published Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Woman, 75, found dead after wreck and other news from areas around Chattanooga

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Woman, 75, found dead after wreck

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — An elderly woman died in an early morning accident Wednesday in Bradley County.

The Bradley County Emergency Medical Service was notified of the accident in the 1600 block of Dry Valley Road at 5:22 a.m.

Someone driving by saw the wreck and called authorities. When responders arrived, they found a car about 25 feet from the road in a field on its top. They found the driver, a 75-year-old woman whose name has not been released, about eight feet from the car on the ground.

Officials said they were unsure if the woman had been ejected or exited the wrecked car on her own. She was taken to Sky Ridge Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

It was unclear exactly when the accident occurred, officials said.


'Suspicious' fire death probed

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Murray County authorities are looking into the death of a Chatsworth, Ga., man whose body was found Tuesday night in his burning home.

The Murray County Fire Department responded to the blaze at 460 Hensley Road at 7:29 p.m., according to a news release. The manufactured home on the site burned to the ground.

The Murray County Sheriff's Office and fire department are working with the GBI and fire investigators from Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens' office. While foul play hasn't been confirmed, circumstances surrounding the fire and death led Murray County officials to request assistance from the GBI.

"It's a suspicious death," said Jerry Scott, the GBI special agent in charge of the investigation.

The victim's body has been taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy, according to the release. His identity and the cause of death had not been determined positively as of Wednesday evening, Safety Fire Commissioner spokesman Glen Allen said.

Allen said he expects an identification in the next couple of days.


Three charged after drug raid

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Three people are facing charges on drug-related offenses after Jackson County law enforcement officials carried out a search warrant at a Newport Drive residence in Scottsboro.

Roger Blake Burton, 22, of Scottsboro, was charged with unlawful possession of controlled substances (synthetic cannabinoids) and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release. He was released on $3,000 bond.

William Tyrone Moore, 30, and Amanda Sheri Stewart, 32, both of Scottsboro, were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Moore and Stewart were released on $500 bond, the release states.

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