WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 7-24-2023


A husband and wife from Chickamauga who run a plumbing business face several charges after authorities say they defrauded customers out of thousands of dollars.  The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office arrested 43-yearold William Gabriel Pityer and 39-year-old Jennifer Darlene Pityer last week.  Both face several charges including six counts of theft of property, five counts of forgery, five counts of contractors missapplication of payments violation and one count each of fraud and criminal conspiracy.  The couple ran the business On-Site Plumbing.  The couple would take money for the victims for big tickets items like stoves and never deliver the product.  The Pityers had filed for bankruptsy seven times since 2010 to avoid paying back their customers.

A Friday night domestic dispute in Catoosa County left two dead and two deputies were injured.  Catoosa County Sheriffs deputies responded to a domestic all around 5:40pm at 98 Summit Drive.  When deputies arrived one person was found dead in the road.  A male suspect then opened fire on officer injuring two of them.  According to authorities the suspect died of a self inflicted gunshot wound.  The man appeared to be in his early 70’s.  No further details have been released.  Other family members were inside the home at the time of the incident.  They all made it out safely.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Bruce Thompson announced Thursday that Georgia’s June unemployment rate remained steady at 3.2 percent, unchanged from a revised 3.2 percent in May. The unemployment rate is also four-tenths lower than the national average of 3.6 percent. The top five industries included Health Care, 16,000; Administrative and Support Services, 12,500; Retail Trade, 10,500; Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, 9,000; and Accommodation and Food Services, 7,600. The top five occupations included Health Care, 22,500; Sales, 13,300; Business Management and Operations, 11,700; Hospitality, Food, and Tourism, 10,800; and Information Technology, 8,900.
 It’s possible a judge from the North Georgia area could be chosen to hear the case of a grand jury investigation looking into whether former President Donald Trump or his allies meddled in the state’s 2020 election results.  The case will be heard by a judge in Georgia’s Seventh Judicial Administrative District, which covers an area including Walker, Whitfield, Dade and Catoosa Counties among others.  It’s not clear yet, but it’s possible the case will still be heard in Fulton County.