A man wanted for allegedly assaulting his wife back in the middle of November has been taken into custody.
According to Hamilton County Jail booking records, Brandon Ryan Wordlaw, 32, of a Tom Wilson Trail address, was charged Wednesday with Domestic Assault. It is unclear when he is to appear in East Ridge Municipal Court.
According to a November 18, 2017 affidavit of complaint, police were dispatched ot the 700 block of Summit Avenue after a resident saw a domestic altercation. The resident told police that they heard a woman screaming “stop hitting me” and heard a woman crying. Police were directed to the Tom Wilson Trail address where they encountered a female victim who was bleeding from her nose.
According to the report, as police began approaching the woman a black male retreated back inside the residence. The victim was taken away from the scene while police cleared the house. The victim told police that her boyfriend, Wordlaw, had been drinking and he began yelling at her. The woman said Wordlaw pushed her down and punched her in the face. The report states that police saw visible redness and swelling on the woman’s left eye.
The report states that during the November incident Wordlaw took his leave from the house via a side door, when officers removed children from the porch. The report notes that the incident was recorded on police body cameras.
_ A woman who authorities say systematically stole merchandise from an East Ridge grocery store for more than a year has been taken into custody.
Hamilton County Jail booking reports show that Sonja Ashley Westmoreland, 33, of a Belvoir Circle address, was charged Tuesday with Theft over $5,000.
According to an affidavit of complaint dated September 4, 2017, Westmoreland was captured on surveillance video at the Food City loading her buggy up with merchandise over a time period from September 2016 to September 2017. The report states that Westmoreland confessed to taking $200 worth of merchandise a week during that time period.
_ Springvale Road: Police were recently flagged down by a juvenile on Clemons Road at Springvale who told them that his vehicle had been stolen after leaving the keys inside. According to a police report, the juvenile said the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee is registered to his mother who lives in North Carolina. The victim told police that he heard the vehicle start up and saw it being driven down the road on South Springvale, and then turned onto Clemons. According to the report, three witnesses told police that they saw a man walking through backyards in the area. The man was described as a white male, 5-feet, 10-inches tall with tattoos on his right arm. He was wearing a dark ball cap, gray shirt, blue jeans and a dark green jacket. One witness saw the man get into the Jeep and drive off. All the witnesses said they would be able to identify the suspect form a photo line-up.
The Jeep Cherokee is silver with a gray driver’s side door. It has North Carolina plates. There are numerous stickers on the rear of the vehicle, including the cast of The Avengers. The vehicle was entered into a national crime data base as stolen. The case has been assigned to a detective, the report notes.