published Friday, May 20th, 2011

East Ridge police seek missing woman

East Ridge police seek missing woman

East Ridge are asking for the public’s help in locating a 68-year-old woman who authorities fear may have harmed herself.

Nancy Williams was last seen by her husband Monday morning as he left their Meadowlark Trail home to go to work, said East Ridge Police Detective Gwen Cribbs.

Williams, who has a long history of mental illness, recently made a comment that if she were to kill herself she would want to die by asphyxiation. Her family noticed a water hose is missing at their home.

Williams turned off her cell phone a few days before she disappeared, so authorities can’t trace her using that method, Cribbs said.

Family members searched for Williams and the car she was her car at state parks, Cribbs said.

She was driving a 2002 silver Honda Accord four-door EX with a Tennessee tag reading NR4RR and two large antennas for ham radio.

Williams’ ham radio call number is the same as her car tag, Cribbs said, and no one has heard her on the air recently.

Williams previously went missing in April 2010 on a nature walk and was later found dehydrated in a wooded area in East Ridge.

Williams is 5 feet 4, weighs 110 pounds and has white-blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with any information is asked to call East Ridge Police Department at 423-622-1725.

Man charged with exposure

A man was charged with indecent exposure after he reportedly showed his “glistening white buttocks” to another man in a bathroom stall at Northgate Mall, according to a Chattanooga Police Department arrest report.

Michael Vincent Devita, 20, began the conversation by asking if the man — who already was in a bathroom stall — was gay, according to the report. After the man said no, Devita asked if the man would perform oral sex on him, the report said.

When the man glanced to the bottom of the stall door, he saw Devita’s “glistening white buttocks protruding into his occupied stall,” the report states.

The man then left the bathroom and located mall security, according to the report.

When questioned by police, Devita said he “went too far,” according to the report.

He has since been released from jail, according to records.

Deputy injured in cow collision

A Bradley County sheriff’s deputy was injured when his patrol car ran into a runaway cow early Thursday morning.

As Deputy Doug Boucher was searching for an escaped cow on Springplace Road, the animal leaped out of the woods in front of his patrol car, sheriff’s spokesman Bob Gault said.

The car hit the cow, which slammed into the hood and windshield, Gault said.

Other deputies found Broucher pinned in the driver’s seat, barely able to move, he said. Rescue workers were able to pull him from the car and he was taken to Skyridge Medical Center.

Boucher was later transferred to Erlanger hospital, Gault said. The cow died on impact, he said.

The accident investigation is being handled by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

FBI warns of storm-related phone scam

Some Tennesseans have received automated calls claiming the April 27 tornadoes caused a glitch in their bank account and asking for personal information.

The FBI said the calls are a scam.

In a news release, the FBI said the calls are coming from a foreign number. The automated call says that the victim’s banking information was lost because of power outages caused by the tornadoes. It asks victims to key in their account information to re-establish contact.

Anyone who gets such a call should report it to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov, the release stated.

The agency also warns consumers never to reveal account numbers and passwords to anyone they don’t know.

For more information on protection from telemarketing fraud, visit www.fbi.gov and search telemarketing fraud.

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