published Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Man indicted in baby death and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Man indicted in baby death

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — A grand jury indicted a Crossville man last week in the death of his baby.

Kevin David Hastings, 29, was indicted on charges of aggravated child abuse and first-degree murder. The indictment comes after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations looked into the death of Hastings' 3-month-old daughter, Gracie.

On July 20, the Crossville Police Department responded to a call about an injured baby. Investigators found Gracie with brain trauma, and paramedics took her to Cumberland Medical Center. Later, they rushed her to the Children's Hospital in Knoxville.

The next day, on July 21, District Attorney Randy York asked the TBI to begin investigating the case.

On Aug. 2, Gracie died.

Hastings is serving a 30-day sentence at Warren County Jail for probation violation.


Dog to be euthanized

ELLIJAY, Ga. — One of two dogs that fought and killed a rabid raccoon in Gilmer County, Ga., did not have a current vaccination and will be euthanized, local officials said Friday.

The two Labrador retriver-mix dogs killed the raccoon Sunday, according to a news release from county environmental health manager Andrea Martin. Rabies was confirmed Wednesday. No human was exposed to the animal, Martin said.

One dog had a current rabies vaccination, she said. That dog will be revaccinated and observed at home for 45 days.

The VCA Appalachian Animal Hospital in Ellijay will conduct low-cost rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats on Sept. 28. The cost is $10.


Teen dies in wreck with school bus

ASHVILLE, Ala. — Authorities say an East Alabama teenager is dead after a wreck involving a school bus.

St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell told WBRC-TV that Ashley Cartier, 17, died in the wreck early Friday. She was a student at Ashville High School.

Authorities say a school bus had stopped to pick up its first rider of the day when Cartier's car crashed into its rear end and went underneath.


Dove season opens Sunday

NASHVILLE — Tennessee's dove hunting season opens at noon Sunday.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has divided the season into three segments. They are Sunday through Sept. 26, Oct. 12 to 27 and Dec. 19 to Jan. 15. Other than the opening day noon start, hunting will be allowed all other days from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.

The daily bag limit for mourning doves is 15 birds. There is no limit on collared doves.

Hunters must carry a valid Tennessee hunting license and a Tennessee Migratory Bird Permit.

Information is online at http://www.tnwildlife.org under the "For Hunters" section.

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