published Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Arraignment continued, and more news from the Chattanooga region

FORT PAYNE, Ala.

Arraignment continued

An arraignment for former state Sen. Lowell Barron and his campaign aide was continued Monday in DeKalb County District Court.

Barron, a former powerhouse in the Senate representing Northeast Alabama for 28 years, was indicted in April on six ethics and campaign finance charges, stemming from his unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2010.

Prosecutors said Barron was charged with funneling $58,000 in campaign funds to former aide Rhonda Hill Johnson along with a 2007 Toyota Camry.

Court employees said Barron's arraignment hasn't been rescheduled.


CUMMING, Ga.

Man, 33, drowns in Lake Lanier

A 33-year-old man who drowned in Lake Lanier over the weekend was from Atlanta, authorities said.

The man drowned Sunday afternoon on the lake just northeast of Atlanta. He was identified Monday as Lindy James Murdock. Authorities said he went under the water about 3 p.m. Sunday and did not resurface near the Two Mile Island chain in Forsyth County.

"He was on a float, had come off the float and went down," Sgt. Mike Burgamy of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources told The Times of Gainesville.


JONESBOROUGH, Tenn.

Carbon monoxide sickens inmates

Carbon monoxide sickened more than two dozen inmates at an East Tennessee jail Saturday morning.

Washington County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Leighta Laitinen told the Johnson City Press one inmate lost consciousness during the incident and was taken to a hospitalt.

"We had to send one inmate to the hospital, but he returned in few hours," Laitinen said.

Authorities said a malfunctioning gas-fired water heater leaked the gas into two pods of the jail. When inmates began complaining of headaches, jailers took some of them to the booking area and others to an exercise yard.

Fifty-one inmates in the two cell blocks were removed from the affected areas and oxygen was administered to some.

The water heater was turned off and the pods were ventilated.


KNOXVILLE

UT begins using wheel locks

The University of Tennessee is turning to wheel locks instead of tow trucks when police officers spot cars that have racked up multiple unpaid tickets.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, UT announced the change that begins July 1 in a statement Monday. The wheel locks also will be used if an officer finds a driver is using a stolen or counterfeit disabled driver parking permit.

Drivers who find their vehicles locked can catch up their fines at the Parking and Transit Services office, UT Police Department or online.

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