Dalton Police Arrest Brent Pickard On Assault Charge

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Brent Pickard
Brent Pickard

The Dalton Police Department on Monday arrested Brent Price Pickard, 45, of 1426 Williams Street in Chattanooga on a charge of simple assault. The charge stems from last week’s incident at the Eligère Carpet and Rugs facility on Hamilton Street that led to a four-hour standoff with police as Pickard barricaded himself inside of his office.  

Investigators determined that before the standoff on Tuesday, April 22, Pickard was involved in an argument with a woman outside of the building. During that argument he used a rifle to intimidate her, putting it on the back of his truck but apparently not aiming it at her. He also threw a cup of tea at her during the course of the argument. Pickard, who was intoxicated, then went inside of the building leaving the rifle in his truck. The woman ran into a neighboring business and told a man that Pickard had gone into the Eligère building with a gun. That man called 911 and reported the incident to police who formed a perimeter around the building and determined that all employees other than Pickard were safely outside. 

After a four-hour period of negotiations with Dalton investigators, Pickard eventually agreed to leave the facility and go to Hamilton Medical Center for evaluation.

On Monday, Pickard was booked into the Whitfield County jail on a simple assault charge for intimidating the woman with the rifle and throwing an object at her during the argument, both of which put her in fear for her life. 


FBI Says Same Man Who Robbed Chattanooga Bank Held Up Georgia Bank

David J. LeValley, special agent in charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, in conjunction with Renae McDermott, special agent in charge, FBI Knoxville, requests the public's assistance in its efforts to identify the individual responsible for a November 2016 armed bank robbery at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a December, 2016 bank robbery at Sandy Springs, Ga. On Nov. 21, 2016, at ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Covenant College Restores Historic Tower

As part of a renovation of the 1928 Castle in the Clouds costing almost $20 million, Covenant College restored the 10-story-high tower. It once was a tourist attraction offering amazing views. (click for more)

No Tax-Supported Entity Should Get Secrecy In Spending

A shadowy situation has emerged in Chattanooga with an organization that manages millions of taxpayer dollars with no transparency and such a surprising disregard for accountability that one wonders what it would take to wake up elected officials who are supposedly in charge. Welcome to the Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose lawyer threatened to sue the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Is Dr. Edwards The One?

Just hours after the chairman of the Hamilton County School Board emailed a list of 14 candidates on Friday afternoon to be considered as the next Superintendent of the 42,000-student system to the other board members, Dr. Nakia Edwards, an Assistant Commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Education, became the early “common sense” favorite. And, at first glance, she has ... (click for more)

Trojans Beat Eagles 4-3 On Couch's Walk-Off Single In Seventh

Signal Mountain rolled into Saturday afternoon’s high school baseball game against Soddy-Daisy riding a nine-game winning streak. The Eagles outscored the last six opponents in the streak by a combined 87-15, including a 26-2 rout of Red Bank just prior to taking on the Trojans. Soddy-Daisy used five pitchers to contain the Eagles, overcame a solid start by Signal Mountain ... (click for more)

Thompson Romps To Win In Chickamauga Chase

Nobody would have blamed Christian Thompson if he had decided to take it easy Saturday morning and simply enjoy running the 49 th annual Chickamauga Chase. After all, the 28-year-old Fleet Feet sales associate averaged 5:29 per mile in finishing 29 th overall in the Boston Marathon just five days ago with a world-classed time of 2:23:51. Admitting that his legs were just ... (click for more)