Murder suspect arrested on I-75 and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

Murder suspect arrested on I-75 and other news from the areas around Chattanooga

November 2nd, 2012 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in Local Regional News

Murder suspect arrested on I-75

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. - A man wanted in connection with a homicide in Buffalo, N.Y., was arrested in Bradley County and is awaiting extradition in the Bradley County Jail.

Wyatt Hayes, 34, was charged with criminal impersonation after he gave a false name to Tennessee Drug Task Force officers during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 South on Oct. 24, according to a news release.

Officers noticed suspicious behavior by the occupants of the car and inconsistencies in their stories, according to Steve Lawson, director of the 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force. Hayes initially gave a false name but later recanted and told officers he believed there was a warrant for his arrest in New York.

The Buffalo Police Department later contacted the Bradley County Sheriff's Office about Hayes, Lawson said.

Bob Gault, spokesman for the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, said the criminal impersonation charge was dismissed Thursday, but Hayes will be held on a warrant for murder in the second degree until he can be extradited to New York.


Atlanta airport to get free Wi-Fi

ATLANTA - Officials at the world's busiest airport say free Wi-Fi will be available to travelers next year.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday reduced the price of airport wireless Internet access to $4.95 a day. Officials said they will eliminate the fee entirely in the fall of 2013.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that free Wi-Fi long has been one of the most-requested amenities at the airport.

Airport spokeswoman Myrna White said the number of travelers using Wi-Fi at the airport is expected to double or triple once the service is free. A $1.6 million upgrade of the airport Wi-Fi system is planned to accommodate the higher demand.

The airport has offered Wi-Fi for a fee since 2005.


Deputy finds moonshine still

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - A Bradley County deputy investigating a report of gunfire stumbled upon an unusual find: a working moonshine still.

The still was discovered this week on the porch of a house just outside Cleveland. Inside Deputy Doug Boucher found three glass jugs of what appeared to be illegal liquor, copper tubing and two 10-gallon containers of fermenting corn mash.

Sheriff Jim Ruth told the Cleveland Daily Banner that it had been a long time since his department had found a still. The last moonshine bust he recalled occurred in the 1970s.

The case has been turned over to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and charges are expected.