published Friday, March 15th, 2013

Man jailed in car theft case and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Man jailed in car theft case

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — A Hollywood man is in the Jackson County Jail on robbery and theft charges.

Jason Eugene Freeman, 30, was charged with theft of property first degree and robbery third degree, a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office states.

An incident report states Freeman was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Highway 117 in Stevenson, Ala., Tuesday when, the driver says, Freeman grabbed the steering wheel and demanded the victim, whose name was not released, pull over.

When the driver stopped, Freeman allegedly struck him on the face, took the keys and the driver's cellphone. Freeman drove to a cemetery where the victim fled, the report states. Freeman then left in the vehicle.

Later Tuesday, the victim found his Chevrolet HHR on County Road 214 in Woodville, Ala., at a home where the residents had called the sheriff's office and reported the suspect as an unwanted guest. Freeman fled into the woods as investigators, deputies and Woodville police arrived, but he later was found in an abandoned mobile home on County Road 214.

He is being held on $7,500 bond.


Sentencing date for judge nears

KNOXVILLE — Attorneys for a former Knoxville trial court judge and the federal government have filed final briefs as a court prepares to sentence him.

Richard Baumgartner was convicted on five counts in October of lying to judicial officers to cover up his mistress' involvement in a drug conspiracy.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, both sides agree a term of 24 months is appropriate punishment for Baumgartner, who also pleaded guilty in state court to official misconduct.

The lawyers differ on whether Baumgartner should go to prison or be placed on probation.

The state has granted new trials to a half-dozen defendants after Baumgartner admitted he was buying prescription pain pills from a felon on probation.

A federal judge will sentence Baumgartner on April 10.


Battlefields volunteers sought

MEMPHIS — The Civil War Trust is looking for volunteers to clean and restore 10 battlefields in Tennessee.

Volunteers can contact the trust to participate in the 17th annual Park Day, scheduled for April 6. They will be asked to rake leaves, haul trash, paint signs and plant trees.

The Tennessee sites are Britton Lane Battlefield in Medon, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Chattanooga, Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover, Fort Granger in Franklin, Fort Pillow State Historic Park in Henning, the Mabry-Hazen House in Knoxville, Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Park, Shy's Hill-Battle of Nashville, Shiloh National Military Park and Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro.

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