Whitfield County, GA (WDEF) - Sgt. Michael Smitherman was charged with a DUI Friday after driving a patrol car while intoxicated. A senior officer smelled alcohol on Smitherman's breath and requested that he take an intoxilyzer test. Smitherman, 44, was scheduled to attend mandatory domestic violence training for patrol supervisors Friday morning. The Sheriff's Office
Chattanooga, TN (WDEF)- Senator Jason Carter will be bringing his #Georgiasready bus tour to Calhoun and Ringgold today. The tour begins at 9 a.m. with a Kick-Off Grassroots supporter event at the Depot in Calhoun. Sen. Carter wraps up the tour with an 11 a.m. meet and greet with Rep. Stacey Evans
Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) Professional High Liner Edward Yates walked across a slackline between the peaks of the Tennessee Aquarium Friday. A slackline is a flat rope-like material about 1 to 2 inches wide. Yates was about 140 feet in the air. A large crowd gathered to watch. The first line he did was 30 feet, and he did several tricks
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) - Three puppies including their mother are lucky to be alive after someone left them as trash to be picked up. A Paw and a Prayer Animal Rescue owner Judy Butterfield is working around the clock to not only save their lives but also find homes for the abandoned dogs. She says all four animals were left crammed
TULALIP, Wash. (AP) — The investigation is continuing into the deadly shooting rampage at a high school north of Seattle. The student attacker killed one girl on Friday and seriously wounded four other students -- including two of his cousins -- before he died of what police said was a self-inflicted wound. A government official with direct knowledge of the
APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — After years of running few Latinos for statewide posts, Democrats are building a bench that better reflects the support they have in the Hispanic community. Polls show more than twice as many Hispanics identify as Democrats than Republicans nationally. Democrats have long run minority candidates in minority districts, but not in heavily white districts or statewide.
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Jaylen Fryberg was well liked and athletic, a football player named to his high school's homecoming court just one week ago. He was also facing problems, writing of some unspecified troubles on his Twitter feed: "It breaks me... It actually does...." The popular Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman opened fire in the school's cafeteria late Friday morning,
HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in southwest Ohio say two men have been killed in an accident while painting a water tower. The Butler County Sheriff's Office says the men fell some 100 feet after their scaffolding failed in a rural area. Sgt. Randall Lambert says one man was dead at the scene Friday evening, while the second was pronounced
PHOENIX, N.Y. (AP) — A central New York high school has received a million-dollar donation from a couple who were sweethearts there in the 1930s. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that J.C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix, New York, will use the gift from the estate of Robert Hurd and Roberta Hurd to fund college scholarships. The school was called
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police say they arrested a nanny employed by Venezuela's former foreign minister as she tried to enter the country with a loaded .38 caliber revolver inside a briefcase. A federal police officer said Saturday the woman was arrested Friday at Sao Paulo's International Airport after arriving on a plane owned by Venezuela's state oil company.
MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambique's opposition parties say they reject the victory of the ruling Frelimo party, alleging voter fraud in the southeastern African nation's elections. On Friday, election officials announced that Frelimo won the election with about 57 percent of the vote. The official opposition, Renamo, which won just over a third of the vote, called for negotiations with
ROME (AP) — A Roman villa's wine cellar, which was converted into an air raid shelter for Benito Mussolini and the Italian dictator's family, is opening its anti-gas steel doors to tourists. The shelter was quickly constructed in 1940, after the outbreak of World War II, in what had been the wine cellar of a noble family, who lived there
ROME (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters have rallied in Rome to protest Premier Matteo Renzi's plan to make it easier to fire workers. Two noisy marches crisscrossed the heart of the Italian capital Saturday, snarling traffic for hours. Protesters cheered CGIL labor confederation head Susanna Camusso when she promised more protests and strikes unless Renzi abandons efforts to
BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says the number of Islamic extremists in the country is growing rapidly. Hans-Georg Maassen says his agency estimates that some 6,300 people in Germany are adherents of a fundamentalist strain of Islam known as Salafism. Maassen told rbb-Inforadio in an interview broadcast Saturday that the number of Salafis could rise
FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Middle Tennessee jail inmate has died after being taken to a hospital because of a medical emergency. The Williamson County sheriff's office says 58-year-old Barry Williams of Collierville, Tennessee, was given aid by deputies and medical staff when the emergency occurred around 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Williamson County Criminal Justice Center. Emergency Medical Services
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee inmate has lost a bid to overturn his conviction in the slayings of a Kentucky couple displaying a Confederate flag on the back of their truck. Judge David McKeague of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote for an unanimous court on Friday that 37-year-old Frederick Dionte Morrow failed to make the case
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group that buys prepaid phone cards for military families is collecting old cellphones to recycle. The group Cell Phone for Soldiers will be collecting wireless phones Sunday at LP Field with the goal of selling the phones for recycling and using the money to buy the prepaid phone cards. The Tennessee Titans and Lipscomb Academy
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested the ex-boyfriend of a 24-year-old woman whose burned body was found in a car at an Athens quarry. The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/ZMJ3N3 ) Rodricus Deuntae Ward was jailed Friday after investigators questioned him about the death of 24-year-old Darla Gibbons of Atlanta, whose death was discovered Wednesday. Agent Mike Ayers
CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in metro Atlanta are looking for an inmate who escaped after walking away from a work detail at a police station. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/1wqybk2 ) 39-year-old Koby Blanchard gave Forsyth County authorities the slip Friday afternoon when he was supposed to working at the Cumming Police Department. Police Lt. Bryan Zimbardi said Blanchard
ATLANTA (AP) — More than 335,000 Georgians so far have cast ballots during early voting. Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Friday the statewide total includes more than 279,000 ballots cast in person and more than 55,000 votes received by mail. Kemp said the heaviest turnout has been in five metro Atlanta counties — Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett and Henry.
ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) — A Birmingham police officer has been fired after being charged with sexually abusing a child and raping a woman. Lt. Sean Edwards, a Birmingham police spokesman, said in a statement Friday that officer Joshua Herbinger "has been terminated." Police in Alabaster said earlier this month that 29-year-old Herbinger was charged with four counts of sexual abuse
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The common-law wife of a man on trial for the deaths of his two children told police he said to her following the deaths: "Now you have to be with me forever because it's your fault." John DeBlase and Heather Keaton are both charged with capital murder in the deaths of his 4-year-old daughter, Natalie, and
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after she was convicted in the 2009 stabbing death of her brother. Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/1DJ386g ) 30-year-old Maleya McMillan of Fairhope was sentenced about two months after a jury convicted her of murder in August. The victim was her 22-year-old brother, Mustafa McMillan. Police