Police Blotter: Man Going 68 In 30 Was Near Drunk Level; Aggressive Panhandler Working Near East Ridge/Chattanooga Line

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

An officer at Windsor Street and N. Chamberlain clocked a white Ford Ranger driving at 68 mph (in a 30). After stopping the truck at the intersection of N. Chamberlain Avenue and Windsor Street, the officer spoke with the driver. He was able to provide a valid Tennessee driver's license and older insurance cards. Field tests showed he "was near the legal limit, though possibly not over." His father had driven past and stopped to make sure he was okay, so his father drove him and his truck from the scene. 

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A man on E. 23rd Street told police an acquaintance of his took his phone. Upon arrival, an officer called the man's phone and an unknown individual answered. The officer informed the individual that the owner wanted his phone back and for him to return it to this address. The individual arrived and returned the phone. The owner said he wished to not prosecute and informed police that the incident was "squashed."

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At 300 Belvoir Avenue, police received a call from an East Ridge Police officer stating there was a "very aggressive panhandler" at the corner of N. Terrace and Belvoir wearing a white T-shirt and shorts and carrying a backpack. Upon arrival, the city officer did not observe any panhandlers on the corner of the road, but upon driving around the area, he saw a white male matching the description of a the panhandler walking toward N. Terrace. Mitchell Horton admitted that he had been at the corner of N. Terrace and Belvoir Avenueearlier and that an East Ridge Police officer told him to "get out of here". Mr. Horton told the East Ridge Police that he "was not even in East Ridge, he was in Chattanooga," at which point the East Ridge Police officer called dispatch on the radio to call for Chattanooga to respond. The city officer said he "did not observe Mr. Horton panhandling, and he was not carrying a sign with him either. I warned Mr. Horton that he may not interfere with traffic at all, and that if his actions interfere with traffic at all, he may be cited for Soliciting from the Roadway." Police checked Horton for warrants, but he was negative for warrants. 

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A couple at the Embassy Suites hotel on Lifestyle Way said they last saw their rental truck when they parked it there around 7 p.m. and it was locked. The wife said the rear door of the truck had been secured with a padlock. The truck stayed there overnight and around 7 a.m., she discovered that the padlock was gone and several of their personal items (lawn equipment) were gone. She said that there was no damage to the truck and the padlock belonged to them. She stated that she and her husband had already left there because they had to stay on a schedule but she had heard from someone there that around 5 am, a truck had been seen backed up to their rental truck and people (unknown description) were unloading items out of their truck. 

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An employee at Austin 5 in Hamilton Place Mall told an off duty officer that two black females had been in her store shoplifting. She said she grabbed a piece of clothing from one of the women after she exited the store, but they got away with about five other pieces of clothing. All items in the store cost $7.99, and all six clothing items stolen are all together worth $47.94. The employee said that when she grabbed the clothing from one of the women, the woman dropped her cell phone. The gray AT&T phone was turned into CPD property.

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A man driving by WGOW on Pineville Road said the tire of his truck fell off striking the brick sign belonging to Cumulus Broadcasting. He said he would make arrangements with the company to fix the sign. Cumulus Broadcasting manager Taylor Garrison was in contact with the man regarding fixing the sign.

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Maurice Watkins said he came to an address on Holly Street to visit his mother when his vehicle was stolen. He said the vehicle was parked in a parking lot by his mother's house. He stated that he went inside for about two hours and when he came back outside the vehicle was gone. Mr. Watkins stated that the vehicle is not repossessed and he is the only one with a key. The vehicle is a black Ford Fusion, GA license plate with no distinguishing marks on it. 

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At the Cirlce K gas station on Shallowford Road, police spoke to the manager. He said a heavy-set black male dressed in a gray shirt, dark shorts, and carrying a backpack walked in and stole three Red Bulls and a pack of candy (unknown kind). He saidd the security camera footage captures the black male stealing the Red Bulls and candy by placing the items in his pockets. Police reviewed the camera footage, and the footage does show the suspect committing the theft. The manager said $20 of merchandise was taken by the suspect. The manager said once the suspect left the gas station, he walked across the street and went inside the Waffle House. Police checked the Waffle House and located no signs of the suspect. The manager said Circle K does want to press charges. 

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Also on Shallowford Road, at the Dollar General, employees said an unknown black male and female were shoplifting. They opened the rear door and left property in a light-colored minivan with drive out tag. They took laundry detergent valued at approximately $400.

 


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