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Bradley County Sheriff Steve Lawson has announced his intentions to seek re-election to the office subject to the May 3, 2022, Republican Primary.
In making his announcement Lawson said, “It has been the greatest honor of my professional career to have been allowed to serve as the Sheriff of Bradley County. I believe that we have accomplished many of the goals laid out during my initial campaign, but there is still work to do. I believe we have unfinished business within our agency to address in the future to preserve public safety in Bradley County and to better serve the people of this community.”
Sheriff Lawson was elected to the office in 2018. Prior to serving as Bradley County Sheriff, he served in six different administrations within the department. He served as a patrol officer, investigator, and supervisor in both the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions. He also served as Director of the 10thJudicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force from 2010 until 2014. Altogether, he has served over 27 years in our community in law enforcement.
The Republican-controlled Tennessee Senate has approved political redistricting plans for the state’s nine congressional seats and 33 state Senate districts.
The Senate’s green light set up final floor action in the GOP-led House next week on those maps as well as the House’s own redistricting plan for its members.
One by-product is that U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Sherwood, who represents the sprawling 4th Congressional District, is being moved out of his portion of Bradley County in Southeast Tennessee. The move was spurred by soaring population growth in Rutherford County in the western end of DesJarlais’ district.
It reunites all of Bradley for the first time in a decade, placing the entire county in the Chattanooga-centered 3rd Congressional District held by U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Ooltewah.
A Cleveland, Tennessee, man charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol is set to appear via teleconference Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., for a status hearing on his case.
Arrested on a federal indictment Feb. 23, 2021, at his apartment in Cleveland, Joseph “Jose” Lino Padilla, 41, faces 12 counts — 10 felonies and two misdemeanors, court documents state.
Padilla, honorably discharged from the Tennessee National Guard in 2012, had considered a plea deal last year then turned it down until more of the evidence in the case was available. He has remained in federal custody without bond because the judge ruled Padilla poses a continuing threat and flight risk, documents state.
Padilla’s attorney, Edward R. Martin Jr., did not respond to an email and calls made to his office Friday requesting comment on the case. A court docket entry states this week’s hearing is related to U.S. District Judge John D. Bates’ order regarding a speedy trial.
Padilla pleaded not guilty in the case March 30, 2021, court records show.