published Friday, December 7th, 2012

Five nabbed in DeKalb County, Ala., drug cases and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Five nabbed in DeKalb County, Ala., drug cases

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — Five people have been arrested on drug charges in two unrelated incidents, according to Sheriff Jimmy Harris of DeKalb County, Ala.

The first took place when Ider, Ala., police went to serve a warrant at a home on Woodland Drive. The officers smelled methamphetamine and called in the sheriff's drug task force, which recovered a meth lab and some cooked product.

Thomas D. Hart, 46, of Ider; Carol Sue Bolton, 46, of Jasper, Tenn., and Ashley Renee Burton, 22, of Chattanooga, are charged with manufacturing and possessing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Separately, drug task force agents found marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia when they searched a home in the Hammonds Crossroads area.

Stanley Clinton Johnson, 36, of Boaz, and Jamey Kennamer Johnson, 36, of Fyffe, were charged with possession of marijuana, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.


Oak Ridge protest draws new charge

KNOXVILLE — A federal grand jury in Knoxville has indicted three nuclear weapons protesters on an additional charge in an intrusion at the Y-12 weapons plant in Oak Ridge.

Those charged are Michael Walli, 64; Sister Megan Rice, 82; and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57. They repeatedly have acknowledged that they got onto the Y-12 property on July 28 by cutting through security fences. Reaching a high-security central part of the plant, they spray-painted peace messages on barricades and splashed blood on the facility that holds bomb-grade uranium.

Included in the new indictment Tuesday are previous charges of destroying property within Y-12 and depredation against federal property over $1,000.


Corps may limit boats near dams

PADUCAH, Ky. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering restricting boating near its dams on the Cumberland River, the Paducah Sun reported.

The likely restrictions would affect fishing above and below the dams on all sections of the river, which rises in eastern Kentucky, flows through Middle Tennessee and then turns northward into Kentucky again.

Sgt. Garry Clark of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources said power generation causes turbulence that can capsize fishing boats.


Body possibly linked to drug ring

PIEDMONT, Ala. — Authorities want to determine if a body found in the woods of Northeast Alabama is linked to a drug ring that operated in the area.

Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson told The Anniston Star that investigators found a body near Piedmont on Wednesday.

Two men went missing 22 years ago after allegedly stealing marijuana from drug kingpin David Ronald Chandler, who now is in federal prison.

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