Police Blotter: Robber At Mapco On 20th Street Comes Up Empty

Friday, July 12, 2013

A robber came up empty after an attempt at grabbing cash from the register at the Mapco on 20th Street.

The clerk said a white male came up to make a purchase. When he opened the register, the man jumped across the counter and said, "Nobody move."

The clerk began backing up while trying to close the register.

The man reached inside the register, but apparently got no money. A later count showed the only money missing was the amount of his purchase.

The man ran out the door, and a witness then saw a black Chevy pickup truck leave at a high rate of speed. The vehicle went the wrong way on Long Street before turning onto 21st Street.

The robber was described as a white male, 5'10" and 180 pounds. He was wearing a red Falcons T-shirt, blue jeans and a blue hat.

* * *

Officers went to Scruggs Street and found a pile of clothes smoldering in the driveway.

A woman said she broke up with Deonta Ford and he became angry. She said he gathered up her clothes, poured lighter fluid all over them, then set them on fire.

The woman was given assistance getting back home.

Police said Ford went  inside, locked the door, and would not come out.

Warrants were taken against him for arson and vandalism.

* * *

Police were told that an abandoned building at 2316 Center St. off Shallowford Road has become a residence for homeless people, who disturb nearby business people and their customers.

Dr. Kerry Friesen said he frequently has to run off vagrants. He said he has seen prostitution and narcotic activity at the site.

Police found that the building was filled with trash, and it appeared that people had been staying there.

City inspectors were brought in, and a Condemned sign was placed on the building.

* * *

Assistant Police Chief Stan Maffett said he was driving in heavy traffic in the middle lane of Highway 153 near the Shallowford Road exit when something hit the right side of his windshield on his police vehicle.

The window cracked, though it is not known what type of object caused it.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARWOOD, THOMAS WILLIAM  4131 JONES COVE ROAD SEVIERVILLE, 378766658  Age at Arrest: 42 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- ASHBY, BRITTANY LYNN  3644 TANAKA TRAIL CHATT, 37404  Age at Arrest: 22 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Kendric Evans, 20, Shot On Lyerly Street

Police said 20-year-old Kendric Evans was shot on Lyerly Street late Sunday afternoon.   At 5:11 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital concerning a person who had been shot.   The victim arrived at the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound which was non-life threatening. The victim did not identify the suspect or how he had arrived at ... (click for more)

Proud Of Chattanooga And The Women's March

I was very happy to participate in the Women’s March on Chattanooga yesterday afternoon. The diversity and the sheer numbers of women, men and children were incredible. One estimate was at least 3,000. Standing together with all of these like-minded souls was overwhelming and humbling.  I have rarely been so happy and so proud of my town.  One question is, why is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Washington’s Favorite

By the time darkness fell over Washington, D.C., on Sunday, it had clearly been a monumental weekend. On Friday Donald Trump had ben inaugurated as the 45 th President of the United States. On Saturday a fierce crowd of a half-million women who each are entitled to have the identical rights as men in the same United States, marched on The Mall. And then, the Washington Post printed ... (click for more)

Tullahoma Nips East Hamilton For Central Mat Title

The annual Central Invitational wrestling tournament was cancelled two weeks ago by the threat of inclement weather, but they were able to get it in on Saturday and it was a battle to the wire for the team championship. Luke Champion was the individual winner at 285 pounds and it was his victory that lifted the Tullahoma Wildcats to the team title as they finished the day-long ... (click for more)

Father Ryan Rallies To Beat Soddy Daisy

The Soddy Daisy Trojans may have been embarrassed over a lopsided whipping they took at the hands of the Bradley Bears Thursday night in Cleveland, but they came out with fire in their eyes Friday night in a dual meet with Father Ryan. The host Trojans had a seemingly-comfortable 32-22 lead with three matches remaining, but the Purple Irish won all three -- including two with ... (click for more)