Dalton police are investigating a late-night shooting incident that happened about 11:00pm Sunday. The two people who were shot were taken to local hospitals with injuries not considered to be life-threatening. Investigators have identified as the shooter as 21-year-old Jobanie Martinez, who is still at large and considered armed and dangerous.
A few strong to severe thunderstorms are popping this afternoon. These have been occurring mainly over Georgia and Alabama. A storm over Gordon county was warned for 60 mph wind gusts and half dollar size hail. If you have the WRCB Weather App, make sure it is programmed to your specific location. This will have storm tracks, as well as lightning indication.
Ducktown Mayor Doug Collins said the expansion of Medicaid could have saved Copper Basin Medical Center from closing. Copper Basin Medical Center closed in 2017. It left thousands of people without access to medical care. Mayor Collins said the hospital closed due to an overwhelming amount of debt. "I mean just the same story if you look up any rural hospital in Tennessee or Georgia, pretty much the same story," Collins said. Collins thinks the closing of the hospital was due to a variety of reasons including former Gov. Bill Haslam's decision not to expand Medicaid.
Two women were arrested and charged after a search warrant was executed Friday in the Lewis Chapel area of Sequatchie County. The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department, Dunlap Police Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation-Drug Unit conducted a joint search warrant at a home on Snyder Loop. There, they found two women and two small children in the home. During their search, law enforcement officers seized heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, according to Sequatchie County Sheriff Coy Swanger. Also seized were several hundreds of dollars. The women, 30-year-old Tabitha Boyle and 51-year-old Teresa Harvey. Boyle was identified as the mother of the two children who were placed in the custody of the Department of Children Services and taken to a safe location, according to Swanger.
Fire crews are working to determine what caused an early morning fire that destroyed a business Sunday. It happened just before 2 a.m. Central on Rankin Avenue in Dunlap, TN. An auto-body repair shop was fully engulfed when crews arrived. Channel 3 spoke to one woman whose business was feet away from the shop.
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