Suspended Bondsman Arrested On Stalking Charge

Friday, June 21, 2013
Dexter Higgins
Dexter Higgins

A bondsman who is serving a 30-day suspension from bonding privileges has been arrested on a charge of stalking.

Dexter Higgins, 42, of 7050 Mule Deer Dr. in Ooltewah turned himself in at the jail where he regularly makes bonds.

A woman told police she had been seeing Higgins, but she said she broke it off because he became violent and possessive.

She said she had not made any complaints about it because she did not want to cause him problems as a bail bondsman.

The woman said there had been several times that she had been physically and verbally abused by Higgins.

She said even though she had told him not to come around her, he would not leave her alone or stop talking to her.

She said he would call her at her job and stop by her residence at all hours of the night. She said he would bang on the door until she answered.

An officer said the woman "became upset and showed fear when talking about Higgins. She was afraid what Higgins would do after filing the report."

She met the officer away from her home for fear that he would see the patrol car at her house.

Police said Higgins had been arrested for violating a past order of protection involving another girlfriend as well as "assaults on other people without provocation."

 The suspension against Higgins came after two complaints were filed against him.

The Criminal Court judges held a hearing and then put down the suspension against the Key Bonding representative.

Judges Barry Steelman and Don Poole conducted the hearing and Judge Rebecca Stern concurred in the ruling.

Bondsman Richard Cox had filed a complaint saying he was in the process of writing a $20,000 bond for a Soddy Daisy couple to get their daughter out of jail at a $2,000 rate. He said he then was told at the jail by the woman's boyfriend that Higgins was writing it for $600.

He said he and Higgins got into an argument, and Higgins "threatened to whip my a--."

Jail officials also complained that Higgins had been in an area of the jail where bondsmen are only supposed to be when they are surrendering bonds.   


Red Bank Commission Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the Red Bank Commission agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order – Mayor John Roberts  II. Roll Call – City Manager  ___ Mayor Roberts, ___ Vice-Mayor Pierce, ___ Commissioner Causer, ___ Commissioner LeCompte, ___ Commissioner Pope  III. Invocation – IV. Pledge of Allegiance –  V. Consideration of the Minutes for approval or correction:  ... (click for more)

City Council Incumbents Anderson, Gilbert, Freeman, Hakeem Pick Up Papers Seeking Re-Election

Four City Council incumbents have picked up papers for the March 7 city election. The latest getting qualifying petitions are Russell Gilbert in District 5, Chris Anderson in District 7 and Yusuf Hakeem in District 9. Moses Freeman in District 8 picked up earlier. Anthony Byrd is a possible challenger. Former District 7 Councilman Manny Rico has already qualified. Others ... (click for more)

Outrageous To Give Vehicles To Nation Of Islam Neighborhood Patrol - And Response

Chief of Police Fred Fletcher of the Chattanooga Police Department has recently decided to give two surplus patrol vehicles to the Nation of Islam Neighborhood Patrol. This is an insult to the life and memory of PO Philip Cardillo who lost his life in April 1972 at the hand of the members of the Nation of Islam Mosque No.7 in Harlem and his fellow officers who were savagely beaten ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Knobfather & Me

I’ve seen some beautiful things in my life. I’ve eaten dinner inside the Eiffel Tower with the city of Paris all aglitter below. I’ve been sprayed by champagne in the Dallas Cowboys’ dressing room after they won the Super Bowl. I’ve stood both at the top and at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I’ve snorkeled in the Great Exuma islands, learned to snow ski in the Austrian Alps, and ... (click for more)

Quick-Strike Marion County Too Much For Tyner

The Marion County Warriors didn’t do a whole lot offensively in the second half, but they more than made up for it in the first half as they defeated the Tyner Rams by a 25-6 final at Finley Stadium Thursday night. The Warriors were forced to punt on their first possession, but they scored touchdowns on their next four possessions and that was more than enough to secure a big ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Volleyballers Power Past Ooltewah

Signal Mountain unleashed a potent front-line attack on Ooltewah on Thursday and the Lady Eagles blew past the Lady Owls 3-0 in  non-district volleyball action at Edward M. Foster Gymnasium. The set scores were 25-19, 25-22 and 25-15. Signal Mountain’s Aubrie Johnson, Maia Rackel and Olivia Powers combined for 30 kills and that proved to be a deciding factor in the ... (click for more)