Dragon Con head pleads guilty - and more Chattanooga region news

Dragon Con head pleads guilty - and more Chattanooga region news

December 3rd, 2013 by Wire Service in Local Regional News

Dragon Con head pleads guilty

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - The co-founder of a science fiction convention has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of child molestation.

Dragon Con co-founder Edward Kramer pleaded guilty Monday in a Gwinnett County court. The 52-year-old Kramer was charged with molestation in 2000 but was declared unfit to stand trial because of a spinal condition.

Kramer was accused of molesting three boys between 1996 and 2000. He was put on house arrest and ordered to have no contact with children under 16.

He was given permission to travel in 2008, and authorities say he was found in 2011 in a Connecticut motel room with a 14-year-old boy.

Kramer was sentenced to five years in prison and will receive credit for 26 months served. The remainder of his sentence will be spent on house arrest.

Open house set on Route 3 work

CATOOSA COUNTY, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Transportation will hold an open house on its plans for safety improvements and a traffic roundabout at the intersection of State Route 3 and Graysville Road in Catoosa County, a news release states.

The meeting is set for Dec. 11 from 5-7 p.m. at the Colonnade Civic Center, located at 264 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold.

Residents who want to learn more about the proposed project, which is intended to reduce the frequency and severity of crashes at the intersection, are encouraged to attend, the release states.

Ex-deputy guilty in meth case

WAYCROSS, Ga. - Federal prosecutors say an ex-Pierce County deputy sheriff has pleaded guilty to his role in a methamphetamine trafficking operation.

U.S. attorney's officials say 55-year-old Randy Strickland pleaded guilty last week and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Authorities say Strickland acted as the lookout for people he thought were trafficking meth. Officials say Strickland provided security for drug dealers while he was armed and wearing his sheriff's department uniform.

Officials say they received information about Strickland's criminal activities and he became the target of an undercover sting operation.

Authorities say Strickland asked drug dealers to pay him $100 for his help. Prosecutors say Strickland was arrested after picking up one of his payments -- which was left in a discarded potato chip bag on the side of the road.

Wildlife agency debuts new app

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has a new mobile app that allows users to take along the latest agency info whenever they go.

The new app includes access to all hunting, trapping, fishing and boating guidelines.

Hunters can keep a hunting diary, access their harvest logs and upload their trophy photos.

Anglers can access a mobile fish identification guide.

The app can also help users get directions to Wildlife Management Areas, check stations, Hunters for the Hungry processors, fishing spots, boat ramps and wildlife viewing areas.

And users can use the app to purchase licenses, renew boat registrations and report harvests.

The app is available from the Apple app store and will be launched on Android in Google Play soon.