published Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Man shot on Union Avenue — and more Chattanooga area police news

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Man shot on Union Avenue

A person was shot Tuesday afternoon in the 2300 block of Union Avenue, a Chattanooga police officer confirmed. John McCurdy was shot in the leg. He was taken to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The shooting is the city's 47th of the year and the second in the neighborhood just east of Tennessee Temple University.


Motorcycle thief sought

Crime Stoppers and the Chattanooga Police Department are seeking information and the identity of a suspect in a May 4 motorcycle theft at the Signal View condominium complex at 900 Mountain Creek Road.

The driver of a stolen two-toned Chevy pickup was seen loading the lime green 2001 Kawasaki ZX6R into the bed of the truck and driving off.

Anyone with information on this incident could be eligible for a cash reward. Call Crime Stoppers at 423-698-3333.


Attempted theft charged to man

A man was booked at the Hamilton County Jail on Tuesday on charges of aggravated assault, vandalism and theft over $500 after he reportedly broke into the home where he was living with his girlfriend and tried to steal her TV and Xbox.

Gavin Abernathy, 21, broke in through the window of the house, his girlfriend said. Abernathy's girlfriend also told police that he struck her several times and put his hands around her neck. Officers observed severe swelling and bruising that aligned with her account.


Harassment charges filed

An 82-year-old landlord was arrested Monday night, accused of harassing his tenants and demanding their rent.

James Towns, who police knew from previous incidents on his property at 162 N. Hickory St., is charged with harassment after the residents of the home said he entered without permission three days in a row to demand rent.

Police had previously advised Towns that the issue of rent is a civil issue and that he could not continually make enter the house without permission or without taking proper civil process.

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