published Friday, October 7th, 2011

Hamilton County school board member’s son charged with assault

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    Shea Austin Baker, 18, is charged with assault and underage drinking.

The son of a Hamilton County school board member faces charges of assault and underage drinking after a fracas at the Signal Mountain High School football game last week.

Shea Austin Baker, 18, son of District 2 Board of Education member Chip Baker, was arrested Sept. 30 in the school parking lot during the game and charged with assaulting a minor and underage drinking, a police report shows.

Baker, a freshman at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, could not be reached for comment.

Chip Baker, who also is the executive director of Friends of the Festival, which produces Riverbend, said in an email that the arrest is “a family matter.”

According to the police report by Signal Mountain Officer Ethan Shults, another officer told him about an alleged assault in the parking lot during the football game. Shults said he spoke to an underage male who claimed that Shea Baker had confronted him and shoved him and that Baker smelled of alcohol.

Shults found Baker with a young woman sharing a cup they said contained wine. Shults said Baker admitted pushing the unnamed teen, saying they had an ongoing feud.

Shults said Baker and his companion, Elizabeth Felder, 19, of Signal Mountain, were “verbally combative.” He took them into custody and to the city jail, where Baker was charged with assault on a minor and underage consumption of alcohol.

Felder, 19, was charged with underage consumption.

Signal Mountain police said Baker was released on a $1,500 bond. A court date is pending.

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Oz said...

This is old news. Chattanoogan.com reported this story on October 3rd.

October 7, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.
ldurham said...

Oz, how do you think the TFP found out about it? Chattanoogan.com of course.

October 7, 2011 at 10:06 a.m.
lilmisandy said...

Yea they was going to try to hide it because he's a board members son yall know how they keep things hush hush about their family business

October 7, 2011 at 10:07 a.m.
dennis said...

Lets see what this rich THUG gets from the courts. I be my next paycheck that this is the last we will hear of this.

October 7, 2011 at 10:21 a.m.
lcoffey1 said...

I do not think it was a news worthy story. This happens every Friday and Saturday somewhere and if the published every story like this the paper would be 300 pages thick and no one would read it. This is Chattanooga Enquirer matertial.

October 7, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
tnsbchsm said...

Dennis - rich? really? Do you know this kid personally? Or do you just assume all school board members are rich?

October 7, 2011 at 12:32 p.m.

Your all kinda twisted on this issue. This is a run of the mill scenario but, why was the other minor not included in this no name or anything. I wonder who's kid that is. It's very one sided. The kid obviously admitted to everything but assualt for pushing? When i was younger both kids involved in an altercation were subject to action why is it so clean and cut?? besides it's signal mountain the police up there aren't really impartial ever!

October 7, 2011 at 1:47 p.m.
sandstorm66 said...

Wonder if boy wonder had any trouble in Knoxville at UTK?

October 7, 2011 at 6:29 p.m.
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