Cleveland car burglaries suspect arrested - and more Chattanooga region news

Cleveland car burglaries suspect arrested - and more Chattanooga region news

April 16th, 2014 by Staff Reports and Wire Service in Local Regional News

Car burglaries suspect arrested

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Cleveland police report that an investigation into Bowman Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church at 300 Westview Drive being burglarized and vandalized led to the arrest of a man also charged with 12 vehicle burglaries that had occurred in the same area.

Preston Custer, 24, was arrested Monday afternoon, police said.

They reported that their investigation along with surveillance video from the church led to the suspect who was identified as Custer.

Detectives Steve Ross, Matt Jenkins and Bill Parks were able to recover much of the stolen property.

Custer is being held at the Bradley County Justice Center on $70,000 bond.

Alzheimer's group started

DAYTON, Tenn. - The Alzheimer's Association support group in Rhea County will hold its kickoff meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Veranda Assisted Living Community.

Alzheimer's Association education liaison Wendy Winters will be guest speaker for the initial meeting. The support group, facilitated by Melissa Wood, will hold regularly scheduled meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

"Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's is extremely challenging," said Amy French, manager of programs and education. "No one should have to go through this alone."

Alzheimer's Association support groups are designed to provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Information on other support groups in the area can be found at

The Veranda Assisted Living Community is at 10055 Rhea County Highway Dayton, TN 37321. For more information or to register, call the Alzheimer's Association at 800-272-3900.

Judge won't stop new Vidalia rule

REIDSVILLE, Ga. - A Georgia judge says he won't stop the state agriculture commissioner from enforcing a new regulation aimed at stopping unripe Vidalia onions from reaching store shelves.

Superior Court Judge Jay Stewart ruled Tuesday against one of Georgia's most prominent Vidalia onion growers, who argued Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black should be stopped from enforcing the new rule because an Atlanta judge struck it down last month. Black says the regulation is still in effect while state attorneys file an appeal.

Farmer Delbert Bland said he still plans to ship onions Wednesday despite the rule, which says no Vidalia onions can be packed for shipping before the last full week of April. Other farmers support the regulation as a means of protecting the reputation and quality of Vidalia onions.