Region News: Woman shot as police try to serve warrant in Georgia

Region News: Woman shot as police try to serve warrant in Georgia

October 13th, 2017 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

Woman shot as police tried to serve warrant in Georgia

BUFORD, GA. — A woman was shot as police tried to serve a warrant at a home outside Atlanta, according to authorities.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Michele Pihera said a SWAT team was trying to serve warrants Thursday morning when the woman was shot in Buford, about 40 miles northeast of Atlanta.

It wasn't immediately clear who fired the gunshot and Pihera didn't release further details early Thursday morning as she was on her way to the scene. There were no immediate reports of any injuries to the officers.

Police said the woman was taken to a hospital in nearby Lawrenceville, Ga.


Prosecutor arrested on drug, theft, misconduct charges

MCNAIRY COUNTY, TENN. — An assistant district attorney in McNairy County, Tenn., was arrested on drug and misconduct charges on Monday, according to a statement issued by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Then-25th District Attorney General Michael Dunavant asked for the state agency to investigate after 57-year-old Assistant District Attorney Bobby Gene Gray was charged on a grand jury indictment with two counts of official misconduct, theft under $1,000, simple possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance, according to a statement issued by the TBI Thursday morning.

Gray turned himself in at the McNairy County Correctional Center on Wednesday, officials said. He is no longer employed by the 25th Judicial District Attorney's Office. The office prosecutes cases in Fayette, Hardeman, Lauderdale, McNairy and Tipton counties. The office in McNairy County is in Selmer, about 40 miles south of Jackson, Tenn.


East Brainerd Road traffic shifting Friday

CHATTANOOGA — A traffic shift Friday will affect motorists in the area where East Brainerd Road is being widened.

Traffic on East Brainered at the intersection of Hurricane Creek and Morris Hill roads will be moved one lane in either direction starting at 9 a.m. today, according to a news release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Once the traffic is shifted, the contractor will begin excavating the area to the left of the center of East Brainerd Road from Morris Hill Road toward Fuller Road, the TDOT release states. Morris Hill will be closed from East Brainerd Road to about 300 feet to the north while the contractor excavates and rebuilds the road section. It is scheduled to reopen Oct. 18.

Traffic will be detoured using Banks Road to Igou Gap Road and back onto Morris Hill Road. The detour will be marked, but drivers are encouraged to obey the signs and pay close attention to changing conditions in the work zone.


Man shot on East 33rd Street

CHATTANOOGA — Chattanooga police are investigating an incident in which a man was shot on the 1100 block of East 33rd Street, according to a CPD release.

Jamal William Harris, 33, arrived at a local hospital to receive treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening after being shot Thursday morning.

Members of the Violent Crimes Bureau are actively investigating the incident.

Anyone with information related to the shooting is urged to call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525. Callers can remain anonymous.


Man sentenced to 15 years in 1990 Memphis killing

MEMPHIS — A man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison without parole in the 1990 shooting death of a Memphis liquor store owner, according to prosecutors.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said in a news release that 61-year-old Stanley Owens was sentenced Wednesday in Shelby County Criminal Court in the fatal shooting of 47-year-old Edward Askew.

Owens was convicted of voluntary manslaughter last month.

Memphis police received a call three years ago from a federal prison inmate in Alabama who provided accurate details of the shooting that were never made public. He also identified Owens as the gunman in the holdup.

A witness identified Owens in a photo lineup and in court.