published Monday, August 15th, 2011

Trenton commissioner charged with simple battery

A Trenton, Ga., commissioner was arrested on Sunday and charged with simple battery.

Trenton police arrested 36-year-old City Commissioner Charles Cannon and he was taken to Dade County Jail.

But Detective Shawn Chapa, who arrested Cannon, declined to comment on what the charges stemmed from. He said the arrest report won’t be complete until Tuesday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been asked to step in and investigate the case to avoid a conflict of interest, Chapa said.

See tomorrow’s Times Free Press for complete details.

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about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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