published Friday, February 1st, 2013

Man sought on cruelty warrant and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Man sought on cruelty warrant

RINGGOLD, Ga. — The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Ringgold man on warrants related to the abuse of a child last Saturday night.

Detective Tim Deal of the sheriff's office obtained state warrants for Brandon Edward Jackson, 25, on charges of cruelty to children in the first degree, terroristic threats and aggravated battery, a news release states.

According to the incident report, the child's mother, Kayla Nicole Carrol, 21, allowed the boy to sleep over at her mother's home while she was at work. Later that night, she received a call from the boy's grandmother, stating that when she had gone to wake the child she noticed bruises on his face and around his eyes.

The boy told Carrol that Jackson had hit him in the head several times, the report states. Carrol took the boy to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office.

Detective Deal interviewed the child at the Children's Advocacy Center, where the boy told the officer that Jackson had abused him, the news release states.

Detectives spoke with Jackson by telephone and asked him to come in for questioning, but he refused and fled the area.

Jackson is believed to be in the Chattanooga area, detective division Capt. Chris Lyons said.

The suspect has brown hair, brown eyes, is about 5'9" tall and weighs 180 pounds, officials said.

If you have any information in this case, call the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office at 706-935-2424.


Police ask help in crash probe

DALTON, Ga. — The Dalton Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit is asking for the public's help in the investigation of a traffic fatality that occurred around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The accident took place near the intersection of Grace Street and Needham Drive, according to a news release. The vehicle involved, a blue 1984 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, is believed to have been heading west when it left the road and collided with a concrete retaining wall.

If you have any information about the crash or were on Grace Street at the time of the accident, call 706-278-9085, ext. 160.


Officials target illegal hiring

ATLANTA — Records show federal immigration authorities based in Atlanta audited 105 businesses for illegal hiring practices in the last fiscal year.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's analysis of records associated with the audits also shows that authorities arrested several workers and issued nearly $900,000 in fines to employers -- the third-highest total in the nation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say dozens more such audits are under way in Georgia.

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