Nine crews battle house fire
CHATTANOOGA — The Chattanooga Fire Department fought a major blaze in a house in the 1200 block of O'Grady Drive in Lookout Valley on Sunday.
No one was home at the time of the fire. It took nine fire companies 45 minutes to get the fire in the two-story house under control, according to a news release.
The release said the home's tin roof made firefighting difficult and the house suffered extensive damage. Firefighters tried to attack the blaze from inside, but heavy fire and structural instability led to them being pulled out, the release stated.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and no dollar amount for property damage had been set as of Sunday evening.
This is the fourth fire in Lookout Valley in a week.
Last Sunday a fire claimed the life of a man and badly injured a woman in the 1200 block of Judy's Lane, just a half mile away.
Another fire happened later the same day in the 3200 block of Beech Street. A man had to jump from a second-floor window to escape, injuring both his ankles.
The third fire was Wednesday in the 100 block of Centro Avenue. A woman was found on the floor, breathing but unresponsive in the smoke-filled house.
She was transported to the burn unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where she was in critical condition.
Georgia man accused of harassing judge
PHOENIX — A Georgia man involved in a child custody dispute has been arrested in Phoenix for allegedly harassing a judge.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office court security division was contacted by a county Superior Court judge who said she was being harassed by Gordon Daniel Rose.
Sheriff's officials said the judge recently took over a family court case involving Rose.
The judge has accused Rose, 44, of harassing her through numerous phone calls, emails and online posts. Authorities said Rose used social media to accuse the judge of corruption and illegal activity and demanded she resign.
Sheriff's detectives arrested Rose at a friend's home.
He was being held on suspicion of contempt of court and of using a computer to alarm or torment another person. It's unclear if he had a lawyer.
Shuttle service gets revamp
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Georgia's oldest city is revamping its free shuttle service to help visitors get around its downtown historic district.
Savannah plans to roll out its new fare-free shuttle bus routes today. The downtown loop route will pick up and drop off passengers at popular destinations throughout Savannah's historic district. A second route will take passengers to Forsyth Park on the edge of downtown.
City officials said in a news release that shuttle buses are scheduled to arrive at their designated stops every 10 minutes.
The service will run during daytime hours Monday through Sunday.
The decision to redesign Savannah's free shuttle routes came out of a city study aimed at reducing traffic congestion in downtown Savannah.