March 27, 2024


A non-custodial father accused of kidnapping his 3-year-old son from his home in Rossville was quickly taken into custody yesterday in Rutherford County Tennessee. 26-year-old John Kavin Samples of Utah was wanted for taking his son from the child’s mother’s home. The mother tried to get her child out of Sample’s car, but Samples allegedly pointed a gun at her and tried to hit her with his car, according to police. Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson said deputies used technology showing that the car was located in Murfreesboro. Rutherford County deputies then located and stopped Sample’s car. Samples and his girlfriend Anjela Baker were both charged with being fugitives from justice. Samples faces several charges including, kidnapping, aggravated assault of the family violence act, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and while in the commission of a felony, first degree home invasion. Baker is also charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. The pair were booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where they are being held for Walker County Sheriff’s Office. The 3-year-old was returned safely to a family member.

Walker County Schools are holding a Town Hall Meeting at Ridgeland High School today. The meeting starts at 5:45pm. The event will include all the north end feeder schools. Superintendent Damon Raines will present the strategic plan goals and seek feedback on the plan to determine if anything is missing or needs to be added. The meeting will be recorded for those unable to attend. A Town Hall is also planned for the south end feeder schools. That will be held April 10th at LaFayette High School.

The City of LaFayette will host a dedication ceremony tomorrow. The ceremony will be for the newly constructed restrooms at Queen City Lake. The restrooms mark the collaboration between the city and Walmart. The retailer matches funds for every hour volunteered by Walmart employees. $8,000 of the $16,000 for the project came from Walmart volunteers. The dedication ceremony is set for noon tomorrow.

There’s not a requirement for gun safety training in Georgia. Now, state lawmakers are considering a bill that gives gun owners a little incentive to do so. House Bill 971 would let Georgia citizens opt into a $300 tax credit that can go towards safe gun storage or firearm training. The bill was supported by both parties in the House last week and now goes to the Senate.