Man Charged With Stealing Ambulance At Erlanger Hospital Is Back At Erlanger

Monday, June 24, 2013

A court appearance for a man charged with stealing an ambulance at Erlanger Hospital had to be delayed on Monday because John Edward Shanks was back in the hospital at Erlanger, court officials said.

"We won't let him steal an ambulance this time," General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes joked.

The case was reset for July 8.

Shanks, 29, is charged with auto theft over $100,000, kidnapping, reckless endangerment and burglary of an auto.

There were four state witnesses in the courtroom ready to testify, including EMTs involved in the bizarre incident.

Defense attorney Lee Davis said it is not necessary that the witnesses come back. He said it is planned to send the case on to the Grand Jury without a hearing.

Police said the ambulance was taken in the incident in early May while the driver was inside in the rear of the vehicle. The man was later arrested after the driver got him to bail out by yanking him from behind. It was a Memorial Hospital ambulance.

The ambulance driver told deputies he dropped a patient off at Erlanger’s emergency room and then pulled the ambulance out of the way due to the amount of ambulance traffic.

The ambulance did not get far. Police said Shanks jumped out and ran into the Whitehall Building garage. He was caught there in a red Ford van.


Upcoming City Council Agendas

Here is the upcoming City Council agenda: I.    Call to Order. II.   Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilwoman Berz). III.    Minute Approval.              IV.    Special Presentation. V.        Ordinances – Final Reading:   ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Getting New 31-Home Development On Clift Mill Road

Soddy Daisy Commissioners on Thursday night approved rezoning a tract of land at 669 Clift Mill Road for a new development of 31 homes. Developer George Luttrell requested the change from rural residential and agricultural district to R-1 residential. The change was recommended by the city’s planning commission prior to the commission meeting. Commissioner Gene Shipley said ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)

Notre Dame's Kareem Orr Looking For Big Results

(This is the 16th in a series of preseason stories on new high school football coaches, or veteran coaches at a different school, and top players in the Chattanooga area) Notre Dame’s football team has won 18 games in the first two years of Charles Fant’s time as the Fighting Irish head coach. The Signal Mountain Eagles have beaten Notre Dame in both of ... (click for more)

McCallie's 97-Yard Drive Proof Of Dominant 44-0 Win In Opener

With the game in hand, McCallie’s offense unleashed an impressive third-quarter drive that exemplified Cleveland’s inability to handle the Blue Tornado offense Thursday night at Finley Stadium. The Blue Raiders’ only real scoring threat ended at McCallie’s 3 on successive incomplete passes by quarterback Austin Massey to intended receivers Eric Goodwin and Rod Dennard. McCallie ... (click for more)