Lake Winnie plans fireworks and other news from areas around Chattanooga

Lake Winnie plans fireworks and other news from areas around Chattanooga

July 4th, 2013 by Staff Reports and Associated Press in Local Regional News

Lake Winnie plans fireworks

ROSSVILLE - With meteorologists predicting a near-100 percent chance of rain today, Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park will postpone its Fourth of July fireworks show until Saturday night.

"The weather forecast just doesn't look like it's going to give us a break," Lake Winnie spokeswoman Talley Green said Wednesday.

"It's just not safe to shoot [fireworks] in the rain," she said. "There's just too much of a chance for a misfire or a wet shell."

The park will hold fireworks displays at 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Green said. The 20-minute shows are coordinated with patriotic music, and the displays won't be identical, she said.

DA dismisses gambling charges

GADSDEN, Ala. - The Etowah County district attorney has dismissed gambling charges against a Gadsden woman because he said her case was a staged event.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Office arrested Michelle Garbe, 51, Friday and charged her with possession of a gambling device and promoting gambling. She was charged after two machines were found at a Gadsden business.

District Attorney Jimmie Harp said Garbe and CBS Supply staged the event to obtain an electronic bingo permit through the court system after the sheriff recently denied one. CBS Supply wants to build an electronic bingo development in Etowah County. The district attorney said his office won't be used as a mechanism to determine the legality of electronic bingo.

Shooting suspect surrenders

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Authorities say the man accused of shooting a 2-year-old boy after an argument with his father has surrendered to police.

DeKalb County sheriff's officials told WSB-TV that Chazerel Burton surrendered at the county jail Wednesday.

Police have said a good Samaritan tried intervening in an attempted mugging near a Kroger in Stone Mountain June 26 and later was involved in an argument with the suspect.

Police say the suspect later fired eight to 10 shots into the man's parked car and wounded the boy in his abdomen. The boy was hospitalized in stable condition.

Woman slain in home invasion

ATLANTA - Police are investigating a deadly home invasion Tuesday in Southeast Atlanta.

Just after 11:45 p.m., police were called to a home in the 1600 block of Van Vleck Avenue.

Camease Miller, a 30-year-old mother of two, was found shot to death inside a closet, Channel 2 Action News reported. According to Atlanta Police Capt. Tim Peek, the woman was visiting the homeowner, a man who was unharmed and is working with investigators to identify the shooter.