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Tuesday, November 17th

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From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

A Bradley County sheriff’s deputy was arrested by Cleveland  police Friday on a domestic assault charge.

Cleveland police were called to a home not far from the city’s downtown area at around 1:30 a.m. There, they spoke to a woman who said the deputy, Eric Geren, had just left after pushing her down on a couch and punching a hole in her wall.

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Taylor Woodruff said Geren, 31, has been suspended without pay and is under internal investigation while the Cleveland Police Department conducts its investigation into the incident that led to his arrest.

According to Bradley County court documents, Geren was supposed to be at the woman’s house earlier that evening but had been out playing pool.

By about 1:15 a.m., Geren arrived at her home on his motorcycle and began banging on her back door, the woman told police.

He “seemed extremely angry and began yelling and cursing at her,” court documents state. And he started to “sling items off the coffee table” when she asked him to leave.

The woman told police she then stood up and again asked him to leave. That is when “he shoved her back down to the couch which caused red bruises around her chest,” court records state.

She then told him she would call the police, to which “he told her he was the cops,” according to court documents.

After taking the woman’s statement, Cleveland police officers then reached Geren via phone.

He told officers that he had been out the night before but that it was the woman who had been yelling. And when he arrived at her house at around 1:15 a.m., it was she who “greeted him with arguing and yelling.”

Geren told police that he did not go inside the home and had attempted to calm the woman down before heading back to his apartment “before it escalated any further,” according to court documents.

He denied pushing the woman and alleged that her injuries were self-inflicted, as he “would not put it past her,” court records state.

Under Tennessee law, police must arrest a person accused of domestic assault “unless there is a clear and compelling reason not to arrest.”

In news today…

The Bradley County Commission met Monday and covered several items of business. County Mayor D. Gary Davis recognized some county employees for their years of service with the county. Samuel Collins, Tracy Denton, Tabitha McDermott, Angie Whittemore, and Darla Lewis have twenty years of service with the county. Karen Hunsucker and Gail Qualls have thirty years of service. The Mayor also noted that $1.3 million of the $1.6 million in COVID-19 funding the county recently received has gone to purchasing radios for local police, fire, EMS, and other emergency services. Some of those radios have arrived, while still awaiting others. Several motions were passed, including a motion to award Superintendent Anderson Sanders his service weapon upon his retirement next month after 36 years of service.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

A small earthquake took place in southern Bradley County early Monday morning, according to the United States Geological Survey. 

The 1.7-magnitude earthquake was recorded around 4:30  a.m. about five miles southwest of Wildwood Lake in Bradley County.

The Wildwood Lake area is located between Highway 60 and Spring Place Road S.E.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of about three miles.

In news today…

The TSSAA forced the McMinn County Cherokees to forfeit their 2nd round playoff game against Kingsport’s Dobyns-Bennett due to a player having a positive COVID-19 case. In a letter sent to both principals the TSSAA said they wanted a game to be played between the teams today, but did not receive the necessary verification from the McMinn County Health Department that proper contact tracing was done at the school in this case. McMinn County’s season is over. Dobyns-Bennett advances to meet Maryville in the quarterfinals.

Also from the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

While Tennessee‘s violent crime figures fell 8.4% overall during the first seven months of the coronavirus pandemic, gun-related violent crimes rose 25% and aggravated assaults with a firearm jumped more than 40%.

In the stand-alone category of homicide with a firearm, meanwhile, figures rose just shy of 50% during the March-through-September 2020 period over 2019, rising from 224 homicides last year during the seven-month period to 335 this year.

That’s the grim assessment Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director David Rausch provided last week when the former Knoxville police chief went before Gov. Bill Lee for the agency’s fiscal year 2021-2022 budget hearing.

Aggravated assault with a firearm rose from 2019’s 8,841 to 12,776 during the seven-month period, TBI figures show.

Mental health and wellness are a “major issue in COVID,” according to Rausch. An internal TBI study showed “concerning numbers” involving officer-involved shootings, he said.

Since the beginning of March, there have been 32 officer-involved shootings investigated by TBI agents, according to Rausch.