McCroskey, Oattes Given Federal Prison Sentences; Daniel Case Delayed

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Nakeeha McCroskey
Nakeeha McCroskey

Three local men with serious criminal records faced federal sentencing, and Nakeeha McCroskey got 87 months and Cramell Oattes 78 months.

The case against Thaddeus Daniel was delayed because Judge Curtis Collier realized he had acted in a case involving him when he was a federal prosecutor.

The three were arrested on charges of being felons in possession of firearms.

Attorney Paul Bergmann said McCroskey was once a gang member, but is now 37 years old and has renounced gang membership. He said he wants to get out to be with his five-year-old daughter. He also has two children who are in college.

Oattes had faced a much longer time behind bars, but he was given credit for help in solving other case.

McCroskey was given a 23-year prison term in state court in 1995 after he entered a guilty plea to attempted first-degree murder. At the same time he was given eight years for armed robbery. He got out of prison early.

He was arrested in February 2009 on two counts of aggravated robbery and unlawfully carrying a weapon, but those charges were dismissed in the courtroom of Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern.

Oattes has an extensive criminal record dating to an attempted aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, attempted possession of crack cocaine for resale and theft in 2000 when he was 17.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery in 2008, but those charges were dismissed.

In November 2009, Oattes and another man were arrested following a police pursuit along Highway 153 that ended in a crash near the exit ramp of Highways 58 and 153. Oattes and Kenneth Brooks were arrested after the vehicle that they were traveling in failed to negotiate an exit ramp and crashed into a small black car traveling from Highway 58 toward Bonny Oaks Drive. A second vehicle was struck after the initial impact of the first two.

Prior to the crash, police received a call of a burglary in progress at 1725 Bagwell Ave. Police were able to get a good suspect description and quickly locate them leaving the scene. During the pursuit, Oattes and Brooks were observed throwing a TV from their vehicle as they fled. In an attempt to end the pursuit quickly, an officer deployed spike strips, but the suspects were able to avoid them by exiting at the Highway 153/58 ramp.

Both Oattes and Brooks were charged with aggravated burglary, vandalism, theft over $500, felony evading and vehicular assault. Oattes was given a three-year sentence in that case in the courtroom of Judge Stern.

Daniel got a 12-year sentence in state court after he entered a guilty plea to six counts of aggravated robbery in 1995.

He faced a charge of first-degree murder and pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit first-degree murder. He got 20 years for that. He got out of prison early.

In 2008, Daniel was charged with two new counts of aggravated robbery as well as theft. The aggravated robbery charges were dismissed and he was convicted of theft in the courtroom of Judge Stern.

Daniel has new charges still pending in the courtroom of Criminal Court Judge Don Poole. They include possession of crack cocaine for resale, two counts of resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.

Cramell Oattes
Cramell Oattes

Chattanooga Railroad Series: Chickamauga And Durham Railroad (To Wallaceville)

A railroad once ran from Chickamauga, Ga., to a coal mining community called Durham on Lookout Mountain. The building of a railroad across a series of hills to the foot of the mountain and then ascending the mountain itself was a prodigious task. It was accomplished using convicts supplied by the state, who were armed only with picks, hammers and spikes, and blasting powder. ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BALLARD, RODNEY EDWARD     3407 MYRA AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37412     49     East Ridge          DOMESTIC AGGRAVATED ASSAULT BETHUNE, RICHARD GUINN     137 WINDY LANE MENLO, 30731     51     Chattanooga ... (click for more)

When The City Was Silent - And Response

I don't know how to say this without getting my head handed back to me on a platter as is often the usual case. But at least I no longer receive the hateful (even threatening) emails and insults I became accustomed to. So I'll just bite and say it: I honestly don't see anything expressed by the NSM that hasn't been said locally on some level at one time or another, and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: VW-UAW Fiasco Begins

One pundit who is awaiting the opening volleys of “The Volkswagen Hearings” is calling today’s start of the labor union fiasco at the Hamilton County Courthouse as fascism at its finest. That’s what you call it, he wrote in a fiery way, when the union, the employer and the president of the United States all line up on the same side. “And this push to eviscerate the legal rights ... (click for more)

Injury Ends Playing Career Of Bradley Central's Chelsie Summars

Bradley Central girls basketball star Chelsie Summars, who underwent two serious operations on her right knee that wiped out her sophomore season, has suffered a third injury that will end her playing career, Bearettes coach Jason Reuter said via text. Summars, who helped the Bearettes win district, region and sectional titles en route to the 2013-14 Class AAA state tournament, ... (click for more)

Lenoir, Kelly Sisters Of Milligan College Earn All-AAC Tennis Honors

Three former Arts & Sciences tennis players have been named to the 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Conference squad. Jackson Lenoir, Ahmee Kelly and Kayla Kelly, who attend Milligan College, were selected to the men’s and women’s all-conference teams. Lenoir, now a sophomore, helped Milligan win the 2013 league championship and reach the 2014 semifinals. The ... (click for more)