced that it is hard at work on a new giant anteater exhibit. The new exhibit will start with just one giant anteater, but the zoo says that the exhibit is being made to house multiple animals and will allow for breeding. It will be built in what is now open space within the zoo’s perimeter.

Zoo CEO and President Dardenelle Long said adding the new exhibit “is indicative of our commitment to preserve these incredible animals. We are excited to participate in an additional program and assist with the preservation of the giant anteater species.”

The zoo’s press release says the exhibit will feature an indoor holding and keeper area, a large outdoor habitat with a pond and multiple public viewing areas.

The giant anteater eats up to 35,000 ants and termites per day. They can grow up to 140 pounds and measure up to seven feet long from the tips of their snouts to the ends of their tails.

Adapted from Press Release

Senior Involved in Glider Crash into Foot of Lookout Mountain

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A crash in a glider has led to a man being airlifted to Erlanger hospital Friday night, according to the Dade County sheriff’s office. The patient, who is in his 60s, was flown via helicopter to the Chattanooga hospital after crashing in his glider at the bottom of Lookout Mountain by a landing field.

The Dade Co. sheriff’s office told news media that the man was alert and conscious when he was rescued. Information on his overall condition has not been released, however.

WZQZ is monitoring this story for updates and will follow up as more information becomes available.

Fmr. VP Biden Headed to Georgia to Campaign for Stacey Abrams

Former Vice President Joe Biden is headed to the Peach State next Thursday to campaign for gubernatorial candidate and Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.

Ms. Abrams is at the nucleus of her party this year. In the primary election, she won an overwhelming victory against opponent Stacey Evans, taking 75% of the vote. Abrams won all but six counties and did unexpectedly well in traditionally white, rural, Republican areas.

Though it is common for vice presidents to stump for their party’s gubernatorial candidate, Biden’s visit to Georgia may reflect his recent efforts to invest politically in areas where Republican strongholds are believed to be slipping. These areas include Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Georgia has increasingly been discussed as among these traditionally Republican states that might be ripe for Democratic takeover in 2020. In 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took nearly 46% of Georgia’s popular vote. This rivaled Senator Obama’s 46.9% in 2008 and surpassed President Obama’s 46% in 2012.

In July, Vice President Mike Pence came to Macon, GA to stump for Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee and incumbent Georgia Secretary of State. Coupled with the endorsement of President Donald Trump, Kemp made the quantum leap ahead of Lt. Governor Casey Cagle he needed to win his party’s nomination.

The gubernatorial election will be held November 6 later this year.

Georgia Red Cross Says Relief Efforts Will Continue For Weeks

The Red Cross of Georgia’s assistance in the areas impacted by Tropical Storm Florence will continue for several weeks according to Sherry Nicholson – Regional Communication Director, American Red Cross of Georgia.

Right now there are 47 Red Cross Gerorgia workers in the Carolina’s . There’s another wave of workers on stand by

Nicholson told the Georgia News Network  that once the agency was assured Georgia wasn’t in the storm’s bulls-eye, 30 Red Cross trucks began assembling in Middle Georgia last weekend at a staging center set up at the Macon Farmers’ Market. Each truck had at least two volunteers and the vehicles were loaded with supplies to assist with the cleanup: bleach, brooms, sponges, buckets, water and some nonperishable food.

The Red Cross has opened multiple shelters across North and South Carolina and Virginia and will continue with the relief effort in the weeks to come.



New Judicial Building My Be Named After Nathan Deal

A new judicial building being constructed in downtown Atlanta may end up being named after Governor Nathan Deal.

It’s a huge building project, and may end up being one of the most expensive in Georgia history. The state courts building is being constructed in downtown Atlanta on the site of the old archives building, not far from the State Capitol.

The new judicial building is expected to cost at least $110 million and is slated to open next year.

The AJC is reporting that House Speaker David Ralston said this week that he will propose legislation to name the building the “Nathan Deal Judicial Center”.


Lt. Governor Candidate Opens Party Headquarters In Chattooga County

The Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor was in Summerville yesterday to speak to local Democrats about her campaign and help open up the party’s campaign headquarters on Commerce Street in Summerville.

Sarah Riggs Amico has never run for political office before and has spend her adult career in business.  She is the CEO of Jack Cooper, a trucking company that employees over 3,000 people.  The Yale graduate is the mother of two small children and the spouse of an immigrant.

Amico says Georgia has a lot of potential and a lot of things going well, but she says the state isn’t looking forward enough.  Amico says that she is particularly concerned about health care in Georgia – and specifically rural health care.  She says there are 64 counties without a pediatrician, 79 counties without a OBGYN, a high maternal mortality rate and seven rural hospitals have closed in Georgia.

As the Executive Chairman of Jack Cooper, Amico says she saw other companies cutting back on health care benefits. Instead, she said her company went the other direction and paid for health care, all of it, for the company’s employees.  She says as Lt. Governor she wants to see more access to affordable health care.

Amico says that she can work across the aisle to get legislation passed that will benefit both working Georgians and businesses.

WZQZ News will broadcast a full interview with Amico in the upcoming days before the General Election in November.

Dade Co. Substitute Teacher Allegedly Sent Boys Inappropriate Texts, Pictures

According to law enforcement, a Dade County substitute teacher has been charged with sending lewd messages and pictures of herself to “several” 14-year-old boys.

35-year-old Amanda Lenea Pardue is accused by the Georgia Bureau of Investigations of furnishing obscene materials to minors and sending electronic pornography and child exploitation. Pardue turned herself in Thursday at the Dade County jailhouse. She was released in the afternoon on a$30,000 bond.

The GBI began investigating the case at the request of Trenton Police Department on Aug. 31, and a search warrant for Pardue’s phone. Dade County Schools fired Pardue shortly after the allegations surfaced in late August. She had reportedly been brought on as a substitute in September 2016, almost two years ago to the day.

“We are saddened to learn about the arrest of a former substitute teacher,” Dade County superintendent Jan Harris said in a statement Thursday. “We are cooperating with law enforcement officers as they investigate this matter.”

Pardue’s attorney, Larry Stagg, said Thursday night he still had not heard the GBI’s specific allegations. He said Pardue told him that the problems began when she was included in a group text with multiple boys. Based on what his client told him, he believes the GBI is targeting communications between Pardue and the boys on Snapchat. Stagg recently told Chattanooga newspaper the Times Free Press,

“My greatest concern is had one thing that they saved and not the rest,” Stagg said. ” Anything can be taken out of context if you had one sentence of conversation.”

Read more by Tyler Jett at the Times Free Press.

Summerville's Search for a City Manager to Take Center Stage at City Council Meeting

At the city of Summerville’s next city council meeting, the council will consider reimbursing the travel expenses of city manager applicants coming in from out of town. The council has received almost 30 applications, and Mayor Harry Harvey has said that though they are all “regional”, some are much closer than others. The search for a new manager will be the main topic of the next council meeting, which is slated for 5 PM Monday at city hall.

The items on the agenda include

  1. Discuss the progress and procedures for the City Manager Search
  2. Discuss preferred dates and times for City Manager interviews
  3. Discuss reimbursement of travel expenses for out of town candidates