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Last week, BCSO K9 Joker attended a routine appointment at Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Chattanooga to follow up on the healing of his injuries that he obtained on September 22, 2021.

The doctor stated in K9 Joker’s discharge papers that “tracking is permitted” and K9 Joker was cleared to return to work with minor restrictions, due to the wonderful progression he has shown over the last several weeks. K9 Joker’s muzzle and feeding tube have since been removed – his jaw is now stabilized and he is currently on a soft diet.

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Chattanooga for the tremendous support they have shown to our department, K9 Joker, and The Choate Family during this time. 

The BCSO is thrilled to share that K9 Joker is able to return to work with his partner, BCSO Deputy Eduardo Choate. K9 Joker has shown great interest in continuing to use his skills as a Narcotics and Tracking K9 and the BCSO wishes him more years of success for as long as he is comfortably able to do so.

From NewsChannel 9…

The Chattanooga Fire Department announced a man now faces charges Tuesday in connection with a string of intentionally set dumpster and trash fires that started Monday night.

Brandon England, 23, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of aggravated arson following multiple dumpster and trash fires set overnight Monday into Tuesday morning.

Almost all the trash cans and dumpsters have been replaced and damage assessments are being made.

Residents in two apartment buildings were forced to evacuated early Tuesday morning as a result of the fires.

As of 2:30 am, officials said residents were back in their homes and the area was cleared. No injuries are reported.

Also from NewsChannel 9…

A Tennessee man who forced his way into a Macon County, North Carolina woman’s home, assaulting and raping her, was sentenced in court Monday.

Last week, a jury found 42-year-old Joseph Ball of Etowah guilty of second-degree forcible rape, first-degree burglary, interfere with emergency communications, kidnapping and assault on a female.

The judge sentenced Ball to more than 20 years behind bars.

On May 12, 2019, Ball knocked on the then 65-year-old woman’s door, claiming he had wrecked his truck nearby. The two were former co-workers.

The woman told Ball, because he was intoxicated, that he could stay the night in another structure on the property. Later, he again knocked on her door. This time, authorities say Ball forced his way into her home.

In court, Ball blamed the actions on being intoxicated.