Suspect In Custody After Shooting And Killing A K-9 Dog And Injuring Sheriff's Deputy In Walker County

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Steven Waldemer
Steven Waldemer

Steven Lee Waldemer, 58, was taken into custody on Friday, after an attempt to serve warrants on him resulted in the death of Walker County Sheriff’s deputy K-9 Tanja and injuries to deputy sheriff Donnie Brown.

Waldemer was located at 377 Moonlake Road, Menlo Walker County, Ga., where he had resided since the spring of 2012. Waldemer was on parole out of Idaho for a kidnapping charge and had transferred his parole to Georgia. 

Officers were attempting to serve a Walker County warrant with charges of aggravated sexual battery and a search warrant when Waldemer resisted arrest, shooting K-9 deputy Tanja and Deputy Donnie Brown. Tanja did not survive her wounds, and Deputy Brown was treated and released from the hospital with non-life-threatening superficial wounds to the face and neck areas.

Approximately two hours after initial contact with Waldemer, Department of Corrections K-9 Officer Heath Whited and his bloodhound located the suspect in a wooded area.

Waldemer was taken into custody and is being held at the Walker County Jail on charges of aggravated sexual battery.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation and additional charges are pending.

Cook Arrested For Aggressive Panhandling On Gunbarrel Road

Chattanooga Police have charged Anthony Lebron Cook with aggressive panhandling on Gunbarrel Road. Cook, 51, is also charged with public intoxication. An officer said he responded to Panda Express on a panhandling call. Employees said they had asked Cook to leave multiple times, but he refused. They said he kept asking for money for food. When the officer arrived, Cook ... (click for more)

Haslam Proposes $30 Million For School Safety

Governor Bill Haslam Tuesday proposed $30 million to improve school safety across the state in the amendment to the fiscal year 2018-19 budget proposal to be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks. The funding includes $25 million in nonrecurring and $5.2 million in recurring school safety grants. Earlier this month, the governor appointed a School Safety Working ... (click for more)

The Panhandling "Tax" On Gunbarrel

I’ve been reading about the panhandling problem in downtown; it is a huge problem in the Gunbarrel area, too.  It’s commonplace to be accosted by panhandlers when walking from your parked car into a commercial establishment.  And often they are aggressive.  I look carefully around my car before getting out, but sometimes someone will be lurking in between cars and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Meme From The Meanies

Hardly a day goes past that I don’t receive several strings of memes in my incoming emails and yesterday there was one particular collection that gave me pause for thought. First, here’s the definition of a meme: “An Internet meme (/mi?m/ MEEM) is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry or for humorous purposes, from person to person via ... (click for more)

Keiser, Wigg Power Ooltewah Past East Hamilton, 9-5, in 5-3A Baseball

(Story will be updated) Disappointed by an early season hitting slump, Ooltewah left-fielder Payton Keiser broke loose with four hits, including a clutch three-run triple in a five-run seventh inning, and drove in five runs as the Owls beat rival East Hamilton, 9-5, Tuesday in District 5-3A action in horrible weather for baseball. With off-and-on showers, a brisk wind ... (click for more)

Lady Vols Fall To Oregon State, 66-59, In 2nd Round Of NCAA's

KNOXVILLE-- Senior center Mercedes Russell logged her 46th career double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead Tennessee, but it wasn't enough as the No. 12/13 Lady Vols (25-8) fell to No. 13/12 Oregon State (25-7) in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Freshman Anastasia Hayes also had a double-digit outing for the No. 3 seed Lady Vols, posting ... (click for more)