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Local News for Wednesday, March 9th

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In news today…

Charges have been dismissed against a Cleveland man who had been charged with 27 counts of Child Neglect in relation to a fire that occurred at Little Lambs Daycare on February 10th. James Carpenter Jr. appeared in Bradley County Sessions Court on March 8th, where Judge Sheridan Randolph dismissed the charges.

Judge Randolph dismissed the charges based on his interpretation of the law regarding legal custody. He ruled the statute wasn’t broad enough for the charge.

District Attorney General Steve Crump stated he strongly disagrees with the ruling, indicating that his office will be presenting the case to a grand jury in its next term.

In news today…

Bradley County Commissioner Erica Davis provided more information to Mix 104.1 regarding an audit finding that she indirectly violated the state’s conflict of interest statute.

The conflict of interest finding is related to Davis’ trucking company, TriStar Enterprises, which served as a subcontractor to Berywood Landscaping LLC on a $45,000 contract to remove buildings at Lake Forest Middle School.

Davis said all of the county commissioners were previously aware of her full-time job as the owner of TriStar Trucking, and all understand the type of work they perform.

She said she did not specifically disclose her involvement as a subcontractor on this project because  Current policy only requires disclosure to be made at the time of a vote. There was not a conflict at the time she voted on May 18, and therefore she would not have been able to offer a disclosure statement. 

Davis also noted she followed current policy as she understood it, and when the issue was brought to county officials’ attention by the state Comptroller’s Office, she cooperated fully with their questioning and provided everything they requested to complete their assessment.

From Local 3 News…

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting at the National Cemetery that involved Chattanooga police on Tuesday.

It happened around 2:00 pm Tuesday off Bailey Avenue.

A CPD spokesperson says an unidentified man with a knife was acting erratically at the cemetery and aggressively approached employees, forcing them to call police.

The spokesperson says when police arrived at the scene, the man still had a knife which created a dangerous situation for the officers.

The spokesperson says officers at the scene fired their service weapons at the man, who was rushed to Erlanger after being shot and is in serious condition.

The officers who fired their guns are on paid leave, which is standard procedure, and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating the incident.