published Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Man charged in infant's death and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Man charged in infant's death

PISGAH, Ala. — A Pisgah, Ala., man has been indicted on a murder charge in the October battering death of his 9-week-old daughter.

Chief Deputy Rocky Harnen in the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Marcus Shane Anderson, 18, was arrested Friday after the grand jury brought the charge.

He said the sheriff's office and county Department of Human Resources investigated the death of Kaisley Anderson.

The infant was flown by medical helicopter to Huntsville Hospital on Oct. 24, where she died. An autopsy revealed traumatic head injuries, Harnen said in a news release.

Anderson was booked into the Jackson County Jail and is being held on a $50,000 bond.


Police say mother lied about assault

DECATUR, Ga. — Police in DeKalb County, Ga., say a woman lied to them about a home invasion in which her 6-year-old daughter was supposedly assaulted.

Police Capt. Steven Fore told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that evidence at the woman's home didn't match what she told investigators Wednesday night.

Authorities have said the woman told police that a group of armed, masked men stormed her south DeKalb County home, assaulted her disabled daughter and stole Christmas presents and the girl's medication.

Fore said authorities are unsure why the woman made the story up, and investigators are trying to determine if she has any relatives who can temporarily care for her daughter.

No charges have been filed.


Bridge named to state register

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — A group trying to save the B.B. Comer Bridge in Scottsboro from being demolished says the structure has been named to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

AL.com reported Friday that Lee Anne Wofford with the Alabama Historical Commission notified members of the Comer Bridge Foundation of the honor last week. The commission administers the Alabama Register, which honors buildings, sites, structures, objects and historic districts that are at least 40 years old.

Now the bridge -- completed in 1930 -- will be eligible for recognition by the National Register of Historic Places.


Customers boost organizations

DECATUR, Tenn. — Volunteer Energy Cooperative's VECustomers Share program awarded $2,750 in grants to Hamilton County community organizations in November.

The program, founded in 2001, has donated more than $4.7 million to community service organizations throughout VEC's 17-county service area.

Hamilton County organizations receiving grants in November include the Ooltewah High School Band Boosters, who received a $1,500 grant; the Central High School Band Boosters, who picked up a $750 grant; and Cherokee Removal Park-Blythe Ferry, awarded a $500 grant.

VECustomers Share is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering VEC's 17-county service area. The foundation's funds come from VEC members who have opted to round their electric bills up to the next whole dollar.

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