Regional News Roundup: Arrest made, suspect identified, charged in fatal shooting

Regional News Roundup: Arrest made, suspect identified, charged in fatal shooting

May 28th, 2018 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

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Arrest made, suspect identified, charged in fatal shooting

CHATTANOOGA — The suspect in Saturday's fatal shooting in the 7800 block of Basswood Drive has been identified as 23-year-old Jadarius Knox, according to Chattanooga police.

The shooting happened around 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

Chattanooga police responding to the scene found 21-year-old Aaron Biddle had succumbed to his injuries.

Investigators determined a struggle had taken place before the shooting, police said. Knox was arrested at the scene Saturday.

Knox has been charged with criminal homicide.


Pedestrian killed Saturday night

A pedestrian was killed Saturday night on Hixson Pike while attempting to cross the road.

Chattanooga police said in a statement issued Sunday that the pedestrian, who was not named pending notification of family, was struck by a Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling north in the passing lane of the 5400 block of Hixson Pike just after 10 p.m.

The driver, 66-year-old Francis Lamonica, told police he was unsure what collided with his truck and he stopped at the scene, police said.

Ambulance crews responded to the scene to transport the victim to a local hospital where that person died from the injuries sustained.

Chattanooga police are investigating the accident.

Police ask anyone with information regarding the incident to call 423-698-2525.



Burglary and theft suspects arrested

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ala. — Four suspects were arrested last week in Cherokee County, Alabama, in connection to a burglary and theft, according to the sheriff's office.

Sidney C. Blevins, 36; Jason C. Hunter, 36; Faith S. McEwan, 38; and Tracy M. Marona, 49, all of Cedar Bluff, have been charged with second- degree burglary and second degree theft of property, according to a news release.

The alleged crime took place in the Gaylesville area in April.

Investigators recovered some of the stolen property from a home on County Road 165 where the suspects were arrested.


2-year-old dies after being pulled from creek

GRAY, Tenn. — Police said a 2-year-old child died after being pulled from a swollen Tennessee creek, according to The Associated Press.

News outlets reported crews found the toddler Saturday about a mile from where the child went missing in Washington County in eastern Tennessee.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a statement the child was pronounced dead at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Chief Deputy Leighta Laitinen said the creek had been swollen from recent rains.

Sheriff Ed Graybeal said the investigation is continuing.


Gunman wounds 5-year-old, 41-year-old

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Police were searching for a gunman they believed wounded a 5-year-old girl and a 41-year-old man.

Police Capt. Kip Hart told the Tuscaloosa News that investigators believe the shooting stemmed from an argument outside a party late Saturday night, according to the Associated Press.

Police were looking for 24-year-old Brandon Hurst who they believe fired the shots that wounded both victims.

Hart said the shooter first opened fire on the 41-year-old man and then continued to fire back at the victim as he ran down the street.

The young girl was inside a nearby house.

Hart said more than 60 rounds were fired during the incident.

Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for life-threatening injuries.