Bad Encounter with Chevy

By Erin Matthews

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Echo ) –

Police responded to a miscellaneous complaint at Stacy Town Center on 8th Street.

Upon police arrival, the student stated to police that while she was driving on Georgia Avenue and Market Street, she had a run-in with some people driving a grey Chevy equinox vehicle.

The student stated she called police to advise them of the vehicle following her.

Police told the student they would have a patrol vehicle ride through the area.

The student stated to police that the grey equinox vehicle had pulled behind her in lot 47-2 after seeing her go in that lot from MLK Blvd.

The student stated a black male with a white shirt on and a hat on his head got out of the car and shouted at her that she better not hit his car.

The student stated the suspect got back into his car and drove off.

The vehicle had a temporary tag on the back of it and the student could not remember anything else of the suspect.

The student said she wanted a report done for any further incidents.

Read more of the Campus Crime log.

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Drugs Found at Lockmiller

By Erin Matthews

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Echo) –

Police responded to a drug/narcotic offense at 742 Oak St.

Police smelled what appeared to be burning marijuana coming from the Lockmiller Apartment.

Police spoke with the males present in the apartment who advised they had smoked some marijuana in the apartment earlier.

Police found the resident of the apartment who also advised he had smoked marijuana.

The resident advised police he had a small amount of marijuana, at which point police seized a glass jar containing 1.1 grams of suspect marijuana.

Police advised both parties that they would be cited to UTC student affairs in lieu of physical arrest.

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Fight at Johnson OBear

By Erin Matthews

Chattanooga, TN (UTC/The Echo) — Police received a call from a UTC resident assistant who advised there was a disorder in progress in the apartment next door. 

Upon arrival, police spoke with the complainant who said there was yelling and screaming coming from the Johnson O’Bear suite. 

Police made contact with the subjects within the residence and detained them.

Police spoke with a female UTC student who advised she was in a verbal dispute with her boyfriend, a male, non-UTC student.

Both subjects told police that they had both been upset by the female’s former boyfriend’s behavior.

The former boyfriend, who had contacted the female via telephone and left a threatening text message. 

The female allowed police to hear the text message and advised that the former boyfriend had threatened to break into her apartment.  

After reading the text message police confirmed that the text message did seem threatening in nature. 

Police advised both the female and male subjects to call police if the alleged subject, the former boyfriend, contacted them at the on campus apartment.  

Both subjects did not wish to file a report about the threatening text message.  

Police observed the disorder was verbal in nature and observed that no assault or altercation had taken place.  

Police directed both subjects to cease the disorderly conduct

The two subjects apologized and complied with the detective after the incident.  

No further police action was taken at this time. 




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Nyquil and Marijuana don’t mix

By Erin Matthews

Chattanooga, TN (UTC/The Echo) — Police responded to accidental overdose at Decosimo Apartments.  

Upon the police’s arrival, the complainant advised police he and his friend were in the complainant’s vehicle smoking marijuana with drops of Nyquil cold medicine.

The complainant said to police that after twenty minutes, his friend began to have a shaking reaction and was unresponsive.

The complainant said he helped escort his friend to Decosimo Apartments  where the complainant stays, and his roommate called 911.  

The city police dispatch connected UTC police and advised the EMS was on their way to Decosimo Apartments. 

Once EMS arrived, they checked out the friend who was still staring with a blank look.  

EMS gave him an IV and checked his vitals. 

EMS then put him on a stretcher to take him to Erlanger for further tests. 

Police checked on the friend a couple of hours later at the emergency room, but hospital personnel advised he was admitted to room 6123.   

After talking to a nurse, police were advised the friend had smoked marijuana, had dipped with Nyquil and also drank some cough syrup with codeine in it.  

The nurse said the friend was stable, and admitted for observation and should be released from the hospital in the morning. 

Police were notified of the situation via text message to which he responded back.  

No charges or arrests were made.

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Disturbed Man on Cardiac Hill

By Erin Matthews

Chattanooga, TN (UTC/The Echo) — Police responded to a miscellaneous complaint at 700 Oak St.

Upon police arrival police spoke with the reporting parties, two female complainants.  

Both parties advised they were going up Cardiac Hill and an unidentified male yelled loud noises, sounds and jumped at them in an aggressive manner.

The person made a scene and caused them to fear him.   

The two female complainants both said to police the male demonstrated similar behavior in the University Center area two times. 

Police documented this incident and made contact with the male at his residence.  

The male said he had not caused any problems in the University Center and had been joking loudly with female friends earlier that day on Cardiac Hill. 

The male said he did not direct his behavior at the reporting parties.  

The male said he did not know the reporting parties.  

Police advised all three parties were to have no contact with each other.

All parties advised police that they understood they were to have no contact. 

They were all told that this incident was being reported to student affairs for resolution.  

This incident was documented with this report.  

No further action was taken at this time.

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Strange Encounter at Lupton Library

By Erin Matthews/UTC Echo

Chattanooga, TN (UTC/The Echo) — Police responded to suspicious activity at Lupton Library.

