WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 7-18-2023


A Lafayette woman was arrested on Thursday of last week and charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty and felony possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.  39-year-old Mary Kathleen Howard shot a dog twice.  Howard claims the dog had killed one of her roosters.  She told authorities that she had tried to give the dog away but that one would take it.  The dog was found hiding under a vehicle suffering from the two gunshot wounds.  The animal was not able to recover from the injuries.

The City of Lafayette will hold a council meeting tonight.  A public hearing is set for 6:15.  The regular council meeting is at 6:30.  Among the items on the agenda tonight, street closures for upcoming holiday events and the paving of North Chattanooga Street.

Walker County saw three felony arrests on Sunday.  54-year-old Tracy Lynn McRae was charged with aggravated assault.  32-year-old Casey Dewayne Tapley faces multiple charges including felony fleeing, concealing the identity of a vehicle, no insurance, speeding, failure to maintain lane, littering and other charges.  You can find the complete arrest report by visiting Discover Walker.com.

Chris Hosey will lead the Georgia Bureau of Investigation beginning Aug. 1 after he was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp.  Hosey’s appointment was approved Saturday by the state Board of Public Safety. He is taking over for Mike Register, who’s stepping down after less than a year on the job. Register is Cobb County’s next public safety director.  With nearly 1,000 employees, the bureau helps local law enforcement agencies investigate murders and other serious crimes. Its agents investigate almost all shootings by police officers. The GBI also performs autopsies and runs the state’s crime lab.