_ East Ridge police have charged a woman with domestic assault. According to an Affidavit of Complaint, officers were called to a Spring Creek Road address late last week on a report of domestic violence. According to the report, the male victim told officers that he had returned home at about 7:45 p.m. and woke up his wife, Lydia Christopher, causing her to become angry. The victim explained to officers that he had told his wife he would always call her on the phone before coming home, which he did not in this instance. The report states that he also brought home food from a fast-food restaurant which further angered her because she is on a diet. The report states that the couple got into a verbal argument in which Ms. Christopher became aggressive, scratching her husband around the front of his neck, back and sides with her fingernails. The report states that when officers interviewed Ms. Christopher she admitted to assaulting her husband during the argument, stating that she didn’t know it was against the law to fight her husband. Ms. Christopher was arrested and charged with Domestic Assault. She is due in East Ridge Municipal Court on Aug. 18.
_ Police have arrested a man on charges of Aggravated Domestic Assault after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend’s son. According to an Affidavit of Complaint, police were dispatched to a South Terrace address last week on a disorder. When officers arrived they spoke with James Brent Sims, 42, who said that his girlfriend’s son showed up at the apartment and began causing trouble between Sims and his girlfriend. Sims’ girlfriend told officers, the report states, that her son wanted to come inside and take a shower, causing Sims to attack the son in the doorway, grabbing him by the throat and choking him. The woman told officers that she pulled Sims off of her son and that the son then went to take a shower. The woman told police that when her son came out of the bathroom after taking a shower, Sims went into the yard and grabbed a “scrapping tool.” The report states that Sims returned inside the house and attacked his girlfriend’s son with the tool, pinning him against a wall with the implement. The report states that witnesses confirmed the accounts, including the girlfriend’s son. Sims is due to appear in Municipal Court on Aug. 11.
_ Police have charged a man with Theft under $500 after he allegedly attempted to steal $69 worth of meat from the Dollar General Store. According to an Affidavit of Complaint, officers were called to 3920 Ringgold Road on a disorder. Once on the scene, police were told that a black male had entered the Dollar General, bypassed all check out lines without paying and got in his car in the parking lot. The report states that an employee confronted the man and the two got into a verbal altercation. The employee was able to snatch the merchandise from the man’s car, the report states. A bystander, the report states, attempted to grab the keys from the ignition of the car, but the man was able to start the car and begin leaving the parking lot. According to the report, the man put his car in gear and it lurched forward almost striking the Dollar General employee who had confronted the man. A witness got the car’s tag number, which came back to a Richard Carthorn, 50, of a Wilcox Boulevard address. Police reviewed surveillance tape of the incident an determined that Carthorn was the man who attempted to steal the meat from the store. Carthorn is due in Municipal Court on Aug. 11.