WQCH and Georgia 93.7 Local News Headlines 9-14-23

Another Walker County couple faces animal cruelty charges.  Authorities discovered nearly 100 dogs, pigs, rabbits and chickens on the property.  57-year old Patricia Bryant and her husband, 72-year old Jerry Bryant, face two counts of aggravated animal cruelty, several counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and many other charges.  The incident happened at 454 Old LaFayette Road.  Walker County Animal Services conducted a wellness check at the home after getting complaints of a foul odor and animals running at large. Officers obtained an inspection warrant and went to the property yesterday.  They found remains of two animals and several dogs in need of emergency veterinary care.  Officers used a search warrant and entered the home and found several dogs inside and the remains of four other animals.  The odor in the hour was so bad that authorities had to wear air packs and fans were set up to ventilate the house.
The Walker County Detention Center reported six felony arrests on Tuesday.  Among those arrested was 21-year-old Bryson Gage Biles.  Biles faces charges for possession of meth.  For a complete arrest report visit Discover Walker.com.

The Carrolton Police are seeking information from Chattanooga to help uncover what happened to a man who disappeared 14 years ago.  Brian Wehrle went missing in late September of 2009, and police suspect foul play.  He was last seen at his parents’ home in Carrollton – but his car, a light blue 1992 Buick LeSabre, was found in Chattanooga over a month-and-a-half later in December.  The car was found near Judson Lane and North Chamberlain Avenue. The car’s Georgia tag had been removed and replaced with a Tennessee tag.  Wehrle had no known ties to Chattanooga, but authorities are hoping someone might be able to provide information that could open up new leads in the case. Wehrle’s family is putting up billboards in the area, featuring information about the case and photos of him, and his car.  Greater Atlanta Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. 

McDonald’s is getting rid of self-serve soda machines.  The fast food chain plans to eliminate the machines at its U.S. restaurants by 2032. The restaurant chain confirmed the news this week.  McDonald’s USA said the goal of the change is to create consistency for customers and crew members across the chain’s offerings — from in-person dining to online delivery and drive-thru options.