published Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Two charged in death and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Two charged in death

CALHOUN, Ga. — On Wednesday, the police department in Calhoun, Ga., charged David Bastin and Francis Leming with reckless conduct and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 24-year-old Haley LeAnn Stanley. Officers found Stanley dead in her car on the morning of June 11.

Someone called the police after seeing the car behind a Veterans of Foreign Wars building at 406 W. Line St.

Lt. Tony Pyle said in a statement that Bastin and Leming did not appear to intentionally harm Stanley, but "we do believe the victim was still alive and in obvious distress when she was abandoned."

Bastin was arrested Friday and remained at the Gordon County Jail on Wednesday in lieu of a $30,000 bond. Chief Garry Moss said he expects Leming to turn herself in by the end of the week.


Tavern cleared after suspension

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — The Chattanooga Street Tavern violated Georgia law and LaFayette's law on beer and wine sales by the glass, but the five days its license was suspended in February are sufficient punishment.

That was the upshot of a City Council hearing earlier this week on the English-style pub, the only establishment of its kind in the once-dry city.

Former employees testified that a manager drank whiskey and vodka in the pub, and police Chief Bengie Clift said that liquor was served at a Valentine's Day event less than 300 feet from a church in the Mars Theater.


Police probe kidnapping

ROME, Ga. — Police have not made any progress in their investigation of a Rome kidnapping.

Detective Chris Arrington said investigators have no suspect and are interviewing the victim, Antuavius Robinson, 25. On Sunday night, police found Robinson in a ditch on U.S. Highway 27 near Scotthill Road in Chattooga County.

Robinson told officers that a man wearing a ski cap knocked on his door in Room 217 of the Economy Inn. The man told Robinson to drive him away from the Rome hotel. Robinson said he tried to drive erratically so police would notice him, then he crashed his car.


Patience urged with geese

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — Georgia wildlife officials are asking landowners to be patient with Canada geese during the summer molting period.

State waterfowl biologist Greg Balkcom said geese begin losing their feathers and growing new ones in late June and early July. During this time, the birds are unable to fly and are known to frustrate landowners irritated with the volume of feathers and feces they produce.

Landowners can try chemical repellents, mylar balloons, noise makers and wire or string barriers.

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