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From the Chattanoogan…

A Bradley County jury has convicted Karla Clausell of the first-degree murder of Miranda Stamper. Ms. Clausell was 29 at the time of the 2019 incident and the victim was 22.

The shooting occurred in a parking lot at the Cleveland location of the Chattanooga Billiards Club.

The victim was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Also from the Chattanoogan…

Federal authorities say the business manager at a Cleveland, Tn., church has been embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the church.

Information on David M. Apps was disclosed in connection with a recent search warrant at his home at 9309 Mountain Shadows Road and a storage unit he was using at 7822 E. Brainerd Road.

The FBI said Apps, who became the business manager for Broad Street United Methodist Church on Jan. 14, 2014, bought $60,000 in firearms including more than 60 guns and accessories over an 11-month period. 

The affidavit said he is being investigated for wire fraud and money laundering.

It says he  caused unauthorized checks to be issued to him and also used a church credit card to pay for storage unit rentals, the firearm acquisitions, airline tickets for him and his family, hotel stays, expensive watches and other personal items.

The FBI said the embezzlement went on from July 2014 to October 2021.

The affidavit says he was terminated last Nov. 3 after the embezzlement was discovered when there was a large entry in the pastor’s discretionary fund that caused a negative ending balance. At that point the church treasurer began a review of the church finances.

The affidavit also says that in early 2019 Apps told church officials that he under treatment for prostate and brain cancer at Vanderbilt. He was given some church funding in connection with that claim.

In news today…

The Chub family has just arrived in Cleveland. This Ukrainian Pastor, his wife, and seven children have been on a two week journey to flee the war in Ukraine. Their only belongings are the suitcases. We are kindly asking for a warm welcome to this family as they start anew.

To donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/chub-family-fleeing-from-ukraine

All items such as gift cards, food cards, and any donations can be mailed or dropped off at Tennessee Christian Preparatory School at 4100 Stephens Road, Cleveland TN 37312.

Also in news today…

Tennessee lawmakers have passed a bill that would require drunken drivers convicted of killing anyone with children to pay child support.

The state Senate unanimously passed the bill on Wednesday, about two months after House lawmakers had done so. The legislation now heads to Republican Gov. Bill Lee.

Courts would determine the appropriate amount to be paid to the victims’ children, considering their financial needs and resources, the surviving parent or guardian’s financial resources, and the children’s standard of living, according to the bill.

Payments would continue until the children turns 18 years old and have graduated from high school, or the high school class they are part of when they turn 18 has graduated, according to the legislation.

Rep. Mark Hall, who sponsored the legislation, said this is the first bill of its kind to be passed in the U.S. He says he expects Mr. Lee to sign the bill into law, and thinks other states will follow suit in passing similar legislation now that they know it’s doable.

In news today…

Early voting in the Bradley County and State Primary Election continues today through Thursday. Please exercise your right to vote, and we encourage you to vote early if at all possible to avoid lines on Election Day. You may vote early at the Bradley Square Mall (in the former Bath & Body Works location), at the Bradley County Election Commission office downtown, or at Planet Fitness on APD-40 on the south side. Early voting polls are open from 9AM until 6PM. The last day of early voting is this Thursday. During early voting, you may vote at any one of the open locations. If you do not vote early, you will have to vote on Election Day at your assigned precinct. You can find your assigned precinct on the back of your Voter Registration card, or by calling the Bradley County Election Commission office at 423-728-7115.