Ho­tel man­ager pulls gun dur­ing fight with res­i­dent

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Adam Cook

A ho­tel man­ager and one of his ten­ants were ar­rested in Fort Oglethorpe after a gun was pulled dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion, po­lice say.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fort Oglethorpe Po­lice De­part­ment:

David Carl Mun­roe, 39, of Rossville, and Michael An­thony Smith, 19, of Ring­gold, were ar­rested on June 14 on charges of af­fray/fight­ing. Both men have been re­leased from jail on bond.

Po­lice re­sponded to a fight call at the Cloud Springs Lodge on Pine Grove Ac­cess Road just be­fore 3:30 p.m. on June 14.

Michael Smith told po­lice that Mun­roe, a man­ager at the ho­tel, al­legedly came to his room and “dis­re­spected” his girl­friend, prompt­ing Smith to con­front him.

Smith claimed that he grabbed a stick after Mun­roe al­legedly spat on him, and that Mun­roe then pulled out a pis­tol, re­ports show.

“David Mun­roe said he was ad­vis­ing ten­ants about an up­com­ing in­spec­tion and that the res­i­dents (Smith and girl­friend) were in vi­o­la­tion of rules,” De­tec­tive Johnny Lan­ham said.

Mun­roe claimed Smith showed up at the prop­erty, grabbed a club and started yelling at him, at which time he pulled out his hand­gun, which he’s per­mit­ted to carry.

“The wit­ness said both per­sons were ar­gu­ing and ap­proached one another, mak­ing phys­i­cal con­tact be­fore the stick and gun were in­volved,” Lan­ham said.

Man as­saulted over out­stand­ing drug debt at Fort Oglethorpe restau­rant

A Chattanooga, Tenn., man was ar­rested in Fort Oglethorpe after he al­legedly at­tacked a man out­side of a restau­rant over an out­stand­ing drug debt, po­lice say.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fort Oglethorpe Po­lice De­part­ment:

Michael Chan­ning McBride, 24, of Hamil­ton Av­enue, was ar­rested June 20 on a charge of bat­tery. He has been re­leased from jail on bond.

The al­leged in­ci­dent oc­curred at Lo­gan’s Road­house on Bat­tle­field Park­way just be­fore 8 p.m. when McBride con­fronted a man who he claimed owed him money, re­ports show.

The vic­tim told po­lice he was out­side the restau­rant when he was ap­proached by McBride, from whom he’d re­cently bor­rowed $70.

The vic­tim stated that when he tried to ex­plain to McBride that he didn’t have the money; McBride punched him in the face and at­tacked him.

“He stated that Mr. McBride con­tin­ued at­tack­ing him and pick­ing him up and throw­ing him on the ground,” Of­fi­cer Grain God­dard said.

After the at­tack, McBride left the scene, re­ports show.

One wit­ness at the scene claimed to see McBride sit­ting in his ve­hi­cle wait­ing on the vic­tim be­fore the at­tack took place.

Later in the evening, around 11:35, Ca­toosa County dis­patch in­formed God­dard that McBride was at the Sher­iff’s De­part­ment at­tempt­ing to turn him­self in.

Shortly there­after, God­dard says McBride ad­mit­ted to as­sault­ing the vic­tim.

“Mr. McBride stated that the vic­tim owed him ap­prox­i­mately $70 for mar­i­juana for sev­eral days,” God­dard said. “Mr. McBride stated that he be­came up­set and that he be­gan punch­ing Mr. Bradley and at­tack­ing him to the point the vic­tim ap­peared to lose con­scious­ness for sev­eral sec­onds.”

McBride was ar­rested and taken down the hall to the de­ten­tion cen­ter.

Fort Oglethorpe man ar­rested on hit-an­drun charge while al­legedly driv­ing DUI

A Fort Oglethorpe man is fac­ing a hit-and-run charge after he al­legedly crashed into another ve­hi­cle while driv­ing DUI, po­lice say.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fort Oglethorpe Po­lice David Mun­roe Michael Smith Michael McBride Guadalupe Martinez Jr.

De­part­ment:

Guadalupe Ray Martinez Jr., 45, of Oglethorpe Ridge Lane, was ar­rested June 17 on charges of hit and run, fail­ure to main­tain lane, and DUI. Martinez has been re­leased from jail on bond. Martinez’s run-in with po­lice oc­curred just after 8:30 p.m. on June 17 at the Oglethorpe Ridge Apart­ment com­plex.

A man called po­lice claim­ing Martinez was driv­ing er­rat­i­cally along Mack Smith Road, and that Martinez’s ve­hi­cle crossed over the yel­low line on the road­way and struck his ve­hi­cle.

The vic­tim claimed that Martinez’s truck struck his driver’s side mir­ror and door.

After the crash, the man says he turned around and called 911 while fol­low­ing Martinez to the apart­ment com­plex, re­ports show.

Of­fi­cer Garin God­dard says that when he ar­rived at the scene, he could tell Martinez had been drink­ing.

“I could smell the strong odor of an al­co­holic bev­er­age com­ing from Mr. Martinez’s breath,” God­dard said. “When I asked him how me he had to drink, he stated, ‘I know I’m drunk’, and that he had con­sumed four 32-oucne con­tain­ers of Mich­e­lob Ul­tra.”

Martinez failed his field so­bri­ety tests, blew 1.91 and 1.90 on two at­tempts at a breath­a­lyzer, and was sub­se­quently taken to Ca­toosa County jail.

Of­fi­cers also dis­cov­ered paint that matched the vic­tim’s ve­hi­cle on the front end of Martinez’s Chevro­let Avalanche.

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