published Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Cobb enters plea in assault case and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

Cobb enters plea in assault case

DAYTON, Tenn. — State Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge stemming from allegations that he threatened a woman in a wheelchair on the day of the primary election.

The Rhea County Circuit Court clerk's office said Cobb's attorney entered the plea on the Spring City Republican's behalf. Cobb did not appear at the Friday arraignment.

A grand jury indictment handed down Monday said Cobb caused Wanda Sue Goins, a supporter of his GOP primary opponent, Ron Travis, to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury.

According to a police report from the Aug. 2 incident, Goins said she was afraid Cobb was going to hit her.

The trial on the misdemeanor assault charge was set for Nov. 16.

Cobb, a three-term House member, lost to Travis by 103 votes.


Police investigate cycle death

CALHOUN, Ga. — Calhoun police are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man killed when he crashed his motorcycle.

Charles James, of Calhoun, was found lying on Victory Drive at 7:35 a.m. Friday and died as emergency responders were treating him, police Chief Garry Moss said in a news release.

The preliminary investigation shows James' motorcycle veered off the road, struck a small retaining wall, then hit a utility pole, Moss said. Why James went off the road is unknown.

Moss said police are looking for a cause of the accident.


Deputies seize 3 pounds of pot

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office seized three pounds of marijuana and arrested three people this week on drug charges.

Terry Darrell Myers, 57, was arrested Thursday after investigators found the marijuana in a vehicle in Scottsboro, according to a news release. Officers also seized $1,300 in cash.

Myers was charged with trafficking in marijuana and taken to the Jackson County Jail, according to the release. No bond has been set.


Two arrested in meth bust

SECTION, Ala. — Two people were arrested Wednesday after investigators with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office found several items used to make methamphetamine in their home, a news release said.

Sandra Darlene Walden, 46, and Tracey Lynn Wade, 39, from Section, were charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia, the release said. Wade also was charged with two outstanding arrest warrants for failure to appear on worthless check charges, the release said.

Both were taken to the Jackson County Jail. No bond had been set as of Friday.

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