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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Chattanooga.

Wednesday
Aug272014

TN Highway Patrol to Conduct 'No Refusal' DUI Campaign

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Highway Patrol is scheduled to conduct a "No Refusal" enforcement campaign for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Starting midnight Friday, officials can seek warrants for blood samples for motorists suspected of driving while impaired. The initiative will continue through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 1.

"Law enforcement officials have another tool to utilize to deter impaired driving and reduce fatal crashes on Tennessee roadways by conducting ‘No Refusal’ enforcements," said THP Colonel Tracy Trott. "We have chosen to implement this enforcement in each of the eight highway patrol districts, and with the help of various local law enforcement agencies across the state. The ultimate goal is remove drunk drivers from our roadways and to save lives."

Residents in Union, Hamilton, Marion, Montgomery, Shelby, Hawkins, Smith, Maury, and Hardin counties will also see an increase in patrol presence.

Law enforcement officials are also expected to conduct driver's license and seat belt checkpoints, along with "saturation patrols" near bars and taverns.

A total of 16 people were killed in 15 crashes on state roadways during the 2013 Labor Day holiday. Officials cited alcohol in six of the incidents.


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Wednesday
Aug272014

Bradley County Man Wanted for Carjacking 

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- Hamilton County Sheriff officials are on the lookout for a Bradley man wanted in connection to a Sunday carjacking.

Officials are looking for 20-year-old Richard David Dilllard after he allegedly assaulted a victim at a 58 Mart on Highway 58, before stealing the victim's truck.

The victim told officials he was sitting in the vehicle when Dilllard allegedly opened the door and "forcefully removed him" while attacking him. Dilllard then fled north on the highway.

Officials say Dilllard left a car in the store's parking lot, and the vehicle was later found to be stolen out of Bradley County.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said Tuesday.  

Dillard is wanted for carjacking, felony reckless endangerment, and felony vandalism. He also has active felony arrest warrants in Bradley County.

Dilllard is described as standing 6'1" tall, weighing 300 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on Dillard is asked to contact the Sheriff's dispatcher at 423-622-0022.


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Wednesday
Aug272014

Teen Wounded in Shooting

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- A 15-year-old boy has been hospitalized following a shooting in Chattanooga on Tuesday evening.

Police said around 7 p.m. they received a report about shots fired in the area of the 3200 block of Taylor Street, and then about 20 minutes later, they were told that someone had arrived at a local hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.

The teen was reportedly shot once in the right shoulder, and his injury is believed to be non-life-threatening, officials said.

There were no immediate arrests.


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Tuesday
Aug262014

Chattanooga City Council Takes Ice 'Boot' Challenge 

Chattanooga Fire Department(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- Members of the Chattanooga City Council undertook their own version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Tuesday, raising awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis with the help of local firefighters.
 
Crews from the Chattanooga Fire Department dumped cold water on the participants using their boots, dubbing the event the "Ice Boot Challenge."

Members held Tuesday's challenge in memory of Councilman Jerry Mitchell's brother, Jim, who died of the illness.

As per the challenge's rules, Mitchell nominated all current and recently elected county commissioners for the task. Watch the video here.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, affects cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.


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Tuesday
Aug262014

Former TN Union Treasurer Gets Prison Time for Wire Fraud

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A former state union treasurer received a 30-day prison sentence for wire fraud, officials announced Monday.

Don McMahon, of Cordova, served as Tennessee treasurer for the Association of Civilian Technicians, a labor organization that represents an estimated 130 members of the state's Air National Guard in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.

The 40-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of an eight-count indictment of wire fraud. Between 2009 and 2011, McMahon embezzled nearly $12,000 in association funds by using the group's debit card to make personal purchases and withdraw cash from ATMs. McMahon also wrote approximately $2,500 in checks to himself from the assocation's accounts and faked documents to hide the trail, according to officials.

McMahon is ordered to pay nearly $2,000 in restitution to the union, along with $10,000 to the group's insurance company. He is subject to three years of supervised release, with one year of home detention and electronic monitoring following the completion of his prison sentence.


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