Summerville Man Arrested in Rome

Jimmy Vasser, 46 of Summerville, was arrested in Rome this week after reports said he shoved a woman down while she was holding a small child.

Reports said that the victim suffered an ankle injury from the attack.

Vasser is charged with battery.

Accidental Shooting at Bojangles

An accidental shooting at Bojangles in Summerville sent a man to the hospital on Wednesday evening.

Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader states a man was at Bojangles with his family on Wednesday evening when the incident happened.  The sheriff said that the man had a .25 caliber pistol in his pocket and bent over to tie his shoe.  The gun fell out of his pocket and went off.  The man was hit in the jaw and the bullet traveled to his neck and then lodged in his shoulder, according to the sheriff.

The sheriff said the man was disoriented after being shot and ran out of Bojangles and down Highway 27.  Summerville Police found the man near Farmer’s Furniture and convinced him to go to the hospital via Redmond EMS.

Sheriff Schrader said the man’s injury did not appear to be life threatening and no one else was injured.  The sheriff said everything seems to back up the man’s story about the incident and no charges are expected to be filed at this time.

Summerville Police and the Georgia State Patrol assisted the Sheriff’s Department during the incident.

Legal Age to Marry in Georgia Raised

If you are sixteen in Georgia and want to marry someone, you will have to wait a year.  That’s because a new law went into place on January 1st raising the legal age to marry from sixteen to seventeen.  The law also prohibits seventeen-year-old residents from marrying someone more than four-years older than them.

Georgia is now one of only twelve states in the nation that requires someone to be seventeen to marry.  Proponents of the law say that the new age requirement will “prevent teenagers from marrying before they are ready.”  Supporters of the law often cite the high divorce rate in the United States as a reason for raising the legal marriage age.

There is some research that backs that idea up.  According to an average of over 115 studies on divorce, people who marry before they are eighteen are 48% more likely to have that marriage end in divorce.  Some would argue that’s still in line with the overall national average of a 50% divorce rate – according to most studies.  However, the studies also show that those who wait until they are twenty-five or older are only 25% likely to get divorced.

Data shows Chattooga County has a of total 15% of adults currently divorced – the highest in our area. (Data) .  Twenty-eight percent of Chattooga County adults have never been married; 50% are currently married and 7% are widowed.

Also, studies show that the United States has the 12th-highest divorce rate in the world and January is the most popular month to get divorced in the United States.

Shooting Victim Identified

Summerville Police have identified the victim of a Monday night shooting at 152 Kelly Street as fifty-one-year-old Ronald Moates, who lived at the address.

According to a press release that was issued shortly after 4 PM on Tuesday, police say that the preliminary investigation revealed that a physical, domestic dispute occurred at the residence that culminated in the shooting of Moates.

Summerville Police say that investigators are continuing to interview individuals about the case and are collecting and reviewing evidence in this case.

Police added, “At this time no charges have been filed against the shooter, whose name is not being released at present time.”

Calhoun Man Arrested for Child Molestation

Calhoun Police have arrested a man and charged him with child molestation.

Calhoun Police arrested twenty-two-year-old Isaac Hullender of Calhoun. Hullender faces one count of Child Molestation and remains in the Gordon County Jail with further charges pending.

Calhoun Police were notified by a family member of the victim that information had been obtained from the child that led them to believe Hullender had engaged in inappropriate
sexual acts with the child.

Calhoun Police obtained additional information and gathered sufficient evidence to take Hullender into custody within an hour of the allegations.

“In order to preserve the integrity of this ongoing investigation, we are only releasing limited details. Said Chief Tony Pyle of the Calhoun Police Department.

Big Changes In Chattooga County Political Arena in 2020

Big changes will be coming to Chattooga County in 2020 in the political arena.  2019 has seen four of the county’s incumbent constitutional officers state that they will not run for re-election as Democrats.  Chattooga County Sheriff Mark Schrader, Tax Commissioner Joy Hampton, Clerk of Courts Kim James and Magistrate Judge Tracy Maddux have all said they will not run as Democrats in the 2020 elections – but only Maddux has said that he will run as a Republican.

Probate Judge Jon Payne announced his retirement this year, saying that he will not seek another term in the office he has held for decades.  That has brought out three candidates – so far – who say that they are running for Probate Judge.  Local EMS worker Derek Ekroat announced this year that he would seek the 2019 Republican nomination for the position.  Probate Court employee Theresa Pope has also indicated that she will be running as a Republican for the position.  Holley Strawn-Gilleland also is planning to run.  It is not clear at this time if Ms. Strawn-Gilleland will be running on a partisan ticket or if she will attempt a run as an independent.

Chattooga County Coroner Earl Rainwater has indicated that he might not seek another term.

Republican School Board Chairman John Agnew will also be up for reelection this year.

Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters, who won two terms as a Democrat before switching to the Republican Party before the 2016 election, has not publicly stated if he will be seeking a fourth term as the county’s sole-commissioner.  Former Chattooga County School Superintendent Jimmy Lenderman has said that he is seriously entering the race for the Republican nomination for the sole-commissioner’s position.


Kelly Street Shooting Leaves One Dead

Summerville Police have called in the GBI to help investigate a shooting on Kelly Street in Summerville that took place around 11 PM on Monday night.  One person is dead, but the name is not being released at this time, pending notification of family members.


Armed Parishoners Shoot Gunman Who Opened Fire Inside Church

Two people were killed and three others injured after a gunman opened fire with a shotgun inside a crowded Texas church Sunday before he was shot to death by two armed parishioners, officials said.

The shooting occurred just before 11 a.m. at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, a town of about 17,000 people near Fort Worth.

Witnesses said the gunman was wearing a fake beard and sunglasses and had just taken communion before opening fire. In a livestream of the service, the gunman can be seen standing up and confronting an usher before taking a step back and revealing he held a shotgun. The suspect fired point blank at the usher and at another member of the congregation before a security guard was able to open fire, hitting the suspect. A second person in church who was armed at the time of the shooting also opened fire, hitting him.

The shooting was over in about six seconds, authorities said.

“Evil walked boldly among us, but good people raised up and stopped it before it got worse,” Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn said.

Members of the congregation can be seen taking cover and screaming as shots rang out, with some ducking under pews, while others rushed the gunman as he fired. One of the church’s leaders can be heard trying to calm the congregation down after the shooting.

“Everything is under control. Our security team did everything they needed to do,” the voice says.

The volunteer members of the church’s security team were being hailed as saving an “untold number of lives.” The volunteers were allowed to carry guns into the church thanks to a law passed by Texas lawmakers following another shooting at a church that killed 26 people in 2018.

Authorities have not indicated anything about a possible motive for the attack.

“Our hearts go out to the victims and families of those killed in the evil act of violence that occurred at the West Freeway Church of Christ,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “Places of worship are meant to be sacred, and I am grateful for the church members who acted quickly to take down the shooter and help prevent further loss of life. ”