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Local News for Thursday, August 5th

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In news today…

Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a child assault in progress at the ball fields located on the property of Bradley Central High School at approximately 6:00 pm on Tuesday. Witnesses reported that they observed two men assaulting a handcuffed juvenile by throwing him to the ground, smacking him, making him run laps, flip tires, and cursing at the child as he was observed crying. 

Upon investigation, the juvenile (age 13) reported that he had been handcuffed, taken from his home, and forced into a vehicle by two men. He was then driven to the ball fields at Bradley Central High School and forced to perform physical exercise in the heat of the day without water. He further reported that when he refused he was threatened with a Taser by one of the men and the other man unsnapped a holstered handgun putting him in fear. 

The investigation also revealed that the two men were dressed in military style BDU’s wearing badges and police style duty belts complete with handguns. They were later identified to work for a fugitive recovery company. When witnesses attempted to intervene, the two men again handcuffed the juvenile and placed him inside a vehicle. 

The two men were identified as Tristan Palmer (23) of Madisonville, and Gabriel Black (27) of Cleveland. Both men stated that they were sent by their boss with the fugitive recovery company to “work this kid and give him a boot camp”. 

After investigation and discussion of the circumstances with the District Attorney General’s Office, both men were charged with Kidnapping and Aggravated Child Abuse. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are being considered. 

If you have any information or witnessed the incident, please contact Det. Robby Hair with the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (423) 728-7306. 

Also in news today…

On August 3rd, Bradley County emergency personnel responded to the 5600 block of Dalton Pike to the report of a head on collision resulting in injuries to three people including a child. The driver of a black Ford truck was traveling south when it crossed over the center line into the northbound lane striking a red Ford truck. Three vehicle occupants were treated for injuries sustained in the crash including a child, who was flown via Life Force to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.

Ernesto Perez, 27, of Calhoun, GA, was administered field sobriety tests by Bradley County Sheriff’s Office traffic investigators and arrested as a result. Perez was charged with Vehicular Assault, Driving under the Influence, two counts of Felony Reckless Endangerment, Failure to Exercise Due Care and Improper Passing.

In news today…

The latest count from the Tennessee Department of Health puts the number of active cases in Bradley County at 331.  This number represents an additional 40 new cases in one day alone.  Weekly counts have doubled for the last three weeks as the rise in new cases trends upward.  Hospitalization numbers are also tracking very closely with this trend.

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact reason for the increase, but common sense would point to a few possible reasons why. The emergence of new variants of the original COVID-19 virus is likely to be the primary reason for our spike in numbers.  These new variants can be more contagious and spread more easily than previous versions. Another reason may be the lack of attention paid to prevention.  As our numbers began to drop just a few months ago, life appeared to return to “normal”.  This undoubtedly resulted in a false sense of security and a deviation from the precautions necessary to stop the spread.

The Governor has given no indication he will institute a mask mandate and has not taken steps to give authority to local officials to mandate one either.  There was not a mandate in Bradley County earlier in the pandemic, and there is no plan to institute one in the future.

No authority or directive has been given to state or local officials to mandate or require the vaccine. Organizations and businesses may be choosing to implement their own requirements, but there is no such mandate or requirement from the county level.  Only roughly 30% of the Bradley County population has been vaccinated, and we continue to encourage those who are willing and able to be vaccinated to do so.

Mix 104-1’s Steve Hartline will be interviewing Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis and Cleveland City Mayor Kevin Brooks at 8AM this morning on Mix 104-1.

From WRCB Channel 3…

Coty Wamp announced Wednesday she’s preparing to challenge Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston.

Wamp is currently the General Counsel at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. She’s also the daughter of former U.S. Representative Zach Wamp.

Pinkston’s 8-year term expires next year.