Zack Peterson, Times Free Press

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Chattanooga, TN, United States

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Past articles by Zack:

FBI arrests former Mountain View Chevrolet employee accused of kidnapping disabled customer, stealing $200,000 and forcing him to smoke crack

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said Tuesday they had arrested a Mountain View Chevrolet employee. → Read More

Video shows police arresting wrong man, using stun gun and threatening to shoot his dog before arresting him

When the Chattanooga police officer arrived at Vance Street in April 2018, he was looking for a man named "Polo" who had threatened a neighbor with a gun. → Read More

Hamilton County Commissioners choose attorney Gerald Webb as next General Sessions Court judge

By an 8-1 vote, the Hamilton County Commission picked attorney Gerald Webb to become the next General Sessions Court judge. → Read More

Former assistant football coach at Grace Baptist Academy indicted on sexual charges involving a minor

A former assistant football coach at Grace Baptist Academy has been indicted on sex charges involving a minor. → Read More

Hamilton County judge scolded for not allowing a woman to drive to Atlanta for an abortion she has a legal right to

A Hamilton County Criminal Court judge sent a 23-year-old pregnant woman's request to travel to Atlanta for an abortion back to the judge who rejected it with a stern message attached. → Read More

LIVE: Hearing today for Hixson woman accused in officer's hit-and-run death underway

Janet Hinds, the Hixson woman charged with hitting and killing a Chattanooga police officer, has a preliminary hearing today in court that will determine whether she's later indicted. → Read More

Two Hamilton County homicide cases end in second-degree murder guilty pleas

Two homicide cases in Hamilton County recently concluded with guilty pleas from the defendants. → Read More

Hamilton County man misses family vacation to Iceland after being wrongfully detained by Chattanooga police, sues city for $26 million

A Hamilton County man says he was detained for three days in Maryland and missed a family vacation because of a bad warrant issued by two Chattanooga police officers. → Read More

Prosecutors detail inconsistency that led to charges in woman's 2000 murder, but defense says it was bad memory

The last time Jason Sanford claims he spoke with Sarah Perry, the 21-year-old had just gotten out of a psychiatric hospital and was trying to meet up with a drug dealer. → Read More

Hamilton County prosecutors ask defense attorneys in gang case to sign confidentiality agreements in effort to stop leaks

Death threats and a handful of evidence leaks in a 55-person gang racketeering conspiracy case have Hamilton County prosecutors making an unusual request of criminal defense attorneys. → Read More

Chattanooga police body cam footage shows officer punching man during arrest

Police body camera footage has emerged that shows a Chattanooga officer punching what appears to be a compliant 37-year-old man during a recent arrest. → Read More

Judge turns down 'financial gain' argument raised by defense attorneys in gang racketeering case

A Chattanooga judge's order Monday helped prosecutors clear a hurdle in their gang racketeering case against 55 alleged members of the Athens Park Bloods. → Read More

Judge rules Hamilton County DA's office can continue prosecuting gang racketeering case

Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston's office can continue prosecuting the gang racketeering case, a judge ruled Thursday, despite a push by defense attorneys to disqualify it. → Read More

Judge could send Chattanooga man given lenient plea after attempting to kill his ex-girlfriend to prison for probation violation

A Chattanooga judge is considering sending a man to prison for violating his 10-year probation. → Read More

Defense attorneys: Hamilton County DA's office should be disqualified from prosecuting gang racketeering case

Defense attorneys for a man facing the death penalty in the state's massive gang racketeering case say the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office needs to be disqualified from the prosecution. → Read More

Prosecutors drop Charles Toney's assault, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest charges

Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped Charles Toney Jr.'s assault, tampering with evidence and resisting arrest charges in connection with a viral Dec. 3 arrest that involved a beatdown. → Read More

Charles Toney's attorney calls for Chattanooga detective Blake Kilpatrick's job at press conference

A civil rights attorney for Charles Toney Jr., the 25-year-old man recently punched and kicked by area law enforcement, demanded the officer lose his job and face criminal charges. → Read More

After video showing East Ridge police choking out a suspect, new policy doesn't mention previously banned chokeholds

As part of their yearly training, East Ridge police officers used to stand before a now-retired instructor who would read use-of-force policies out loud and make the officers repeat after him. → Read More

East Ridge Police Chief J.R. Reed placed on administrative leave

East Ridge Police Chief J.R. Reed was placed on administrative leave Wednesday. → Read More

Video shows man tased in the testicles, choked by East Ridge police

Christopher Penn didn't know where he was or what was happening. → Read More