published Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Man held in 2004 sexual assault and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Man held in 2004 sexual assault

CALHOUN, Ga. — Police have charged a 38-year-old Calhoun man with the sexual assault of a minor in 2004, a news release states.

Calhoun police Chief Garry Moss said Holdbert Morales-Armas was arrested Thursday by detectives after they obtained evidence linking him to a sexual assault committed in June 2004.

The victim, 9 at the time of the alleged assault, recently provided police with "comprehensive details which allowed detectives to obtain a copious amount of evidence against Morales-Armas, which subsequently led to his arrest," detective Lt. Tony Pyle said.

Morales-Armas is charged with five counts of child molestation and one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes.

He is being held in the Gordon County Jail.


Bradford named state's top EMT

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — James Bradford, an emergency medical technician at Bradley County Emergency Medical Services, was recognized as EMT of the Year at the recent 2014 Tennessee Ambulance Service Association Mid-Winter Conference in Gatlinburg.

Bradford is a supervisor at Bradley County EMS and has served the county since 1980, a news release states.

"Mr. Bradford is representative of the pride and compassion that is exhibited by all of our EMTs and paramedics here at Bradley County EMS," said Danny Lawson, EMS chief. "He has been in the business of caring for people for a long time and is well deserving of this award."

The Tennessee Ambulance Association is comprised of ambulance service representatives from across the state.


Inmates escape by moving toilet

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Authorities are looking for a North Georgia jail inmate who they say escaped by removing a toilet from a cell wall.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports two men broke out of the Lumpkin County Detention Center late Tuesday.

One inmate turned himself in after he was injured trying to scale the center's razor and barbed wire fences. The second inmate remains on the loose.

Officials say the missing inmate should be considered dangerous. He was in jail on felony drug, weapons and other charges.


Funerals planned in bomb deaths

NASHVILLE — Funeral arrangements have been scheduled Saturday for a couple who died after a package bomb exploded in their rural Tennessee home.

Jon Setzer, a 74-year-old retired lawyer, died when the package detonated at his Lebanon home on Feb. 10. Setzer's 72-year-old wife, Marion, died later at an area hospital.

The couple's son-in-law, 49-year-old Richard Parker, is accused of killing them both and is facing charges in connection with the crime. Parker pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and unlawful weapon charges at a hearing on Tuesday.

Authorities have not given a motive for the murders.

A memorial service for the Setzers will be held at noon CST Saturday at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene. Visitation is set for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the church.

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