published Saturday, February 26th, 2011

Woman arrested in stabbing


Woman arrested in stabbing

Police arrested a woman in the stabbing of a downtown store clerk Thursday.

Verdale Sheppard, 44, of Chattanooga, was booked on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery on Friday.

Police said someone came into the Downtown Mart at 706 Market St. and stabbed clerk Sun Yee Rhee, 67, in the head and face. The assailant choked Rhee and banged her head on the ground, then knocked the cash register into the floor, took $100 and ran.

Rhee was treated at Erlanger hospital for 12 stab wounds that took 18 to 20 stitches to close, according to the arrest report.

Sheppard contacted police and said she wanted to turn herself in. She is due in court March 11.

Man arrested in shooting

A 20-year-old man was arrested Friday in a January shooting at Terry’s Lounge.

Cordirrus Birt, who also goes by Cordirrus Jones, was arrested at 3212 Fourth Ave., said police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Royval. He tried to run, she said, but was caught after a brief pursuit.

Birt was carrying a loaded 9 mm handgun when taken into custody, Royval said.

He is charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault in connection with the Jan. 21 shooting of 28-year-old Derrick Lewis at the lounge on Rossville Boulevard. Lewis’ injuries were not life-threatening.

Birt was taken to the Hamilton County Jail, where he was charged with the two outstanding warrants and additional charges of unlawful carry or possessing a weapon, evading arrest and resisting a stop, frisk halt or arrest, Royval said.

East Ridge officer injured during chase

An East Ridge police officer was injured while chasing a man suspected of dealing drugs Friday, according to police spokesman Erik Hopkins.

Around 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, police were investigating a possible drug deal near the Food Lion at 4340 Ringgold Road. As officers arrived, the male driver of a white SUV they were watching attempted to drive away, Hopkins said.

After a brief pursuit the driver and a female passenger jumped out and ran. Officers chased them through several yards and over a 6-foot chain-link fence. As the police closed in, the man attempted to pull a hunting knife from his belt, Hopkins’ release said.

The officers stopped the man from using the knife, but one was cut on his upper body while scaling the fence and broke his thumb while subduing the suspect, Hopkins said.

James M. Richards, 36, of Crossville, Tenn., was charged with aggravated assault on police, felony evading arrest, felony vandalism, possession of Schedule II drugs for resale and driving on a suspended license.

The woman in the SUV was identified as Patricia A. Loshbough, 41, of Crossville. She was charged with evading arrest.

Richards and Loshbough are scheduled to appear in East Ridge Municipal Court on Tuesday.

The injured police officer will remain on paid medical leave while undergoing surgery on his thumb, Hopkins said.

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