Region News: Woman charged in hit-and-run death of man in motorized wheelchair

Region News: Woman charged in hit-and-run death of man in motorized wheelchair

October 12th, 2017 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

Woman charged in hit-and-run death of man in motorized wheelchair

FLORENCE, ALA. — An Alabama woman is charged in the hit-and-run death of a man in a motorized wheelchair.

News outlets reported 26-year-old Christina Marie Carroll turned herself in Tuesday afternoon following the Friday night crash that killed 57-year-old Kevin Allan Doherty. Police reports indicate Doherty was traveling west in the eastbound lane of a Florence road, and Carroll was going east.

Doherty was airlifted to Huntsville Hospital, where he died.

Carroll is charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. She was booked on a $2,500 bond. The TimesDaily reported attorneys Tim Case and Candace Garner are representing Carroll. Case described the crash as an accident.


Man charged in fatal DUI head-on crash

CULLMAN, ALA. — An Alabama driver in the DUI head-on crash that killed a teen in May has been indicted. reported that a Cullman County grand jury indicted 27-year-old Bradford Neal Meeks on charges of reckless murder, DUI, unsafe lane change, driving on the wrong side of the road, violating the state's open container law and third-degree assault. Authorities announced his arrest Tuesday evening.

Fifteen-year-old Curtis Wilson was a passenger killed when the SUV driven by his mother collided with Meeks' car on May 7.

It's unclear if Meeks has a lawyer. His bond is set at $150,000.

Court records show Wilson's mother, 43-year-old Ashley Wilson, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Meeks in civil court in May.


3 Republicans, 1 Democrat qualify for seat

DECATUR, ALA. — Three Republicans and one Democrat have qualified as candidates to replace an Alabama lawmaker who faces up to 20 years in prison for involvement in a felony mail fraud scheme.

The Decatur Daily reported Republicans Tom Fredricks, Parker Duncan Moore and Tom Willis met the Tuesday deadline along with Juanita Allen Healy, the only Democrat to qualify. They'll run for the District 4 seat in the state House of Representatives held by Micky Hammon.

Party primaries will be on Dec. 12 with the general election on Feb. 27. The district covers parts of Morgan and Limestone counties.

Hammon represented the district since 2002. He'll be sentenced Jan. 11 after agreeing last month to plead guilty of converting his campaign contributions to a personal account.


Authorities arrest Georgia fugitive

CHEROKEE COUNTY, ALA. — A 37-year-old Rome, Ga., man was arrested in Cherokee County, Ala., Tuesday on a felony warrant for violation of probation.

Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver said Ricky Moore was a fugitive from Floyd County, Ga., wanted on the felony warrant for violating his probation, but after he was taken into custody, Moore also was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Moore awaits the setting of a bond on his local charges in the Cherokee County Detention Center, Shaver said. He's also awaiting extradition to Georgia to face the charge there.


Police: Man recovering after walking into fire station with gunshot wound

ATLANTA — Atlanta police said a shooting victim who walked into a fire station is recovering.

Police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown told The Atlanta- Journal Constitution a man who was shot Tuesday night is in stable condition.

The 43-year-old walked several blocks to the fire station after being shot around 8:15 p.m. He suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of his chest and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

The man's name and further details were not released.


Two police cars struck in one day

CHATTANOOGA — Two Chattanooga Police cars were hit in two separate incidents Sunday, resulting in one arrest and an injured officer, according to CPD Public Information Officer Rob Simmons.

The first incident happened at 12:33 a.m. on Highway 27 on the Olgiati Bridge when Daniel Upton, 29, struck an officer's vehicle with his Dodge Charger. The officer was in his patrol car working a single car traffic wreck with his emergency lights flashing and blocking the right lane of traffic.

The officer suffered neck and back injuries from the collision and was transported to a local hospital. Upton was transported to the Hamilton County Jail, where he consented to a blood alcohol test.

The second wreck occurred less than 21 hours later, when a different vehicle struck another officer's patrol car at the site of a wreck on the right side of I-75 northbound.

The officer was not in his vehicle when it was hit, but the driver's vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene.

Simmons said in an email that the blue lights and left amber directional arrow were in operation and that no injuries were reported.


Officer resigns after arrest

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee police department's former employee of the year who was charged in a dispute with neighbors has resigned after he was decommissioned from the force.

The Tennessean reported 31-year-old Jonathan Frith resigned from the Metro Nashville Police Department on Tuesday. Police spokesman Don Aaron said Frith turned in his resignation a day after police announced the suspension of his policing authority.

Frith faces misdemeanor charges of resisting a police stop and evading arrest in connection with a Sunday morning dispute in Smyrna while off duty. Police had opened an internal investigation, which will end in light of the resignation.

Frith had been with the department for eight years, and was lauded in 2015 for leading the response to a violent attack inside an Antioch movie theater.