Upon arrival, police spoke with the complainant who said  an older black male was sitting beside her and a female friend in the library.

As he sat there, he became sexually aroused and continued to watch them and turned his chair toward her and her friend.

The complainant said this behavior made her uncomfortable and she contacted police immediately.

The complainant said this same male had followed her and sat by her in the library last year and would seek her out if she was in the library and ask to sit next to her or near her.

The complainant said she was uncomfortable and fearful of this unknown man due to his behavior.

The complainant identified him as a tall, older, black male in a white ball cap and gray pants sitting in the sofa chair area of the library.

This was the first floor, northeast corner of the library.  Police made contact with this male and escorted him outside to discuss the complaint. 

The male was identified by police to be 50 years old with no affiliation to UTC. 

The male stated he did not have conversations with the complainant, and he did not know he made the complainant uncomfortable.  

The male stated he did not do or state anything in the wrong to the complainant, and that he did not know her.  

The male stated that he decided he would no longer go to the Lupton Library.  

The male was advised he was not trespassing on UTC property.  

The male left the area without incident.  

Police spoke with the complainant and advised her of the outcome. 

No further police action was taken.

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Updated: UTC Student Accused of Planting Surveillance Cameras Pleads Guilty

From UTC Staff

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) —

The former UTC student charged with planting surveillance cameras in a campus dorm has pleaded guilty to criminal charges against him.

Bernard Junior Morris had been held without bond since March 2011. According to the Hamilton Criminal Courts website, Morris plead guilty to:

  •  four counts of aggravated burglary
  • one count of aggravated arson
  • one count of burglary

He faces up to six years in prison for the charges.

Morris is next scheduled for sentencing on April 16.

March 22. 2011

UTC Police have arrested and charged UTC student Bernard (Junior) Morris with 13 felony charges–12 counts of aggravated burglary and one count of aggravated arson.  Morris is accused of planting surveillance equipment in three campus apartments, one in Guerry and two in Stophel Building, both on South Campus.   When students in a Guerry apartment returned from spring break, they noticed there were items in their apartment that did not belong to them, and reported the situation to their resident assistant.  UTC Police determined the items housed surveillance cameras.


All of the surveillance cameras planted in the apartments have been recovered by UTC Police.  UTC Police are continuing to actively investigate this case.


The arson charge relates to an incident on campus February 27th, when Morris allegedly threw a smoke bomb into the third floor trash chute of the Stophel Building.   Campus Security took care of the problem with a fire extinguisher.


Separate from the criminal investigation, there will be a student conduct judicial review by the University.  In the case of serious charges, students are often required to complete the judicial review process before returning to the University.  In the case of Brendon Morris, his access to campus has been restricted at this time pending the outcome of the judicial review.


If you notice items in your campus residence that have been moved or items that do not belong to you or your roommates, or if you may have information about this case that may be helpful to UTC Police, call 425-4357.   As always, if you need emergency assistance on campus, call 9-1-1.



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Three UTC Students Accused of Sexual Assault

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) — Three male students are accused of kidnapping a female student and sexually assault.


According to a report from UTC Police, the alleged attack happened at Decosimo Apartments in the early morning hours of January 23rd.

Police charged Kysean Neal, 18, Kosygin Jones, 19,  of Ooltewah,TN , and Samuel Wright, 21,  of Riverdale, GA.


The report says the three men forcibly held the woman, poured lotion on her then groped her breast an

d vagina with their hands.

The woman told police the men then tried to tear off her clothes. The alleged victim had scratches and bruises.



All three of the accused were taken to the Hamilton County Jail. Authorities also charged Kosygin Jones with having contraband.










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Sexual Assault Warning on Campus

Chattanooga, Tenn (UTC/The Loop) — UTC officials issued a warning about a sexual assault on campus.

Here are the details:

UTC Police responded to a report of a sexual assault in the 5th Street parking garage earlier this evening, Thursday, December 1.  The campus is urged to be on the lookout for a white male, college-age, between 6′ and 6’2″, shaggy sandy hair, scraggly beard, slender, athletic build, wearing a North Face style all-weather red jacket.  He escaped on foot.

If anyone has any information on this suspect, please contact UTC Police at 425-4357.

Members of the campus community are urged to use caution and be aware of your surroundings while walking on campus.  Try not to walk alone, especially at night.


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Naked Car Washer Gets Probation

By Ben Hamill

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — A man who scrubbed his pickup truck in the nude at a Massachusetts car wash has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Robert E. Bailey, of Cumberland, R.I., pleaded guilty on Monday to open and gross conduct for being naked at Economy Car Wash in North Attleborough on May 31.

The Sun Chronicle ( ) reports that a woman vacuuming her vehicle at the business called police after she saw the 65-year-old Bailey in the nude.

Police say Bailey was wearing shorts by the time they arrived at the scene and denied doing anything wrong.

A judge also ordered Bailey to stay away from the car wash and the witness and to continue counseling. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.


Information from: The Sun Chronicle,



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