published Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Man hits amputee wife with crutch and other news from around the Chattanooga area

Man hits amputee wife with crutch

ATHENS, Ga. — An Athens man has been arrested after police say he beat his amputee wife with her crutch during a fight at their home.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported Robert Lee Austin, 38, was charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, battery, obstruction of a 911 call and criminal damage to property.

He was being held Friday without bond at the Clarke County Jail.

Authorities said the 32-year-old victim was knocked unconscious and taken to Athens Regional Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Police were unsure what sparked the attack but said Austin was intoxicated at the time.


Bodies found in home ID'd

CANTON, Ga. — Authorities have identified three bodies found in the rubble of a house fire last month in Cherokee County, north of Atlanta.

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jay Baker said in a news release that the medical examiner at the GBI Crime Lab confirmed the bodies were those of Ricky Norrell; his wife, Darlene; and their daughter, Lindsey.

Baker said the cause of deaths for the wife and daughter -- who had gunshot wounds to their heads -- is listed as homicide. Baker said the father's death is listed as a suicide.

Baker said the remains of a rifle were found near the body of the father, who examiners believe died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Firefighters were called to the home in July after an explosion. The house was destroyed by the time firefighters arrived.


Clay art program set at Little River

CEDAR BLUFF, Ala. — National Park Ranger Tori Nelson will lead visitors Aug. 12 in creating their own works of art in clay, according to a news release from Little River Canyon National Preserve.

The program will be at 1 p.m. at the Canyon Mouth picnic area building at 1200 County Road 275, Cedar Bluff, Ala. The program will last about two hours, the release stated.

Families are encouraged to participate in this program. Although the programs are free, the $3 per car fee at the gate applies upon entering.

For more information, call the park office at 256-845-9605.


Group meeting set for Aug. 27

NOBLE, Ga. — The August meeting of the Noble Neighborhood Association will be held at the Center Point Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Aug. 27 at 6 p.m., according to a news release.

The agenda will include an update on the street light project, the vegetable exchange and oldest residents of the community.

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