California killing suspect arrested in Calhoun, Ga., and more Chattanooga area news

California killing suspect arrested in Calhoun, Ga., and more Chattanooga area news

July 2nd, 2013 by Staff Reports in Local - Breaking News


California killing suspect arrested

Calhoun police, FBI and Conasauga Safe Streets Task Force agents on Saturday afternoon arrested a 21-year-old man wanted in connection with a Los Angeles homicide.

Javier Trujillo was taken into custody after a two-day stakeout, Calhoun police Chief Garry Moss said in a news release.

Authorities in Los Angeles had identified, and arrested, three suspects in the case.

The fourth suspect, Trujillo, is being held in the Gordon County Jail pending extradition.


City may allow small distilleries

Jack Daniel's and George Dickel could get some local competition if the Shelbyville City Council allows small beer or liquor distilleries to operate in the city limits.

The Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported that the council is scheduled to hear a resolution today that would permit small distilleries. Jack Daniel's distillery is in Moore County and George Dickel is made in Coffee County, both neighboring Bedford County.

A bill passed this year in the Tennessee General Assembly amended state law on requirements for setting up new distilleries in the state.


Amputee gets service dog

A metro Atlanta woman is moving forward in her recovery from a battle with flesh-eating bacteria.

WSB-TV reports 25-year-old Aimee Copeland, of Snellville, met her new service dog Sunday. The labradoodle named Belle visited Copeland to get acquainted with her new surroundings. She will train for another month at the PSD Academy & Registry in Cocoa, Fla., before permanently returning to Georgia.

Belle will help Copeland with daily tasks, such as turning off lights and retrieving her medicine.

Copeland contracted a rare infection called necrotizing fasciitis in May 2012 after falling from a zip line and gashing her leg. The disease forced doctors to amputate both of her hands, her left leg and her right foot.


Panic buttons eyed for schools

A Georgia congressman has introduced legislation to install panic buttons at schools to alert police silently to emergencies.

Democratic U.S. Rep John Barrow spoke at a news conference Monday and told the Augusta Chronicle his idea to install panic buttons between 2014 and 2018 has earned support from state and national law enforcement and education agencies.

Barrow introduced legislation to reauthorize a grant program for school security Friday, and it has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.