published Friday, April 5th, 2013

Police News: Student struckby car, injured

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Student struckby car, injured

A 17-year-old student was hit by a car Thursday morning in the 4700 block of Norcross Road as he was crossing the road to board a school bus, according to a news release.

The victim was waiting at the corner of Metro Drive and Norcross Road.

The southbound school bus pulled up and stopped with its emergency lights activated and the stop sign extended.

As the student started to cross the road, a northbound vehicle sped past him, but did not hit him. The victim again tried to cross the road when a second vehicle sped through the stop sign, hitting the victim, the release states.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Stephen Stewart, 36, who was cited with a stop sign violation. Officers have not located the first vehicle.

The student was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.


Two men charged in Exxon robbery

The Chattanooga Police Department has identified the two people arrested in an armed robbery at the Exxon at 4345 Highway 58 on Wednesday.

Shawn Davis, 27, and Demarcus Owsley, 23, have been charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

Detectives have also linked Davis and Owsley to several other armed robberies in the Chattanooga area, a police news release states.


Elderly report phone fraud

Several elderly people in Chattanooga have reported receiving fraudulent phone calls asking them to give personal information such as their address, phone number, bank account information and Social Security numbers over the phone.

"Our message is that no official institution will ever call to receive personal information," said Jim Winsett, president of the Better Business Bureau. "There is never a reason to provide it over the phone."

Chattanooga Police Master Patrol Officer Nathan Hartwig said these types of phone solicitations are common.

"As of right now, within our system I am not seeing anything nationally going on similar to this fraud, but this appears to be a random routine," he said.

The Social Security Administration recommends that unless beneficiaries initiate contact, or are confident of the person to whom they are speaking, they should never give out their Social Security number over the phone.

"As a rule of thumb, Social Security does not normally call you to ask for your Social Security number, date of birth, banking information or other private information," the agency said in a statement.

Members of the public can report any suspicious contact by calling Social Security's Office of the Inspector General Hotline at 1-800-269-0271.

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